Thursday, 04 December 2008 06:53

Eco Restaurant Bags

When I bought my salads from GreenLeaf they handed them to be in a plastic bag - oh the horror! But then I remembered that they were very eco-friendly and the bag had to be recyclable. Of course it was, plus they wrote on the side that they're take 10 cents of your next order if you bring it back and reuse it. The bag is really nice and I  hope all restaurants start using eco carry-out bags. The company that makes them is RestaurantBags.com. Although, I'd rather not use plastic at all, but sometimes your hands are full...

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Wednesday, 03 December 2008 09:14

The Amazing Amazon Kindle

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I met Julie, owner of eco-organization business No Wire Hangers, at the Sustainable Works Residential Greening Class. I am very impressed with Julie's intelligence and experience.

Julie convinced me to try out Green Dimes, another junk-mail reduction company. For $20 (premium service) you can get rid of it all, plus they plant 5 trees for you. Or you can sign up for free.
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Saturday, 22 November 2008 15:57

Eco holiday decorations

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Friday, 21 November 2008 02:11

Junk Mail


I've had it up to here with junk mail! At my job it just comes pouring in and I'm sick of it. I've registered us on the Do Not Mail list and I've used Catalog Choice, but it keeps coming! So I am doing it all manually, and it really isn't that bad if you do it everyday. 

** I just revisited DMA Choice and they have a fantastic website - very similar to Catalog Choice, but even better because with one click of a button you can be taken off all catalog, magazine, and mail offer lists. Definitely sign up for it. 
 
Here's my method:
  1. I collect all catalogs/magazines, newsletters, mailings, postcards, etc. - I keep a list of what I've cancelled so I didn't duplicate the process with the same company
  2. I used to call all the companies, but it took forever. So now I Google them, find their websites, look for "Contact Us" or "Customer Service", and email them.
  3. In the email heading I write "Please remove from mailing list" and in the body I write that again, followed by the address EXACTLY as it is on the mailing. If there is a customer number and key code I include that as well.
Surprisingly, most of the companies respond within a day, and politely say they've removed me from their mailing list.
 
What I really wish these companies would do to make my (and your) life easier is to have a button on the bottom of their websites that says "remove from mailing list",  just like most do at the bottom of mass emails.
 
Or, if they really wanted to help the environment - they would STOP SENDING JUNK MAIL! Almost everyone uses the internet these days - why do we need catalogs and post cards announcing every sale and new product?
 
 
Ideal Bite is on the same track today with their tip about no longer receiving phone books by mail. Yellow Pages now has a great website that makes the process easy - do it today!
 
UPDATE: Friends highly suggest using GreenDimes to get rid of junk mail. 
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Wednesday, 19 November 2008 15:50

Ecco Ultra Lounge (Los Angeles)

I just read about a eco-friendly night club in Hollywood called Ecco Ultra Lounge. Sounds fun - too bad they don't have a ton of vegan options on their menu, but everything is organic. It looks pretty amazing - almost everything from the velvet rope to the clothes on the waitresses are organic or recycled or eco-friendly somehow. I definitely want to check it out.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2008 11:48

Glass drinking straws

 

We drink at lot of fresh veggie juice at my job, which is wonderful, but I noticed we were using a lot of plastic straws (read, bad for the earth). Sure, we could not use straws at all, but you gotta admit that it's more pleasant to use them. So, I researched reusable straws and found a fantastic product. 

 
GlassDharma makes Glass Drinking Straws (Made in USA). Not only are they a great alternative to the plastic we toss out, but they won't have that plastic-y taste to them, and you're less at risk to ingest plastic toxins. The best part: these straws are so durable and enjoyable, they come with a lifetime, satisfaction guarantee. If your straw breaks, they will send you a new one for free! 
 
You have your choice of 2 sizes - one for thin drinks (water, tea) and one for thicker (smoothies). You can buy them on their website, or from a company like GreenFeet.
 
What makes them so strong? They're made from the strongest glass commercially available.
They are great for hot or cold drinks, since they're microwave and dishwasher safe
 
UPDATE: I bought these straws for work and they're beautiful! 
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