Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Got a (Green) Paper Cut?

I usually dash through the health food store, a woman on a can't-be-deviated mission. But, a few days ago, I had the luxury of some unexpected time (an afternoon meeting was cancelled) and I spent just under an hour meandering up and down the shelves of one of my local health food stores.

Wow. There are a lot of green alternatives to every-day items!

Take, for just one example, the EcoGuard™ Bandages from All Terrain (www.allterrainco.com). As they say on the packaging, and their website, these 100 percent sterile strips are:
· Not tested on animals;
· Latex-free;
· Made from recycled or recyclable material;
· Water-based (with no solvents, alcohol, or AMK);
· Made with natural, food-grade colors and pigments; and
· Made in the US.

Just when I think I’m living pretty green, I receive a gentle reminder—from a bandage, of all places!—that I still have a ways to go.

I often get paper cuts (one of the hazards of being a writer?) and blisters (one of the hazards of being a walker?) and I go through what you might consider an alarming number of bandages in a month. And I never thought twice about what I was using.

Moral of the blog: Think twice. (1) What do I need? (2) Is there a green alternative?

Question of the blog: Do you have a favorite green every-day item?

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