Archive for the ‘eco-friendly’ Category

Bravo Volkswagen

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

This is a really good idea. I love it. How fun! I would absolutely take those stairs! I’ll let their videos speak for themselves:

The Fun Theory by Volkswagen.
Pssssst, you can submit your own fun ideas as well! And more than the money they will give you, think of all the people you might help convince to live healthier or more sustainable.

I love love bottles!

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

I received my Love Bottles today! That was very fast and they are so cute! They are bigger than I had expected which is a good thing since I like to drink plenty of water. The glass is sturdy so I am not afraid to drop them. As a matter of fact within minutes of unpacking them, I did drop one in my living room. Albeit it is carpeted but not with luxury soft fluffy carpet or anything. It survived without a scratch.

Love Bottle (Dream Big Wind Curls 1000 ml)

Love Bottle (Dream Big Wind Curls 1000 ml)

I ordered two bottles — both the Dream Big Wind Curls just two different sizes. I got the 1000 ml and the 500 ml sizes for my friend and myself. I also ordered the bottle brush and the funnel (for easier pouring). However, the funnel is not necessarily needed for me since we use a water filter jug in the fridge and it has a smaller spout that fits perfect with this bottle. The glass is thick, really thick. The mouthpiece is easy to use. The cap easy but sturdy.

Love Bottle (opening)

Love Bottle (opening)

Overall, I am super excited. This is better for the environment and better for my health! I will keep you informed on my thoughts as time passes…for now its all love…

Oh, the Love Bottle…

Monday, May 11th, 2009

In my journey greenward I decided I could not continue drinking water from plastic water bottles–even if I reuse it for a few weeks each time. They are bad for the environment. They are bad for our health. They even say that using plastic water bottles over and over can cause the plastic to break down and plastic is linked to breast cancer and other nervous disorders. So, why take a chance? With my health and with the environment?

The next step was to figure out what to use instead. I don’t want to go plastic–even hard plastic. This eliminates many of the reusable water bottles. I don’t want to go stainless steel because I do not care for the metallic taste that goes along with it.

GLASS! That’s the ticket! I thought I would buy a glass drink and reuse the bottle but before I decided to do that–I thought I’d google “glass water bottle” and guess what?!?!

I found the perfect reusuable, earth-friendly, most adorable water bottles! The LOVE BOTTLE!

love-bottle

Not only are they eco-friendly…but they are sweet. They are feel good products. Here is what the website said about their bottles:

Love bottle is a reusable glass water bottle made partially from recycled glass. It has a ceramic swing top lid that creates a water-tight seal.

Words and pictures carry energy that affect water. Different words can create beautiful water crystals – I like to call it “supercharged” water. Every printed bottle has the word “love” on it, charging your water with the energy of love.

Now, I do not know if I believe words can change the properties of water but it can change a mood, an attitude, a thought. If I am having a bad moment and I get a drink and see “LOVE” on my water bottle…I am likely to smile and remember there are many worthwhile moments. =)

This is the perfect start to my new greener journey. I will let you know what I think about it when it arrives!

Heading North to Green…

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I have always been conscientious about my affect on my surroundings–people, the environment, even in the simplest, everyday activities such as walking and sitting. I walk lightly. I recycle. If invited to dinner–I bring something and insist on cleaning up. When I visit people, I will offer to take out their trash–play with their children so they can do household chores or run errands. I have even been known to dust for them or rearrange books. I am the one who remembers birthdays–and reminds others. I plant trees and feed birds. I share my car. I upcycle and shut off the water when I brush my teeth. I share books through bookmooch. I buy greeting cards from the Arbor Day Foundation–each one ensures a tree is planted in the National Forests. I buy local organic produce.

I want to leave the earth with as little imprint as possible but I still have a ways to go.

I use paper towels a lot. I love bleach and cotton1. I drink iced tea from starbucks–served in plastic cups2. And I take long showers3 and wash my hands a lot with antibacterial soap–which is both a waste of water and introducing antibacterial stuff into our oceans, rivers and streams.4

I want to make some greener choices. I will start with the cotton I choose to buy. From now on I will try to purchase only responsibly made organic cotton products. I will use less bleach — I am not ready to give it up completely. I am also not at all prepared to give up my antibacterial hand soap. Hahaha… I will re-evaluate this at a later date. I also decided to try Marcal Small steps 100% recycled chlorine-free bleached, no dyes or fragrances paper towels. I had to order them from here because they are not sold in my area yet. I will let you know what I think once I receive and use them. There were other brands of recycled paper towels but they were the brown kind and those bug me for various reasons–also they do not come in select-a-size which I have come to appreciate.

Any ideas on the starbucks iced tea?

  1. http://www.organicconsumers.org/clothes/background.cfm []
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch []
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/09/17/water.crisis/ []
  4. http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0510-07.htm []

Stamped Philanthropy

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I have always enjoyed handwritten correspondence. I like paper, envelopes and stamps. I like the impression left on the paper with the pen filling with ink on the paper. I like the feel of the paper under my hands. I like to post them and I like to receive them. I am always searching for new pretty paper with matching envelopes. I even use holiday paper… I know, I am a geek. =) I also like to pick interesting stamps. I have for many years. I think the flag stamps are boring (patriotic but…boring). I used the Breast Cancer Awareness stamps as default for a long time. Each stamp meant a few more cents towards Breast Cancer research. I am a sucker for a good cause coupled with something I enjoy—like writing letters or sending mail.

I’ve slacked a bit in my writing the past few years. Tsk, tsk. I will try to work on that.  I did order some stamps recently. I had some of the Breast Cancer Awareness stamps and some Edgar Allen Poe stamps (because I love his work) but I wanted to buy a bird stamp (to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2009) so I went to the UPSP site and started looking. Here is what I ordered.

The 2004-2005 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp—the Redheads (in my honor hahahaha). It is a $15 stamp but it is not mailable. It is purely for conservation means. The money is donated to the National Wildlife Refuge System to help maintain the 5-million-plus acres of habitat.

2004-2005 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

2004-2005 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

Next, I came upon the Alzheimer’s stamp and thought of my dearest friend whose grandfather is struggling with memory issues. Naturally, I ordered them.

Alzheimer Awareness Stamp

Alzheimer Awareness Stamp

And last but not least I got some stamps from my birth state. I will leave you guessing on that one.

I am still in pursuit of some cool new paper but I am simply not finding any. However, I did find this most interesting journal. I ordered it for someone special. It arrived yesterday. It is plantable. Brilliant idea. It is symbolic as well as earth friendly (made with post-consumer recycled paper and plantable!). It is perfect for anyone who needs to grow through some pain. Write it out and plant it.

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plantable1

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Eco-friendly Transportation

Monday, March 30th, 2009

To drive or not to drive… that is the ecological question of our time. We definitely do not need a car for each person in the country. This is simply a waste of energy and resources. Here are some transportation alternatives:

  1. Share one car per household.
  2. Car-sharing—with strangers (google car sharing for more information).
  3. Carpool.
  4. Ride the bus.
  5. Ride a bicycle.
  6. Walk.
  7. Get a hybrid and drive the speed limit.
  8. Telecommute.
  9. Consolidate your work week to 4 days instead of 5. Ask your boss—you never know.
  10. Take care of your car. Get regular tune-ups, check your tire air pressure, tighten your gas cap, take off any racks on top of the car when not in use, roll down your window in hot weather in lieu of using the air conditioner, change your oil and your filters (air and fuel) regularly.

You can do any or all of these things once a week, one week a month— any small steps help. We can all do our part. Are you doing yours?