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:
Grocery stores, pharmacies, small and large retailers will no longer be allowed to provide plastic carryout bags at checkout;
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;
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.
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! :)
Guess what time it is?! A whole year’s gone by since my sister and I first discoveredTeens for Jeans, and now it’s back for its 4th year! Stop by your local Aeropostale before February 13th and donate your gently worn jeans! Aeropostale and DoSomething.org works together and takes your donations to a local charity or homeless center. Aeropostale thanks you by offering a 25% off your next pair of jeans from their store.
Think of it like this! By donating your old jeans that you haven’t worn in ages (for whatever reason… I like to blame the holiday food!), you’re making more room in your closet for new clothes! :D
Leave me a comment if you do decide to stop by Aeropostale with your jeans! I’d love to hear about your experiences :)
Go Reynolds Wrap! They recently released aluminum foil made from 100% recycled aluminum! Check out their website, they even have a discount coupon for their new product! Once I’m all out of foil… I am definitely gonna get this. Their commercial claims to be just as strong and durable as their regular foil, so if anyone tries this out, lemme know! =)
alumimum? alemenin? alumuumumlum? haha… my sister had the hardest time saying this word when she was younger! I still think she does… =P
Instead of a quick 5 minute round trip drive to my friend’s place to drop off the notes she let me borrow, I opted for the 20 minute walk! Maybe this doesn’t sound like much, but I don’t walk to places very often, mostly because I grew up in SL hahah… so it was nice to stop and smell the roses.. figuratively since I didn’t see many flowers bloom. The only negative thing about the walk was.. it was freaking ICY weather :( My earrings are cold and are hurting my ears haha.. must warm up!
Since I practically live across the street from a grocery store… I’m gonna start walking there or even biking! That is, if I ever fix/clean it up haha. Maaybe after midterms!
Davis Arboretum last year during our picnic… I miss those days!
Unsure as to how your curb-side city recycling program works? What they do and do not accept vary from city to city… I was surprised to see that San Leandro accepts plastics with the number 1 to 7! I’m surprised because Davis only accepts plastics with #1 and #2… I guess because Davis has an open recycling facility where you can drop off the other types of plastic. SL also accepts juice boxes/milk cartons for recycling, where as Davis doesn’t.
I think one of the best ideas ever is to research online (it’s really, really quick and easy!) to see how your curb-side recycling/garbage pick-up works. Here’s some info on San Leandro’s recycling/garbage/compost program!
I’ve always liked shopping at Forever 21 because they have the ultimate package: fashionable clothes for an affordable price! I liked them even more when they started selling reusable cloth bags for $1.50 which, by the way, they were one of the first clothing companies that did so. Recently, they started offering plastic fold-up bags that are so easy to carry around, so they’re always one-upping themselves.
However, after seeing this post on their blog, my admiration for them has skyrocketed through the roof. This is one of the most generous things I’ve seen a company do for Haiti! They have donated more than $3 million worth of F21 clothes to the country in need. Plus, they made 50,000 inspiring, bright yellow shirts just to donate to Haiti, with the shirts totaling a whopping half a million dollars.
Now, if only other companies would follow F21’s example… (Sidenote: Another reason I dislike Walmart…)
Wanna reduce your carbon footprint but don’t know where to start? I’ve found the perfect solution! Okay, I lied. Michael found the website haha, but I am fully endorsing it! I love these kind of tips because: A) they’re easy to do B) they apply to our everyday lives and C) it makes me feel accomplished when I can look at a tip and say I already do it! =)
How many of these 50 simple ways to make Mother Earth a better place have you made an effort to do? So far, I’ve done 38/50… that’s still a C! =( A few of them don’t apply to me, but there’s a few I’d like to try! For example, I plan to visit the Davis Farmer’s Market to buy some fresh, local produce! And I want to pick up some rechargeable batteries soon, because even though I don’t really use them that often, I still feel it would be beneficial in the long run. One thing I’d eventually like to try is… #8… haha and if you know me, you’d know why =P
A quick update, I saw this helpful link on Yahoo!’s front page! The article lists a bunch of websites that will buy your unwanted but gently used electronics! Check it out and see if any of them want your old cell phones and such! I have a few old cell phones and even a digital camera laying around at home collecting dust that I should probably do something about! I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away, so I’m going to check and see if I can sell them. If not, then time to recycle them! I’m seriously in a permanent spring cleaning mode hehe.
My sister, Tracy, introduced me to this website that offers a free download of an eco-friendly font. Printing with this font will save you up to 25% of ink or toner! Whoever thought of this is a genius! The reason why this particular font saves you ink or toner is because there are tiny holes placed in the letters, thus having less to print. Plus, when the font is smaller (used for essays), you can’t see any of the holes! I’ve already started using it for homework assignments! =)
Cost Plus World Market is currently having a promotion where they are giving away a FREE TOTE BAG with any $10 purchase in store!! It’s a really cute reusable bag and it looks like it can hold a lot of things in it! It’s until supplies last and the ad sales end 1/31/10, so I wouldn’t wait until the last minute to get it…!
Link to Ad HERE! You can read about it at the bottom of the first page!
I found out about this reusable bag simply from browsing JustJared.com, an awesome website that I get all my celebrity gossip from =P I like when I find things like this randomly online! Many of you know that I love reusable bags, and I am never without one when at the grocery store or at the mall. I use different kinds of bags depending on where I am. I use the simple, cheap tote bags that Forever 21 sells when at the mall because clothes aren’t that heavy; plus, it would look kind of weird to be carrying a grocery type of bag full of clothes at the mall… at least in my opinion hehe. For grocery stores, I go for the reusable bags that can hold up to 25 pounds, which is a necessity when buying groceries.
