Tips for Going Plastic-Free
One more tip when grocery shopping: Purchase unpackaged produce. It’s not easy but try as much as possible. A variety of unpackaged produce is available at Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme year-round and at Farmers Markets in the summer.
Tips for a Plastic-Free Kitchen:
For hand washing dishes, I use No Tox Dish bars which can be purchased online. Other alternatives are cleaning products from Grove Co. or Blueland which are available at Meijer. You purchase a glass bottle and then purchase refills in metal bottles or compostable bags. When washing/ scrubbing dishes, look for coconut sponges, Swedish dishcloths, Skoy Scrub or plastic-free dish or bottle brushes. The online Zero Waste Store has a good selection of plastic-free products or just enter the name of a product in the “Search” bar for other online resources and to compare prices. Plastic-free dishwasher soap is hard to find. Be wary of pods. Art Hirsch has concerns about the plastic coating pods in which pods are encased. I use Seventh Generation powdered dishwasher detergent from Whole Foods.
I had an absolutely delicious salmon filet for dinner last
evening. I almost hesitated to order it considering that recent articles about farmed salmon gave me pause.
Farmed salmon - for the most part - is an environmental disaster, to say nothing of the health hazard to humans. As the salmon grow to "harvestable" size, they become literally
packed in the netted cages, unable to actually swim. It is really too disgusting for me to write further about the condition of the fish.
Equally bad is the fact that these fish are fed other fish
purchased in Vietnam, Hong Kong or other markets, thereby making edible fish more expensive for citizens of those locations. "Sustainably farmed" is rarely true.
Hoping I haven't spoiled your appetite!
The LWVLMR annual meeting and conference is scheduled to be held both in person and virtually on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12. Illinois is host State this year, and the meeting will be held in Evanston, a lakefront city just north of Chicago. Unfortunately, more specific details are not yet available, but we'll keep you apprised as venue, guest speakers, and other relevant information becomes known.
Every LWV chapter within the four-state area (Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin) that has paid its dues for fiscal year 2023-2024 is eligible to send one voting delegate. As a member of LWVBCC you are automatically a member of LWVLMR and able to attend this conference as a delegate.
Any LWV member within the four-state area, regardless of paid standing, may attend but cannot vote on official business items. A special meeting of the Board of LWVLMR is scheduled for October 11, and we hope to be able to get Registration Fee, Hotel Information, etc., to you as soon as these issues are determined.