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Do you like to shop? I love to shop. Unfortunately, constantly buying new things and throwing out the old is not a very eco-friendly move. So can one be both an environmentalist and a shopaholic? Of course. The first step is getting rid of the things you no longer need or want – but just because you don’t want them doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t! So donate your old clothes, games, toys, electronics, furniture, etc. so they can find a happy new home, or find a recycling center that will accept items that are beyond repair. A quick Google search can work wonders for finding ways to recycle things.

Now for the fun part – buying more things! There are tons of antique markets, consignment shops, and second-hand stores near Fontbonne, and they are perfect for finding one of a kind items. One store I’d like to highlight is [RE]FRESH, which happens to be right across from another shopping mecca, the St. Louis Galleria. [RE]FRESH is a clothing store that benefits foster and adoptive care children. They accept clothing donations from the public, and sell them at a very reduced rate to these children, who don’t have much to spend on clothing. However, the public is also able to shop for clothing (also at very reasonable prices) and the proceeds go back to the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition. They have a wide variety of clothing for men, women, and children, and the money goes to a great cause! So support the community and the environment – go shopping today!


Whether you like Valentine’s Day or not, it’s hard to deny that it’s a holiday that moves merchandise. Chocolates, cards, stuffed teddy bears – all that mushy stuff that everyone claims to hate but secretly wants to get. Or perhaps not so secretly wants to get.

Anyway, although V-Day ranks pretty high on the senseless consumerism scale, there are ways to show some love for the earth as well. For example:

Send E-cards, or cards made from recycled paper
Make your own cards from materials you already have
Look for organic flowers, or even a potted plant
Buy organic and/or Fair Trade Chocolate
Eat out at a local, sustainable restaurant
Go for naturally scented perfumes and lotions

Also, don’t forget about Fontbonne’s free Valentine’s dinner! The date is Thursday, February 9th, and it starts at 6pm. There’s also a pretty awesome speaker coming at 7 that you won’t want to miss. RSVP to if you want to come! I’ll be there, of course… and you can even win some eco-friendly chocolate! Now that’s love for you AND the planet.


The weekend of captivating commercials is drawing nigh, and in between them there is apparently some sort of football game. Whether you’re watching for the laughs or the tackles (or…Madonna…?), chances are you’ll be glued to the TV this Sunday munching on chips and knocking back bottled beverages.

But I implore you – don’t forget about the packages! Remember, you can recycle bottles, cans, and papers, and Terracycle chip bags, drink pouches, candy wrappers, cookie packages, red solo cups, and even Neosporin tubes (because those touchdown dances can get a little crazy).

So whether you’ll be at home or good ol’ Fontbonne, don’t let your packages get trashed like the Patriots will!!! (Because, come on, does anyone want them to win?) 😉


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