Works MUCH better w/ a thin tipped marker. Thank you Target!
Here’s my first attempt at a Zentangle. Don’t know if I followed the rules, don’t know if there are any rules, actually. May need to click on that link myself.
You should try making your own. I think I made about a hundred in the margins of my high school and college notebooks. They were just doodles back then.
When you try yours, use a marker type of pen. Ball-point got annoying, VERY quickly. Enjoy!
I use poly mailers to ship things all the time. I use them when someone Mooches a book from me. I use them when I sell a book on Amazon, or when I sell something small on eBay. I go through about 100 a year. Well, I’m down to my last ten or so and need to reorder. I typically buy these on eBay as I like the prices and I like the small business owner part of that. Well, this time I wanted recycled mailers, so I send emails to the two suppliers I’d previously used asking for a quote on the same item, just made from recycled ingredients.
Neither vendor could provide such an item. I was surprised. Then I did a little shopping around on the web. It was not easy. I finally found what I was looking for, at a price increase of 74%. To put that into dollars and cents, the envelope that used to cost me .34 was now going to cost .59. Wow. That’s a big difference. (Those prices include shipping charges.)
I kept searching and finally found a place that offered the envelopes with free shipping, if I met a minimum order value. Each envelope would then cost .41, which was only an increase of just under 21%. That’s still a large increase, but I could live with it. I have to live with it. I have to practice what I preach.
This might seem insignificant, I’m really only talking about 7 cents. $7.00 for a case. What happens though if I am a large retailer, who does a lot of shipping? Using environmentally friendly products cut into profit margins. I know it’s not good for the margins, but I do believe that it’s good for business. I do.
I’m going to buy a stamp that I will use on every envelope, asking people to reuse and recycle. I’ll stamp this on my new envelopes, and on any boxes that I send. I already have a box storage area in the garage. Any box that we get goes out to the garage for reuse. I save so much more than money by doing this. I always have a box when I need it, and I never have to go out and pay for a new box.
It’s not easy being green.
Wow. I didn’t know how to spell “ain’t”. Weird.
I was looking for a pen last night. Not a particular pen, just a pen that would produce a visible line upon paper when applied with normal pressure. You would think that wouldn’t be too hard, I beg to differ. As I was searching my pen cup (which was purchased in 1992 via catalog with my first ever debit card, wow!) I realized that it might be time to go through these pens and get rid of the ones that no longer work. I mean, do I really need a pen from every company I have ever worked for, truly need them? Is there a pen dedication website where I can just upload their photos to and forget about keeping the pen? Sort of like PostSecret for pens?
Anyway, a resounding five pens actually worked. One of those pens is a Cross pen that was my grandfathers. It’s silver, and badly tarnished. It’s got to be at least 60 years old. How is that pen still producing ink?
Seven items in the pen cup were markers or highlighters. Only two of them were still functioning. That left about 12 or 13 pens that were in need of a final resting place. How does an environmentally aware person throw out a pen? Clearly, markers are not recyclable. At least markers purchased in the last century. ;o)
So I asked my friend Google for some help. Found out that the best thing to do is take apart the pens. The ink tube is going into regular trash. The little metal spring goes in the fancy blue bucket. Along with the plastic of the Bic style of pen. I spent a few minutes separating my pens and sorting them appropriately.
How come the pens wouldn’t write but I’m still removing ink from underneath my fingernails?
And here’s the real reason for today’s post. When purchasing pens, pencils and paper, please think of the environment. Purchase pencils like the Paper Mate EarthWrite pencil. It is made from 100% pre-consumer waste materials and from re-claimed wood. You can get those at your local office superstore.
Oxymoronic paragraph, I know.
As for pens, there are many out there made from varying levels of recycled materials. One that you’ll recognize upon seeing it has a paper barrel. This one is great. Try to find one with soy ink as well.
So, go through your pen cup. Figure out what works and what doesn’t. Let me know if you come up with any interesting ways to reuse the pen innards.
For Secret Santas/Chanukah Harrys.
Look at this cool site to organize it all! I’m going to have to start one just so I can use this site!
For using your fireplace. You can probably guess that a wood burning fireplace is the worst type of fireplace for the environment. Sigh. That’s what we have.
I just found these Java-Logs. Yes, they are made out of recycled coffee grounds. So, not only do they burn cleaner and better for the environment, they keep coffee grounds out of landfills. (And you can keep your own grounds out of the landfill by composting.)