Zero Wasted Daniel, marvelous clothes, made like patchwork from fabric scrapes, saved from landfill

I was perusing Facebook about a week ago and saw a short Now This video about Zero Waste Daniel.  Immediately fascinated, with a Google search, I found their website.

http://zerowastedaniel.com/

This is a clothing line, based in Brooklyn (where they also have a storefront), that’s got a serious and important mission, “to tackle wasteful fashion industry norms by providing customers with kick-ass zero waste alternatives to conventional fashion.”

You can’t beat that!!

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Comment to Safeway: Please offer biodegradable bags and make it easier to bring reusable grocery bags from home

I’m concerned about plastic pollution.
I wrote Safeway this morning with my concerns regarding their plastic bags.

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8/7/2017

Dear Safeway

I am a frequent customer at Safeway.
I try to remember to always bring my own bags.

I’m despondent about the plastic entering our waterways, killing wildlife, polluting the water, and even entering our food chain.

Could Safeway decide to be a solution rather than part of the problem?

Could Safeway be an industry leader and provide biodegradable bags?

And maybe it would be good if you stepped up your efforts to encourage folks to bring their own reusable bags. I know you do some of this, but folks could use reminders. For example, a sign outside the store that says, “Did you remember your reusable grocery bags” and maybe some small reward for using them.

Also, I usually use the self checkout and using one’s own bags in self checkout is very difficult and prohibitive. I don’t know how many bags that I’ll need before I need them. That’s one of the questions with the “I brought my own bag” button. And the scales cannot deal w the use of bags brought from home, frequently causing the “unintended item in bagging area” error, causing one to have that irritating wait for someone to come bail you out of the error message.

The alternative is to collect all items and bag after, to the incessant chorus of the machine repeating, “please take your items, please take your items,” which drives any reasonable person up a tree.

The additional problem w this scenario is the extra time it takes, and if there’s a line (and often there is) enduring the glares of waiting people probably silently cursing me for being a tree higher while taking that extra time to bag. This, giving tree huggers a bad name, when tree huggers should, in reality, be rewarded and praised for actively caring about the conservation of our beautiful earth.

So, in summary:
🌻 Please offer bio degradable grocery bags
🌻 Please encourage people to bring their own reusable bags w methods like reminder signs and small rewards
🌻 Please find a way to make it easier and faster to use reusable grocery bags brought from home in the self checkout

Thank you,
A Concerned Customer
Emily Gleichenhaus
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Arlington, VA

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Asking JR Watkins company for product refills and post consumer/recycled packaging

7/21/2017
I wrote this (admittedly, rambling) note to JR Watkins company, asking for refills and the use of packaging made from recycled post consumer waste:

I love your lemon all purpose cleaner. I like the grapefruit, too.

I feel badly about throwing out the bottle and would rather refill it. Do you offer (or will you please consider offering) refills for the lemon (&/or grapefruit) all purpose cleaner to reduce use of plastics.

It would also be really terrific, since your products are made of natural/biodegradable ingredients (which is one of the main reasons I purchase them over other choices), if you would make the bottles out of reclaimed/post consumer waste! Maybe you could help create a market for ocean plastic. Doing this, creating a demand for these pollutants by making them a commodity, would inspire some work on removing plastics from the earths waters! This would be good for EVERYONE! It certainly would be a boost to the bona fides of your product. Not only would your product be earth friendly, but its packaging would be earth friendly, too.

In summary, please create refills for all your products (I did see that Target online offers a refill for the hand soap at a reasonable price) dispenser AND package all your products in materials derived from post consumer/recycled waste. THANK YOU!

Emily Gleichenhaus
Arlington, VA

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Addendum, 7/22/2017

Response from JR Watkins:

Hello Emily,

Thank you for contacting JR Watkins. Unfortunately Watkins does not have a refill for the all-purpose cleaners. Watkins is committed to making products that are safe and environmentally friendly. All of our packaging is comprised of BPA-free plastics, and we do not source packaging that may contain BPA. JR. Watkin plastic bottles are also recyclable, and we are committed to using minimal packaging made from environmentally-friendly materials.

Currently Watkins only offers a refill size for the liquid hand soaps. I will forward your suggestion to the appropriate department for consideration.

Watkins appreciates your interest and hopes to continue to provide you with quality natural products.

