Pondering Siggs…

I’ve mulled over the stats on this for a few days, well actually more. These empty containers sit near the door ready for a quick exit but are exhibiting hope of turning into something more useful. They are Siggs!

A bit late upon hearing the news, I found out about the recall on older Siggs bottles and their dangerous lining that miraculously contains BPA. The very thing I thought I was getting away from, Hmrphf!

I have three Siggs bottles that meet the bad lining criteria and I’m not sure where to go from here.  I’ve missed all the shmancy exchange programs and replacement offers and truth be told, I prefer my Klean Kanteen and haven’t used the Siggs for sometime. I purchased the Siggs bottles after the Nalgene scare…and might I add, I still have my favorite Nalgene bottle or two and love them. Okay, so I haven’t used them, but the scuffed up, stickered and well loved Nalgene bottles hold great memories and if they end up contributing to my demise someday as I have consumed the many gallons of  water that flowed from these containers throughout my life, then so be it, bury me with it. My daughter however, has her Siggs in school every day…hence enormous concern on a safe replacement and how to not add more BPA to the landfills if I toss the old Siggs…

So the bottles sit empty and hollow near the door as I can’t bring myself to toss them and don’t know what else to do with them. Possible vase? Nice experiment really on the effects of BPA and a living organism, hmmmm. Or just another vessel of sorts hold knitting needles. I mean, at the least the bottles are pretty, even if the paint will probably be proven to conatin lead someday.

Now officially, Siggs did offer an exchange/recall, but I missed all those and they don’t seem to want them back this late in the game. If you Google “Siggs Recall” there’s a lot of info on the topic and I’m surprised that folks are more subdude about itas the info was so misleading and even large conglomerates such Patagonia have dropped the Siggs line from their inventory. This leaves me perplexed and I will have great guilt if I just pitch them but don’t feel like becoming a collector anytime soon either.

What have you done with your old Siggs bottles???

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Green Evolution

So going green doesn’t seem to be new to anyone. Most folks know what it is, what it’s about and have even ventured into being more green. Do I need to elaborate?  

Abandoned rocker found on a corner, all cleaned up for it's new home...

Enter Hip Mountain Mamas’ One Small Change…I’m a bit late in the sign up but urge you to take some steps big or small to get a little bit of your green on. One Small Change is about doing something good for the planet, our environment consistently as possible for one month at a time. Maybe, if you’re greenish already it’s about trying something a little more green that you’ve always wanted to venture into or being more consistent in your green goodness. You can view some ideas at the site suggested above. 

We recycle paper- and whatever else our town will take…
We turn off the lights- in small house, it’s very easy to keep only one light  on.
We turn down the heat- for the day and well into the eve, although we wish we could get a wood stove for heat (as that would truly benefit us since my husband is a carpenter and wood tends on being around…)
We donate, upcycle, and reuse what we have and think about any purchases in-depth if we do need to make them (doesn’t happen often) Some items we’ve revamped, were gifted, or in dire need of a home is our boat (my hubby fixed), the studio (made from wood that was going to be tossed, can you imagine?), some awesome skates, and so on…
We eat in-irregularly, if we eat out we enjoy a real good meal and are a little choosy. Sometimes we even make our own bread, delish!

 

Homeade bread in handmade recycled tea towel bag...

Off the top of my head, those are the biggies, a lot of little things we don’t even think about anymore like the hand me down clothes we receive or creating new clothes from them, updating lightbulbs with more energy efficient ones as they blow out, bringing our reusable bags to the supermarket, being conservative on gas and walking or biking when we can, or packing school lunch in reusable containers. 

It is amazing how being green moves into your life unbeknownst sometimes. Good friends and some family have chickens for eggs, and amazing organic gardens, I hope to venture there but enjoy their greenness most of the time and don’t have a great green thumb, so to speak. 

Lastly, we would like to get better at composting, that seems to be a wave we sometimes ride but mostly we do pretty good. What are your typical ways of being green and getting greener? Where do you hope to start this year to get your family more green? I’d love to know!

Helping Haiti…

I’m sure most everyone is aware of the crisis occurring in Haiti. Have you thought of ways to help??? Here are a few and elaborate as well as collaboret with others on them, it makes such a difference. The above photo is not Haiti, but close, it’s the Dominican Republic, as we went over this past summer, the closest I’ve been to Haiti. We did meet alot of people from Haiti who came to work in the Dominican and they will answer any and all questions about their country. It’s a beautiful country, with beautiful people,  please help.

  • See if a local school will host a Pajama or Slipper day. Children can go to school in (appropriate) their pajamas and pay a dollar or more (pending on how much you’d like to raise) to wear them for the day.
  • In addition or separate from the above you could have the cafeteria serve breakfast for lunch (to add to the PJ day or as an additional fundraiser)
  • A breakfast or any themed bake sale-donuts, bagels, OJ and all the norm goodies.
  • A spare change or penny drive (where all loose coinage can converge to a lump sum.)
  • Ways to donate to Red Cross for aid and relief, even through a text message, simple as that and tell your friends at work! If you’re not big on the red cross try Doctors without borders, THEY ROCK!
  • Seek out a restaurant or business that is donating a percentag eof your purchase to the casue and shop there…
  • Send good karma, vibes, peace and all positive thoughts to Haiti…
  • See what else you can do where you are…

PEACE