November 13th, 2008


Why order from

I have been ordering green produce bags (used to be called Evert-fresh but now they are the ubiquitous Debbie Meyer bags) from for several years now. I also buy compact "acme" bags - these are thin but tough grocery bags that quickly stuff into themselves, making them so compact you can carry a few around in your pocket at all times. I have bought a few other products from them, including Sigg bottles, which are a tough reusable type bottle, made of materials that won't destroy the environment or your health.

Why I like ordering from this site:

Here is their mission:

1. Leadership and innovation: Strategic, pragmatic solutions. Dedication to the triple bottom line (financial, social, environmental). Constant learning, growing and improving. Critical thinking with a healthy dose of skepticism. We ask tough questions and look for smart answers.

2. Educating and raising awareness: Providing news from around the world, facts and images showing how things have gotten out of control AND what is being done to change and improve the situation.

3. Empowering people to take action and spread the word with sensible ideas and tools.

4. Enabling people to consume less by providing well designed, high-quality, practical products made from truly sustainable materials and supporting fair labor/fair trade practice.

I am continually impressed by their commitment to fair trade and fair labor practices, as well as to sustainable products and safe materials. They go the whole distance, not just one piece of it. This may be why they were voted the People's Choice Award for Green Business of the Year for 2007 (through Co-op America). Naturally I handed in one of those votes.

Today I ordered a little batch of green bags, acme bags, and a bag that stores several reusable shopping bags, compact so it can stay in the car or purse or wherever you will easily get to it. I plan to keep some and use some as stocking stuffers.

I actually have an associates account with but nobody except me has ever ordered through it. I don't even know what the link is any more! So I have nothing to gain here by this endorsement except the hope that others will look at this wonderful company and start to order from it.


Mary got laid off today. She worked at CityCenter for two years and had advanced to a higher position. It was probably the fact that she was in a new position that actually put her on the chopping block. If she'd stayed where she was she might have kept her job. Not the way it should be but the way it was.

She had to vent when she talked to me about it. She was among many, of course, including a woman who is eight months' pregnant and a middle-aged woman that Mary saw crying in the parking lot, on the phone to her husband. Mary's benefits were cut off today also - this is not usual, either - usually the benefits are paid one month in advance so it seems very sucky. The whole experience was humiliating and I could not help but think that the same scene is being played out all over the country every damned day.

She will pull up and out. Start by applying for unemployment and then hitting the streets. She will find work. She's a determined person who often impresses people when she meets them.

I feel so badly for her. I feel so badly for so many.