January 4th, 2009

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Green Products and Recycling: Warning & Tips

I'm planning to buy a lot more green products and do more recycling. I guess it's a New Year's Resolution, but I've already started doing it for quite a while.

I bought a new green cleaning product in Safeway recently and the top wasn't screwed on right and it completely spilled in my trunk, getting everything wet, destroying two boxes of tissues. I took the bottle & tissues back to the store along with the receipt, but they didn't even look at the receipt and told me to find replacements. I checked the lids and many were loose, so I made sure I had a tight one this time.

We have a new single-stream system in Prince George's Co., Maryland. I saw a program about it on tv. Here's an article that may have come from the show. They include these tips:

* Recycle all paper (junk mail, boxes, magazines, envelopes), bottles and cans (aluminum, glass, metal, and plastic).
* Buy products with little or no packaging, and buy the largest size you can use.
* Buy reusable products such as non-disposable cameras, electric razors, reusable lunch boxes, etc.
* Bring your own mug to the office or local coffee house for coffee; paper cups waste both money and landfill space.
* Buy products made with recycled materials.
* Reduce your junk mail by canceling unwanted catalogs.
* Bring your own reusable grocery sacks when shopping at the local supermarket.

For the second to last suggestion, you can use Catalog Choice to help you eliminate all of those catalogs you get in the mail.

Also, I suggest getting rid of old, but possibly usable items through thrift shops, Freecycle, or Craigslist.

We're supposed to be getting larger recycling bins for all the recycling we can do now. For those in the rural tier who don't get recycling pick up, you can drop it off in the recycling area of the same place you bring your trash. (For a brief history of our trash situation resulting in this recycling change, see this article.)

I'd like to share a quote that I found today: We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.

In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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