Earth Day Every Day

Buying items or giving and receiving  gifts that reflect Earth Day Every Day seems to be coming more common and popular. Here are three examples:

1.) My friend Sylvia adopted a giraffe in my name for my birthday last month. Here is my certificate. I love this idea from the World Wildlife Fund.

Reticulated giraffe {Giraffa cameloparalis reticulata} showing colour variation, Laikipia, Kenya.

 

2.) My friends Joanie & Shelly purchased a handmade journal for my birthday. Here is the message that came with the journal as a bookmark:

Eco-Friendly – Tree Free – Handmade Ancient Craft that Promotes
Fair Trade & 
Women Co-operative

 

The journal closes with polished bamboo sticks 

Beneath this is this explanation: (Italics & Bold are my editing)

LOKTA PLANT (with a sketch): In the heart of the Himalayas, Nepalese artisans combine a traditional process of ancient paper making with modern fashion and style. The result is a high quality paper product prized for its superior strength, durability and rich texture.

In the foothills of the Himalayas, the Daphne plant locally known as “Lokta,” grows in abundance at altitudes over 6500 feet. Our Nepalese paper is made from the bark of [the] Lokta plant. Removing only the bark from the Lokta actually promotes new growth and is beneficial to the plant. The controlled harvest of the Lokta ensures a sustainable and ECO-FRIENDLY paper making process.

This natural product is 100% HANDMADE using local raw material, simple technology and ancient skills. The products[s] are made by WOMEN CO-OPERATIVES & Small Cottage Industry in Nepal which employs mostly women.

                                                     Handcrafted in Nepal

 

3) In the last couple of years, I have begun to buy organic clothing because I learned that as much as 15% of pesticides used on plants is used on cotton plants. (For this reason I never purchase a food item that contains cottonseed oil.) Organic usually costs more, although I have been able to find items on sale or reasonably priced not on sale, so slowly I am incorporating more organic fibers into my wardrobe. The knee socks (foto below) cost me about $12. They are made by PACT. (See website at end.)

 

On the front of the label, under the words Super Soft (77% Organic Cotton/21% Nylon/2%Elastine)Organic Knee Socks is a flower logo surrounded by these four words: no toxic dyes, no toxic pesticides, no sweatshops, no child labor.

Here is the message on the other side of the label with symbols for each of the four items above:

We’re all about super soft clothes and putting people first. That starts with ensuring our socks are lovingly made with the highest level of sustainable production. When you choose PACT, you’re making a positive difference and supporting the people who grow our cotton and craft our clothes. Sure they’re (comfy, amazing) socks. They’re an impetus for the best kind of change.

Learn more at wear pact.com.

P.S. I realized that I also bought great drawstring yoga pants from PACT last year and they were under $25.00. They wash well and have kept their shape and are super-comfy!

 

4.)

Organic Cotton PJs from Garnet Hill (www.garnethill.com)

These Green Cotton pajamas from Garnet Hill are a gift from my husband for my birthday. The company had a 40% off sale, so I grabbed them. (These are pricey!)
Here is what the back of the tag says: (Bold is for emphasis)

GREEN COTTON* has been with Garnet Hill longer than any other supplier, and their passion for environmental stewardship never wanes. That takes courage and commitment. There are many ways to produce cotton if impact on the planet is ignored. GREEN COTTON (w/logo) is harvested without chemical defoliants, and dyed and finished to minimize pollution. We proudly bring it to you in many colors, all of them “green.”
Website for GREEN COTTON is: www.green-cotton.com.

 

Finally, I have been receiving emails from a couple of places warning consumers that some companies are using loopholes that portray their product as all organic and they are really not. One was on health bars on the market, which I think I wrote about last month. Then, this morning I received an email message from the website www.livingmaxwell.com with this short message (below) excerpted from the Cornucopia Institute website, which is what was sent to me by my friend Honey last month.
Here is that link in case you missed it: https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/09/raising-the-bar/

“Because of a loophole in organic regulations, many ‘made with organic ingredients’ snack bars contain protein isolates which have been processed with the neurotoxic solvent hexane — a byproduct of the gasoline refinement industry.”

Check out the link above for the full story. What this tells me is “Buyer Beware,” as more money-hungry companies find legal loopholes to say their product is organic when it really isn’t.

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Earth Day Every Day”

  1. Paula Says:

    World Wildlife Fund is a highly regarded organization.
    I’ve donated to it since 1982. Yes, we have to be mindful
    about what we purchase.

  2. Anne Lawrwence Says:

    These are absolutely wonderful ideas! Much appreciated.

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