I suffered a consumer dilemma today at Whole Foods buying trash bags. I want to buy more environmentally sound trash bags. The Seventh Generation 55% recycled plastic trash bags were $5.49 for 30 trash bags. The compostable trash bags were $5.99 for 12! I want to buy the compostable ones. This burned me inside, but I just couldn't do it. I couldn't pay $6 for only 12 trash bags. I bought the Seventh Generation bags, knowing that they were still made of virgin plastic, but needing some compromise between my ideals and my budget.
The other day I had similar dilemma buying eggs. I ran to the organic food grocery store near my house for eggs, and outside the cooler where the eggs are kept, a chart was taped to the freezer door. The chart detailed the treatment of the chickens at all of the places the eggs came from. I checked out the chart noting that only three of the available dozen or so brands of eggs could state that they didn't snip the beaks off their birds. I scanned the cooler for the three brands that left the chicken beaks intact. $8.50 for a dozen eggs! I stewed over this fact. I wanted to buy them, but I couldn't bring myself to spend $8.50 on a dozen eggs when I struggle so hard for my money. What to do? I compromised and purchased organic fed eggs for $4.50.
I see the internal battle with myself to choose the small organic products that I desire and admire vs my ability to financially stomach big organic. One step at a time I hope.
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Friday, July 09, 2010
Some colors simply look better on me than others despite how much I may love the colors that look awkward on me (Mustard yellow, some oranges). One of the colors I have come to the conclusion that is favorable is purple, which I have resisted, but think it's time to embrace purple in all of it's new age aura. I found a beautiful purple scarf at Gravel and Gold the other day by Paula Frazer Handwoven, but wasn't able to pick it up that day. I hope something similar will be there when I can go back. Purple is such a bold color. I think it works most fabulously on accessories.
I did a search on Etsy for purple items and I came up with this bizarre painting of corgis around a campfire. Not wearable.
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I've been getting a lot of comment spam and it is completely lame. Where do these bots come from? Who is behind them? Who writes the program for a spam bot, and how do they sleep at night? I do however hope that this entry gets spammed, so that I can take a little pleasure in the irony.