going green: canvas bags

July 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm | Posted in going green | 11 Comments
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It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally made the switch from paper and plastic to Re-usable Canvas Bags.

I got my first four canvas bags from Pixar. My hubby had done some work for them, so we had the privilege of seeing Ratatouille in the Pixar theater. After the movie, Pixar treated us to goodie bags filled with Ratatouille items. Probably the thing I was most excited about was the goodie bags themselves, they were canvas bags, perfect for shopping. (I think this speaks volumes about Pixar as a company, have you seen Wall-E, by the way? It’s EXCELLENT).

Here was the problem with the bags. I had no system. They pretty much sat in my house unused. Okay, my hubby was good about putting one in his car and using it. But that was about it.

Then last year I bought three canvas bags from Trader Joes. I used them for a bit. But again, had no system for them. They would be in the house or in my car. I’d forget to bring them in. They were just off of my radar.

Finally my dear friend Mary gave me a canvas bag from Whole Foods. Ah-ha! The heavens opened up and I found my system. Here’s how I remember to bring my canvas bags to the store:

1. All of the bags get stored in the Whole Foods bag in the trunk of my car.

2. When I am ready to do some shopping, I guesstimate how many bags I’ll need and bring those in. I’ve found most places gives me a 5 cent rebate per bag. At Trader Joes we fill out tickets that are entered into a weekly drawing for a $25 gift card, my hubby even won once!

3. At home I unpack my groceries and immediately take my bags to the front door and hang them on the door knob.

4. The next time I walk to my car, my bags are right there waiting for me to put back into the car. And so the cycle continues.

So, what do you do to remember to bring your re-usable canvas bags into the store with you?

going green: water bottles

July 2, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Posted in going green | 9 Comments
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Making an organic cupcake is okay and all, but there is more I can be doing, much more.  And with all of the news about buying bottled water, I knew I had to do better.

Trouble was, I was on the hunt for a particular water filtration system for quite some time, and finally found it on sale ($25) at Target in Sacramento.

I love this Pur Water Filtration System because it fits in my refrigerator nicely, holds enough water to last my family an entire day, and my kids can help themselves!

Here is our family of water bottles.  We are especially fond of the nalgene water bottles.

I would love to invest in some sigg water bottles, but at $20 bucks a pop they are a bit more extravagant then I’m willing to spend at the moment.

Mom tip:  I considered buying my kids a kid sized water bottle, don’t bother.  My son took his water bottle to the pool today and drank almost 20 ounces!  The small size just wouldn’t have been enough.  And water bottles come in pretty colors too, satisfying the most discriminating 5 year olds!

So I’m wondering if you are still using single-serve plastic water bottles or if you have made the switch to a water filtration system and some eco-friendly water bottles?

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