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How long until it’s gone?

  • Line fishing (including hook): 600 years 
  • Plastic bottle: 450 years 
  • Common Can: 50 years 
  • Aluminum Can: 200 years 
  • Plastic unite in six pack cans: 400 Years 
  • Biodegradable plastic, to unite in six pack cans: 6 months 
  • Plywood: 1 to 3 years 
  • Cigarette butts: 1 to 5 years 
  • Diapers: 450 years 
  • Carton: 2 months 
  • Plastic Bag: 10 to 20 years 
  • TetraBriks: 3 months 
  • Newsprint: 6 weeks 
  • Socks: 1 to 5 years 
  • Styrofoam cup: 50 years 
  • Glass bottle: Permanent (up over 1,000 years) 
  • Cotton shirt: from 2 to 5 months 

We should take more seriously the task of protecting our oceans, then by the selfishness of some to throw tons of garbage at sea. Humans, as well as plants and animals, left injured.

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Happy Earth Day! 

While we think about our impact on the Earth every day of the year, we love Earth Day. It’s sort of like a birthday party for the entire planet! 

This year, in addition to continuing our dedication to minimal product packaging and conscientious business practices, our birthday gift is an exciting (well, to us) new 100% post-consumer and recycled polyethelene mailer! EcoEnclose’s dedication to biodegradable, reusable, recycled, and sustainable products is what first caught our eye. Just take a look at their response to their naysayers: 

We were told time and again “it isn't possible to produce a high-quality, dependable poly mailer made entirely from waste.” With our devoted clientele behind us, we were driven in our refusal to give up the fight; rejected the compromise: persevered for years until finally after much anticipation (drum-roll, please) we proudly accomplished the goal we set out to attain: EcoEnclose 100% Recycled Poly Mailers!

Them’s our kind of people! We highly encourage you to read up on our new bags, and also the company and people who make them. We feel proud to be partnering with such a rad company, and look forward to a long partnership in sustainability.

Please note that while we have started to send out some orders in the new recycled bags, we do still have a lot of white poly mailers that we are trying to phase out. We absolutely refuse to send them to the landfill en masse because that would just be a tragic waste! To help out in the fight to keep plastics out of landfills, take a few moments to google polyethelene plastic (bottle tops, plastic film, poly mailers, etc.) recycling in your area. 

♥Zaffie

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Reduce your footprint

There are many simple ways to reduce the footprint you leave on the planet. Learn how to reduce your footprint in each consumption category-carbon, food, housing, and goods and services-but don’t stop there. Amplify your impact by encouraging others to follow your lead. Engage your friends and community with local and global movements for social change, or start your own movement!

Reduce your Carbon Footprint

Use cleaner transport

  • Walk, bike, or take public transit whenever possible.
  • Avoid allowing your car to idle. If you’ll be waiting for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine (except in traffic). And don’t take the drive-through-park the car and walk inside instead.
  • Have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep the emission control systems operating at peak efficiency. Check your car’s air filter monthly, and keep the tires adequately inflated to maximize gas mileage.
  • Avoid short airplane trips-take a bus or train instead.

Add energy-saving features to your home

  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs in all your home light fixtures-but remember, compact fluorescents contain mercury, so look for low-mercury models and be sure to dispose of old bulbs safely through your local hazardous waste program.
  • Weatherproof your home. Make sure your walls and ceilings are insulated, and consider double-pane windows. Eliminate drafts with caulking, weather strips, and storm windows and doors.
  • Insulate your water heater. Even better, switch to a tankless water heater, so your water will be heated only as you use it.
  • Choose energy efficient appliances.

Adopt energy-saving habits

  • Keep thermostat relatively low in winter and ease up on the air conditioning in summer. Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended to keep the A/C operating at peak efficiency.
  • Unplug your electronics when not in use. To make it easier, use a power strip. Even when turned off, items like your television, computer, and cellphone charger still sip power.
  • Dry your clothes outside whenever possible.
  • Make minimal use of power equipment when landscaping.
  • Defrost your refrigerator and freezer regularly.
  • Choose green electricity. Many utilities give you the option to purchase electricity generated by wind and solar power for a small rate surcharge.
  • Purchase carbon offsets to make up for the energy use you can’t eliminate.

 Reduce your Food Footprint

  • Eat more local, organic, in-season foods.
  • Plant a garden-it doesn’t get more local than that.
  • Shop at your local farmer’s market or natural foods store. Look for local, in-season foods that haven’t traveled long distances to reach you.
  • Choose foods with less packaging to reduce waste.
  • Eat lower on the food chain-going meatless for just one meal a week can make a difference. Globally, it has been estimated that 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions are associated with meat consumption.

Reduce your Housing Footprint

Choose sustainable building materials, furnishings, and cleaning products.

  • Explore green design features for your building, like passive solar heating, a rainwater catchment or grey water recycling system, and recycled materials.
  • Choose efficient appliances, including low flow shower heads, faucets, and toilets.
  • Choose furnishings that are second-hand, recycled, or sustainably produced.
  • Plant drought tolerant plants in your garden and yard.
  • Use biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products.

 Adopt water-saving habits

  • Take shorter, less frequent showers-this not only saves water, but the energy necessary to heat it.
  • Don’t use the garbage disposal. Compost instead.
  • Run the dishwasher and the laundry machine only when full.
  • Wash cars rarely, or better yet, take them to a carwash. Commercial carwashes use less water per wash than home washers, and they are also required to drain used water into the sewage system, rather than storm drains, which protects aquatic life.
  • Avoid hosing down or power-washing your deck, walkways, or driveway.
  • Regularly look for and fix leaks.

Reduce your Goods and Services Footprint

  • Buy less! Replace items only when you really need to.
  • Recycle all your paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic. Don’t forget electronics!
  • Compost food waste for the garden. Garbage that is not contaminated with degradable (biological) waste can be more easily recycled and sorted, and doesn’t produce methane gases (a significant greenhouse gas contributor) when stored in a landfill.
  • Buy recycled products, particularly those labeled “post-consumer waste.”
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So as I’ve tried to limit my waste stream in various ways and my mission to end plastic wrap as a regular thing takes a leap forward.

Found this little bento box today.

Don’t think I’ll need the utensils as I’m more of a veggi-humus wrap kind of guy.

So much of our daily chore results in dependence in the oil/gas industry and I’d like to stop that. I work in this industry and its basically a look the other way gang rape scenario. From the land to the locals to the workers.

It’s bullshit especially when we all could be doing better by doing smarter.

Same reason for the “old fashioned” razor. That little steel blade is 100% recyclable and easily versus the “modern” gang razor and my soap and mug versus a can of goo… You get the picture.