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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Green Guilt

Since Earth Day last week I’ve been feeling lots of “green guilt” towards my reckless consumption. I've decided to join forces with Thuy and take some small steps towards becoming more earth/green conscious. Here are my top five items I’ve recently purchased and am proud to say are officially GREEN!

1. Better World Books: I recently posted about my favorite spring books. If you wanted to purchase any of these books, but haven’t, please use this site. Better World Books not only has an amazing amount of books, but it also ships FREE in the US and costs only $3.97 to ship anywhere in the world. In addition, the company supports book drives and collects textbooks from universities and colleges. They convert these donated books into funds, which they use for literacy and education programs.

2. Ecojot: This paper company has some of the cutest journals around. All of their products are made from 100% post consumer recycled paper, their inks and glues are vegetable based, and the paper is chlorine free. Check out their darling sketchbooks for kids.


3. Grip Color EcoPencils: Not only are these easy on the eyes, but these pencils are also triangular, which means they won’t roll off your table. They’re non-toxic and made from reforested sources in Brazil. Plus, they have polka-dots! Hello? Need I say more?

4. Reuseable Snack Bags: Confession: I use a lot of Ziploc bags! I am sure that my consumption doubled after Emi’s arrival too. I’ve started the process of purchasing reuseable snack bags for my lunch. They can be a bit pricey for one bag, but it seems like a good investment, especially since I take my lunch to school and use about 5 ziploc bags a day! Yikes! Click on the different bags to be directed to the seller's sites.


Also, be sure to check back with us on Friday for Thuy's post about these lovely Evelynfield's bags. She'll be hosting a giveaway.



5. I’m Not a Paper Cup…cup: I converted my water bottle to a stainless steel bottle about a year ago. Yet, when it comes to my daily cup(s) of coffee, I’m guilty of using many paper cups. This cup solves my paper cup problems. I especially like the fact that it’s microwaveable, since most days I don’t finish my coffee until after I reach the classroom. (Maybe that’s why I’m so irritatable?)


Here's to taking the first of many small green steps!

Remember to visit us Friday for your chance to enter Thuy's giveaway.

-Kacey
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34 comments:

Monica said...

Excellent green list!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the snack bags and paper cups!

Connie said...

I have got to get some of the snack bags! Ziplocs are such an important part of packing lunches... at least if you need to have a lunch box that child can carry!

I have a drawer in my kitchen devoted to rags... dish rags, polish rags, floor rags, you name it... old face clothes eventually gravitate to this drawer. I use very few paper towels or other disposable wipes.

Ali said...

Oh, oh, oh, I LOVE the little snack bags! Me likey.

Sapphire said...

The reusable sandwich bag is a great idea. We started using tupperware when we ran out of ziploc bags earlier this year. But the sandwich bags are cuter.
Great list!

Meg said...

Kacey, I love those reusable snack bags! I never get plastic grocery bags, I ride the bus, I recycle, but it kills me that I'm still using plastic bags for lunches! I love this idea. And since I sew, I'll bet I can make these too!

Thanks for sharing!

Here's another addition to your list! Reusable produce bags:

http://www.reusablebags.com/store/organic-cotton-mesh-produce-bags-p-689.html

Lori said...

AWESOME post, Kacey! I'm very eco-conscious, but my Ziploc bag obession is out of control. Thanks for the links :)

Amy said...

Great finds. A friend made me some snack bags. I love them. I have to check these out for sure. Have a great Tuesday.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Some very good ideas. Like the lunch bag idea!

Randi Troxell said...

thnx for telling us about this... all great ideas to help out!

A Psych Mommy said...

I love the I'm not a paper cup! I have to get one of those!

Kathy B! said...

These are great recommendations!

Especially the nota a paper cup! I hadn't seen that before.

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Great stuff Kacey. Especially the book site. Thanks!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Snack bags are on the top of my list to get into the habit of using.

Becky said...

Love the reusable bags! I go through Ziplock bags like nobody's business, too, so those would be good for me. And, you know, the Earth.

Tranquility said...

Thanks for the links and ideas! Those little baggies are so cute too - I almost want to switch more for the cuteness than the green-ness (but green is very good too)!

wendy said...

another green pencil or colored pencil idea is smencils. they are scented pencils with recycled newspaper instead of wood. they smell delicious. they aren't triangle though.
xo

Mrs Cooper said...

You are doing a wonderful job with your green list. We all need to be more conscious.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

I LOVE the Ecojot paper. Seriously, I recommend it to everyone. The notebooks are adorable and it's like 100% recycled.

BlogBaby said...

All good finds tree huggin' friends! Now tell me, when you hug the tree does it hug you back?? Just wondering...I'm feeling kinda lonely.

BlogBaby

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

Check out terracycle, I saw them on Oprah, it seems super cool!

Deb said...

Thanks so much for the links. My state isn't as friendly toward the green, so some of this is stuff I've never heard of!

Alicia said...

Those are some really neat products! I'll have to totally look into those!!!

Felicia - I Complete Me said...

Great post!!! I recently have been having green guilt as well. I don't do nearly as much as I should. I told the hubby that we need to be a bit more green and I'm going to really implement this. I don't know where to begin but I'm going to begin none the less.

wenbren explains it all said...

love all your tips! Thanks so much!

Counselormama said...

I love that cup! Thanks for all thee ideas!

Nana said...

Great items!! I need to get the bags. Thanks for the ideas.


Fran, You better believe it!!!

Nana said...

May I call Fran? Sorry I should have asked first, but since you are part of the family I thought it would be o.k.

Stesha said...

In my opinion you should just fix the contest and let me win. End of subject.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Sarah said...

Ohh, great stuff. I'll have to check some of that out!

Alicia [The Soft Landing] said...

What a great list! Thanks so much for pointing your readers to our eco-friendly eating gear store :)

Gibby said...

My daughter and I just received reusable sandwich and snack bags that we ordered in honor of Earth Day and after using them a few times, I have to say I love them. The only problem is that I didn't get enough, so now I feel horrible whenever I do have to add a Ziploc bag. I need to get some more.

Great ideas, thanks!

Ronnica said...

I'm working on getting greener as well. Some of my choices just seem wasteful. I started using a resusable lunch bag a while back, so reusable baggies (or containers, as they're cheaper) will be the next step!

Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

Great list of stuff! Those snack bags are adorable, I might have to attempt making some for my kiddos' lunch boxes, too. I wonder how long they would last before they got hopelessly stained or greasy?