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.