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The UPS guy is our new best friend or simply: going green made easy

April 1, 2010 - Taste Buds

THE BUDS  absolutely love getting things in the mail!
We donát care what it is. Any box, fat envelope or bubble mailer that ends up on our desks makes our hearts race!
This week we hit the jackpot as several boxes appeared ... on the same day ... which combined our love of mail goodies and green living!
It was like Christmas in April!
The first of our packages - one to each of us - was from Seventh Generation, a company that has led the charge for more environmentally friendly cleaning products for the past 20 years. They have a new line of botanical disinfectants out that are to kill germs naturally.
Frankly, the cleaning obsessed Buds just want the germs gone and if that can be done with less harm to the world around us - so be it.
The Seven Generation company sent us an entire (reusable) shopping bag (with the statement âIn our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.ã -- from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy) full of goodies - 100 percent recycled, unbleached paper towels, disinfecting wipes and a disinfecting spray cleaners which carry labels that say they kill 99.9 percent of germs botanically, a small pot and kit to grown organic thyme and a flash drive in the shape of a cute little leaf!
Who says going green canát be fun?
There are also a handy book included by Alexandra Zissu titled âThe Conscious Kitchenã which contains recipes and advice on how to buy and cook food âto protect the Earth, improve your health and eat deliciously.ã
A quick peak inside held this little tidbit: Check price look up (PLU) codes. These are those numbers on the pesky little stickers that are impossible to get off apples. Study these to make sure you get what you think youáre getting. Organic produce always begins with the number 9 and has five digits while conventional produce begins with the number 4 and has four digits. Genetically modified produce starts with 8 and has five digits. GM labels are pretty rare.
Hmmm ... good to know!
To learn more about environmentally safe products, visit
Just when the Buds thought the day couldnát get any better, along comes another surprise.
Bud Tricia received a package from YakPak which is launching its new line of bags made from recycled billboard vinyl.
It seems almost 10,000 tons of billboard vinyl are sent to dumps every year where they NEVER break down! They are there FOREVER!
So, the company has partnered with TerraCycle to rescue the billboards and making avant garde totes, messenger bags, backpacks, laptop sleeves and wallets from them.
These things are virtually indestructible and one-of-a-kind as each is made from a different portion of billboard vinyl!
The tote Bud Tricia received is roomy enough for her to carry her work stuff, gym stuff and lunch all in one! She loves that!
And, since it is so durable it will survive the trials and tribulations associated with the duty she pulls as wife/mother/busy gal about town.
More information about these bags are available at
Now, the Buds have to run and clean their houses using their new stuff . All the new bags will be put to use either hauling paper to be recycled or to the grocery to eliminate those pesky plastic bags!
Heck, the Buds are so green even Kermit the Frog is jealous!
Now, while the Buds are doing their part, go plant a tree but whip these tasty treats up and put in the oven first. By the time these delicious Cherry Squares by Barbara Emrisko of St. Clairsville are done, youáll need a break from all that digging!
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter or oleo
Cream this together until creamy.
4 eggs ( one at a time)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Beat all together until very creamy.
Grease and flour a 10 x15 pan.
Pour batter into pan.  With a spatula, mark off the batter into 15 squares.  Fill each square with 1 tablespoon of cherry pie filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes or until golden.
When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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