Went With The All-Natural Brand Of Snack Chips. Discovered “Healthy” Also Refers To Amount Of Slack Fill.

All-Natural Slack Fill
Well, I did the right thing finally by choosing the healthier and slightly more expensive snack chips. Got home, opened them and discovered that slack fill isn’t exclusive to the big food conglomerates. Even with all the empty space in the bag, 3/4 of the chips were still broken. Sorry slack fill; you didn’t accomplish one of your purported jobs.

They were tasty but there’s nothing awesome about eating chips out of a bowl with a spoon.


When Jubbling Grows Up, We Want To Be More Like The Burlap Bag!

The Burlap Bag
Re-Grow Celery By Planting The BaseThe Burlap Bag in Austin Texas just gets it. We may never make it to their brick and mortar storefront in Austin Texas but thankfully we have their website that is chock full of neat DIY ideas. The tone of the site is never “better than you” and The Burlap Bag’s Lauren and Josiah easily explain how to recreate their projects and they’re very responsive to visitors asking questions. Some of their projects include making overnight bread & butter pickles and how to grow endless celery. It’s all great and delivered in a self-deprecating tone that Jubbling appreciates. [The Burlap Bag]


Our Grandparents Were Green When It Was Just A Color

SmartPlanetSmartPlanet.com Americanized and posted a great story that started out as a “pass it forward” email. The article, “Grumpy Old Woman’s energy tips”, takes the elitism and marketing out of all things green and does so from the perspective of our grandparent’s generation. Thank you MH for allowing us to re-post the article.

Grumpy Old Woman

The Green Thing: Pay attention to the wagging finger. And for goodness sake, use the clothesline. The sun is your friend. And another thing…

By Anonymous.

Checking out at Wal-Mart, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”

The assistant responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

  • Back then, we returned milk bottles, soft drink bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
  • We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an elevator or escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocers and didn’t climb into a 200-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
  • Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 2000 watts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back then. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
  • Back then, we had one TV or radio in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief not a screen the size of Texas. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. We didn’t have the green thing back then.
  • Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right. We didn’t have the green thing back then.
  • Back then, when we were thirsty, we drank from a tap instead of drinking from a plastic bottle of water shipped from the other side of the world. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor when the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
  • Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical socket in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest fish and chip shop.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?


Bad News Of The Day: Bottled Water Sales Increased In 2011

Plastic Bottled Water

“Although the U.S. has among the safest tap water in the world, the U.S. remains the largest market for bottled water. The next two, in order, are China and Mexico, both countries in which tap water is either unavailable, or typically not considered safe to drink.
Charles Fishman, FastCo.Exist, Americans Guzzling More Bottled Water Than Ever

Choosing to pay for water stored in a plastic bottle for who knows how long over getting it from the tap is absolutely nuts. And trying to make the argument that buying bottled water over soda doesn’t jive either because safe and clean soft drinks are not freely running through our taps in the same way as water.

In 2011, we unfortunately reversed a 3-year downward trend and consumed more plastic enclosed water than ever – 29.2 gallons per person based on data from the Beverage Marketing Corp (BMC). According to the BMC, people choose bottled water because they consider it “convenient, appealing and also healthy.” Sounds like we’re getting suckered into a marketing message.

Would you pay $1.29 for somebody to run into your house or a restaurant to fill a reusable water bottle for you? Probably not but we will thoughtlessly shell the same amount of money to buy bottled water.

999BottlesCrowdsourced apps that tell you drinking fountain locations are neat but are not the solution. And gimmicky $29 stainless models like 999Bottles, that let you count how many plastic ones you avoid, aren’t the solution either.

Reversing the reversal.
The solution is simple: just don’t buy bottled water. We’ve complicated the issue of not buying bottled water so much that we keep coming up with unnecessary alternatives like fountain apps and the over-priced 999Bottles. If you have a personal drinking container – mini-marts, restaurants and grocery stores will let you refill your water bottle using their fountain drink dispensers at no charge. And if you don’t have a container, drink sink water out of your hand.

Think about it, we’re talking about clean water that is more available in the US than public restrooms. We don’t put on our Depend brand adult diapers every morning in fear of not finding a public toilet. We trust in the fact that if we have to go, we will find one. Finding and consuming clean drinking water should be viewed the same uncomplicated way.

So if you need to drink some water, don’t play chess with the idea of finding an un-plastic source. Free, clean and safe drinking water is available everywhere in the US and if you’re without your stainless reusable bottle, drink it out of your hand. [FastCo.Exist]


Jubbling “Hearts” Some Art (Finally!)

Art and Jubbling don’t mix well. Especially when the intention of the art is to provoke while consuming in a way that runs counter to its supposed green message. Thankfully, we’ve found two examples of art that we do agree with.

Ben Long – The Great Travelling Art ExhibitionBen Long  The Great Travelling Art ExhibitionThe first is artist Ben Long of the UK and “The Great Travelling Art Exhibition”. His supplies: A finger and a cup of water. His canvas: The grime covered rear doors of commercial trucks. By completing his “free-roaming” art on the back of moving vehicles, Mr. Long does not need to display his work in a gallery so he doesn’t need financial support to show his work. Little did I know but my kids were burgeoning artists too when they used their fingers to write “Dad Stinks” in the grime on the back of my car. [Inhabitat]

Hayward Gallery – “Invisible”Andy Warhol Invisible Sculpture - Tom Friedman 1000 Hours of StaringOur next favorite is an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London and is aptly named “Invisible” art. Included in this exhibit is Andy Warhol’s “Invisible Sculpture” (empty pedestal) and Tom Friedman’s “1000 Hours of Staring” (blank piece of paper). The exhibition runs from June 12 – August 5, 2012. Probably the best feature of this exhibition is that if you are unable to attend, you can probably duplicate some of the art you missed in your own home. [Boing Boing]


StrawWars.org Wants To Ban Straws

“They may take my dignity but they will never take our straws!”
Liz Lemon, 30 Rock “Cutbacks” episode

I’m not 100% sure about this one but I guess every bit counts. StrawWars.org is trying to get straws out of the drinks served in restaurants and their kicking off their effort in the Soho section of London. According to their website, every day in the UK an average 3.5 million McDonald’s drinks are sold with soon-to-be discarded plastic straws. Still not sure about this or how people are going to consume their McDonald’s drinks without a straw. But then again, every bit counts, every bit counts…. [Treehugger]

Related: I did a search on Youtube for Straw Wars and I found this video. Couldn’t sit through the whole thing but maybe you can. Clever reuse?