peace. love. recycle.

deb·bie [deh-bee] n. peace, love, happiness, food, recycle, sleep.

*this blog revolves around my love for everything ecofriendly!

A couple of nights ago…

Doing the Earth a favor and reducing the amount of paper cups and plastic spoons two people at a time! :)

(Btw, the burgundy cherry gelato at Gelato Classico Italian Ice Cream in downtown Mountain View is too yummy! Kent likes the limone sorbetto!)

Yaay Macy’s has finally jumped on the bandwagon and is now a facility that accepts plastic bags for recycling! As a former employee of Macy’s, I’ve witnessed first hand the massive amount of plastic bags they go through… Although, working in cosmetics made it easier for me to convince customers that they did not need a bag for the lipstick they just bought.

Woohoo! This really made my day :) My respect for Macy’s has gone up a notch!

I saw this a couple of weeks back in the food court at the Hillsdale mall in San Mateo. What a refreshing change from the single universal trash cans other malls have (and I’ve seen a lot of malls)!

San José is the largest City in the state to ban plastic carryout bags.
The ordinance will go into effect on January 1, 2012, and:
  1. Grocery stores, pharmacies, small and large retailers will no longer be allowed to provide plastic carryout bags at checkout;
  2. Stores may still provide paper bags made of 40% post-consumer recycled material and charge a minimum of 10 cents for each bag. After the initial two years, the store charge will increase to a minimum of 25 cents for paper bags. The charge will be retained by the store;
  3. Customers purchasing food with WIC and CalFresh “food stamps” may be provided a recycled content paper bag at no cost for the first two years of the ban.

Oh San Jose, stop trying to get me to move there!

    Just wanted to share a new product that I’m loving!  Trader Joe’s sells these awesome Preserve toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt cups!  I’ve been wanting to pick one up forever, but patiently waited until all the extra toothbrushes at home were used… and now I’m a happy gal :D  I was actually tempted to give these toothbrushes out as gifts… lol but then I realized that not everyone is as eco-crazy as me and would probably prefer getting no gift rather than something the dentist gives out for free.

    Anyhoo, the handle is made of 100% recycled yogurt cups but the bristles are brand new (for all you germophobes :P)  The company has also made recycling the toothbrush easy peasy!  Just mail it in using the original packaging it came in, free of cost!  It is recommended to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, so taking the time to recycle your toothbrush definitely reduces your carbon footprint.  

    Oh and if you do stop by Trader Joe’s to pick up the toothbrush (which I hope you do), I also recommend taking a look at all their holiday cookies right now!  I’m loving their make-your-own gingerbread house kit :D  Happy shopping!

    Yay, finally posting the photos from my first Best Buy recycling extravaganza.  I dragged Kent with me to the Best Buy in Union City, toting a large bag of random cords and wires I’ve been hoarding (since I’ve moved back from college) and two heavy, old computer towers.  For those of you who are curious, this particular Best Buy’s in-store kiosk accepts plastic bags (they have two sections for it), rechargable batteries, and wires, cords, and cables.  As for the larger electronics, you gotta take them to the customer service desk where they will process the recyclables. :)

    Unfortunately, I need to make another trip to the Best Buy in Milpitas (McCarthy Ranch) because that particular store recycles CDs and CD jewel cases!  I’ve also found other things around the house that I’ve been wanting to get rid of but had no idea what to do with… including an old, broken printer and a super old school Sony Walkman!  Although now I’m debating if I should just donate it to Goodwill… at least Best Buy guarantees that the products they accept for recycling will be recycled responsibly, whereas I have no idea what Goodwill does with the donations that don’t sell.  If you guys have any suggestions or experiences, I’d love to hear them!

    Testing… Testing… Blogging from my sister’s iPhone…

    Yay, new and improved blog! =]  I reorganized a bunch of my posts and created links on the side for easy access.  It’s less cluttered and easier to read, at least in my opinion.  Hopefully I’ll upload a picture of Best Buy’s recycling kiosk by the end of this week!

    Here’s a quick post!  Click the link above to see what kinds of electronics and accessories Best Buy accepts for in-store recycling!  They take in a lot more items than I thought they (or any other store) would.  Yay for Best Buy for taking this step towards a greener life for everyone!  Now, the real question is how many people take advantage of their program? :)

    Hey everyone!  I’m back! =)  Not that I physically went anywhere… I was just neglecting my blog =(  I’ve missed blogging, and I am going to try to make more time for it.

    I came home today to this pretty little package =]  Imagine my surprise when I saw the biodegradable airbag in the box!

    And for all of you that are more interested in my purchase, I picked up this little gem =P

    What I wasn’t too happy about was all the freaking packaging that came in the box!  Who really needs an abundance of tissue paper?!  Sigh, at least it’s pretty and I can find a way to reuse it in the future…

    Although this was my first Kate Spade purchase, I must say I am more inclined to do business with them again all thanks to that biodegradable airbag (in addition to their cute designs, of course).  I know it kinda sounds silly, but the fact that they made that small change in their packaging makes a huge difference with the mass amount of orders they must ship out!

    What do you ecowarriors feel about buying designer brands?  I admit, I felt guilty for spending that amount of money for one product, mostly because I’m the type of person that prefers bang for my buck; and I’m not gonna lie - all my money goes to food haha.  However, I’m starting to realize that it’s a much better (and even eco-friendlier) choice to invest in my purchases because: a) you spend less money overall than if you were to constantly replace a cheaper product, b) eco-friendly products are more expensive due to the use of recycled and/or quality ingredients, and c) investing in a few everyday staples is probably (or definitely) less waste than purchasing 50 similar products from Forever 21 for the same price.

    Edit — 11/14/11

    I ended up reselling the wallet because it was too small for me… it was the perfect size when it was empty, but it bulged too much when I put even a few cards in.  Sigh, the card ID from Irene is still the perfect wallet!  Good news is: I reused the same packaging to send it out! :)