I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I Love Coffee But...

...I'm not sure that I could justifying purchasing one of these! Have you seen them? They are one-cup coffee makers. Kinda cool in their way. You get a fresh-brewed cup of coffee in 3-minutes time. The coffee (or tea or cocoa) goes directly in your cup, so there is no filter or decanter to clean. And it's sort of fun. You take one of these coffee/tea/cocoa singles. They are plastic with a foil top. You put one in the machine. Close the machine front, and the back pops open. (cool) Add water to the marked line, close the back, add your cup, and press the flashing button. Three minutes later you have your hot cup of whatever you choose.

Here's the thing. First of all, for each cup of coffee, you are throwing away non-recyclable plastic and foil, which ends up in the land fills. Each cup. Secondly, the machine pokes a hole in the top and the bottom of each of these little canisters, and hot water is poured through it, leaching whatever it can from the plastic on its way to your cup. Ugh! And thirdly, it takes away even the thought of composting the coffee grounds, as you never even see them. Wow. Talk about a green nightmare!! At the very least, the packaging that the over-packaged grounds came in was recyclable.

Did I have a cuppa? Yeah, I did. And did I enjoy goofing off with this machine? Yeah, it was sort of fun. But I'd never own one. And it's sort of a bummer that they are so popular. Alas, baby steps. Step one: awareness.


  1. Yep--awareness is the first step in a process! Good job!

    Hey--on another note--there is a new button for the YOC blog available, if you wanna change it. :)

  2. Ok. If I can remember how.....

  3. Have to say - haven't had a good cup of coffee out of one of those yet. Nice convenience, but too many downsides for me... DT