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Cartoon credits: Zapiro and Green Humour


Since my last post, the USA elected a climate-denier as the next President. We will soon have the embarrassing honor of being the only major nation on Earth led by someone who rejects climate science (although that hasn't always been the case). If you know anything about me or this blog, I don't have to explain to you why I've felt paralyzed for a while. I wrote and rewrote reactions but never published them. Then I thought of saying nothing because I try to keep this blog light. Then I calmed down.



If you missed the Green Traveler giveaway, it's not too late to back the Kickstarter and get one at a significant discount. 

What is a Green Traveler? It's an eco-friendly container designed with four separate, leak-proof compartments. It can carry a total of 44 ounces of food or beverage and can easily clip to a bag or strap. The creators call it the world's first no-nonsense, convenient, leak-proof and reuseable to-go container. Find out more on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Green Traveler blog. And become a backer to grab one of your own before the hit the retail market next year

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway - we appreciate your interest and all your help spreading the word across social. Here are the lucky winners - expect email from me very soon:

1. Teresa P.
2.  Rachel
3.  Katy SkipTheBag



Week 41 goals: 
  1.  November 8 is about more than the presidential race
  2.  There are LOTS of ballot measures related to environmental protection
  3.  Do a little research and use your vote to elect representatives who will fight for the air you breath 


I'm 40 weeks into my challenge to trim my waste and I'm so happy to be able to celebrate with an EPIC zero-waste giveaway. Really. Sometimes an idea comes along and it just makes sense. That's what I thought when I first saw My Green Traveler on Instagram. They just launched their Kickstarter and I have THREE of these amazing containers to give away.

Read on to find out more about this fabulous reusable to-go container, their Kickstarter and how to win your own Green Traveler. The giveaway is worldwide!


This weekend involved apple picking and pumpkins and all things "fall". And I found myself, unexpectedly, in a thrift store a long way out of the city. The kind of place where nothing has been curated for (or by) a discerning eye. It's just a mishmash of great grandma's stuff that no one really wants anymore.

And there was a lot of kitsch ceramic. Dogs, horses, angels etc. What my grandma would have called "knick knacks". I guess I have some knick knacks of my own, but this stuff...wow. It still made me curious though. What can you actually do with an ugly ceramic dog? The answer, it seems, is paint it! Milk-glass paint is especially effective. So here are some ideas:

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