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Jan 21, 2014
Have you all seen these?  They snap onto the top of a soda can so you can save the rest of the can and it won't go flat - I've been using them to save the rest of bags of dried beans.
This is actually something anyone can do with the top of a soda bottle - you learn so much on Facebook!

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Posted: Jan 21, 2014 6:01am
Jan 16, 2014
So I was looking at the back of this tea bag and noticed that Lipton (a Unilever company) is working with Rainforest Alliance and that 80% of the tea is certified...to be what?  It doesn't say!  I'm sure if I contacted the Lipton hotline the customer service rep from India would tell me in a patient-but-exasperated tone that it means that 80% of the tea is sustainably produced and fairly traded.

I'm a little dubious of Rainforest Alliance and thought, actually, that they were a radical environmentalist group.  Not that that matters, except in the crucial, street-cred, not-a-sellout type category.  And it seems that partnering with Unilever is either a really good move for the environment, or rainforest alliance is just as crooked as the next scammy, enviro-for-money escapade.  Will have to do more research.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2014 9:30am
Jan 6, 2014

No rinse shampoo has ebtered my liife and changed it for the better - my friend and stylist, nancy, first turned me on to this stuff and I love the convenience and water-free nature of it.

It's used by NASA, people! Astronauts use this stuff - in SPACE!  Space, where travel makes water a precious commodity.  

I've ranted on this blog before about daily showers and how, unless you do manual labor or work in a coal mine, showering every day is a waste of water.  Believe you me, I love showers, baths, hot tubs and jacuzzis as much as the next person, but using water everyday to wash body parts that are mostly covered up in clothing is senseless to me.  That, of course, leaves open the question of cleaning certain body parts over others , but I'll leave that for a different discussion.

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Posted: Jan 6, 2014 5:46am
Aug 26, 2013

I finished the laundry experiment on Sunday night by weighing the two behemoth bags of laundry that I saved for ONLY FOUR DAYS.  I managed to collect almost 30 pounds of laundry.  I have all the notes back at home so will update when those are in front of me.

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Posted: Aug 26, 2013 3:27pm
Aug 23, 2013
So I dug out my laundry card for the Gatorland Laundromat - I think I've got some bucks on here but I'll have to wait until I actually go to the laundromat to find out - this laundromat is nice, it's close to the house, and I found out the last wash is at 9pm.  With my current work hours I don't think I can hack this last wash time during the week, so I think what I'm going to do is stop the laundry saving tonight, weigh everything (yes, using the oh-so-scientific home weight scale) and then take it to the laundromat.  So I'll update after I've weighed everything and then start getting ready for laundry day!

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Posted: Aug 23, 2013 1:13pm
Aug 23, 2013
The one nice thing about this laundry experiment is that I haven't had to do laundry the past couple of days and it's been pretty groovy.  I actually got around to some ironing today instead of putting it off to fold or wash another load.

I'm still trying to decide whether to haul the laundry to the laundromat or just weigh it at home (using the oh-so-scientific home weight scale), and figure out the price per pound if we were to do it at the laundromat or have a wash and dry concern take care of it.

Got the photo with the bitchin' washing set up from Wikimedia Commons.

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Posted: Aug 23, 2013 10:03am
Aug 23, 2013

I've almost saved up to two duffle bag's worth of laundry and I only started this thing on Tuesday - I might have to rethink this...


More later.

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Posted: Aug 23, 2013 8:42am
Aug 23, 2013
More on it, later, but the gist of it is an analysis of how much laundry we do in a week.

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Aug 17, 2013


I'm wondering why Corning is being so greedy that they've outsourced making the stoneware to China?  I have no problem with China making money but what really irks me is that with all the US cup manufacturers on the east coast, you'd think one if them could offer a fair price - not necessarily a competitive price, which I think is impossible to do these days without the use of child labor.

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Posted: Aug 17, 2013 1:01pm
Jul 13, 2013

Just bought the old man some new socks and decided that, for the value, wigwam socks are worth the buy, AND they are made in the USA.  Good, comfortable socks!

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