Exactly one month ago today, I spent several minutes searching online to find out when Earth Day was, because I miss it EVERY YEAR. Then, as I was writing it on my calendar, I noticed it was pre-printed on my calendar. Genius.
There are a lot of things I do wr---....well, let's not use a harsh word like "wrong." Let's say instead that there are many situations in which I make choices that would not be at the TIPPY TIPPY TOP of the Environmental Awesomeness List. I occasionally use bleach. I don't make any particular effort to eat local foods. We have central air conditioning. I drive to Target whenever I feel like it, even though our Targets are 15-35 minutes away. I eat meat, including fast food meat. I buy more stuff than I need.
I have three small areas in which I have made what I think of as Good Environmental Changes: handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues, cloth napkins instead of paper napkins, and reusable pads instead of disposable pads. There are ALWAYS alternatives that are EVEN BETTER (making my own pads out of worn-out clothes, for example, or using clumps of leaves I then compost for the garden), but these are pretty good choices.
In none of these areas am I a zealot: after all, I use paper towels to clean the bathroom because the idea of using a washcloth squicks me out, so I'd be a fine one to start sniffing critically at someone's box of Puffs Plus. (Plus, we ALSO have a box of Puffs at our house.) Besides, once I started using these three cloth things, I found I PREFERRED them to the disposable versions, so this makes it difficult to claim Praiseworthy Sacrifice.
NEVERTHELESS. While I am not a zealot, I would call myself an evangelist: I've been so happy with these three changes, and so pleasantly surprised by my resulting preference, that I feel like SPREADING THE WORD. I'm willing to put my own money behind it, even.
And so my small contribution to Earth Day is this: eight little packets of earth-lovin' goodness.
Three packets will contain cloth napkins, nine assorted napkins in each packet.
Two packets will contain four reusable shopping bags each, standing in for cloth handkerchiefs because I searched in several stores and all I could find was patterned bandannas, and then I happened to see a clearance rack of nice reusable cloth shopping bags at Old Navy so I decided to do that instead. Three of the bags in each set are 100% cotton, 15x14x4ish. One of the bags in each set is polypropylene, 12x9x4ish.
Three packets will contain reusable pads: one regular pad, one long pantiliner, and one pantiliner in each set, from my favorite reusable pad source Sugar Monkies (who, by the way, gave me 50% off my order when she heard it was for Earth Day).
I had fun choosing the pads. Here are the three fabrics I chose:
I'm going to mix the patterns in each set of pads, so each set will contain one pad of each fabric.
To enter, leave a comment on this post. You can enter to win just one or just two of the types of packets if you want (like, if you already use cloth napkins you can enter just for the bags and the pads)---just specify in your comment which you'd like to try to win. If you don't specify, I'll assume you want to be entered for all three types. U.S./APO/FPO and Canada mailing addresses only. I'll choose the winners on Sunday, April 25th.
Happy Earth Day!
Edited to add: Also check out Cayt's reusable pad giveaway!
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