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Ban the Bag or Bag the Ban?

What the what?

That may be what you are thinking when you read the title of this post but more and more cities are having this debate as plans surface to ban plastic bags from being used within their cities.  And like everything political, generic viagra buy viagra there are two sides to the story.

When I first heard about this proposed ban in our city I thought it was a great idea.  “Yes!  Ban use of those nasty bags!  Then we won’t see them washed up on beaches and found in the stomachs of whales a because they look somewhat like a slimy food source.”

But then after doing some research and learning more about the proposed ban, viagra generic site I started wondering if there is a better way to get to the same goal?  After all, I think both sides of the debate would agree that they would be happy to see a reduction in plastic usage and keeping plastics out of landfills and water sources.

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Wrapping up Christmas: a guide for gift giving

It is that time of year.  The scramble for the big Christmas day is underway!  You are in one of two positions this time of year: One, sildenafil case you are frantically trying to get your shopping done (or started) or two, you are struggling to get everything wrapped.

For the first, I wish you the best of luck and encourage you to check out some of my last minute sustainable gift ideas, or websites like World Vision, Uncommon Goods, and Ten Thousand Villages for unique and environmentally-friendly gifts.

For the second, I found myself in this boat and looking for some better solutions to wrap all the holiday gifts this season.  According to the EPA, from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25% and it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills (EPA and Use Less Stuff).  That doesn’t feel good in a season where we are trying to give better lives.

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America Recycles Day! Celebrate and Learn

If you have been following this blog for a while, viagra generic click you have probably heard from us about the importance of recycling, generic viagra reusing and reducing.  I’ll say it again – it is one of the easiest things you can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  But we know from experience that sometimes you still ask the question, “but where does this go?” (referencing your trash of course).

Well today, November 15th, is America Recycles Day and our good friends at Nature Bridge, who are dedicated to “connecting youth to the Natural World” have chosen today as the special day to launch their new website dedicated to helping all of us be better about how we manage our waste streams.  After just a few minutes of using it, we have given My Garbology“must bookmark” rating.  Here is what we really love about the site after only one day of using it.

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Beyond the Brown Bag: packing lunches with less impact

With the downturn of the economy, viagra buy find one of our family’s cost cutting measures has been to pack our own lunches for work or school.  This practice allowed us to save a few dollars but as I was packing lunches a few weeks ago, viagra buy I suddenly was struck by the amount of waste that each brown bag was generating.

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Beauty Reformed: Adventures in Sustainable Personal Care Products

New Year, generic cialis site New You!  It seems every time I turn on the T.V. or open a magazine, cialis canada someone is talking about transforming themselves through the use of countless beauty products or the latest diet regiment.  The first few weeks of the new year are traditionally devoted to shedding those excess pounds picked up like bad gifts around the holidays as well as investing in a barrage of new products guaranteed to make you look younger, have shinier hair, or whiter teeth.  Our motivations for using these products range from wanting to be “socially acceptable” to a “super model”.

This year at Camp 4, we started looking at our barrage of personal care products and were horrified to see the impact.  By count, that is 23 bottles devoted to hair care,  15 products devoted to skin care, 7 products devoted to teeth, and 34 products devoted to other things (make-up, contact lens, etc).

And then we started reading labels of what are in these products.  Like with processed foods, there were a lot of ingredients with scary, un-recognizable, 45-letter names.  These additives not only have potential environmental impacts, but potential health impacts as well.  After all, they are used in your mouth or on your skin and are easily absorbed by the body.  And then there was all the packaging made mostly from petroleum!  We suddenly did not feel so beautiful.

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