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June 2nd, 2010
11:00 AM ET

One woman's mission to be plastic-free

(CNN) – Plastic... It's everywhere. And it seems just about everything we buy is wrapped in it. There are growing concerns about the chemicals in some of those plastics getting into our bodies. As our Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows us, that made one woman tackle the challenge of living life – without plastic.

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  1. Bart2

    Sure she's not perfect, but till eco facism is fully installed as a way of life then these small initiatives are small steps to a general common goal we need to head towards. The more people that start to embrace bits of this thinking is surely a positive thing. I read some of your comments above with 'fear' as if she has failed. Its not always if you are 100% right but the process in getting to a more positive lifestyle. The thinking and habits that one has to break down and re approach in a different way is exciting. We need to go back to the 'rural' as I always say embracing simple techniques like growing our own food.

    Otherwise I think we should give the woman a break can we not be more positive whereby we share more, ideas, tips etc. The more people we can convince to start going down the 'better' road the greater our common energy.

    June 7, 2010 at 4:36 am |
  2. melissa

    I applaud anyone who is willing to make a change, no matter how small. To nitpick and criticize someone who is trying to improve the world around her is not only mean, but counter productive.

    While there were holes in the story, that doesn't mean that what she's trying to do is bad. If we were to say that nothing is worth doing unless it's all the way, no one would ever start anything. True revolutionary change does not happen over-night. It takes a small step, followed by another...and another...

    I think what she's doing is great.

    June 6, 2010 at 12:51 am |
  3. dumb

    What A stupid person, maybe we should live on Mars too.....

    June 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  4. Michael

    I am sorry, but this lady is a complete idiot. Does she not know that her carboard milk container is lined/coated with? Plastic! Her refridgerator is plastic, her cell phone/telephone is plastic. Her car or public trans. is plastic. Her toothbrush is plastic. I saw her use Mason jars, the lids are lined with plastic! The shopping cart that she was using had plastic parts on it. The computer that she uses for personal/work is plastic. i am sure that half of her wardrobe is made from plastic too.
    Try all you want people, you cannot get away from plastic. Not all plastic is bad for you, people need to become educated on non-biased facts, not just random factoids from tree huggers...

    June 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  5. Bart

    The story pretends to be about a woman who is living "without plastics," but it's clear that in reality she's living without "plastic packaging." Her refrigerator, her home's wiring, computer, appliances, construction - it goes on and on how essential plastics are to our daily lives. How expensive and God forbid she tries to go without plastics should she or loved ones need medical attention st s hospital or even ongoing care at home.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  6. Jodie Laughlin

    To claim to be living without plastic should include giving up other plastics, too - mobile & landline phones made of plastic; automobiles which use plastics in tires to knobs to side panels; and nylon jackets and coats.

    Was the cap on the Vodka bottle made of plastic? If going to criticize plastic, also acknowledge the importance plastics play in the world – medical devices, tools, electronics, school & office supplies, small and large appliances.

    Why not advocate a healthy respect when it comes to plastic? The lightweight benefit of plastic has reduced the cost of transporting goods and helped airplanes and vehicles achieve better fuel efficiency.

    Respect that plastics have an important place in our world and our economy. And then, yes, evoke the first principle of recycling REDUCE – reduce the number of single use beverage containers, reduce the number of plastic bags by carrying canvas bags to the grocery, convenience and department store, and reduce the use of plastic wrap and resealable bags instead using reusable containers.

    June 3, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  7. KoKris

    I put the Ketchup and mustard in glass containers, label and date! Too, just about anything I bring home that's in plastic I find a glass jar for it. I keep a cabnet full of glass jars from spagetti sauces, capers, etc...
    with less plastic, no meat or chicken, I'm 50 with no hot flashes or nights sweats at all!

    June 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  8. celia

    There are some good ideas here, but since when can't you buy mustard in glass? Toothpaste made from Vodka? You've got to be kidding! And who cares about Teresa Kerry's ketchup!
    How about growing some of your own vegetables and composting? How about avoiding plastic liners in your trash cans? She didn't mention plastic water bottles. Not many people are going to make their own bread, but why must each loaf be wrapped in 2 (two) plastic bags? Why can't producers reuse egg cartons, and soda and beer bottle carriers? Snacks? Eat an apple and some nuts.

    June 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm |