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Going Green

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I was reading the other day an article on ChannelNewsAsia.com about a chain of stores implementing “Bring Your Own Bag” Day every Wednesday. When we were still in Singapore, we thought little or nothing of recycling or helping to conserve resources. But since being here in Switzerland, their recycling habits and way of life has certainly grown on us. I would like to say they are just short of “obsessive” about recycling. Everything here is recycled – paper, bottles, cans – and there’s a special place to put everything. We even get cash back for bringing our soda bottles to the supermarket every week. And when we go grocery shopping, we bring our own bags – everyday! Of course, you can buy them but it costs like 0.30euros (or S$0.60) each. But if you think about it, it ain’t THAT difficult to bring your own bags. We do that for all our shopping now, not just groceries. I mean, what’s the big deal? And think of all the plastic we’d help to save by doing that. It’d be great if Singapore implements this too… it’s time we did a bigger part in helping to conserve.

And on the topic of green… don’t you think these “green” toys are cool?

Got this off the Green Toys Inc. website:

We use recycled milk containers as the main ingredient in creating our toys. Yes, the exact plastic milk jugs that you and your family drink from every day. When you finish your milk and toss the container in the recycling bin, these milk containers are collected at your curb by a local recycling company, who then sorts them from all the other types of plastic. Next, the milk containers are reprocessed into super clean fresh plastic. For you plastic geeks, the plastic material we use is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE). This material is considered one of the safest, cleanest plastics around.

I think they’re the cutest and made from milk jugs?? Too cool!! 🙂

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  1. That. Is. THE. Cutest. Thing. Ever. Where can I get my hands on one of those? They’d make the best gifts! I love living green. How did you celebrate world environment day yesterday? I celebrated by taking the subway to work, and preparing an all organic raw lunch to bring to work. On the homefront, I’m loving my CFL lightbulbs and switching from regular oil heat to bioheat.

    Did you know that if everyone switched to bioheat we could conserve 400 millions gallons of regular oil. That’s a huge amount! I wish everyone could see the light. I would love it if you would check out the site on bioheat to read more background info on it. The other thing I love about it is that it’s completely clean burning, and is comprised of a b5 blend of vegetable and plant oils such as avocados, hemp, corn, etc. Check out the link! http://oilheatamerica.com/index.mv?screen=bioheat PS I work with Nora to bring this info to you!

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