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He’s a Star

The Tennessean reports this morning that Al Gore’s Belle Meade mansion has gone from Energy Pig to Energy Star.

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He's a Star

The Tennessean reports this morning that Al Gore’s Belle Meade mansion has gone from Energy Pig to Energy Star.

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Response to Email We Sent About Plastic Bags

Congressman Jim Cooper responded with a nice letter. No one else has sent us a reply.

Dear PlanetTrash:

Thanks for getting in touch. I agree with you that the littering of
plastic bags damages the environment and wastes fossil fuels.

I applaud San Francisco’s board of supervisors’ plan to ban plastic
bags from supermarkets and pharmacies. Every city and town in the
United States should evaluate its use of natural resources, and we
should all be prepared to make changes in our lifestyle. It’s the best
hope for our earth’s future-and our nation’s security.

I urge you to contact your local government officials to discuss these
important issues. Thanks for your advocacy of environmental
stewardship, and please feel free to write again at any time. It is
always good to hear from you.
Sincerely,

Jim Cooper
Member of Congress

We will pursue this on a local level. We encourage you to learn to live without plastic bags, except only when absolutely necessary. We have learned to live without paper towels, bottled water and most plastic bags. Soon, our newspaper subscription will expire, and we’ll learn to live without a daily newspaper. We don’t see any of this as denying ourselves any of the comforts of life. It’s reducing clutter and the hassle of having to recycle. Without the large number of newspapers we recycle each week, we’ll reduce our trips to the recycling center.

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Just Say “No”

I dropped off some clothes at the dry cleaners this morning. I don’t dry clean much because of the toxic chemicals, but I don’t like ironing, so dry cleaning is an occasional necessary evil. I asked the lady at the counter not to wrap my clothes in plastic after cleaning. She explained that “dust” could get on them, but I agreed to take the chance. Tonight, my clothes were bagless and put on hangers, which I return to the dry cleaners on return trips.

I avoided touching my white blouse to the outside of my car, which was dirty from the recent rains. But the clothes made it home just fine.

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Just Say "No"

I dropped off some clothes at the dry cleaners this morning. I don’t dry clean much because of the toxic chemicals, but I don’t like ironing, so dry cleaning is an occasional necessary evil. I asked the lady at the counter not to wrap my clothes in plastic after cleaning. She explained that “dust” could get on them, but I agreed to take the chance. Tonight, my clothes were bagless and put on hangers, which I return to the dry cleaners on return trips.

I avoided touching my white blouse to the outside of my car, which was dirty from the recent rains. But the clothes made it home just fine.

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No Paper Towels, Day Two

When we ran out of paper towels three days ago, I scribbled on the Costco list to purchase one of their bulk packages. We need to make a Costco run, since this month they are giving away a big plastic container of nuts for free. And I love free stuff, although it is often contained in plastic. Later the minimalist environmentalist guilt descended upon me like a ton of plastic bags. Hey, let’s give up paper towels. We have a large selection of new kitchen towels (that we discovered in my mother’s house after she died) for drying hands after washing, and we have a small collection of “ready for the landfill” cloths that can be used for blotting up spills. I remember reading somewhere on the internet recently that washing dishcloths often is better for the environment than using paper towels.

We have also returned to using powdered laundry detergent, as I read on the internet that liquid laundry detergent is not environmentally sound. The liquid versions use too much water to manufacture. Plus the powdered detergent comes in a cardboard box that is recyclable.

Mr. PlanetTrash is excited about the money we will save by not purchasing paper towels. Currently at Costco, Bounty (30 count) sells for $53.

Once we use up the case of paper napkins that we purchased at Costco a few months ago, we’ll switch to cloth napkins.

Tomorrow at work, I plan to use my red bandana, instead of Kleenex tissue, for my runny nose. I bet no one touches anything on my desk!!

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Let It Shine

We’re currently in the process of replacing our incandescent lights with the compact fluorescents. We love the fluorescents, but why is the packaging for the CFLs so environmentally unfriendly. The incandescent bulbs come in cardboard, which is recyclable. The CFLs that I bought yesterday are packaged in plastic, which I don’t think is recyclable.

I’ve contacted N-Vision, who made the CFLs, that we have bought and loved, and requested that they use cardboard packaging.

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