Switches to Organic Rolling Papers for Earth Day
hippie Keith Dobast, 22, put his commitment to protecting
the environment into action for Earth Day 2005 (April 22)
by rolling joints with non-bleached, hand-made, organic rolling
papers. By making reefers with the atom-thin wrappers, Dobast
claims that he is helping cut down the proliferation of hazardous
chemicals used to bleach standard rolling papers and thus
doing his part to "save the world, one puff at a time".
little bit helps, man," said the environmentalist as
he filled an eco-friendly Zig-Zag with some hydroponic weed
that he had just received from someone called "Johnson",
"who grows this shit in his basement with Miracle Grow."
you know what kind of toxins they put in those papers, man?
If you smoke [marijuana] every day - and I do -- the shit
they make those things with will kill you, seriously."
switch to "all-natural" rolling papers comes after
years of ignorance and pollution that Dobast woefully admits
to having inadvertently participated in. Though there are
more pressing environmental and ecological concerns like CO2
emissions, global warming and popes shitting in the woods,
Dobast still seeks to proselytize his friends into following
in suit and rolling all joints with the same kind of care
for Mother Nature that he does.
added that he is also proud that his $1.59 purchase is helping
independent farmers and specialty storeowners make ends meet.
And although he lacks any scientific or economic data to back
up his claims, Dobast remained adamant about his contribution
to the ecosystem and local economy, lamenting that Earth Day
should be Every Day.
should totally start a movement to make it every day,"
he said, a flash slowly growing in his eye, then dulling over.
"Actually I thought about doing that this year, but then
I forgot to, and then I thought I forgot Earth Day and it
was over already, which meant that I could start trying to
make Earth Day every day, but it turned out that I didn't
actually forget it and was celebrating it on the proper day
man," he said a few seconds of silence later, giggling.
"I just blew my own mind."
was also quick to point out that he had implemented his more
eco-friendly joint-smoking policy even prior to Earth Day
for the holiday of April 20th, highlighting the urgency of
getting high in ways that do not adversely impact the Earth's
that 4-20 was this week, I imagine that it actually was sound
environmental policy for Keith to use organic and chemical-free
papers," said friend and fellow conservationist Ed Boughton.
"The landfills would be full of chemically-enhanced,
corporate-produced, animal-tested roaches if we hadn't gone
commented not only on the positive impact that purchasing
organically grown and produced rolling papers have on the
environment, but also spoke highly of the superlative joints
that results from their use.
that one's good," said Dobast as he finished exhaling
and rather large hit. "Fuckin' a', in parlance of our
times. I can totally tell that that [paper] wasn't made in
some factory by some corporate mogul. The weed itself did
taste a little soapy, though, I must admit."
all hippies agree with Dobast's crusade, however; one, who
gave his name only as Harold, accused Dobast and his peers
of "siding with the man" by using paper at all.
could you?" he said, disgusted. "I mean, I'm not
judging, here, but all those trees! You're really damaging
Dobast and others stand by their decision to help keep the
woods around the nation's high schools and college campuses
clear of scraps of joints and discarded papers made with chemicals
that, they claim, kill fish, kill babies, and "really
fuck up your lungs."
observe that I am helping the local economy," he said
proudly. "And did I tell you about my buddy Miracle and
the Johnson Grow?"
ways that Dobast has helped the environment include using
the same underwear three days in a row "to cut down on
the amount of soap that enters the water system", refusing
to use deodorant ("They test it on animals," he
says) and talking to his friends of his aspirations to one
day buy a hybrid automobile.
now, I have to live with this old Thunderbird, which I take
on summer tours with the String Cheese Incident," admitted
Dobast, "but someday when I get enough money I'll buy
a Honda hybrid that runs on, like, soy milk, I think."