Sus­tain­abil­ity Tips

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Would you like to wear the word's most com­fort­able shoes? A com­pany called "All­birds" makes that claim about their footwear, and the fact that they're made with nat­u­ral su­per soft, mois­turewick­ing, tem­per­a­ture-reg­u­lat­ing merino wool in­stead of syn­thetic petroleum dis­til­late fab­ric may make you agree with them. There is one more thing about All­birds shoes—they're highly sus­tain­able, which is good news for your grand­chil­dren and the Earth.

It seems like pa­per tow­els are a real ne­ces­sity in the kitchen. I know I use them as a sub­sti­tute for nap­kins, and even pa­per plates in a pinch. But did you re­al­ize a more sus­tain­able op­tion is to buy a bunch of dish tow­els and stack them up on your kitchen counter. Use them just like a pa­per towel, and then throw them in the wash. They're much stronger than pa­per tow­els, they don't melt when wet like pa­per, and they're re­us­able.

We all know that plas­tic gro­cery bags are a plague on the en­vi­ron­ment. I see them stuck to trees and fences all over the place. We also all know that car­ry­ing your own re­us­able gro­cery bags is a much bet­ter choice. Most folks pre­fer them to the flimsy plas­tic dis­pos­able bags too, which seem to tear and drop our valu­able gro­ceries more and more each year.

An op­tion you might want to con­sider are the large zip­per-topped in­su­lated gro­cery bags/totes that you can buy at many mar­kets or on­line. I've taken to us­ing these in­stead of dis­pos­able bags and re­us­able reg­u­lar gro­cery bags. They carry far more gro­ceries, they keep cold or frozen foods cold, the in­side can be washed, and, best of all, they zip up so your gro­ceries won't spill all over the back seat of your ve­hi­cle.

Years ago I switched from buy­ing dis­pos­able bat­ter­ies and switched to recharge­able Ni-MH bat­ter­ies and I've never looked back. Two fac­tors drove me to switch. First, I was tired of my de­vices be­ing ru­ined by the leak­ing potassi-

um hy­drox­ide (a caus­tic agent that can cause re­s­pi­ra­tory, eye and skin ir­ri­ta­tion)—al­ka­line bat­ter­ies de­stroy­ing the con­tacts on my ex­pen­sive elec­tronic de­vices. Sec­ond, the new­est recharge­able bat­ter­ies ac­tu­ally have a higher ca­pac­ity than al­ka­line bat­ter­ies. Of course, it's much cheaper to have a bat­tery that can be recharged 1,000 times. It goes with­out say­ing that they're a more sus­tain­able choice. I've also got a rockin' charger that charges 12 Ni-HM bat­ter­ies at once. Awe­some!

Did you know that 80,000,000,000 plas­tic sham­poo and con­di­tioner bot­tles are thrown away ev­ery year? But sham­poo and con­di­tioner are now avail­able in bar form. You might have trou­ble find­ing these in your lo­cal su­per­mar­ket, so search at your fa­vorite on­line store for these brands: J.R. Liggett's, Ethique, Free­dom Sham­poo Bar, Pur­ple Prairie, Woody's hair and body sham­poo bar, and not to for­get Real Beer Sham­poo Bar from Tas­ma­nia. Many peo­ple, in­clud­ing my­self, much pre­fer bar sham­poo to the bot­tled va­ri­ety. Maybe I'm more clumsy than other folks, but sham­poo bot­tles al­ways top­ple to the floor of the shower, and they seem to last a short pe­riod of time—bar sham­poo gives more of a mas­sage and the bars last a long time, mean­ing it’s also bet­ter for your wal­let. ◊●◊

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