Which toilet paper is greenest — and cheapest? Win a case of recycled TP, too.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to look on Wednesdays at various types of waste and how we can better dispose of these items — or prevent them from happening.
It’s time for the weekly wrap-up of things around the Web. However, the Web this week has been bursting with news about the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. So, in honor of those 1970s/1980s icons, I’m rolling back to an old-school wrap-up of information found in the printed publications that have been piling up on my desk.
Last year, I vowed to eliminate my junk mail. After fighting in vain to contact every catalog and junk mailer by myself, I looked into other options. In July, I subscribed to GreenDimes (now renamed Mailstopper) to unsubscribe me from catalogs, companies and other unwanted senders of mail. For an overview of their services, see my original post here. Basically, the company promises to automatically unsubscribe subscribers from direct mail services. Then, users can go online to the Mailstopper Web site and enter in junk mail as it arrives. The company will request on your behalf that you be unsubscribed.
Now is a great time to see if you can wrap up your gifts without any waste. Are you in?
‘Tis the season to send gifts far, far away … and whether you’re shipping a handmade gift to your grandma, a box of donations to children in another country or (we won’t tell) an item so perfect that you averted your green AND cheap mindsets just this once, I ask you to consider your shipping supplies.
Whatever the contents, wherever the destination, whichever the shipping service, think about doing what you can to unpack the plastic and waste from your shipped items.
Household comparison shopping yields Amazon’s 15% off subscription program …
As far in the past as last Christmas, I had a subscription to GreenDimes on my wish list. GreenDimes is a company that lets you sign up, either for free or for a fee, depending on the services you want to receive, to eliminate your junk mail. With GreenDimes, you start out by choosing the service level you’re interested in. The free service says it will handle some of your basic junk mail, if you’re willing to do the legwork yourself. I was interested in the premium service, which costs a one-time fee of $20. For that $20, the company does several things:
I got so many great questions from readers for my one-year anniversary last week – not to mention all the sweet comments. Thank YOU all for reading and making this blog so much fun. Your being here helps motivate me to keep on keepin’ on — even though things feel a little dark at times in terms of our environmental/economic future. Now for the questions – and my best shot at some answers for you. Here are the first three! More to follow on Tuesday.
Organic Needle reminded me to do an update on our performance during the Riot for Austerity, which I started 10 months ago. This is the 90 percent challenge that I’ve mentioned on this blog — with the goal of cutting consumption by 90 percent from U.S. average consumption. Here’s the update on what I did and how it turned out:
A couple of weeks ago, our local paper published an interesting article about a “day in the life” of a Denver Recycling worker. I wish I had video of the way they pick up the carts – it is really cool. I think the city is catching on. For the first few months, I was out turning our neighbors’ carts around so they could be picked up. And maybe I’ll leave a cold can of Pepsi for them this summer. In the City of Denver, we have an easy recycling process that lets us throw paper, paperboard (yay!), cardboard, glass, aluminum foil, cans, and plastic (if it is shaped like a bottle) into one container and wheel it out every other week for curbside pickup. I love the system.
Happy Earth Day! It was a gorgeous day here in Denver. I helped with a project this afternoon for my daughter’s Daisy Scout troop, planting bean seeds in newspaper pots.
Last week, I received a thought-provoking comment on my January post about recycled toilet paper. Anon wrote: Um, I hope you know you are not doing any favors buying single rolls; the additional plastic packaging is just discarded by the store. You’d be better off buying it by the pack and saving money.