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Moving away from plastic can be fashionable, too.

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Your whole life you’ve been forced to make tough decisions: Dasani or Arrowhead? Paper or plastic? Duh, neither. Consider yourself liberated.

Bottled water is the single largest growth area among all beverages, including alcohol, juices and soft drinks. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, per capita consumption has more than doubled over the past decade.

After all, something as small as a bottle of water can be your best accessory, and you know you take close care in choosing the label. But don’t ruin your eco-friendly rep by hauling around the plastic bottles of yesterday. Do your part to stop global warming with the Seletti Italian glass water bottle. So chic. Each of the four designs holds one liter, and is fashioned after their evil plastic counterparts. At only $38 plus $9.50 for shipping at www.lekker, you’ll start saving money after refilling it with filtered water only 23 times.

We all love Tacoma, but no one wants to drink the gritty city’s tap water. So pick up a PUR water filtration system for your faucet at Target for only $39, and you’ll get the same yummy taste as bottled water.

Local T-town markets are also giving props to their customers for not using plastic. Stadium Thriftway will deduct five cents from your purchase for each bag you bring in to reuse. Every time you bring your own bag to Trader Joe’s in University Place you’re entered into a drawing to win some free goods. 

Luckily, these Envirosax are both functional and fashionable ($38.00 at This set of five reusable grocery bags is lightweight, portable, waterproof, and each bag is the equivalent of two supermarket plastic bags. You can choose from a variety of patterns and colors, and they come in a convenient carrying case. I dig the black and white set. At you can score other recycled goods as well. Even better, for every handbag sold, they plant a tree in an area that has been affected by industrial development, natural disasters, fires, or other causes.

Who says fashion should be limited to what you wear on your body? Give up plastic and save the earth with style.

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