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Organic LOCAL produce…

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

I eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. I generally get organic and local but I go to the store to get them or the local farmer’s market. Well, last month I decided to try a local farm who delivers once a week. I signed up for the service, they have a variety of options from a small box of fruit for $25 a box to the whole shebang — vegetables and fruits for $37. I went with the big box…why not? It can’t hurt to have lots of extra vegetables and fruits, can it? They will definitely get eaten. The first couple of weeks had a lot of green leafy vegetables which wilted by the day after delivery at lunch. =( That sucks. So, maybe it is best to pick those on my own. I do know how to clean and store them, I eat them daily. But the fruit and other vegetables have been amazing.

It comes in a box with a plastic liner… and its left at my doorstep each week. This week’s box was particularly wonderful! Apples, nectarines, black plums, asparagus, cauliflower, mustard greens (we will see tomorrow how they work out!), raspberries, grapes, blueberries, carrots and organic potatoes…

 

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 []