Monday, June 4, 2007

Green Challenge

I mentioned in the last challenge that I had been trying some more eco-friendly products. This spurred me to show off my MS Paint skills (*wink*) and create….

The Green Butrfly Award.

An honor (what!?) given to websites and products aimed at making our planet a better place. Hey, it’s better than nothing, right!?

This week’s Green Butrfly goes to Seventh Generation Drawstring Kitchen Bags. I was a little wary of these bags because of their reviews were either “LOVE IT” or “HATE IT” - hardly anyone said they were just okay. But our first bag, we stuffed to the gills like we normally do (I‘m cheap…those things will last as long as I make them). I think the fact that I kept in mind how much thinner they were helped - I was probably more careful.

Check out the description from

You Are Making A Difference™

If every household in the U.S. replaced just one package of 20 count trash bags made from virgin plastic with 65% recycled ones, we could save:
*45,100 barrels of oil, enough to heat and cool 2,500 U.S. homes for a year
*824,800 million cubic feet of landfill space, equal to 1,200 full garbage trucks
*avoid 16,800 tons of pollution!

With statistics like that, I can totally switch! And you know, they are actually slightly cheaper than my regular brand. Score for me.

Not so great review:
I received my Larabar (Organic, vegan, kosher…bars?) samples in the mail over the weekend. (Thanks for the heads-up, FitSugar!) And every single flavor contains tree nuts. (Hi, I’m Amy and I can’t eat nuts! - Keep the jokes to yourself, I‘ve heard them all.) The Man, being the Big Brave Man that he is, tried the Chocolate Coffee bar…and spit it out. But he doesn’t really have a taste for “health” food like some people do. The kids wanted to try one, so I let them try the Chocolate mint. Ninja Boy spit it out with a horrified look on his face. Sunshine ate the entire bar and has asked for the others. With only 1/4 of the Butrfly House loving them, we won’t be buying any more. But I know she’s going to be super-excited to take them for snack on her last two days of school!

This week’s Green Challenge:
Give me your suggestions for products to try, websites to visit or anything else worth reviewing for the prestigious honor of the Green Butrfly Award (or whatever).

Also: check out the crazy pictures that
Life As I Know It found. Follow the link at the bottom to see the rest of them…some are political, but they are all pretty shocking.

I’m still keeping ‘em easy, people!


Worker Mommy said...

I am in awe of your MS Paint skills and as much as I really,really want to I'm not going to make a dumb joke about the "Hi I'm Amy and I can't eat nuts" because you asked so nicely.

Ok, I accept the challenge. I shall find a site worthy of your award. My twin sister should be helpful with that. She's a vegan fitness trainer (I know ,I know how can twins be so different you're probably asking )

Life As I Know It said...

Thanks for the link!
I will take the challenge and send you eco friendly sites and products!

Sugar Kane said...

Nice paint skills, and great idea!

Brillig said...

Ooooh! I love the Green Butrfly Award! What a great idea! I'll be thinking of things for you to try out... Cuz I do really dig this sort of thing and I love having someone else go to all the trouble of telling me whether or not it's any good!

Butrfly4404 said...

Haha, WM! I'm a little more proficient in CAD, but Paint works, too! Kind of like the *paint job* I gave The Man's car! (It's in my flickr if you dont' know what I'm talking about.)

Yeah, I have a lot of stuff I could review, but I'd rather know what kind of things people have been WANTING to try. So, send me your ideas! I don't plan on always including it in the GC, but it's a nice standby when my brain is fried! :)

Kelly said...

thanks for the bag tips. I got on-line a few weeks ago and couldn't decide which to buy. I did buy something else though that I'm loving. I'll e-mail you.

Cherann said...

I can't believe you did that with paint!

This is a great idea! BTW, I tried a product called Annie Chun's. It's like cup a noodle but with Asian foods and the label claims that even the container is biodegradable because it's made from cornstarch.

Butrfly4404 said...

Ooh, Kelly, I think I'm going to get that water bottle!

cherann- those look absolutely delicious! Did you get them at your grocery store? They are even better for you than the lean cuisines and stuff - and nobody can steal them from the freezer - and they have LESS sodium! AND THE BOWL ISN'T BAD! The guilt finally got to me and I started scraping our my frozen dinner containers and rinsing them. I look ridiculous, but I couldn't have that on my soul!

(like, em, water bottles!)

Butrfly4404 said...

Haha, Cherann...with a little help from clipart. Good God, if that was freehand I would have gone to SCHOOL for it! ;)