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March 18th, 2011, 05:03 PM
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I just came across this article in Sunset magazine:
Zero-waste California home - Sunset.com

That led me to her blog:
The Zero Waste Home

This is a very interesting lady with alot of good ideas. Inspirational! I am tempted to introduce her to the idea of family cloth. She mentions buying toilet paper. And I am curious how she handles her monthly flow. All in all, very good ideas!

If you get a chance to check it out, let me know what you think. What changes could you make to be closer to zero waste???
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March 18th, 2011, 10:33 PM
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Thanks for sharing!!!
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March 19th, 2011, 05:26 PM
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Whoa, this is awesome. I can't wait to show DH when he can tear himself away from March Madness.

One question though- what does the lady mean in the article when she says most recycling goes to waste anyway? Is something happening that I don't know about??
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March 21st, 2011, 07:20 PM
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Very cool!!!

In the kitchen- The bulk food section of our grocery store doesn't have a way of measuring the tare weight, so I can't take my jars with me...But here's what I do. As soon as I get home from the store, I empty the plastic zip-top bulk food bags (provided by the store) into my glass storage jars, and keep the empty bags for my next trip. Then all I have to do is print a new label!

In the living room- Her living wall is really neat!

Oh, and those toothbrushes are a great idea! I'm surprised at how (relativity) cheap they are! I mean seriously, at $4 a piece (with shipping), that's not much different than conventional toothbrushes!...I wonder how long they last/need to be replaced...??

Ah here- The Environmental Toothbrush | About The Environmental Toothbrush

"To answer the main question, HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? - We test drove a toothbrush for over 8 months so yes they last (not that we suggest you do that)."
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March 22nd, 2011, 08:42 AM
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My problem is where I live. I live in a smaller farmtown in southern california where the majority of people aren't concerned with being "green" The stores that sell things in bulk it's so dang overpriced it's insane. I can't afford that on a regular basis. The tiny commissary doesn't sell anything in bulk. I miss San Diego!! If only for all the shopping available to me! So I do try to buy things with as little packaging as I can such as a big tub of yogurt instead of the little individual ones and stuff like that. I do what I can for what is around me!! We also don't have any farmers markets here. They did have one that was one night a week for 4 weeks. My mom and I went to check it out and they had ONE booth with actual produce and all they had was lettuce. Only 3 more years and I can move from this place! LOL!!!
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March 24th, 2011, 07:08 AM
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Oh, do I understand!!! I have lived here in what I call "Po-dunk" for 5 years. It's not quite as bad as what you describe. We do have some bulk food stores, run by the Amish/Mennonites. But not everything they sell is healthy, just bulk- great for spices, though!! I look forward to being back in a city with a farmer's market, produce stands, and a Whole Foods store!! You can order online from places like:
Azure Standard - Quality Bulk & Natural Foods
Mountain Rose Herbs | Bulk organic herbs, spices & essential oils
Bulk Herb Store - Herbs, herbal books, remedies, and articles
But, 3 years will go by in a flash, so just do what you can and don't worry! Being green is as much a mindset as a set of actions/rules. You can only do what's available to you!
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