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Thursday, July 10, 2008

This Disposable Life

So much in ours lives today is disposable, it really too bad we are used to getting rid of things so quickly. I have been trying to do away with as many disposable aspects of my live as I can. Starting with replacing plastic bags, water bottles, napkins, and paper towels with non-disposable options

I like to think first of what things can I replace with non-disposable items, or if it has to be disposable I try to find the best option, recycled paper, glass over plastic and so on. For example I now look for glass options rather then plastic at the grocery store, I forgo toilet seat covers (a hard change for the germ-a-phob in me), and I carry around an old sample cup from Trader Joes so when I stop by I can still sample their new Fair Trade brews without feeling guilty(yes I have gone mad) . These little things may not add up all that much but applying them to my life constantly make me think about what I am going to use, why and if it is necessary.

Some of my recent efforts to eliminate disposablity (is that a word? LOL) in my life is getting rid of disposable feminine hygiene products, thanks to some trusted girls reviews of the Diva cup! "
In 1998, 7 billion tampons and 12 billion sanitary pads and their packaging were disposed into landfills and sewage systems in the U.S. alone. With landfill". Nice to know I will no longer contribute to that pollution.

Another change I have made is refillable milk jugs! I am so happy to have found a place that refills glass milk jugs with LOCAL organic milk. Gosh I am just so excited about this LOL. I mean how cute and charming is this! It's so nice to go back to old ways before convenience became a way of life, Amanda I just might be a bit of an Old Fashioned Girl myself ;). I wish more things would be become refillable it such a great way to eliminate dispoablity (if that's not a word it is now!).
Live green! =)


15 comments:

Jennifer said...

I would love to try that milk! Now, that diva cup is another story. But cheers to you for being such a good friend to the enviornment!

The Perry Fam said...

That is awesome! I am definitely going to try the DivaCup. How did you go about finding your new milk joint? I would love that!

Amber said...

I came across it at my local health food store. Here is their website Lindsey, it look like the carry it at the Raleys near you! http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/?id=5

Amanda said...

There's a local dairy that bottles their own milk in reusable glass bottles. There's a $1.50 deposit on each bottle, that you get back when you return the bottle. The milk is more expensive (even beyond the deposit), but it's SO much better than the "regular" milk. The last couple of weeks I've been considering switching to their milk, so it's ironic that you posted on something similar today: maybe it's a sign from above, LOL.

Amber said...

Oh how funny Amanda! Yes these had 1.50 deposit on it as well but the milk was the about price of the milk I was buying before it was $3.99.

Mandi said...

OMG How cool! I wonder if we have something like that around here. You are quite brave to use the DivaCup...not sure if I can go that far, just yet.

Mandi said...

Eeeek, I'm so excited. I just checked out that website and there is one close to us. I want to go there this weekend...bummer cause I just bought milk today UGH

Amber said...

Awesome Mandi!! Well wait until you need milk next time!

Shana said...

I'm with Jennifer... I'd like to try that milk, but the diva cup is another story! More power to you, Amber!

The Perry Fam said...

Thanks, Amber! I'm going to try it next time!!!

'dee said...

We have local organic milk delivery, too! I haven't signed up yet - you may have pushed me to it.

The Perry Fam said...

Amber, did yours have the cream on top??? I didn't know what to do with it, so I scooped it out. It was kind of scary. LOL!!

Amber said...

No mine did not, I got the Fat Free version though. LOL Mine was totally normal.

Amanda said...

Oh, why would you get rid of all that delicious cream!!!???!!! *weeps*

Okay, I'm probably a dork, b/c as I've said, if I had my choice, I'd drink raw, whole milk, straight from the cow. That said, there's no need to scrape the cream off the milk; just give it a good shake before you pour it.

Amber said...

Amanda I have read so many articles about raw milk being super healthy for you! So i'm with you there.