Holiday Shopping Earth Friendly November 17, 2009
We would Love to have you shop with us this Holiday Season!
Visit us to see how to get free gifts and gift wrapping.
Another 8400 Lead Paint Toys! August 27, 2009
Update for Lead Paint Toy Recall:
Description: The Force Soldier playsets comes in a plastic bag with SKU number 70134 printed on the header card. The soldiers (two per bag) are 5″ in height and come with an airplane, machine guns and a tropical tree. The Pirate Expeditions come in a blister packs in two styles with the SKU number 70136 printed on the header cards. Pirate Expedition figures are 6.5″ in height and have assorted accessories including a parrot or a treasure chest.
Sold at: Dollar Stores in Washington and Oregon States from September 2007 through July 2009 for $1.
Manufactured in: China
What The Heck is HDPE? August 11, 2009
One of the things I needed to learn about recycling was “The Code”! I could never keep it straight in my head… which plastic I was trying to avoid? I made up this chart to help me remember the symbols. Hopefully it can help you. Please feel free to copy and use this as a reference.
The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) implemented the system in 1988 to allow recyclers to be able to tell the different types of plastics when sorting. Basically, the numbers in the triangle indicate the grade of plastic – the resin ID code. It’s now a system that’s used in many different countries. Here’s what to look for and what it all means:
|1 * PETE – Polyethylene Terephthalate||The easiest of plastics to recycle. Often used for soda bottles, water bottles and many common food packages. Is recycled into bottles and polyester fibers|
|2 * HDPE – High density Polyethylene||Also readily recyclable – Mostly used for packaging detergents, bleach, milk containers, hair care products and motor oil. Is recycled into more bottles or bags.|
|3 * V – Polyvinyl Chloride||This stuff is everywhere – pipes, toys, furniture, packaging – you name it. Difficult to recycle and PVC is a major environmental and health threat.|
|4 * LDPE Low-density Polyethylene||Used for many different kinds of wrapping, grocery bags and sandwich bags and can be recycled into more of the same.|
|5 *PP – Polypropylene||Clothing, bottles, tubs. Can be recycled into fibers.|
|6 * PS – Polystyrene||Cups, foam food trays, packing peanuts. Polysterene is a real problem as it’s bulky yet very lightweight and that makes it difficult to recycle. For example, a carload of expanded polystyrene would weigh next to nothing so there’s not a lot of materials to reclaim, particularly when you take into account the transport getting it to the point of recycling. It can however be reused.|
|7 * Other
|Could be a mixture of any and all of the above. Or plastics not readily recyclable such as polyurethane. Avoid it if you can – recyclers generally speaking don’t want it.|
NEWS from CPSC Lead Paint Violators June 27, 2009
OKK Trading To Pay $665,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban and Other Child Safety Rules Visit link to view recall.
EARTH FRIENDLY BIRDHOUSE…..A GIFT FROM THE HEART June 25, 2009
I am a nurse in an extended care/rehab facility and have the opportunity to meet and care for truly wonderful people. One such person is a lady who is very talented with arts and crafts. Her husband had purchased her several birdhouses which she painted and beautifully decorated.
I thought that if I gave her one of our earth friendly birdhouses, this would give both her and her husband a project they could work on together. Her husband was able to assemble the birdhouse in no time and she began the project.
I work midnights which is the shift she had worked and was awake frequently during the night working on the birdhouse. Each night I watched as progress took place…creating a window here, a door there until the birdhouse was complete and a true work of art.
We had become quite close and she knew about my children and knew I had a “special” daughter with many special needs.
One night I was visiting with her while performing care and she told me she had completed the birdhouse to give to my daughter. What an awesome surprise for my 11 year old! The joy on her face was priceless when I presented the beautiful work of art to her. I had to take pictures of the birdhouse and her hanging it up for that special bird family to find.
My simple act of sharing turned into one of the most caring moments in our lives. Who would have known that an Earth friendly birdhouse could bring so much joy? It truly was a gift from the heart.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this story. This beautiful art work was the last project my special friend and patient completed before she passed away. I know she is painting beautiful pictures peacefully.