Esplanade Cleanup Day

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On Saturday the Esplanade Association invited members of its young professionals Council, employees at Bain Capital and an MIT Fraternity to participate in a cleanup day.  At least 50 people turned out to be directed by horticulturalist Ozzie Bateman to rake the leaves in front of the Hatch Shell which were hauled off to make compost.  With one-full time and one part-time employee managing the upkeep of the Esplanade, the park really relies on the 3,000 volunteers who lend a hand each year.

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Since yard work isn’t a regular activity for me I needed to purchase something suitable to wear, especially with temperatures in the 40s.  I found a sturdy pair of boots again from Timberland’s Earthkeeper’s line.  The Savin Hill Mid Boot has a lining made 100% from recycled bottles, a 15% recycled rubber sole and leather from a tannery certified for energy and water efficiency.

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I also tried a new pair a jeans from Big Star, a company headquartered in Los Angeles.  Many of their items are made in the USA and their jeans are processed using “ozone technology” which reduces water, chemical and energy usage.  Copious amounts of water are typically used to get the right color on jeans after having been dyed with indigo.  The technology employed by Big Star achieves the same result with less water and time.  Online eco-retailer Kaight sells the skinny Alex model in several colors.  These however are made in Mexico.

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To keep me warm I bought the Trail Model Fleece jacket from L.L. Bean made from Polartec-200, a material produced right here in Massachusetts from 85% recycled plastic bottles.  It is unfortunate that the fabric is then shipped to El Salvador for sewing before being shipped right back here.

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