Posted by marie on April 16, 2004 at 17:27:57:
In Reply to: eco-dishes? posted by Kolefsky on February 08, 2004 at 02:14:09:
For starters, you could make sure to avoid registering for dishes with a high lead content. Those with a high lead content are usually labeled, but Mexican Talavera dishes, which are beautiful and handmade, also unfortunately sometimes have a high lead content, and are often not labeled as such. Also, you could avoid purchasing dishes made in China, where both environmental and worker health standards in factories are often very low, sometimes to the point of being inhumane.(See the Human Rights Watch website, www.hrw.org for details.) Another idea is to consider registering with a local potter, who could make your set of dishes to order. This would at least support a local craftsperson rather than a big corporation. You could inquire of various local potters as to how they mitigate the environmental impact of their pottery production. Finally, you could register with a fair trade wedding gift registry such as www.alternativetrade.com or www.lucuma.com or www.canvastoclay.com. Or, you could go with a registry where you can designate donations for each purchase made to environmental groups. Try www.justgive.org or the I Do Foundation.
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