So when I saw this product, I instantly wanted it! Not only is it cute, but purchasing this particular bag will provide food for one child during an entire school year in an underdeveloped country! And of course it reduces the waste of plastic bags that are NOT recyclable through your neighborhood garbage pick-up. Although most grocery stores are starting to offer recycling bins solely for plastic bags outside the store, there are SO MANY plastic bags that get tossed into the garbage and thus lay in wastelands for years and years and years! Just thinking about it now makes me sad all over again… It seriously takes no effort to carry around your own reusable bag since many of them fold up into tiny pouches. I keep one in my purse and one in my car at all times =) Anyway, back to the point! If you’re shopping around for a reusable bag, I highly suggest purchasing a FEED bag!
Now, I know that they’re pricy for a reusable bag. But think about the children! I know some people would say, “Well, for that price, I would rather just donate that money directly to the children.” Yeah, they say this, but how many of them actually go through with it? Since you would be spending that money to feed a starving child, you might as well also get a bag! Plus, if you divide the price by how many times you will use the bag, it practically pays itself off!
I think this cause hits close to home because I’m currently taking a class about child development and how crucial an education and nutrition is to their development. I’m also taking a lab where I am a caregiver to children 3-4 years of age, and it kills me to ever think of them without an education or food.
One more thing I wanted to say… I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite, but I don’t own this bag. I am a poor college student who is neck high in loans and credit card bills… but I am saving up for this bag for the near future! I guess I’m recommending this reusable bag to those who can afford it without feeling guilty! I don’t want to feel like I’m forcing it on anyone =)
OH and just to throw it out there, stores like Safeway, Walmart, Rite Aid, and I’m sure many others have bins outside of their stores where you are encouraged to bring back those plastic bags to be recycled. They recycle those types of bags specially because the neighborhood recycling doesn’t accept them. So at the very least, take advantage of those bins! =)
SUMMARY: The FEED bag is a fashionable reusable bag offered exclusively through Amazon, partnering with the UN World Food Programme and spokesperson Lauren Bush. Purchasing this bag will provide food for a child for one school year in an underdeveloped country. The price is $35 with free shipping. I’m not sure how many pounds it can hold, but it’s made out of burlap so it’s definitely durable. Oh, and it’s reversible! =)
I can’t remember where I stumbled upon this, but I found out about this a couple of days ago and thought I would pass it on. Teens for Jeans is an organization created by Aeropostale and DoSomething.org where you can donate any gently worn pair of jeans to Aeropostale, who will then turn around and donate the jeans to a local homeless shelter! It’s a really great idea because it helps out the needy and allows us as consumers to reduce the amount of waste by finding the jeans another purpose! I know I have an absurd number of jeans just collecting dust at home and taking up valuable closet space because either they don’t fit me or I just don’t wear them anymore, and I know many of you have that same problem! So please take a little bit of time out of your day to go through your jeans and donate those that you no longer wear =)
Aeropostale is accepting jeans in good condition from January 19-February 14! AND they’re offering a 25% off coupon towards a new pair of jeans, so go get started! =P
And you can take it to the next step just by signing up to receive email updates from DoSomething.org! It only takes a few seconds, and you’re under no obligation whatsoever to do anything after that. However, it’s nice to keep your eyes open to the different organizations out there, and if you happen to see something that interests you or something that you can offer some assistance to, then go for it!
P.S. I love that Ashley Greene is a spokesperson for the campaign! I really like her because she’s beautiful and seems really down to earth. Plus, Alice is my favorite character in Twilight and Ashley portrays her really well =D
Look what I found! I saw a stand full of new envelopes that screamed GREEN while at the Post Office the other day, but I didn’t have time to grab some. I searched for them online to see exactly what they’re all about, and voila! Check out the website below.. =) Recycling is crucial for a better future, so please try and make an effort to recycle as much as you can! Whether it’s reusing items for a different purpose or, as a last resort, recycling objects that no longer work. Yeah, it’s more work to recycle small things like batteries, ink cartridges, etc., but it makes a huge difference!!
Today was fun! My sisters planned an outdoor ice skating day in SF! Too bad that since it was a Friday night, it was hella freaking packed… hm let’s start at the beginning…
I woke up at 12:30 today, only because I slept at almost 6am last night! Damnit, and I really thought I was starting to get on a normal sleeping schedule from the cabin trip. I slept pretty early and woke up early to maximize energy and time for snowboarding! =) But yeah, woke up kinda late today >.< Kent came over and I took him to Manor Grill. MMmmmm I had their Colorado omelette, and it was YUMMY and hella filling. Then we went to Borders in Alameda to pick up the second Percy Jackson book. I need to start the first one tonight hopefully. I tried the Strawberry Whirl for the first time at Jamba Juice… it was alright, but I don’t think that Jamba is very good =(
Dude, there was SOO much traffic driving to SF on the bay bridge. Good thing we were carpool! I’ve never seen so many cars there… we just zoomed right by them =D Ended up not ice skating because the line was way too long and the tiny ice rink was packed with people. The only good thing about that is I probably wouldn’t have room to fall =P I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I was hungry again so Sam, Jeff, Kent, and I found a random Thai restaurant to eat at while Tracy and Vang and their friends walked around. The pad see-ew was really good and flavorful :D
I ate sooo much yesterday for Uncle Howard’s bday lunch and today, I don’t know how it’s all holding in my stomach still….