A gift card recycle win!

I received a call today from my local SaveMart store manager. The e-mail letter I sent to the corporate headquarters was forwarded to him. Perhaps after seeing in print his lame answer to why disposable gift cards are replacing reloadable ones he had a change of heart. Or maybe he was afraid I would start a bigblog protest. Whatever the cause of his change in attitude is irrevlent. I won a small victory for plastic recycling.

The reason for the phone call I received today was to let me know my local SaveMart will be participating in EarthWorks Systems recycle program. The corporation may or may not make it an overall store policy; they are still “discussing the issue”. I will continue to write them to let them know the blogging community is taking notice of this issue.

I feel good that on this one small issue I made a difference. I feel good that I learned by experience that yes, one person can make a difference.
I want to thank everyone who encouraged me and continue to encourage me. This issue is one that has an easy solution. It is possible to recycle plastic on a large scale. It just takes we the consumer to voice our demands to the big companies.
We can stop buying gift cards, we can save our old ones up and send them in ourselves. There are many things we can do to help reduce the amount of plastic in our landfill, we just have to do something!

Getting out

You know the old saying “if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes? Well that sure applied to today’s weather. My son Alex, my mother and I took a 45 minute drive to Lake Tahoe today. We wanted to check out some well known thrift stores and see the lake. The weather started out great here in Carson City; it was in the high 60’s. Knowing the elevation of Tahoe is around 6300 feet (Carson sits at 4500 feet) I grabbed a jacket and headed out the door!

The drive was pleasant; it is always nice to leave the dessert and head into the forest. We got to Incline Village just as the stores were opening. I had a map of all the thrift stores but should have known to call ahead. Two of the thrift stores on my list were gone and the ones that were left had little to offer. Still it was nice to get out of town.

After visiting two thrift/antique stores we looked for a place to eat. We found a really great pub called Coogins. The building and staff were very warm and inviting. The pub chairs were very comfortable and the tables were made of large dark wood planks, something I would expect to find in Europe.

We ordered the house appetizer special Irish Nachos which consisted of big wedges of potatoes smothered in cheese and bacon. It was great! We chatted about blogs and things; turns out my mother reads my blog, I had no idea.

Out in the parking lot we struck up a conversation with some locals; again the feeling was warm and friendly. They reminded me of people I knew when I lived on the north coast of California. Made me home sick for California, if only I could afford the cost of living!

Next we headed to South Lake Tahoe to find the big Salvation Army store, once again I should have called around. After driving past what should have been the address twice I broke down and asked for directions. Sure enough even the Salvation Army has fallen on hard times, the store was gone. My mother wanted to take in some more scenery so we headed back to Carson with the intent on taking the long way home. Before we could take the 88 cut off it started snowing! We were having such a good time enjoying ourselves we failed to notice the gathering storm. We got home before the storm started in earnest so no harm done.

Despite the change in weather I was very happy to get out. I am always so busy between work, school and reading it is a wonder I get out at all. We plan on going back in the spring, but even then I will remember to take a jacket.