Archive for December, 2008

Low plastic office: pens

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Like my shaving, I adopted fountain pens years ago because I prefer the experience of writing with them. Most modern fountain pens — the inexpensive ones anyway — are almost all plastic, however, and that’s not good. Twisting open to refill, uncapping and recapping . . . the plastic fails. So I moved to mostly-metal [...]

Lunch watch: China Cafe

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

China Cafe is one of those hole-in-the-wall lunch places near my office that offers a cheap meal ($4.50-$7) served with lots of plastic: foam clamshell containers and cups with polystyrene tableware on formica tabletops. The country is full of places like this. Great if you’re going out with some office mates — which I did [...]

Shaving without plastic

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

A while back I changed my shaving routine, going from cartridge blades and canned foam first to a traditional double-edge blades in a holder. I revived the use of my shaving brush. Then I got my grandfather’s all-metal razors after my grandmother died. I moved from blades cased in plastic and sold in blister packs [...]

Wrapping packages the drugstore way

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Life Less Plastic beat me to the punch when refering to the furoshiki way of wrapping goods (especially gifts). So I have another suggestion, if from an unlikely source.
Today, when you look up the “drugstore wrap” or “pharmacy wrap” it almost always refers to a way to wrapping meat. Or a way illicit drug dealers [...]