Spicy Friday, July 5, 2019

Loop Store

Loop is making an effort to eliminate single-use packaging. Through Loop, you can shop for many of your favorite products now sold in reusable containers. They are basically like a milkman for products like household cleaners and pasta. Currently, they offer 81 items ranging from Haagen-Dazs ice cream and Hidden Valley ranch dressing to Pantene shampoo and conditioner. The products are delivered to your door in a Loop Tote, which is special packaging they developed with UPS that is designed to be reused over and over again. Once the containers are empty, place them back into the Loop Tote and schedule a free pickup. They will then clean, sanitize, and refill all of the containers so that they can be reused. You can even have your favorite products set to auto-refill when you return them. There are no monthly membership fees or subscription fees. You do pay a small refundable deposit to borrow the package. Loop is currently available in select zip codes of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington D.C. in the United States and in Paris, France.

Outlander

I had heard about this show a few years ago and wanted to watch it but we cut the cable cord twelve years ago so I didn’t have access to Starz. I thought about buying the first season on DVD but didn’t want to buy a show that I wasn’t sure I was going to like. To my great pleasure, the first two seasons are now available on Netflix. We have one more episode left to watch and then I must decide if I want to buy the third season or wait for it to be available on Netflix.

Outlander is about a woman named Clair Randall who is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland. While visiting some ruins she is transported back to 1743. In order to survive, she marries the super handsome Jamie Fraser. The TV show is based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.

Changing the Face of Beauty

Recently I was listening to the Do It Scared podcast with Ruth Soukup. She was interviewing a woman named Katie Driscoll who founded the non-profit Changing the Face of Beauty after her daughter was born with Down syndrome. The goal of Changing the Face of Beauty is to have equal representation of people with disabilities in advertising and media. During the interview, she made a statement that really struck me she was talking about looking at the back to school advertisements and noticing that none of the models were disabled. She said, ” Where is the one in five, almost 25 percent of kids that have differences, and how are we communicating value, right? Like, how can we ask kids to be friends with kids they never see?”

Greenhouses Made from Windows

I recently read an article in Better Homes and Gardens about a family who created a backyard greenhouse out of twenty-two antique windows. This was instantly on my list of things we have to do in our backyard. The greenhouse they built was beautiful and is an excellent way to combine my love of gardening and sustainability. I am also dreaming about how much earlier I can start growing seedlings!

Joanna Wirazka

I always wanted to be an artist. But straight forward painting or drawings while beautiful, never interested me. I am much more interested in mixed media or paintings done on unusual surfaces. Which is why I fell in love with paintings done by Joanna Wirażka. Her paintings are done on fallen leaves. When asked about her medium of choice she said, “I wanted to say that we don’t have to cut trees to have paper for drawing or painting.”

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