Sodium bicarbon-offset? (Day 56)…

April 25, 2007

baking soda

Some folks over at President’s Choice sent a goodie bag full of their Green products to my office, with little tags on each one explaining how it was helping the environment. Funnily, they also sent over a press release in the form of a CD, tucked inside an envelope with the words “Paperless Media Kit” stamped on it — yes, on the envelope, which itself was of course made out of paper, albeit 60% recycled.

I couldn’t use any of the garden stuff, nor were the unbleached coffee filters any good because I have a French press, and I wasn’t very interested in the “Active Oxygen” bleach, either, so I gave all that away via Freecycle. What I did take home, however, was a tote bag made from recycled plastic and their signature grocery bin, which serves the same purpose but is sturdier and can hold more.

Then I noticed the Green baking soda.

This intrigued me because I never thought regular baking soda was bad for the environment to begin with, but the Arm & Hammer in the back of my fridge was probably a year old and could do with replacing. Upon further investigation, it appears there’s nothing more eco-friendly about this baking soda than any other — they’re all just sodium bicarbonate — besides the fact that it comes in a box made from 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard. But maybe I’m wrong … am I missing something?

I guess I’ll make the switch and count it, but I’m not expecting a round of applause for this one.

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And I’m free… freecycling (Day 24)…

March 24, 2007

freecycle

I just joined the Freecycle Network and this morning gave away some lotions and potions I wasn’t using to a lovely gentleman who happened to live nearby. He needed a gift for his wife, as it’s her birthday today, and wanted to go beyond the breakfast-in-bed thing.

It took no time to sign up, then all I did was post what I was offering, wait a few hours, and there it was: an e-mail in my inbox asking when it could be picked up. He called to arrange a time and place, we met, shook hands, made the exchange and that was it.

As they point out, for the system to work, it can’t just be approached as a way to get free crap. Instead, it should be looked at as “a place to give or receive what you have and don’t need, or what you need and don’t have — a free cycle of giving, which keeps stuff out of landfills.”

Of course I’ll still drop off clothes and other things at Goodwill every now and then, but Freecycle is a great alternative for stuff that falls somewhere between thrift stores and Craigslist.