Boxing Bull$*!#

On Friday, I arrived home to find three packages waiting for me. One had The Hamilton Mixtape cassette, one had 3 bars of Native deodorant, one had a corset. I was pissed off. Let me show you why.

I am not exaggerating. The box on the left was used to ship a cassette tape. The box on the right:

Three full-sized bars of deodorant. They fit three bars of deodorant into that box while the other contained a bunch of air-filled packing materials and a cassette tape. When I ordered the tape, I figured it would arrive in something small that would fit inside the mailbox. I’m planning to e-mail them and point this out. There is no reason to use a box even a 1/4 that size to ship a cassette tape.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, but it’s the first time it’s been to such a drastic degree. I’m not going to stay quiet about it anymore. It’s a ridiculous waste of material and resources. I’m tired of it. I’m definitely not buying anything from Urban Outfitters until they change their shipping policies. I guess we’ll see if they listen to what I have to say. But Native is a company I will gladly keep supporting!

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I love -cycling!

I’m sure you’re wondering what I mean by “-cycling”. Well, I can’t simply say recycling because I’m TerraCycling too. So I figured “-cycling” is the best way go to.

Last week I finally picked up a new recycling bin. My hubby had threatened to throw out the old one if I didn’t stay on top of the recycling. Well, one down side to being a Lyft driver was I couldn’t just let the recycling sit in the car during the week until I went to church and could drop it off at the recycling dumpster. That meant that after no longer being a driver, I was still not taking care of it. So he went through with his threat. Considering it had been sitting there full for months, I really could only be so upset. I think I was more upset over the waste of a perfectly good trash can.

Last week I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to pick up a new recycling can. It’s a little one that takes 8 gallon bags. My thought process was that it would fill up quicker and thus force me to take care of it faster. It’s working. My hubby’s putting recycling in it as well. The first load is in the back of my car right now and we’re well into the second. It feels so good to rinse out, and sometimes slightly wash, items and put them in the recycling. I figure if I’m going to be recycling, I should go the whole way. I’m washing out my yogurt cartons and the butter tub. Everything possible is going into that can and I love it! It’s that much less going into the dumpster and landfill, and it reduces how often the trash has to go out!

I’m loving TerraCycle. Recently I’ve discovered the wonderfulness that is GoGo Squeez. Various applesauces in a squeezy pouch! But I did hate throwing out the pouches. Now, thanks to TerraCycle, I’m not. I just need to send them a shipment every couple of months to keep myself in the brigade. I’m also in a couple of brigades that take personal care containers. Just knowing that I don’t have to throw away those containers makes me feel so good!

I love making sure less and less is going into landfills and more and more is becoming new things that will get recycled again. I am so proud to be part of this amazing cycle!

It’s Almost Earth Day!

I admit. When I was younger I got all excited about Earth Day. It was the one day of the year where you weren’t weird for recycling and caring about the Earth. Then I went to college and forgot about Earth Day.

As I started down the ‘green path’, as I like to think of, I started to join the “every day is Earth Day” way of thinking. But after reading the latest post at Bonzai Aphrodite, I started to think differently.

Yes, we should treat every day like it’s Earth Day. Just like every month should be breast cancer awareness month, Black history month, etc. But what if we treat Earth Day like New Year’s Day? Why not use Earth Day as a day to sit down and evaluate our lives and figure out how we want to make it better?

One thing I am going to work on is recycling more. I’ve always hated throwing away things that can be recycled. Then Sayward mentioned how Tom’s of Maine and TerraCycle are working together to recycle traditionally un-recycleable things. So I went to check it out. I found something even better. There are a bunch of ways that you can recycle through TerraCycle. I have signed up for the Tom’s of Maine, PUR, and Personal Care and Beauty. That means all my empty toothpaste, mouthwash, and deodorant, PUR filters, PUR packaging, empty hair care, skin care, and cosmetics containers will be packed up and shipped off to TerraCycle to be recycled. Hopefully my hubby will join me and we will drastically reduce what we send to the landfill every week.

That is my commitment for this year: to reduce the amount we throw away. Now to see if we can pull it off!