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A green giveaway for Earth Day

Unless you've been living under a rock, snowed in, or still in diapause like some of our insect friends, you're aware that it's Earth Day.

I found it particularly hard to ignore Earth Day while reading the Sunday paper, which seemed to be overflowing with more retailer inserts than usual -- all accented with bright green ink and telling us how their stores are green, their products are green, and how you and I can be green too. There were some good suggestions, such as using reusable canvas bags to do your grocery shopping rather than requesting plastic bags each time. (According to various reports, the average family goes through about 400 plastic grocery bags a year -- some say it's as much as 1500!)

Another suggestion was to forgo buying bottled water in throwaway plastic bottles, and instead using a reusable bottle that you fill with filtered water from the tap or refrigerator.

Nalgene144x240_3 A reusable plastic water bottle! This put me in a generous mood as I had been wanting to offer blog readers something of value for Earth Day. Last year we purchased a number of polycarbonate water bottles in our cool yellow-green color and had our logo printed on them. What a perfect giveaway for Earth Day!

And then I saw this news. It appears that Nalgene is phasing out their popular style of water bottle (which ours resembles closely) because of health concerns over one of the ingredients in the plastic.

It's unclear how much of an issue this really is, or exactly what health problems are caused by this plastic additive. I usually carry water around whereever I go and I love my Nalgene bottles for that purpose. To me it's like cell phones and brain cancer. Is there really a link, and how big of a risk is it for me to change my lifestyle?

Rescuetumbler_2 Whether there is a significant health risk or not -- and we are looking into this matter further -- the fact is that this news has taken away the value of my water-bottle Earth Day giveaway.

So I have a backup plan: a reusable, insulated tumbler. You can put your coffee in this instead of a paper or styrofoam cup, and it's also in our cool yellow-green color!

If you would like one of these smart tumblers, all you have to do is this: post a short comment on this blog entry and in it, answer this question...

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being very important), how important is it to you that the pest control products you use around your house be environmentally responsible and non-toxic? Feel free to elaborate if you wish.

I will choose three people at random from the posts on April 22 to receive a free tumbler. (I'll send a separate, private e-mail to get your address.)

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2008 in Being green | Permalink


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SCORE = 10. It is extremely important to us that the pest control products we use around our house be environmentally responsible and non-toxic because we have a German Shephard puppy who loves outdoors and is extremely inquisitive. Thank you for creating the RESCUE fly traps! They are great! We tell everyone we know about them! Keep up the great work!


Posted by: Mary Wright | Apr 22, 2008 10:54:04 AM

Mary, thank you for your comments and for being a great evangelist for our products. I'm glad you've been happy with our RESCUE! Fly Traps.

Posted by: Stephanie | Apr 22, 2008 11:08:34 AM

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