March 3, 2008
updates: checks and fish
Thought I would share some reality-checks of my greening process.
Several months ago I did a post about green checks, which are bank checks printed with soy ink on recycled paper. Today I needed to order more checks and this was my first opportunity to try green checks. At first I was excited, but in the middle of the process I panicked. Why do I have to give all my info to a new company? Does the recycled paper really matter? Is the price really any better? How do I know my bank's checks aren't recycled too? (they aren't; I asked).
After all that second guessing I never completed the transaction. Now that I've had some time to think it over, I am indeed going to place the order with The Check Gallery. I do believe it is worth it.
Another thing I posted about recently was using your phone to find out about good fish choices. One of the fish choices that had me confused that fateful day at the grocery was Chilean Sea Bass. I know it has been on the no-no list for so long. But I couldn't figure out why it was being sold at Whole Foods with a tag saying where it was from and that it had been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. I wondered if that meant Chilean Sea Bass was safe to eat again.
The next time I was at the store I tried to use my phone to text Fish Phone for the information. Alas, the grocery had no cell phone service! I asked the fishmonger what the labels on the Chilean Sea Bass meant and he explained that Whole Foods hasn't sold Chilean sea bass for 7 years. They are now bringing it back because it is being carefully fished from 2 different places, which rotate to ensure the populations are not over fished. The Marine Stewardship Council is a group that oversees this. Yet when I got home I looked up the fish info on a few websites, and they still said not to eat Chilean Sea Bass! Confusing? Yes. This is why we eat chicken all the time.
I think my conclusion is that I'm still not buying the Chilean Sea Bass and that maybe carrying the printed card version of fish info is my best bet.