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How did you do on last week's challenge to return usable containers to the supermarket and/or reuse containers in the bulk items department? Was it easy, difficult, any problems? Let's see what our Honor Society had to say about it:
Aine Butler-Smith joined us this week. She gets creative with reusable containers at home. For example, she decorates glass containers and uses them as holders for candles, potpourri, candy, etc.
Ann lives in New Zealand and shares that even her garden center promotes reuse ... they take back used pots and seedling boxes. By the way, Ann posted a very interesting article entitled To Dam or Not To Dam. It's a thought-provoking read.
Argentum Vulgaris, who suggested this challenge, reuses his egg carton ... and his example is catching on. Read about it HERE.
What A Card has reusable mesh produce bags, which she tries to remember to carry to the store. She talks about it in THIS ARTICLE ... she also talks about our previous challenge on saving water. It's an interesting look at what happens when usable water is no longer available and the horrifying anti-green results.
EcoGrrl buys in bulk ... her store carries all kinds of bulk items including shampoo and body lotion. Rather than use the containers provided, she's going to use her pretty containers from home ... and she's moving from plastic to glass. Her focus will be on buying as much as possible each time she shops thereby reducing waste even further.
Heather started paying attention to how people shop and noticed how many plastic bags were being used for relatively small amounts of produce. In THIS POST she offers some earth-friendly alternatives, including making bags of various sizes. Have you ever heard of Fog Harvesting? Heather wrote about it HERE in support of our water conservation challenge. It's really interesting!
Both Heather and EcoGrrl talked about bringing glass containers to the store to refill with bulk products. I have a question for you two ... how did that work? Did the store accommodate you? Inquiring minds need to know! :)
Bob and Rosemary joined us this week. They recycle, use cloth bags, and don't take the plastics for produce. Great job, you two!
Ange takes a trolley/caddy bag to the markets for food. She shares that there's an added benefit to using them ... they are much better ergonomically.
I knew that this challenge would appeal to Mrs. Green who, in addition to a blog on all things green, writes one called My Zero Waste. In THIS ARTICLE, she offers suggestions on how to reduce packaging waste including this one: Shop Naked.
Thanks to everyone who participated! As always, I've Stumbled and Tweeted your articles!
So ... ready for a new challenge?
This week we're making a statement ... joining a world-wide movement to support the earth. Here's your challenge:
March 27th, 8:30 pm (your time), turn off the lights for an hour. Are you in?
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!