Update on the ‘poo sitch, and my sister’s inventions

January 23, 2009

Two unrelated things for today’s post:

1. When Miss Crunchy decided to take on the No ‘Poo challenge seriously, I decided I’d follow her lead and, instead of just doing a one-off baking soda and vinegar experiment, I stuck with it. Well, it’s been a week and three washes without shampoo and while the results are decent, I’m starting to think my scalp might feel a little itchy. Anyway, I wrote about this more formally in the pages of the National Post, where I have my regular Sense & Sustainability column — in fact, one of you erudite readers had mentioned you’d like to hear what a dermatologist has to say about not using shampoo; well, check out the article and see for yourself!

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2. In non-enviro-related news, my sister has started blogging. A word of warning: She may look like me, but we are nothing alike in personality! Actually, that’s not entirely true… we’re fairly similar, especially when it comes to cynicism. But I’m definitely the older, serious, competitive, concerned-about-many-things-such-as-the-state-of-the-environment sibling, whereas she’s more into fashion and luxury indulgences. Emma is currently working as a copywriter at a Toronto ad agency, but she’s using this new blog to write about all the other ideas that pop into her head (they’re basically inventions she comes up with that are genuinely cool but she can’t be bothered to patent any of them). It’s called Emma’s Tea Shop for Old Ladies because that’s always been her career back-up plan. Oh, and another word of warning: I gave her a DivaCup for Christmas and she had some… er… issues with certain steps in the… er… process, so apparently she’s gone back to tampons for now (don’t worry, though — I haven’t given up on converting her yet!).

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A fantastic elastic idea (Day 311)…

January 5, 2008

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Steve Ottridge, from Vancouver, wrote to Green as a Thistle with this idea:

“I save all the little rubber bands that come around my newspapers in the morning. Interestingly the Globe comes with 2 or 3 bands whereas the Post has but one band. About twice a year, I leave them all for the carrier and he reuses them for the next [period of] time (I leave them all for the Post carrier because he uses the least).”

Well, I have to say, for all the wrong my newspaper does in terms of the environment, it makes me happy that we’re finally doing something right. I mean seriously, Globe and Mailmultiple elastics? (On a side note, I’ve heard the Globe also gets delivered in a plastic sleeve each day — boo!)

This idea of collecting rubber bands, though, makes for a perfect Simple Saturday change. I’m not sure that I’ll bother giving them back to the carrier, unless he or she expresses a real interest in this, but I’m sure I can find some use for all of them. Maybe I can make one of those giant elastic balls à la Pee-Wee Herman (oh wait, that was a tin foil ball), or bring them into the office and fling them at Terence Corcoran when he’s not looking.