Friday, September 18, 2009

Good-bye, Red. Oh don't cry, you'll melt so dreadfully. Good-bye, Yellow. And Blue, I think I'll miss you most of all.

Boosted from comments in "Who Says I Can't Find Plastic Free Junk Food?":
Fake Plastic Fish said...
Okay, I have partial info. The jury is somewhat still out but not completely. I called M&M Mars and spoke with "Bill" today. He could not find the exact materials for the package (and we both agreed that I was talking about the small individual serving size that they sell at the check-out counter. Not the minis and not the huge bags.) But he knows they are not recyclable because they are paper coated with some kind of plastic. Which is kind of what I thought. So I guess they rip because they are paper, but they are also plastic and therefore not so great, actually.

Can you get chocolate covered nuts from a bulk bin somewhere? That's my fave M&M substitute.

September 15, 2009 2:47 PM

On some level, I knew those bags were coated with plastic. I just didn't want it to be true. So no more wandering to the break room vending machine when I'm sleepy in the afternoon, and no more purchases at the bodega counter for an after lunch sweet. I liked the ritual as much as anything-- even though bringing something from home that came from a bulk bin would save on money as well as plastic.

Then again, mixing candy coated chocolate with tamari roasted almonds, bulk bin finds both, does sound kind of awesome.

Monday, September 7, 2009


A little bad news/good news today.

First the bad news. There will be a plastic cup and appetizer plate on my next tally. I went to a party yesterday and was feeling a little shy and introverted. I just didn't feel like asking for a non disposable cup or plate--even though it would have been fine. Boo, me.

Now the good news: FETA, purchased with no new plastic! I went to Mediterranean Foods in my neighborhood with a #5 container brought from home. It was my first time at the market and I didn't know if they would have feta cheese that wasn't already packaged in plastic. Not only do they have unpackaged feta, they have several different kinds! The man at the counter was fine with my container from home- I just had to convince him that I didn't need a bag for it, that I could carry it in my hands without spilling the brine.

So now I have the topping for tonight's plastic free feast: Double Broccoli Quinoa