Posted on February 11, 2014 by Debra Atlas
An eighth grader shows how easy it is to turn plastic bags into cushy bed mats for the homeless; photo by Debra Atlas
As cities around the country are banning or placing a tax on plastic bags, some people are turning lemons into lemonade. A growing number of church groups and students are turning single use plastic bags into bed mats for the homeless. Continue reading
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Debra Atlas
In case you don’t know about it, today is America Recycles Day. This partnership between Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council, it’s a day that serves to remind consumers of the importance of recycling and to raise awareness of the growing myriad of items that can be recycled.
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Posted on October 28, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Humans need Nature to survive and thrive. Too often we treat Nature as a commodity, exploiting, polluting and destroying it in our unfailing drive towards “progress”.
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Posted on October 15, 2013 by Debra Atlas
If you’ve ever read the labels of your favorite personal care products, chances are you’ve seen ingredients with names you can barely pronounce. And many aren’t either healthy or natural.
Popular brands of deodorants and antiperspirants include synthetic ingredients such as hormone disrupting fragrance, antibacterials and petrochemicals – things like propylene glycol (aka antifreeze), triclosan, phthalates, parabens, aluminum and alcohol. Many of these are creating serious problems for consumers.
Filed under: Green products | Tagged: antiperspirants, deodorants, gluten-free, hormone disruptors, Larry Plesant, non-GMO, non-toxic, organic, parabens, personal care products, phthalates, plastic, synthetic ingredients, triclosan, USDA, vegan, Vermont Soap | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 8, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Every minute over one million plastic bags are used. In America alone, 100 billion are consumed each year.
A very determined 5th grader named Grace McCaull at Kenwood School in Northern California decided her class should do something about it.
Filed under: Making a Difference | Tagged: environmental, National Marine Sanctuaries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, oceans, plastic, plastic bags, plastic waste, reusables | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 27, 2013 by Debra Atlas
If you’re a child of the 50′s, you’ll remember Ark Linkletter and his famous Kids say the Darndest Things! Young people see things differently, ideas and possibilities others don’t and take action to make them come alive.
Filed under: Making a Difference | Tagged: Art Linkletter, coral reefs, e-waste, Earth Force, environmental, Girl Scouts, Gloria Baron Prize, heroes, Jane Goodall Institute, Kids Say the Darndest Things, landfills, National Geographic Education Foundation, nautilus, plastic | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 26, 2013 by Debra Atlas
As demand for green products continues to increase, you’d think this would translate across every industry. But if you take a deeper look into the personal and baby bottle industry, a dark secret emerges. Almost all the baby and adult water bottles out there contain plastic – either as lids or with a plastic collar around the lid.
One brand stands above the crowd.
Filed under: Green products | Tagged: baby bottles, Kiki brand, plastic, Pura stainless, silicone, stainless steel, water bottles | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 20, 2013 by Debra Atlas
It’s one thing to say you’re at the top of the sustainability chain. Staples Inc. “walks the walk”. The world’s largest office supply company and second largest internet retailer announced yesterday that since 2005 it has recycled 350 million ink and toner cartridges. That’s an average of over 60 million cartridges per year in the past three years.
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Posted on August 15, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Artificial turf, used instead of real grass for a growing number of playing fields, has at its end of life been sent to landfills. The reason is that this kind of turf is comprised of a mixture of polyethylene, polypropylene and polyurethane, though some can use materials like nylon or polyester. While the plastic in turf field systems can usually be recycled on its own, it is difficult for recyclers separate the plastics from the sand and rubber infill.
But leave it to enterprising and creative thinkers to come up with a solution.
Filed under: Exciting New Technologies Revealed, Recycling | Tagged: artificial turf, Astro Turf, landfill, landfill waste, plastic, recyclers, recycling, Turf Reclamation Solutions | Leave a comment »