Posted on March 30, 2011 by Envirothink
Millions of discarded refrigerators end up in landfills
Many old fridges are piled up in our landfills, adding more toxic chemicals and waste to an already overtaxed waste system.
You may not realized it but refrigerators contain polystyrene (styrofoam). Though not yet widely accepted for recycling, there is a steadily growing trend to recover this highly usable resource.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: Axion Polymers, Bic, emissions, green, landfills, polystyrene, recycling, refrigerators, sustainable, toxic, waste | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 29, 2011 by Envirothink
The public, government and waste management officials are all confused about these recycling codes
There’s a whole lot of confusion out there when it comes to being able to understand those numbers for the different types of plastic and what can and can’t be recycled.
If you think consumers are the only ones sitting in the swirl of confusion, you’re not.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: ASTM International, landfills, plastic, recyclable, recycling, resin recycling code, waste management | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 28, 2011 by Envirothink
BP tries to ignore the Gulf oil disaster of 2010 in its latest sustainability report
Is BP trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes yet again?
Filed under: Talk a good game | Tagged: BP, corporate sustainability, Deepwater Horizon, emissions, environmental, Gulf Coast, oil spill | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 26, 2011 by Envirothink
The United States is the top producer of genetically-modifed food crops in the world
The United States is behind the rest of much of the world.
Not in everything, to be sure, but in enough of the things that matter – green innovation and environmental regulations to name a few. There is one other critical category where we’re behind the curve – food labeling for genetically-modified (GMO) food products.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: agri-business, Center for Food Safety, Congress, environmental, European Union, FDA, food labeling, food safety, genetically engineeered, genetically modified, health | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 22, 2011 by Envirothink
A heartbreaking environmental disaster is unfolding on and around Nightingale Island, home to more than 200,000 northern rockhopper penguins – creatures made famous by the animated feature film “Happy Feet”.
Filed under: Breaking news | Tagged: environmental, Nightingale Island, oil slick, rockhopper penguins, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Southern Atlantic | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 21, 2011 by Envirothink
Brown seaweed has been shown to help absorb radiation and produce a compound the body can easily eliminate
Even with the latest news that the threat of radiation from Japan’s nuclear plants is significantly less than first feared. there has been a rush on internet and over-the-counter sales of potassium iodide pills. There are some reports that consumers are hoarding these pills, creating shortages in some parts of the U.S.
There is, however, a more natural remedy - although less well-known in the Western world – that has been shown to be effective .
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: brown seaweed, healthy, Japan, McGill University, natural, potassium iodide, radiation | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 21, 2011 by Envirothink
After reading an article today by Michelle Mauthe Harvey about Walmart’s progress with their program to generate zero waste, I have to say I was impressed with the way the retailer has continued to seek workable options that will alow it to meet its goal.
Filed under: Sustainability | Tagged: Environmental Defense Fund, Feed America, landfills, organic, sustainability, Walmart, zero waste | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 16, 2011 by Envirothink
There are lots of paper products out there, with a few brands boasting recycled content. But few have gone the distance to have tree-free content – the ultimate in green.
Sugar cane leftovers are pulped into bagasse, which is now used as a sustainable paper alternative
One company that’s stepped up is the Paradigm Group. They’ve been producing green products under their Emerald brand since 1998.
Filed under: Susainably-based Products | Tagged: air pollution, bagasse, biodegradable, Duane Reade, environment, green, Paradigm Group, recycled content, sugar cane, sustainability, sustainable, tree-free, Walgreen's | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 14, 2011 by Envirothink
In the aftermath of the devastating double whammy in Japan of the earthquake and tsunami, communication is very difficult both in and outside the country.
netTALK.COM Inc. announced that it is offering free calls to and from Japan using the netTALK DUO starting March 15th at 12:00 PM EST until March 21st at 12:00 PM EST.
netTALK – a leader in Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) - will also allow individuals in Japan to use the netTALK Smartphone App to make free phone calls back to the United States and Canada over WiFi. This easily accessible phone app lets you make calls over 3G and WiFi without utilizing your cell phone minutes. The company stresses that this is for personal use only.
Another great example of people – and companies – pulling together to help others during times of crisis. Way to go, netTALK.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: cell phone, earthquake, Japan, netTALK, Smartphone, tsunami, VOIP, WiFi | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 11, 2011 by Envirothink
Known for leading their industry down the green path, Seventh Generation has come up with a new first. They’ve just introduced a new laundry detergent bottle made from 100 percent recycled cardboard and newspaper.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: eco-friendly, Ecologic Brands, green, plastic, recycled, Seventh Generation | 2 Comments »