Thursday, July 3, 2014

What's in a name?

Sometimes people ask me, "Why Peace and Plastic?"

Peace and Plastic is about balancing extremes. It's about falling somewhere between a peace-loving, mother-earth-worshipping hippie and a shiny plastic citizen of the future.

When I started this blog I wanted it to be about my adventures being "green" - so trendy, I know - but then I realized that I'm really not green enough to peddle earth guilt to everyone who doesn't wipe their butt with rags and occasionally forgets a reusable shopping bag.  I would have been living a lie. So I eased up, looked at my real life and decided that was pretty awesome on its own - just the way it is.  From writing my very first post, I enjoyed capturing my real life - crafts, nail polish, nachos and men.  This was in the hope that I could present here a more real story of my life - a story of someone who does the best she can for mother earth but still likes to get the plastic bags from the grocery store because what else am I going to use to hold the cat poop when I clean the litter box.   I don't believe in all or nothing, black or white or any similar one or the other, no shades of gray philosophy.

I know Peace because I love making my own laundry detergent, washing my hair with baking soda (I'll seriously never go back), moisturising with coconut or olive oil, air drying my clothes, recycling and generally doing what I can to reduce waste and my tread on the earth.  These are things that I enjoy doing and I feel in no way are a burden to my life or my time.  I feel they enhance it.

But wow do I love Plastic - convenience and stuff.  I love to shop and consume. I don't reuse plastic baggies (though I try not to use too many) or foil.  I use a lot of foil.  I even love it when occasionally I get a break from riding my bike to work so that mark can drive me. Oh, and Amazon Prime? Yes, please.

I think about every decision I make with the overall intention of being respectful of our resources - but if only 7 out of 10 choices make it - its still a passing grade, right?

Peace and Plastic and whatever story it tells has served as a wonderful "diary" of the last few years that I think I will forever enjoy looking back on and having this memoir is what encourages me to keep writing (though not as often as I wish I would) and trying to capture more and more of my real life.   I am forever grateful to Jamie of the ReallyReallyBlog for convincing me to start blogging.  Love you Jamie!


  1. Wow! I'm your biggest fan and I don't even think I knew this started as a green blog! Mine loosely started as a home/DYI blog and we all know I'm practically the next YHL... Write what you know. Keep it real. The real Ellen is who we love! Thanks for the shout out! Happy to inspire and happy you are still (occasionally) writing. ;) It can seriously be therapeutic.

  2. Yes Jamie it did! The whole "green" thing never even made it to the first post because I was out of authentic material before I started. So I started where all things start - crafts.

  3. Crafts make the world go round!

  4. I'm just glad you two blog. I love reading posts, and it keeps me up to date on whats going on in your life. I wish I could say the same about my blog. Sorry, I suck.