Aug 20, 2011

Green Stamps from the USPS

The United States Postal Service has released a series of Forever Stamps that give suggestions on how to "Go Green." The stamps are a cute reminder of easy things we can do everyday. They are the same price as other stamps and never subject to price increases.

The USPS website offers the following description: "Go Green, a pane of 16 stamps, is the Postal Service's social awareness issue for 2011. Award-winning animator, filmmaker, and illustrator Eli Noyes worked with Art Director Derry Noyes on his first stamp project, using a colorful, playful style to convey the message that every American can take simple actions to conserve energy and improve the environment. These Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate." 

You can pick the stamps up at your local post office or buy online at on the USPS website.
Aug 8, 2011

As If I Needed Another Reason to Love Fiesta Dishes...

I came across an article today that made me smile. I love Fiesta dishes for many reasons: durability, made in America, lead free, and of course the pretty colors. Now I can add another reason: they are considered sustainable dinnerware. I learned some fun green facts from the article pulled from HLC's green statement pledge.
  • To continue to provide a safe, reusable product free of harmful materials. There is no lead in the paint or glaze of Fiesta dinnerware.
  • To vigilantly pursue innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint on the global landscape. HLC reroutes waste kiln heat to other processes. They blend their waste clay back into the formation process. The products are only made in the U.S.A. so they don’t have to transport anything overseas.
  • To reduce or eliminate our resource consumption and recycle what we use. HLC has impressive conservation efforts for their packaging, wastewater, and ordering processes. They also send non-saleable dinnerware to a refinery that uses them as aggregate for tabletops and countertops.
Although the dishes can be pricey I have found that there are usually good sales at Amazon and Macys that make them really affordable. You can also buy them from the factory outlet. Fair Warning: Fiesta dishes can be addicting!