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25 Days to Earth Hour 2008

It's time for a Better Day


Last week I emailed the online site of our local newspaper. I directed the publisher to the Earthhour.org site and gave him a breif recap on what the movement is all about. I asked that he please find a contributor willing to research it and do a piece both online and print.
I didn't get an outright, "No Thank You", so I was thrilled!

I live in a somewhat small-minded larger town in West Texas. There's a lot of that "good ol boy" mentality around here and definitely not a lot of interest generated in activism. There are those of us who would love to see that change, but we're vastly outnumbered and so we sort of have be on our own personal crusade. I don't mind that, but I would definitely love a more diverse group and a cohesive means of coming together in support of environmental issues.
When I was vegetarian I was looked at like I had the black plague. When I admitted that I was not a Christian during an class while going to college, I thought I might be burned at the stake~ lol, so any dreams I have of there being a big enough outcry here to really make a difference are sort of naive. I do it anyway, though. Margaret Meade said "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that has" and I guess that's sort of where my motivation comes from. I know that I may only reach a handful of family and friends, but it's a reach all the same. That's what it's all about in my opinion. And, IF I can manage to get the media involved -even if just small print- my gawd, what a wonderful feat that would be!!

Todays green tip of the day:
Bento isn't just pretty,it saves waste!

I love Japanese bento boxes! Not only are they cute and artistic, but they're a wonderful way of conserving waste. I have 3 bento boxes. I also have 2 mini-lunch cubes that I bought for my kids at the containerstore.com They're not traditional bento boxes but they're ideal for the concept of packing healthy, waste free lunches. I rarely use baggies anymore and that feels great! Each box has built in dividers so that I can put in foods without worry of them meshing together. I've even used somewhat liquidy items and there were no problems.
*helpful hint* for dressings or other sauces I use small film canister-like viles. I found them in the art store and I believe they're for storing small beads or extra paint, but I've found them to be perfect for bento.

You can find many different styles of bento boxes here:
Cooking Cute - the site that first introduced me to bento a couple of years ago.
J-List - this is where I ordered my boxes from.
Laptop Lunchboxes - especially great for kids!

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kirafyre
Mar. 4th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
HA!! Save shipping (and fuel/emissions) and order Bento WITH your shopping bags! :)

http://www.reusablebags.com/store/laptop-lunches-laptop-lunch-p-388.html

Though the colors/designs are not as cute as some of the ones you posted. :P
just_jenn
Mar. 4th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oooohhh, much better deal!!!
I really think I'm going to order these for my kids for next school season.
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