The idea of buying wrapping paper, wrapping gifts in it, opening the gifts, and throwing the wrapping paper out drives me crazy - it’s just so wasteful. During the winter holidays, 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown away. So, last year we started using fabric gift bags (see Green Gift Bags and the picture at right) and this year we added Furoshiki gift wrapping. Furoshiki is the Japanese tradition of wrapping gifts in beautiful swaths of cloth – that you can reuse rather than throw away. In addition to using fabric for wrapping gifts this year, I also cut the tags [...]
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This year as we’re scrambling to find new and unusual gifts for those that have it all, I hit on the brilliant idea (well I thought it was good) of gifting a few of the green items we’ve found over the past year to encourage eco-friendliness. Each of these gifts can help replace plastic throwaways, reduce oil consumption, and save landfill space – how cool is that?
The first is the nice reusable shopping bags at Envrirosax. They describe them as follows:
Envirosax® designer reusable bags are spreading the eco-friendly message with style! Chic, inexpensive and compact, Envirosax® eco-friendly shopping bags carry the [...]
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Last year, it took an estimated 12 million barrels of oil to make the 88 billion plastic bags consumed in the US ($80/barrel x 12 million = $960,000,000 sent to foreigners for oil). After learning this, I committed that we would start taking reusable shopping bags to the store (see 11 Ways to Save in 2010). Since its Earth Day tomorrow, it seems like a good time to share what we’ve found to replace the throwaway plastic bags:
I found some nice reusable shopping bags at Envrirosax. They describe them as follows:
Envirosax® designer reusable bags are spreading the eco-friendly message with [...]
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After learning that US bottled water consumption in 2009 required the energy equivalent of 50 million barrels of oil, I committed to finding some reusable water bottles (11 Ways to Save in 2010), and make sure we used them.
I found some at klean kanteen (http://www.kleankanteen.com/) that had the following features:
BPA free & eco-friendly
Made of 18/8, food-grade stainless steel (no liner needed)
Round corners so they’re easy to clean
Stainless steel threads
Fits large ice cubes
They have quite a variety of sizes and cap configurations, I went with the 18 oz. classic model, and we’ve been pleased. They are a little pricey (approximately $20 depending on size), so I also looked on RetailMeNot [...]
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Making Us Poor
I suddenly realized that we’re sending billions of dollars to foreigners for oil ($500 billion annually), making them rich and us poor, and it can’t go on. I don’t know why it never hit me before – the making us poor part just never sank in.
Oil consumption’s just beginning to rise in China and India, and there’s nowhere else to get the stuff. That means prices will continue to go up, and the oil countries will get richer while we get poorer. Maybe it’s only small things we can do about it individually, but collectively we can make a [...]
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