Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day 174- Trip Trips and more Trips!

Like most bloggers (magpies), I was all about the blog and then I kinda bailed. Sorry guys.
First, a little update about life in general; The  Hubs and I have been gone practically every weekend for the past 2 months. We've been to Texas, California, Washington and Alaska, I must say that I am rather tired of flying across country. I mean, even if you don't pay for it, it still gets old. The good part about most of those trips is that they have been pretty plastic free. I had a little burp in Texas, but I will get to that later. In addition to flying all over the US, we are in the process of buying  a house. So there will be several posts about the move and I'm hoping to keep this from turning into a blog about home renovations. There are enough of those already, right? I'm just saying I might have strong opinions about refinishing floors. So as you can see, we've been pretty busy as a whole recently.
In our travels, Texas posed the biggest problem to the whole plastic free lifestyle. Now, those of you who actually know me, know that Will's family lives out on 18 acres and are pretty plastic free themselves, so how did I wind up getting all plasticized while there? As it turns out, Edwards Aquifer water and my gut.....  do not like each other. Sadly, I get to bear the brunt of this battle; so I don't drink tap water, or even filtered water while in Texas. In the interest of full disclosure, I will drink water that is frozen and blended with lime and tequila, but that's ok, it's delicious and makes my face feel funny. While in Texas I drank many many bottles of water, I tried to get large ones, but sometimes they were smaller. So I got the ones that are made out of corn too. I remain dubious that something made of corn is better for the world then something made of oil. Unless it's cornbread, because, well, that's just delicious. So are these 30% corn bottles any better than 100% plastic bottles?

According to the website that shall-not-be-named-lest-I-get-sued-for-copyright-infringement, the bottles are made of 30% plant material and are supposed to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels.... Except now you have to grow, process and transport corn. So what about that? I've also done some reading that indicates that this doesn't make the bottles themselves any more recyclable, because, as we know, plastic doesn't really recycle very well. So for my next trip, I will have to figure out a different plan. Any tips or ideas?

Oh and remember how I lost 2 reusable bottles, I lost another one. So we are down to one left. However, I am replacing them with these really cool glass bottles that have a rubber polka dotted sleeve.
In case you are wondering, we are in the process of buying a house. So far, it's pretty plastic free. Hopefully it will stay that way. 


  1. Glass bottles with a polka dot sleeve? Sounds super cute! Don't lose them!


  2. When you're packing for the move (hopefully soon), you can get packing peanuts that are made from cornstarch... they dissolve in water if they ever get loose. We have some at work we use to talk to the kids about conservation...