Act: Green & Natural Living
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"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river." ~ Ross Perot
- 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
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...
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.
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.
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.
They are great for hot or cold drinks, since they're microwave and dishwasher safe