Posted on April 1, 2013 by Debra Atlas
Having a new dog in the house means my collection of chew toys is growing. But as a responsible pet “Mom”, I wondered just how healthy or safe they were.
There are currently no standards concerning the levels or types of chemicals in pet toys. Because pets chew, lick and carry their toys around, they’re exposed to higher levels of hazardous chemicals including phthalates, BPA (Bisphenol A), lead and arsenic. There aren’t many studies regarding the interaction or impact of these on animals. But given the toxicity of these chemicals in humans, finding pet toys without these is important. (more…)
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Posted on February 5, 2013 by Debra Atlas
This is the 2nd segment of the short series on recycling opportunities.
The list of what’s recyclable continues to grow, as do the opportunities of where and how to do so. Here is a current list and links to help you locate drop-off points.
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Posted on June 25, 2012 by Debra Atlas
We Americans love our water bottles. Even though we purchased more single use plastic kind last year than the year before, we can’t wait to grab the latest, colorful ones we see on store shelves. Made from stainless steel, aluminum, BPA-free plastic – the choices are mind-boggling.
For those looking for a different, sexy looking portable bottle, check out the PURE Glass Bottle.
Filed under: Green products | Tagged: BPA-free, FDA, plastic, PURE Glass Bottle, recyclable, reusable, water | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 10, 2012 by Debra Atlas
Green glass isn't always easy to recycle; photo by David Tames, Flickr
Most consumers think that any colored glass can be automatically recycled. And technically that’s true. But recyclers know all glass isn’t created equal.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: California, Container Recycling Institute, curbside collection, curbside collection programs, fiberglass, green, green glass, ReCommunity Recycling, recyclable, recycled, recycling, Ripple Glass, winemaking | Leave a Comment »
Posted on January 24, 2012 by Debra Atlas
The following is an excerpt from an article by Jeff Davis, otherwise known as The Go Green Guy
Recycling is one of the easiest ways to start down the road to Greener living.
Nobody is going to be completely Green, but like I’ve said before, “take baby steps! Every little step adds up. For every action there is a reaction.”
If you make positive actions, no matter how small they may seem, the overall reaction can be huge!
So why not concentrate on something that is really easy to do and maybe even get paid for some of it. RECYCLE!
Many items are recyclable that people do not seem to know about.
To discover the list of 19 items that can be recycled (some were new to this editor!), check out the full article at http://bit.ly/zP6FB4.
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Posted on January 2, 2012 by Debra Atlas
One of 2 pesticide-free products that help control and eliminate bed bugs
We’ve made it to an exciting new year. While 2011 was an incredible year. during that time I profiled a lot of fascinating products, books and stories. Here’s a look back at my top picks.
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Posted on December 19, 2011 by Debra Atlas
Rubble from Christchurch Cathedral and its destroyed bell tower after the earthquake
The 6.1 level earthquake that struck and killed 181 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, also did major property damage.
Among those seeing extensive damage was the Christchurch Cathedral, whose bell tower was completed destroyed.
A unique design was recently approved to provide at least a temporary replacement for the original bluestone cathedral. whose cornerstone was laid in 1864.
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Posted on October 20, 2011 by Debra Atlas
More of us are recycling these days. Figuring out what’s recyclable and what isn’t, however, is often like wandering through a maze. But there’s finally a light at the end of that tunnel.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: greenwashing, Microsoft, recyclable, recycling, recycling labels, REI, Seventh Generation, Sustainable Package Coalition | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 30, 2011 by Debra Atlas
For years, countless articles have been written and numerous conversations had examining the mystery of why pizza boxes aren’t recyclable. After all, they’re made of cardboard. But consumers keep being told that the oils from one of our nationally favorite foods contaminate this otherwise recyclable container, effecting the paper recycling process. No recycler will accept them.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: cardboard, Eureka Recycling, landfills, pizza boxes, recyclable, recycling, zero waste | 4 Comments »