Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Earth Day 7, what I have and what I've learned
Yesterday one thing that I did that I was excited about - I've been saving those plastic baggies from Whole Foods and I stopped at the Westerly Market for some nuts. I usually get those nuts in a tin, but yesterday I went to the bulk bins and took out my handy plastic baggie and filled it! It was a great feeling to be reusing and not have to create more garbage and I walked back to work smiling:) I wonder if doing this does something for your stress levels, in the beginning of this experiment I felt more stressed but now that I'm using the bags over and over again that I've accumulated, I truly feel stressfree and content about something that I never used to be conscious doing...namely purchasing things like nuts.
While at work I was talking to a customer who composts and he let me know that there are places in the city, community gardens that take compost every Saturday. This is good news just in case we can't bury it at the lakehouse or in our little yard outside of our apt, we'll have a place to bring it.
Sometimes its difficult to watch other people not recycling. This morning on the train I saw 2 women nonchalantly chatting and drinking their styrofoam DD cups and for a second I wanted to just say - those cups will never degrade ladies, which means they will probably be sitting in the ocean as your little grandchildren play in it. But of course I didn't say that, as it would be rude to tell a stranger how to live their lives, but I did feel annoyed by them and I remembered when I would drink out of those from DD without a care in the world. I guess everyone has their own time for change.
If you ever have something you'd like to say about Starbucks, they have a site where you can voice your opinion. I put up a post about having a bin in the Starbucks where customers could drop lids off for recycling, copy and paste the link below if you'd like to see and/or comment. It turns out alot of other people have been thinking the same thing.
Starbucks Recycle Your Lids
Another thing I learned -
There is a great database called http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ that can tell you how toxic your makeup/lotion is. Its not exactly talking about recycling but it is about using chemicals and that does have to do with being green, so I thought I'd share.
I calculated the winner using random.org for the Dagoba flavored organic lip glosses giveaway from ecolips and the winner is comment #1 Sara from Domestically Challenged! Congratulations Sara! The Winner will be contacted by within the next 48 hours. Thanks for entering!