Seltzer Senorita
February 19, 2009, 5:18 pm
Filed under: green, shopping


I have long wanted a working seltzer bottle. I had to order three off eBay before I realized the vintage ones didn’t actually function. Oh, I love those wire wrapped Art Deco beauties! Oh, how they are pointless paperweights! Why did no one tell me it’s impossible to get the caps off them and refill them with water? That age has fused them into metallic and glass lumps?

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CD Recycling
January 21, 2009, 7:31 pm
Filed under: green


This is more like a future reference note to myself, but why not share?

This webpage offers information about where you can send CDs, cases, and liner notes to be recycled (pick-up is available in New England). I don’t see why your liner notes can’t go in regular local recycling, but the info about CDs and cases is handy.  I personally am still hanging on to my music CDs, but I saw CDRs and CDRWs get trashed regularly in school and if I’d known about this, I would have organized the collection of them as a grassroots project.  As it is, I am going to keep it in mind for all the offices I work at in the future.

Recycling Your Water Filters
December 5, 2008, 1:01 pm
Filed under: green


European Brita has been recycling water filters since 1992, but apparently the service has not been available in the United States. On one hand, “That sucks!” On the other, I’m kind of glad, because I would have felt stupid for every time I’ve put mine in the trash with a bummed out sigh if I was actually supposed to recycle the thing.

Good news as of January ’09, however!

I went to this morning to get a postage label for my Preserve toothbrush and what should I see but an announcement that Preserve is going to start accepting Brita Filters! Even better, you can drop your filter off at select Whole Foods and skip the shipping altogether. I have my fingers crossed that because I live in a wealthy part of tree-hugging California, my local Whole Foods will be one of the “select.”  Participating stores will also accept any #5 plastics. Check with your local recycling folks to see if that is a boon over your current program or not, though, as it makes no sense to divert your #5s if they’re already being properly recycled.

Now, shall we start a petition to get them to accept PUR filters too?

Do You Use Exfoliating Body Scrub?
June 17, 2008, 7:55 am
Filed under: green, health/beauty

This was super interesting. Apparently the ‘micro-beads’ that swirl down your drain as you rinse off are often microplastics (unless noted as ‘natural’). Sewage treatment systems aren’t designed to remove microplastics, and they end up washing downstream into the ocean, where they end up in the digestive systems of aquatic life.

Food for thought.

What To Hang Over Your Compost Bowl
June 9, 2008, 4:19 pm
Filed under: green, shopping

Looks a lot prettier than a fly strip, doesn’t it?  It’s also greener: nothing to throw away, and infinitely reusable.  Target is selling them in clear, purple, and teal, Smith and Hawken brand, for a little under eight dollars apiece. At my local store the lids had been lost for all of the ones left in this size, but a wine cork does nicely in a pinch.

I’m also a big fan of the red biodegradable plant pots they’re selling right now.  I bought three!

Very First CSA Box = Love
May 29, 2008, 8:48 am
Filed under: green, in the kitchen, living mindfully

I tried to join a local CSA a few months ago, but they were booked full. They offered to put me on a waitlist and I accepted, although I didn’t think it would do me much good. I was wrong! Last week, my number on the waitlist came up, and yesterday I got my very first CSA box ever. I can tell right now it’s going to be like getting a present every week. The anticipation, the hints, the slow reveal, the tearing through the packaging…it’s all there.

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Khadi Available Outside of India!
May 21, 2008, 11:14 am
Filed under: green, health/beauty

I found Khadi brand toiletries for sale outside of India! Not that it’s any easier for me to buy them in Euros from another country, but at least it’s proof that the stuff is exported. I daydream sometimes of contacting the manufacturer and asking them to let me import some of the products to sell in the United States.

Meanwhile I still ask everyone I know going home for a little while to bring me back one of everything they find.

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