I made some small changes to my skincare routine and frankly my skin’s never been better. I invested in a collection of pure, organic oils (almond, argan, avocado, shea butter, castor), a Rose Quartz face roller, and a jade Gua Sha, and started implementing them into my routine with frequent massages and more frequent moisturizing than usual. It leaves my skin glowy, clear, soft and always moisturized.
So my organic professor calls carbons with 5 bonds (which are wrong) Texas Carbons because they look like stars and “everything is bigger in Texas.” I was going through one of the lecture slides and there is a mechanism where the arrows show the carbon being removed but they forgot to take it off in the final product so I put a cowboy hat on this Texas Carbon.
(He once had a student draw a carbon with 8 bonds on a test. That is Octpus Carbon. )
June 2020 - Lurking in the Hardgoods - Organic vs Conventional products - Dirty Secrets
I’ve been lurking in the Hardgood Dept, which is stuff like soil and fertilizers and pesticides (which is a great place for an introvert). I have VERY strong thoughts and feelings about these things. The Hardgoods person has been gone for months, caring for her elderly mother. Funky New Artist and I have been trying to keep up, but as the Veggies are winding down for summer, I’ve devoted myself to taking on the Hardgoods which have been a total clusterfu*k. Organizing, closely examining products, telling my manager what we need more of, restocking, etc. One day I wouldn’t mind taking on this dept entirely.
What I’ve realized is that conventional pesticides and herbicides are like Walmart. People use them all the time, even if they don’t tell you that. Of course some people never had any qualms about using conventional stuff, usually older people or more right wing folks.
I long assumed that we ought to move to strictly organic products, and ideally only OMRI listedones, even as debatable as it is how truly sustainable or safe those products are, as that debate is not where most people are at.
But lo and behold, what am I restocking? So much conventional weed killer. We would legit lose a lot of business if we went strictly organic / organicish. The big box stores nearby probably carry this stuff too, but it’s not as simple as dropping a bunch of products people don’t need to be using anyway.
The other thing I’ve learned is that no one reads the labels. Apparently not even staff!! I’m the only one staring at the active ingredient list and noticing how much of the exact same stuff we’re carrying, just with different brand names. Even my manager, with decades of experience, had no clue. And we’re training our customers to look for these particularly-branded things, the kind that will leave if they don’t see those exact words on the shelf. Uuuugh.
To be fair, the active ingredient is usually listed in a tiny hard-to-read font, and I know that soon I’ll probably need bifocals or some shit to read these things myself because my up close vision is getting weird, but still… it’s on the FRONT of the bottle folks.
The first thing I’d do if ever I get my hands on the department for real though, is to stop carrying fucking antibiotics for fruit trees.
FUCK THIS SHIT
Antibiotics are too precious to spray on orchards. Thank goodness few people buy this crap. It is unethical and immoral to abuse precious antibiotics this way.
This is the current gold standard in organic certification.
It is stricter than the USDA organic labeling and genuinely trusted in the industry. If you want to be a certified organic grower, you can go to the OMRI lists and only use items from those lists. Even if you don’t want to be certified, you can be comfortable knowing that these products have been carefully and independently vetted, and so far, unlike the USDA, there’s been no issues with the requirements being “softened” to a less rigorous standard.
OMRI is also an international organization, so this isn’t just a US-only project. They do review products available in other countries.
There are some dubious “organicish” labels out there, and long popular companies who are either unwilling or unable to pass certification. For instance, Espoma has a whole large product line that is branded “Organic” but NONE of their products are OMRI-certified. Some companies, likeFoxfarm
orNeptune’s Harvest, have some products that are OMRI-certified, and some that aren’t.
It’s not just fertilizers of course. Monterey carries an organic line (which has a green stripe in the label instead of orange), and some of their items are also OMRI certified. Sometimes the OMRI label is on the back of the bottle.
Please note that spinosad, a biopesticide, is awesome, organic, and effective but it is also verytoxic to bees. Read the labels for how to apply.
This stuff is great on those cabbage moths that destroy cabbage, collards, broccoli, etc. You can also find Bt in powder form.
ACTUALLY, DO NOT TRUST BONIDE. They sell all kinds of legitimately toxic shit. Here’s why they say they don’t bother getting OMRI-certified: “
Bonide does not seek approval from OMRI because OMRI provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. Bonide’s products are sold for Residential Use Only and are not meant for production, handling, and processing, with the exception of BurnOut.
“ Yeeeeeeah that’s some bullshit. They’re saying that since they don’t mean to sell to farmers that they won’t bother, but you know that farmers are not buying little bottles of Safer soap, yet Safer soap is totally out here with their OMRI certification. They have horrible things from INHUMANE ANIMAL TRAPS to products containing 2,4D AND Dicamba and mecoprop (note that that product is banned in many states) and 2 seconds of googling will reveal people ignoring the labels and just using all this shit willy nilly.
Avoid Bonide, they are shady and gross.
Back on track - potting soils are also included! Black Gold has many OMRI-listed items. Fafard has 1. Promix has a couple.
So if this is a thing you care about, read the labels!
And buy the stuff.
You can also donate to OMRI, write companies asking them if their items are OMRI-listed, and ask your local stores if they carry OMRI-listed items.
*Organic products are not necessarily more sustainable than conventional. But it does make for a convenient category.
Just a few biodegradable, reusable, eco friendly every day alternatives. YOU can make an impact as an individual by making simple changes to your lifestyle; aim for evolvement, not perfection. Very often you’ll encounter people who will criticize the little “errors” that you make. Being more sustainable is not a competition, it’s a journey we are all on — educating ourselves, questioning our actions and trying to change the way we live to put less pressure on the planet. It’s our responsibility as earthly inhabitants to make an effort and protect our beautiful home.❤️
Amy strikes again! I ordered some curl custard and face serum from Vermont Organic Solutions and she sent me this great new baby care package! Can’t wait to try all the new products (and the old essentials - seriously, if you buy one thing, try the lip balm - I have one in every purse and scattered throughout the house.)
This morning I made poaça again for guests coming for brunch tomorrow! :~) it was really nice, this batch turned out amazing! I used goat’s feta on the inside 🌷 sprinkled with sesame and nigella seeds! 💖
my art feels like its in this weird inbetween place where its like. cartoony in a specific way? like i see other people who have a similar balance between structure and looseness but mine does feel Kind of Different from those, which i’m happy about because i usually can’t see what things are distinct about my art style