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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Green America: Stand Up to Big Plastic

One of my pet peeves is the plastic bag. I find them everywhere, even in my home. I occasionally forget my shopping bags on a trip to the store, or run short of what is necessary to transport my groceries home. In those cases, I usually opt for the paper bag, but I have been known to grab some plastic bags, so I admit that I am part of the problem. I do reuse them often for lunch bags, litter bags and even as little can liners. The problem is, even in most cases where we reuse them, they still end up in the trash. I know there are a lot of crafty solutions including irons and sewing, but that is not something that has trickled into our household.

Solution?

We have a ton of the canvas and reusable bags from a variety of sources and have picked up quite a few of the reusable produce bags. My wife has one of the ChicoBags clipped to her purse at all times so she rarely ends up with any of the plastic bags from stores. The ChicoBag is awesome it's about the size of an apricot when folded/compressed, but is a full sized shopping bag when opened. I love the thing.

Situation,

ChicoBag is being sued.

ChicoBag is being sued for claiming their product is superior to disposable plastic bags. The claim is ChicoBag "deceptively communicates that ChicoBag's products are superior to plastic bags, such as those sold by Hilex, with regard to environmental impact." Oregon is apparently in agreement with ChicoBag, as they are considering a statewide ban of, what many of us that have been to the middle-east call, the national bird of Kuwait.

Check the article:


Green America: Stand Up to Big Plastic





Friday, May 6, 2011

Life getting in the way of living

I have seen a trend of life preventing me from getting anything done.

I am trying to sell my van to clear out the driveway, but I cannot find time to put in the new brake pads which would facilitate quicker sale. I even have a barter lined up with a very interested party, but school eats up most of my day...... followed by kids appointments or extracurricular activities..... that precede dinner preparation..... then homework if there isn't anything needing done around the house that carries higher priority.

I am fully aware of the irony inherent in the fact that doing things is preventing me from doing things.

The irony is painful at times.

I know it boils down to priorities, but I wish I had more time to make things, even taking things apart (read: breaking) has taken a seat on the sideline while I try to eek out every minute in the day to take care of necessities. I have this hour between classes to squeeze homework in, and here I am blogging about not having time. I have no homework due until Tuesday (today is Friday and my homework is mostly done) so this hour is basically fruitless other than this post.

I slept very little last night, so exhaustion is playing a part in the tone of this post, but the message is the same.

I know I am not alone........................... everyone could use an extra hour in their day.

Next time I get a spare hour I am going to do the brakes in the van, wish me luck.