Win a retro roll-up tote!

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My favourite shopkeeper in the city is Tony at the Kitchen and Glass Place. If you need a can opener, he’ll sell you the one that works, not the one that costs the most. He’s got all the latest gadgets and do-hickeys, from silicone muffin trays to flax seed grinders, but his store is unpretentious. After 35 years in the business, he knows which trends make sense (like switching from non-stick to cast iron) and which are just silly (like the gravity-operated pepper mill).

I wrote about him recently because he sells these E-cloths that I’ve raved about, and he was nice enough to send me a couple of collapsibe, roll-up tote bags called Envirosax, which he sells at cost to his customers because he’s an environmentally friendly kinda guy. If you go to my “Loving it” page (I know, it needs updating), you’ll see that these mini totes, which can fit into any purse, have been one of my favourite green changes so far. Ever since I got mine, I haven’t needed a single plastic bag.

So I thought I’d give them away to the first two people who can suggest a new green change I can make — it has to be something I haven’t done yet, so read through my list carefully! Oh, and also, you’re not allowed to suggest the Diva Cup because I’ve already got one.

The bag looks like the one above, but you can also go to the website and check out their other fun prints.

Ready, set, go!

23 Responses to Win a retro roll-up tote!

  1. just ducky says:

    You could stop buying new clothes and buy second-hand or if you are really creative—you could re-fashion some old clothes, etc.

  2. besweet says:

    Lisa at The Rage Diaries (http://schmeiser.typepad.com/the_rage_diaries/2007/06/reduce_reuse_re.html) is cutting out corn, because of her concern over the environmental impact of farming it. I think that’s an impressive change, and one that covers wider ground than many people would realize.

  3. carrie says:

    If you like to cook with spices and herbs alot, like I do, all of those little plastic containers can create so much waste. We have a spice company here in town. The woman who owns it is wonderful; she mixes all of her own spices. And she will actually refill containers that you bring her. I like to use mason jars for all of my spices. Hope this helps.

  4. Aimeé says:

    I know you live in an apartment, but can you string a clothesline across your balcony during the warmer windier days to dry your laundry (at least some of it – I hate line-dried towels!)? We save a ton of electricy line-drying our clothing in the summer months, as well as getting that nice fresh air scent.

    You could use it in your bathroom as well in the winter for items such as lingerie. A drying rack would serve the same purpose.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Stop buying books and magazines. Visit your local public library for your reading fix.

  6. gettinggreen says:

    Holy moly! That was fast… all right, the totes have got to go to Just Ducky and Besweet for coming in first and second with changes I haven’t yet made. But honorable mention definitely goes to Carrie for the spices idea.

    Cutting back on my dryer use will certainly be one move, though I’m with you Aimee, I hate air-dried towels! And Jennifer, I’ve already stopped buying books off Amazon and cancelled one of my newspaper subscriptions, but thanks!

  7. BJ says:

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. I really enjoy your blog – I visit every day. My suggestion: take the plunge and abandon toilet paper. Or at least don’t use it when you’re at home (it’s much harder at the office). I quit about a month ago, and now I don’t feel clean unless I’ve rinsed. Use a water bottle with a squirt top. And for bonus points, fill it with the cold water that comes out of your shower while you’re waiting for it to get hot. (By the time you use it, it’ll be room temperature, which isn’t bad for rinsing.) Best of luck with your quest.

  8. pat farquharson says:

    I dont think your condo rules allow you to hang laundry on the balcony!

  9. birdandbee says:

    i haven’t made the change yet, but i’ve read that switching from terry cloth towels to linen towels (sort of like using tea towels in the kitchen) is a great switch, though it takes a little time to get used to, but you can then line dry your towels with ease, which take a lot of pressure off of your dryer…

  10. Myra Henderson says:

    You could install low-flow shower heads and low-flow faucet adapters. They combine air with the water and you will see a huge decrease in your water bill. I have them and love them.

  11. Hellcat13 says:

    When you do use your dryer, use those reusable dryer sheets instead of the single-use sheets. They’re supposed to be safer anyways.

  12. Hellcat13 says:

    Oh, and buy bigger bottles of gin 😉

  13. Lori V. says:

    Don’t use straws in restaurants. I’ve always used them, because I have cold-sensitivity, but I recently stopped, because I thought of all the plastic & paper used to make & package them. Tiny things, but hundreds of them a day at each restaurant? Not so tiny impact.

  14. N. says:

    What about outreach? For example, reaching out to friends and family to make small changes? E.g., giving a CFL or rack dryer to a friend. I evangelize cloth diapers to all my expecting friends who would surely use disposables otherwise and I’m happier knowing a couple thousand disposables aren’t going to the landfill. But, random and anonymous CFL gifting is also fun.

  15. C. says:

    How about taking the stairs? Health and eco benefits all in one!

  16. Lynn says:

    Have you tried dryer balls in your dryer? (softens clothes and shortens drying time) http://www.nellieslaundry.com/Dryerballs.html
    You may already do this but how about washing clothes in cold water only?
    Rechargeable batteries only?
    Cloth napkins?
    Toilet dam or plastic container filled with water in your toilet?

  17. dinsky says:

    I can add to the laundry ideas,

    I used to make and sell lavender laundry bags. They were simply linen bags with drawstrings stuffed with lavender flowers… all natural, all organic, and it really works on clothes!

    If I ever get my laundry powder business up and running again, I’ll have to send you a sample. Only need two tables spoons for a whole load, and it’s all natural!!

  18. Kathy says:

    You coul set up a fish tank. Really! Use the water from the tank to water your plants and use water from the shower (like, save the water that you run while waiting for it to get warm) for the tank! What you do, though, is let the shower water stand for a two or three days to make sure all the icky stuff has evaporated out of it. It’ll be better for the fish. Then, when you do your once a week water change (or however often you do it, depending on the size of the tank…bigger tanks take less maintenance), water all your plants with it, saving the leftovers for watering later in the week. Your plants will love the fishy water and it won’t smell at all. And your fish will love the clean water!

  19. Cindy Capehart says:

    I have seen a lot of people suggest putting a bucket under your faucet to catch the cold water while it warms up. I have gone one step further than this. I use a five gallon bucket-recycled- to catch the water. But my difference is that I let the bucket fill up all the way or less and then bathe out of the bucket. I call it a bucket bath. My friend said the Indonesians do it all the time. I use a stoneyfield farm quart yogurt cup(anycontainer will do) and pour the water over my head. shampoo, soap up and rinse. That way you know exactly how much water you bathe with. I can easily bathe in 3 gallons. For those with solar access, you can put a hose in the sun and get enough hot water for a bucket bath. Our hose water heats to 140F. Good luck.
    Cindy in FL

  20. Liz Harvey says:

    Get one of these from the city. I give them as housewarming gifts (particulalry to people who have already recieved my bulbs!)

    http://www.toronto.ca/watereff/water_saving_kits/indoor_kit.htm

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