Monthly Archives: January 2009

Get your Precycle On!

Well we already know about the importance of recycling, but what is this about PREcycling?  Precycling falls into the Reduce part of the old mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Precycling is the practice of selecting products and consumables that utilize the least amount of packaging.  Much like the adage of “think before you speak”, this reinforces “think before you buy”.

An easy way to light the fire to your precycling mindset is to check out the bulk foods section of your local grocery store, health store or food co-op!  Not only does buying food in bulk reduce a tremendous amount of packaging waste, but it ends up saving money too.  At many stores you can also purchase soaps, detergents, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and other personal products in bulk therefore reducing the amount of waste that stems from personal care products.  To find a local food co-op in your area that has bulk items check out Green America’s (formerly known as Co-Op America) Green Pages.

Many companies are now jumping on the green gravy train and precycling by reducing the amount of packaging in their products; not to mention saving tons of moola while also boasting their environmental responsibility to consumers.  While I am not a fan of Walmart, their move to demand their suppliers reduce packaging on their products has prompted many other retailers and companies to do the same.  More and more companies are starting to value the triple bottom line, but consumers must demand it for real change to occur.  Demand change with the power of your purchase and get in that precycle mindset!

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Got $425? You can Buy the Earth!

At least in the game EarthOpoly you can!  This new twist on the classic real estate mogul board game takes green education to a whole new level!  I recently received this game as a surprise gift from my Dad, and I have to say I love it!  I always felt bad playing the real Monopoly.  I have to say constantly spreading development throughout imaginary world and gentrifying the neighborhoods from Mediterranean Avenue all the way down to Connecticut made me feel a little bit guilty.  Guess I could never be a developer! Haha!  Well if you are like me then you can play this classic game guilt free!

EarthOpoly by Late for the Sky Games is a game that is truly earth friendly.  The classic properties of Park Place and Board Walk have been traded up for the likes of Mother Earth and Sparkling Blue Sky!  You can even purchase the Awesome Oceans and Majestic Mountains!  To top it off on the back of each property card is interesting facts about that type of ecosystem and a green living tip!  Instead of upgrading to houses and hotels when you buy all the properties in a color group you can buy Carbon Credits!  Once you have enough carbon credits you can then upgrade to CLEAN AIR!  If only it was so easy in the real world!  Instead of electricity and water you can buy wind and solar power!  Railroads have been replaced by some different R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink.  Yep, and instead of Jail…you go to the Dump!

The game is also printed with soy based inks, is wrapped in biodegradable plastic wrap, and all games pieces were either made by nature or are completely recyclable!  This game is truly great for all ages.  So learn some new facts, spread the environmental wisdom and have fun while you are at it!

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