Monday, March 15, 2010

Seeing Green

One of my friends recently called my husband and I “green”. I wasn’t sure if she meant we were naïve… or eco-friendly. Of course those two labels are synonymous in our small town, where paying for recycling places you in the same gossip category as an eco-terrorist.

All disclaimers aside, I have to admit – my boy and I are slightly on the green side. We’re not obsessed with it, but we try to do things like wash our tin foil, scrub our cat litter, and fertilize our garden with our own septic system. Just kidding about the tin foil.

Despite our sharp bent toward green-ness, I was shocked and horrified by one over-the-top green invention that recently made the news: banana underwear. reported last week that the Australian company, AussieBum, has created a line of eco-friendly underwear made of 27 percent banana fiber, 64 percent cotton, and 9 percent lycra.

But the company said not to worry – you won’t have to avoid the monkey exhibit, since the underwear don’t actually smell like banana.

On the other hand, they said, the underwear are “absorbent”.

Too late for the absorbent part, AussieBum. I laughed so hard I definitely needed it when I read about your new product.

BJ Hamrick is a local writer who can be reached at,, or


Jessica said...

Love your blog :) Always puts a smile to my face and I thank you for that!

BJ Hamrick said...

Awww, thanks Jessica!! :)

I know all about waiting--for the right guy, for high school to end, for my boobs to come in (two out of three ain't bad).

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