Posted on October 29, 2010 by Envirothink
Now there's a process for recycling juice boxes and milk cartons
Until now, juice boxes and waxed milk cartons had to be trashed. Now there’s a new recycling process for them.
Groupe RCM,Inc., a recycler in Quebec, Canada, has begun accepting juice boxes and milk containers for recycling. Their new process breaks down the cartons, plastic bag and film waste into a thermoplastic resin that will then be used in industrial and commercial manufacturing.
Filed under: Exciting New Deveopments | Tagged: Canada, environmental, Groupe RCM, innovative, juice boxes, plastic, recycling, sustainable packaging, TerraCycle, TerraPak, thermoplastic, waste | 4 Comments »
Posted on October 26, 2010 by Envirothink
Yosemite National Park and others threatened by rising temperatures
According to a new report by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO) and ) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)., future emissions of gasses like CO2 could bring triple digit heat to Yosemite National Park .
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tagged: California Climate Change Center, climate change, CO2, Death Valley, emissions, Joshua Tree, Mohave National Preserve, National Resources Defense Council, Point Reyes, Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, Sequoia National Park, Yosemitie National Park | 3 Comments »
Posted on October 25, 2010 by Envirothink
Boat travels through oil spotted in West Bay just west of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River Friday October 22, 2010. photo by Matthew Hinton / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
Environmentalists have repeatedly said there’s still oil out there and that the government was too quick to re-open fishing areas of the Gulf. Now there’s proof.
Louisiana fishermen have found a miles long string of floating oil that’s heading towards fragile marshes on the Mississippi River delta. According to the Times Picayune “boat captains working the BP clean-up effort said they have been reporting large areas of surface oil off the delta for more than a week but have seen little response from BP or the Coast Guard, which is in charge of the clean-up.”
Filed under: Breaking news | Tagged: algae, BP, Coast Guard, environmentalists, Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, oil, Times Picayune | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 22, 2010 by Envirothink
Styrofoam is recyclable but few recycling centers will accept it
Styrofoam (or polystyrene) has been the standard for packing around electronics for years. Despite the fact that numerous recycling centers for this material have sprung up around the country, few municipalities accept it as part of their recycling stream – mostly due to lack of market demand and high transportation costs.
Now an international group of scientists has created a new type of biodegradable foam made from clay and casein, a protein found in cow’s milk.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: biodegradable, casein, compost, eco-friendly, electronics, foam, polystyrene, recycling, styrofoam | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 18, 2010 by Envirothink
The SpoutOff downspout system almost eliminates the need to clear out rain gutters!
Clearing rain gutters is a regular, thankless task homeowners face. A new product is quickly making this sometimes dangerous chore practically a thing of the past.
SpoutOffTM is an eco-friendly downspout that reduces the need to clean out rain gutters.
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Posted on October 14, 2010 by Envirothink
When it comes to choosing toilet paper with recycled content, consumers still want softness
The question that most consumers ask themselves when it comes to using toilet paper made with 100% recycled content is, of course, “how soft is it?”
According to an article in the New York Times and a report by the National Resources Defense Council, less than 10 percent of the paper products purchased for the home contain any recycled content, about 60 percent purchased for outside the home locations do.
Filed under: Observations | Tagged: Chilean miners, eco-friendly, green, National Resources Defense Council, New York Times, recycled content, toilet paper | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 13, 2010 by Envirothink
The ill-fated SB-1454 would have banned "biodegradable" plastic
The recent demise in California of legislative bill SB-1454 took some by surprise. This cleverly written piece of legislation was designed supposedly to clarify misleading labeling claims and would prevent the sale of plastics in California whose packaging is labeled not only biodegradable but also compostable.
But the bill’s backers were stunned when California’s Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, noting the possible “unforeseen consequences could result from such a vast expansion” of existing law.
For more on this, see http://3.ly/aQ3W.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: biodegradable, California, lobbyists, plastic, SB-1454, Schwarzenegger | Leave a comment »