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Summer fun requires reusable bags - And I've got one!

Wow, after a slow and late start summer is finally off and running! If you’re anything like us, you’re deep into summer fun. Over the past few weeks we’ve taken several motorcycle day trips, gone to the beach and the water park, taken a few bicycle rides, attended a community festival, played tennis and gone fishing. After a long, cold winter we are really enjoying our time outdoors. What do all these activities have in common other than being outside? We used our Earth’s Greenest Bag™ (Nature Bag) for all of them! In the past I was always fussing over what to carry things in. Was it big enough? Could I carry it easily over my shoulder? Was it too...

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Why Biking?

Like many people my age, I grew up riding a bicycle. It wasn’t just for fun, but was practical transportation from my rural home a few miles outside our small Wisconsin town to wherever I wanted to go from the age of 10 or so until I got my driver’s license.     Now more and more people are biking, and the reasons are many and varied. After years riding a bike very sporadically (as evidenced by the dust and cobwebs I needed to clean off each time I took mine out of the garage), a few years ago I finally ditched my old 10-speed and got a new hybrid bike with a comfortable seat, which I’m trying to use more...

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: We All Contribute

One of the most exciting (or depressing, I’m not sure which) aspects of my environmental journey is learning things I had no idea about.  Sometimes I know a little (enough to be dangerous?), sometimes nothing at all. The topic of today’s blog falls into that “nothing at all” category.   Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP)? Well, neither had I until recently. Being a lifelong Midwesterner my initial reaction was “Nothing to do with me.” Turns out, it has a LOT to do with me, with all of us. We helped cause it, and we can help cure it. So what is this exactly? Actually it’s two areas in the Pacific – one between California...

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My Hubby, Bagging & Biking

The price of gas has been a huge topic of conversation lately in our household. Unfortunately, here in Minnesota we’ve been suffering through the highest prices in the nation for the past month.  Paying more than $4 per gallon has motivated us (and I’m sure many others) to come up with ways to drive fewer miles with more fuel-efficient vehicles.   Luckily it’s also finally spring, which means my husband, Marty, can now ride his motorcycle most of the time. The bike, while fun and sporty, gets about 45 miles per gallon, which is about twice as fuel efficient as either of our cars. The downside? No place to put stuff!     My husband does not travel lightly! Wherever...

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Banning or Taxing Disposable Plastic Bags: Not So Green

  I won my junior high school poster contest celebrating the first Earth Day. I've recycled for over 20 years. I follow family members around the house turning off lights and adjusting the thermostat.   Those are just some of my bona fides as a suburban mom concerned about the environment who preaches (and practices) “Reduce, Reuse, And Recycle”. Therefore it was quite disconcerting to learn that my disgust for disposable plastic bags and support for banning them may be misplaced. Not that those annoying, flimsy plastic receptacles are good for much other than lining the pockets of those who make them. Au contraire. For one thing there are far too many of them – between 200 and 300 million...

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