Posted on May 30, 2013 by Envirothink
photo by Az Jade, flickr
Just came across some fascinating information about how to prevent those nasty bug bites that can really get in the way of enjoying your outdoor fun this year – be it gardening, hiking or just enjoying the backyard. With the growing concern about West Nile virus and other bug bite related illnesses, a big “thank you” to Nanny Websites” for this great information.
Who knew that using cider vinegar or vanilla could be a natural repellent? There are a lot of other useful tips here, so be sure to check them out.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: bug bites, Nanny Websites, west nile virus | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 30, 2013 by Envirothink
photo by Sascha W., flickr
The story just broke. The California Senate has rejected a ban on single use plastic bags.
The usual arguments were made, particularly that jobs would disappear if the bill passed. The one ray of light here is that The bill will be allowed to be reconsidered, meaning it could be back before a Senate committee or the Senate floor. But given that the Senate has been the stumbling block in the past (the Assembly passed a similar bill last year), one wonders if it will have any chance the next time around.
You can read the details of the story here.
Filed under: Breaking news, Politics Observed | Tagged: California, environment, plastic bag ban, plastic bags | 5 Comments »
Posted on May 29, 2013 by Envirothink
With escalating food prices and growing concerns about food safety, more consumers are turning to gardening. Whether living in an apartment in a large city or a suburban home, gardening and sustainable living are becoming popular.
Filed under: Gardening | Tagged: carbon footprint, Charlie Nardozzi, community gardens, environmental, food safety, gardening, green space, green thumb, Michelle Obama, organic gardening, pollution, rooftop gardening, soil contamination, sustainable, toxic, Urban Gardening for Dummies, vertical gardens, White House, Windowfarm | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 28, 2013 by Envirothink
The following is a guest post from David Milarch
Milarch visited the Lost Forest of old growth sequoias shown here
Our old growth forests are under tremendous stress/ When the oldest and most iconic of these trees are replanted around the globe in living archival libraries, their genetics can be saved for future study. Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a non-profit organization that collects cuttings from ancient, iconic, and environmentally critical trees, propagates these cuttings, and replants identical copies of these trees to help reforest the Earth.
Filed under: Call to Action, Making a Difference | Tagged: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, carbon dioxide, David Milarch, deforestation, effects of global warming, global warming, greenhouse gas, old growth forests | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 21, 2013 by Envirothink
Sunscreen safety hasn’t improved since the FDA set new rules on advertising in 2011. photo by Joe Shlabotnik, flickr
The past few years there have been studies on sunscreens and the news hasn’t been great. A myriad of false marketing claims have led consumers into a false sense of security about protection from harmful UV rays.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: chemicals, Environmental Working Group, FDA, safety, skin cancer, SPF, sunblock, sunscreen, waterproof | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 15, 2013 by Envirothink
As more consumers are getting the message and upping their recycling efforts, plastic recyclers are facing a different, more challenging issue – the use of full shrink wrap labels by manufacturers on otherwise recyclable containers.
Filed under: Sustainability | Tagged: Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers, landfills, PET, plastic recyclers, polypropylene, recyclable containers, recyclables, recycle, recycling, shrink wrap, technology | 1 Comment »