Quick Safety Warning: Jelly Jar Glasses

Okay, so on this corner of the web we all prefer to buy things in packaging we can reuse, right? I’m going to say avoid this brand of jelly jar.

The bottom keeps falling off of my jelly jar.

This is the second time this has happened to me in just the last couple of months. I had two drinking glasses from this brand of jelly jar, and the bottom just fell right off. The first time I was doing the dishes, I think there was a mug involved, I’m not sure what happened, but the bottom became separated from the glass in a nice clean cut.

Last night, I was filling it with water. That’s all. I have no recollection of any banging against a counter or being dropped and put back in the cabinet. Both of these glasses are about a year old, I’m starting to think this brand may have something wrong in the design in the bottom where it doesn’t hold up very long, or if it’s knocked at just the right angle…

Thankfully I’ve already switched to something with a handle on it because the lids screw on and look more like I might be able to do a smoothie on the go or something with it.

Save the Ocean: Wear Natural Fibers

Synthetic fibers in your laundry may be polluting the water stream.

Personally, I’ve always thought I was doing a good thing in my clothing purchases, from both a social and an environmental perspective. I mean, when I was growing up and became aware of things like slave labor, or pollutants that were produced in the manufacturing of clothing, I kind of felt overwhelmed and at a loss on how to help. Was I supposed to research every clothing manufacturer on the face of the planet before purchasing their products? That seemed like an awful lot of work, and the cost of purchasing from companies that were demonstrated to be ethical is frequently financially out of my reach. Especially when I was a teenage girl clothes shopping on an allowance.

So, I came up with a solution. Instead of obsessing over where my clothes came from and keeping track of everyone I was supposed to boycott, I simply shopped at thrift stores. Besides getting a large amount of clothing for my money, I also didn’t have to worry about giving my “voting dollars” to sweat shops or unethical environmental practices. Instead, I was giving my money to a charity of my choice. Plus, I was reusing. Happy hippie all around.

So now I’m hearing that I need to be more careful about what I choose at those thrift stores. I never really worried about synthetics, as my reusing them was keeping them out of landfills and preventing more from being manufactured. Unfortunately, careful and ethical decision was still leaking plastic wastes into the ocean. So, I’ll be checking those labels for more than sizes from now on.

Thankfully, thrift stores do indeed have a surprising variety of natural fibers. I’ve found quite a selection of treasures, ranging from pure silk business shirts to cashmere knit cardigans. My current favorite is a knit silk tank top, in a nice light brown with pure silk yarn. It doesn’t fit, but I can’t wait to make it into a teddy bear, one of these days.

Ahh yes. I was going to take my change from household goods down there this month, to look for sheets to put under the birdie play areas and for some sewing projects. Thanks for reminding me :).