11.28.2008

Want vs. Need

I find most of my trash comes from consuming. Whether it be the packaging on a new purchase or containers from take out.

Today was the 17th Annual Buy Nothing Day which is an international protest against consumerism.

Earlier this month I tried to buy as little as possible for a whole week. It really makes you think about using items you already have, as well as borrowing or just plain doing without. Well that whole experiment lasted one week. Then I went on a spending frenzy, buying anything and everything I was thinking about while I was on my "diet". So while Buy Nothing Day is not as extreme as what I was trying to do, it still makes a lot of sense just to take a day to reflect on really what we need rather than what we want. And really I am pretty lucky, and do not need as much as the general public would want me to believe.

11.24.2008

For the Guys

Men: Do not look at previous post if you do not want to read about periods.

Here is a post for you! (Women welcome)

CONDOMS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

I compiled some articles from around the internet (feel free to do your own search)
And these are what I found the most interesting.

1. Condom Sense: First Article that comes up on Google. Worth a read, was written in 2006.

2. Gorgeously Green's take on Red Wine & Condoms:
It’s hard to recommend an organic wine, as everyone’s tastes are so different. Best to go to a good wine seller, who buys from organic wineries, and get their advice.
Onto condoms! There aren’t really any eco-friendly condoms per se. Condoms are either made from latex, which is biodegradable, lambskin – also biodegradable or polyurethane, which is not biodegradable. Most condoms you buy are made out of latex, however, it won’t biodegrade in water – so never flush a condom down the toilet (can easily block pipes or end up in rivers and streams). The best thing to do is to wrap it up in a piece of toilet roll and put in your regular trash – its best gravesite is a landfill! Lambskin can be a viable choice, however, it doesn’t protect against any diseases- so only recommended for seriously monogamous relationships! Female condoms are made of polyurethane. So there’s the skinny on condoms.


3. Tree Hugger on Brazilian Amazon Condoms:
Natex condoms are 10% more cost-effective to produce and that native latex is also more resistant for having 50% less minerals than cultivation latex.

Please post your own ideas or links to articles about Environmental Condoms. But please do not reuse!

Back On Track

I have to admit, I haven't been the best blogger this site has seen. But I'm going to try my best to be more on top of it the rest of the month!

I know TrashedOut has mentioned this before, but because it is something us girls need every month, I figured it was worth to talk about again. Its
a change that's as simple as changing to reusable bags from plastic and makes a big impact. *Saves money too!

Diva Cups myths dispelled.
1. They are difficult to use: Yes at the beginning it was a
bit hard, but once you get used to it, you'll be thinking why haven't I done this before?

2. It is messy:
"Almost every woman's initial reaction to The DivaCup is, "Ewww! That's gross!” When tampons were first introduced it took quite a while before the concept caught on. Once you take the time to learn about The DivaCup, and actually try it for yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised about how clean and NOT messy it really is. " ~ DivaCup.com

3. They are uncomfortable: You do not feel it, just like a tampon.

4. They are not sanitary:
They are very easy to clean. Boiling it in water every so often. I find they are more sanitary than tampons since they don't disrupt the natural flow, and don't contain any irritants. " The DivaCup is made from top quality, healthcare grade silicone, which is 100% hypoallergenic, latex-free and odorless." ~DivaCup.com

I got mine just about a year ago. And it took a while to use it regularly. I still have tampons and pads, and usually alternate between all 3. Not this month!

Please go to http://www.divacup.com/en/home/faqs/ to have all your questioned answered. You won't regret it!


11.16.2008

New Things


So I have some new things in my life.

My first is a couple of rescue kittens. They are 5 months and 6 months old. So not tiny kittens, but they are still super cute and playful. Leo and Sabrina. I purchased flushable kitty litter, but have high hopes of training them to use the toilet (ala "meet the parents") so to not make trash at all! I gone a little nuts buying kitten toys for them but it's all good.

My second new thing is a bag. Yes a bag. Now I'm not the type who loves shopping and lives for the next biggest trend or has a closet full of shoes. But I did splurge and got this really cool bag made from old ad banners. And the straps are seat belts. I absolutely love it! I'm trying not to product place too much. The company is called Alchemy Goods "Turning Useless into Useful" is their slogan.


11.12.2008

Easier Said Then Done!


Okay, I have to admit, I haven't been doing the best job in the 30 day no trash challenge. After re-reading some posts from previous bloggers, I am ready to start anew.

One thing I'm going to do to help reduce my trash is carry around a cloth with me. My mom just gave me this great cloth that is highly durable, and easy to rinse and dries quickly. I forget the name right now, but I'll post it later when I ask her. It's the sheet of cloth, that can be cut down to different sizes and used many ways.

11.07.2008

Lunch Time!

Since using sanitary items at work (tissues, etc) are unavoidable, there are other things during the work day I do to limit my trash.

One major thing is Lunch! I use a reusable lunch bag as well as reusable containers.


I got this great sandwich case from tupperware. No more plastic baggies or tin foil!

I don't go anywhere without my reusable bottle as well. People at work call me "tree hugger" because I try to get them not to use Styrofoam by bringing in mugs. This only works when I hand them the mug. And 4 of the mugs I brought in have already gone missing. Any other ideas to encourage co-workers not to be wasteful?

11.03.2008

Here We Go!

Thank you Dayva! And thank you all the bloggers from the challenge that came before me. I really enjoyed reading your stories. I'd like to start with my inspiration that made me want to take part in helping promote sustainability.

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard is an excellent look on how we as Americans over consume, and where our stuff comes from and where it goes when we're done with it.

A little about me: I am 25 years old, and live in Philadelphia. I work as a technician in a Doctor's office.

Challenge number 1: Work. Working in a Doctor's office, I use a lot of tissues for cleaning equipment. This is their policy, so there is little I can do except try to conserve as much as I can.

Challenge number 2: Here in the great state of Pennsylvania they only recycle Number 1 & 2 plastics, I save all of my 3-7 plastics to later take to a recycling plant.

Okay, I have to run off to work now, but please check out The Story of Stuff and pass it on to people you know. I will be back soon with another post, promise!

-Jess

P.S.

Don't forget to get out and vote for President Obama tomorrow!!!!!!!

November Challenger!!

Unfortunately we were dark all of October, however out of the dark comes the light!
I would like to introduce you to Jessica Sitkoff. I actually don't know that much about her (yet!) but she has been reading the blog and is up for the challenge. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to read how Jessica's month goes.
Good luck Jessica and thanks for joining the challenge!
xoxo