Regards,

Laura Pozek | Customer Satisfaction Representative

J.R. Watkins | http://www.JRWatkins.com

150 Liberty Street | Winona, MN 55987 | 800-243-9423 | WebHelp@JRWatkins.com

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A Note to Starbucks

I went to Starbucks with Charlie this morning. They do an amazing business. But the waste generated by their products is overwhelming. I decided to write them:

Dear Starbucks,
I really enjoy your coffee and snacks.
But I am REALLY concerned about the amount of WASTE, especially PLASTIC WASTE generated by your stores.
Can’t you make your plastic cups out of 100% post consumer waste?
That would make you a hero company.
Couldn’t you offer paper straws? That would make you a hero company, too.
Couldn’t you ENCOURAGE the plastic cups to be put in recycle? That would make you a hero company.
Couldn’t you find a way to make your paper cups recyclable?
Couldn’t you at least make your paper cups out of 100% post consumer waste (instead of a sorry 10%)?
You’re smart people. Couldn’ t you figure that out?
And, if you did these things, as an industry leader, you know other companies would follow suit, so your efforts would be multiplied.
PLEASE be a HERO COMPANY!
Please be a leader on this and make things better for earth.

PS: Here’s a link to their Contact Us page:
https://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/contact/ask/

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A Note to Jeff Bezos at Amazon

I wrote an email to Jeff Bezos at Amazon today.  I found an email address for him online.  I wonder if he’ll get it.  I wonder if he’ll respond.  I wonder if he’ll decide to lead the world in innovative, sustainable packaging that is made from post-consumer waste, labelled for what it is made of and that also encourages its customers to reduce, reuse and recycle.

I hope he does.

Here is my email to him:

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6/1/2017

Dear Jeff Bezos,

The US president just announced his intention to remove our country from the ground breaking Paris Accord. The USA, in many ways, does not lead the world any more. We can’t claim moral or intellectual high ground. And what ideals can we point to that most developed nations don’t do better than us? That’s really depressing.

We need to find great leaders somewhere. You are a world leader in online commerce. Maybe you could also lead the world in innovation for a better planet.

Could you start with your packaging? I order products I need (and many I don’t “need”) from Amazon every week and have become concerned about the waste associated with the packaging. Could Amazon PLEASE become a world leader in innovative, sustainable, packaging that is both made from recycled materials and that is also recyclable? You could make sure people know the post-consumer waste used in making the packing materials and you could inspire people to recycle or re-use the packaging in other ways.

Maybe you could also use your status as a leader in online commerce to help delivery companies upgrade their trucks to use electric and solar power for fuel instead of burning fossil fuels.

If Amazon leads the way, other companies will follow. If you lead the way, maybe you can show our government officials that there is a better way to do things than to just give in to trashing the planet with waste. If you lead the way, history will remember the great things you did for not only commerce but also for your leadership and innovation in packaging and delivery in ways that don’t harm the planet. Wouldn’t that be terrific?

I want to feel good about buying things from Amazon. Could you help me (and the Planet Earth) with that?
Will you be a global leader?
Thank you,
Emily Gleichenhaus
Arlington, VA

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Addendum, 6/21/2017

I do order many things from Amazon.  I have discovered that if you go to the order section of your account page, you can make your way to a page for leaving packaging feedback for every purchase.

This is a great opportunity to ask them to please use boxes made from 100% post consumer waste and to please mark their boxes to encourage recycling.

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Patriotic or Religious? I think what you DO is much more important than what you BELIEVE. Practice ACTIVE SERVICE!

Memorial Day 2017

Dear Friends,

I fully admit in this moment to sitting on high horse which is also standing on a soap box. But it is for a good cause!

Going to a Memorial Day event today has made me thoughtful about the idea of SERVICE. I BELIEVE in service. And what I believe is that belief is not good enough. What one DOES is sooooooo much more important than what one believes. In this vein, just going around and waving a flag and calling yourself an American is not good enough. What do you DO for your country, the beautiful land you live on, and its citizens? This leads me to ask, what is service? I think service is any action you take, for which you are not the direct beneficiary, that makes your community, your country, the planet, a better place.

I’ve seen and read much lately, for example, of the damage our use of plastics and those plastics migrating into and polluting our waterways. I can’t think of anything more PATRIOTIC than to practice recycling to the very best of your ability, do what you can to reduce your consumption of plastics (and this might even include writing companies whose products you buy to ask them to use post-consumer waste in their packaging and to find better packaging alternatives than plastics), and to PICK UP TRASH whenever you see it. Don’t just walk by it. PICK IT UP. If you don’t pick it up, it will likely ultimately end up in the water.

I also think that any place I’ve written something about patriotism above, you can insert your religion and belief in God. IMHO, the active practice of service is just as important to both patriotism and religion.

I really believe this: If you consider yourself a spiritual or religious person and/or if you consider yourself a patriotic American, you will devote yourself to the stewardship of our great land and work to uphold protections of air, water, food, and earth and you will do whatever you can to reduce waste, recycle what you can, and pick up trash when you see it.

Love,
Emily

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