The Low Down On Green Living
November 28th, 2008
Overwhelmed by all the wide-ranging eco-advice for greening your holidays? Then keep it simple by focusing on this: The No Plastic Holiday Challenge.
Organized by Amy Gates, a.k.a. the Crunchy Domestic Goddess, The No Plastic Holiday Challenge is simple: Try to de-plastick your holidays. After all, every bit of plastic ever produced — minus the tiny bit that’s been incinerated — is still with us today, whether buried in landfills, floating in the oceans, or littering our streets.
Holidays come and go but plastic is forever, so challenge yourself this season to find non-plasticky gifts — in non-plasticky packaging. We at Low Impact Living have endless tips to help you on your de-plasticking way:
* First, start simple with our basic tips for getting plastics out of your life. Reach for the low hanging fruit first — like taking your own bag to the grocery store or opting for a reusable water bottle instead of a disposable one.
* Then challenge yourself further by helping others help you. Ask your drycleaner not to plastic bag your clothes, or your favorite restaurant not to give you plastic flatware.
If all this de-plasticking information’s new to you and you need some help getting started — or want to help a newbie eco-friend get going — The 2008 Pollution Solutions gift bag could be the holiday package you’ve been looking for. This gift bag comes free with a $135 donation to Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that provides important information about health and the environment to consumers while pushing for national policy change.
EWG’s done illuminating research work about plastic hazards and pollution, among other issues, so your money would not only go towards a de-plasticking cause, but help you de-plastic yourself! The gift bag includes a Jumbo Enviro-Tote made of recycled plastic, a 6-piece Pyrex glass container set, and a Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottle — all three of which will help you embrace the reusable and ditch the disposable lifestyle. You’ll also get a EWG cosmetics guide, pesticide magnet, notepad and bookmark, a copy of Green Goes With Everything (limited to first 500 donors), $25 in free product coupons from eco-companies, as well as some holiday treats — a box of 6 Crummy Brothers organic chocolate chip cookies!
Ready to sign up for the The No Plastic Holiday Challenge? Head over to Crunchy Domestic Goddess and write a comment about your commitment to get started.
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