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Earth Day everyday from Etsy, Starbucks and Bae Yong Joon

Earth Day everyday from Etsy, Starbucks and Bae Yong Joon

Back in April 2009, Bae Yong Joon and some of his fellow Korean actors posed for a spread in the May 2009 edition of Korea’s Cosmopolitan magazine called “Kick the Habit”. The stars donated the money they’d normally make on their modeling fees to the UNEP (U.N. Environmental Project) Korean Committee.

This got me thinking about how frugality and “being green” can work hand-in-hand to encourage a “waste not, want not” culture.

Here are several of ideas I implemented to make my life “greener” and keep more “green” in my own pocket.

Bagel Creations, a shop based in Chico, Calif., developed The Chico Cozy ™. What is that?! It’s a reusable coffee cup sleeve. Why would you want one? To keep the paper coffee cup sleeves out of the landfills? You can also hide the fact you bought your cup of no foam, non-whip, sugar free Tall whatchamacallit coffee from McDonald’s instead of Starbucks.

At the coffee shop and forgot your travel mug, but still want to be green? Use a coffee cozy and skip the cardboard sleeve! These coffee cozies are super cute and are lined with Insul Bright to keep your coffee hot and keep your hand from being scorched.

They have a lot of design options. The one in the photo is called ” Geisha Fans in Olive” but there are designs on the site for any personality.

My second idea is courtesy of (speak of the devil) Starbucks. Even though I don’t drink coffee (ever), I love tea so I bought one of their tumblers that has a customizable inner sleeve.

I bought several of these customizable tumblers and made some Bae Yong Joon tumblers (Kamsamnida to Photoshop) for several friends of mine. They turned out very nice and I use my BYJ tumbler ever day (to hide my addiction to Monster Lo-carb energy drink).

One of my favorite “environmentally friendly” purchases is my reusable canteen from Sigg. Now that we know that drinking bottled water from certain types of plastic bottles is unhealthy, these reusable canteens are even more popular. I use mine every time I work out. I fill it up with Propel (and filtered water), put it in the fridge and take it out when I’m ready to work out. After the workout, I refill it and put it back in the fridge for the next time.

Some of the perks of the Sigg version include the following (according to their website):

  • Extruded from a single piece of pure aluminium, no seams
  • Highest stability with lowest weight
  • Rich colors achieved with a solvent-free coating powder
  • 100% recyclable (Aluminium)

These are just a few examples of how you can be “frugal” and “green” at the same time. If you need more inspiration to be frugal and green at the same time, check out this blog, called “It’s Frugal Being Green”.

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