Posted on April 19, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Plastic recovered from our ocean’s gyres
The plastic pollution in our oceans is a killing our marine life. Sea birds, seals and other marine animals and mammals are turning up dead with lots of plastic in their stomachs that they mistook for food. The problem is that so much of this plastic is small fragments, making it extremely difficult to simply scoop up and recover.
Of the more than 200 billion pounds of plastic the world produces each year, about 10 percent ends up in the ocean Plastic constitutes 90 percent of all trash floating in the world’s oceans, with estimates that every square mile of the ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. In some areas, the amount of plastic outweighs the amount of plankton by a ratio of six to one.
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Posted on March 17, 2014 by Debra Atlas
It’s commendable when a giant manufacturer like S.C. Johnson really puts its focus on green living. And even better when it strives to get the message out to as wide an audience as possible via the internet. But looking beyond the hype, one has to wonder if perhaps they’re missing the point somehow.
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Posted on March 14, 2014 by Debra Atlas
California’s goal to achieve a 75 percent recycling rate would create thousands of green jobs, photo courtesy of Recology
California has earned its reputation for leading the way in green innovation and legislation. In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 341, which required the mandatory commercial recycling in California beginning July 1, 2012. This new law modified the California Integrated Waste Management Act, establishing a policy goal that “75 percent of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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