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April 9, 2010
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Ok, Beth Terry!

I went out to eat and I brought my own little container for leftovers and I'm thinking "how the heck is this going to make a difference?" So, I load up our container with the leftovers and set it on the table. The waitress comes over and says "I was going to do that the other day!" I think we inspired her! :)

It not only made me happy to think I wasted one less piece of trash, but also positivity impacted another. This is my second success report!

My first one was when I took my glass canning jars to WF (Whole Foods) and had them weighed at customer service, to use at the bulk isle. Two other women in line were excited and had no idea we could do such a thing.

Making babysteps, to a better world!! Yay!

April 9, 2010
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Yay! I had a similar experience at a local Chinese restaurant when I brought my own container for some dumplings -- after listening to my longish conversation with the staff (they were confused at first, but when they understood I just wanted to use my own container, they were fine with it), a woman behind me (who I thought was probably irritated at the wait) said, "What a good idea! I'm going to do that next time!"

Little by little, I think it's possible to effect change. (I recently watched an episode of "Mad Men" where, after a picnic, the parents of a family shook all their garbage from their picnic blanket and left it there. I think more people used to do that and similar things without thinking, but times change, sometimes for the better….)

April 10, 2010
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Same thing just happened to Michael and me a few days ago when we were at Whole Foods buying meat for our cats in our stainless steel container. The woman behind us in line kept saying, "Well isn't that just the cutest idea ever!" I never thought of it as cute, but I'll take it. You never know who is watching you and how your actions might influence them.

April 16, 2010
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I'd like to share another small success. I belong to a garden club and we have a nice lunch provided by members at our monthly meetings. The facilty where we meet does not have reuseable dishes or cutlery, so we use disposable. Last month I remembered to bring my own mug for coffee and my own cutlery set. Inspired by DIY instructions on the web I had made my cutlery set from on old napkin, some old picnic cutlery and a piece of coordinating ribbon. During our club's "sharing/question" time, I showed everyone how to make one of their own. Well at our meeting this past Wednesday, one gal had brought a cutlery set she had made and three others brought their own coffee mug. A small success, but if we get a few more members on track each meeting it won't be long before we have all 50 are bringing their own!

April 19, 2010
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These examples are so cool! Proof that it only takes one person to start a trend. :-) My mom used to tell me that when I was in high school. "YOU set the style," she would say. Ha! That's a little harder as a kid, but I have met teenagers who are working to get their schools to make environmental changes. It's very encouraging to me.

August 28, 2011
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These are awesome! :)

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