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These are the things that give me pause. That I wish I could avoid, but simply can’t. These are the things that I tell myself are okay since I am ec0-friendly otherwise. Am I deluding myself? One-time use contact lenses. Enough said. Plastic lenses plus plastic packaging equals lots of waste. I try and recycle [...]

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We don’t think about what happens during the food manufacturing process. At least it’s not something that’s top-of-mind for me. Consider olives, for example. They are yummy. They get used in a variety of dishes. Personally, I love cooking with them. And yet I never considered the fact that there are lots of pits created [...]

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One of the most wasteful places, in my opinion, is the school lunchroom. Lots, and I do mean LOTS, of single-serve containers, wrappers, and packages. Take fruit leather, for example. They usually come in a box, each fruit bar individually wrapped. The boxes cost $4 for eight. (Or about $.50 each.) Recently, I came upon [...]

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Remember my promise to spend and consume less this month? This weekend I was weighing that promise and my commitment to reduce against a desire for my kid to look like everyone else. Big Girl is on a soccer team. Back when she first joined, we ordered her uniform at the local soccer shop. When [...]

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Just saw Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. (What would I do without my TiVo?) I love his ideas, of course. Kids should have access to real foods. Nothing processed or chemical-laced. And milk should not be defined as “white.” Since when is plain milk called “white?” But as I sat watching the show something struck me. [...]

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It’s been a recycling/reducing kind of week, so it’s only fitting that I am dedicating today’s Favorite Things Friday to cool products and companies that can help us reduce waste, improve recycling rates, and reduce the amount of plastic in our world. What do you think? Willing to give them a try? Ecologic packaging. I [...]

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After spending yesterday thinking — really thinking — about all my actions, I came to a conclusion: I get why most people would rather skip the whole green thing entirely. It’s so much easier to do things quickly and move about your day. Case in point: One of my One Small Thing moves is recycling [...]

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Ever drive around on December 26? You’ll see bags and bags and BAGS of garbage. The amount of trash we produce grows exponentially during the holidays. What’s in most of those bags? Wrapping paper and cardboard packaging. But the front of your house doesn’t have to look like a trash heap. The reason: Most of [...]

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