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Trashy Tuesday

Okay, so Tuesdays aren’t really trashy, but I did warn you that I might revisit the whole trash and litter topic.

Today I thought I would share our plan to reduce paper on LIB and add a little touch of class and beauty by using cloth napkins.

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Okay, so we will not be this fancy!

We are on the lookout for cloth napkins that are pretty and easy to wash.  This will eliminate the need for paper napkins and reduce our use of paper towels.  Plus, cloth napkins are a little heavier and less likely to blow into the ocean.

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Cloth napkins can be used as an expression of the season or add a jaunty spark of color to the table.

For anyone who thinks reusing cloth napkins is a way to share germs between washings, we plan on using different designs or colors so we will know which napkin belongs to whom.

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Who knows, maybe napkin folding will become a hobby.

Do you use cloth napkins? If so we would love to know your favorite brand or fabric assuming they are easy to wash and quick to dry.

Any chance you might begin using cloth instead of paper?

“Saving the Ocean One Straw at a Time…”

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The unspoiled ocean I want to maintain.

Spending time on the ocean and practicing more responsible use of resources has raised my awareness of how much I can improve my “green” on land.  I have recently adopted the motto in the title of this post.

Although I don’t actually stop with straws… I am also that strange person you see leaving the grocery, juggling 5 or 6 items because I forgot my reusable bag and I don’t want to use a plastic grocery sack.

I am by no means an expert in all things green, but I am trying to learn more and inform others as I find small, manageable ways to be more responsible about trash and pollution.  I hope to empower you with information and easy ways to fight pollution with me.

When I delve into ocean pollution facts, it is easy to become depressed and overwhelmed, which can lead to a feeling of futility. I want to empower you, not depress you with the magnitude of the problem.

I have included two pictorials to inform you about trash:

top-10-items-foundBy switchboard.nrdc.org

My big step this week was writing a letter about straws to Brinker International which owns Chili’s Grill and Bar. Recently I went to Chili’s for lunch and realized that they provide every, single customer with a straw wrapped in a napkin with the silverware! I am confident that at least half of those straws are never used, but end up in a trash pile. My hope is that Chili’s will stop including the straws and thereby reduce unnecessary plastic trash!

By myself, these steps toward plastic reduction are minuscule, but they are such easy choices, that anyone, everyone, can implement them and together we can make a difference!

Here are some other very easy choices we can all make and thereby reduce our pollution:

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By http://www.dolphinblue.com

Do you have “greens” you want to share? Let me know and I will incorporate them in future posts.

Who will help “Save the Ocean, One Straw at a Time?”

Preparing to Cruise = Sort + Shred + Donate + Repeat

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I know this looks like a mess, but honestly,these are organized piles! The largest group, front and center of this picture, is paperwork that needs to go.

Thank goodness for shredding services! Between business and home, we have a bit of shredding going on. I am saying a prayer of thanks that I don’t have to shred 800 pound of paper 10 pages at a time!
When sorting through papers I was struck by how much change has occurred and so gradually that we don’t notice. The best example I have is the bank statements. As recently as early 2000s, every bank statement was mailed (yes, snail mail) to us and every statement had the complete social security number on the front page!
Identity theft was relatively new and rare. Today, protecting people from identity theft is a huge business covering a gamut of services.
But that is a subject I don’t have time to dwell on. I am off to attack the Christmas decorations. Won’t my college age sons be thrilled when I gift them their own Christmas bins?

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