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A Chemical Reaction is screening across the country, and will be in Los Angeles this Sunday afternoon. I'm going to try to make it.
Last year at Eco Gift 2008, I met Scotty Claus of The Living Christmas Tree Co, and I fell in love with his company, which rents live Christmas Trees in the Los Angeles area. Instead of buying a cut tree and throwing it out, rent a living tree for a few weeks! (I wish there was a company like this in Massachusetts for my family to rent.)
Here's my short video with Scotty from last year.
I passed a neat looking store in West Hollywood called Earth Class Mail. Since it had the word earth in it, I wondered if it was eco-friendly. It is.
As I went through the usual office junk mail, I came across an eco-friendly mailing from Lexus. Even though it was another unnecessary letter, I was quite impressed it because not only was it made from Mixed Sources, but the envelope was the letter! The letter was created to fold into a sealable envelope. So at the very least Lexus saved an envelope in a very creative way...but I'm still going to request to be taken off their mailing list!
- A few months ago I found some beautiful paper by PapOrganics/Perennial Paper, but they don't have any information about how to buy it on their website.
- The Green Life now carries paper by Fish Lips, but it's not quite what I'm looking for
- Whole Foods in Venice carries pretty paper by Soolip but it's not holiday themed
- Bloomin' is cool because you can plant all their products when you're done with them (but they don't have a huge selection of wrapping paper).
- Natural Elements has really cool paper, and I've seen it at a few stores (though I don't see any for the holidays)
- Of The Earth has plant-able paper too, and some for the holidays!
- Peaceful Valley has a good selection, but not much for the holidays.
- Seltzer has really fun products, but not much for the holidays.
- Pre-used gift bags
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.
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 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
- 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.
- 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.