New California law requires commercial and apartment recycling

California's new law requires businesses and apartments to recycle

Generally considered at the forefront of environmental regulations, California now has another green law in place. Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill that requires all California commercial businesses, institutions and apartments to implement recycling programs.

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Corn Lobbyists don’t get the final word

 

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.

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Target charged with illegal dumping of hazardous products

Target has had a preliminary injunction filed against its retail stores by the city of Los Angeles and California state prosecutors for allegedly dumping hazardous consumer products that were returned or damaged. If found guilty, the retail giant faces civil penalties.

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Woodchuck Cider teams with American Forests to plant trees in California

Woodchuck Cider logoOn Earth Day 2010, Woodchuck Cider – a premier maker of handcrafted hard ciders based in Vermont – took an unusual stand. They launched a Facebook Global ReLeaf campaign, saying that by the end of the day, they would donate a tree for every Facebook fan they acquired.

The excitement streamed across social networks with fans cross-promoting the campaign via Twitter. The results were astonishing. Woodchuck had gained 8,432 fans.

Today Woodchuck announced they would plant that many trees as part of the ReLeaf program, American Forests tree planting arm. Global ReLeaf is the oldest nonprofit conservation organization in the U.S.  This year Global ReLeaf plans to plant 4.8 million trees as part of 43 projects in 14 states and 10 countries that will work to restore forests critical for endangered wildlife, clean water, and carbon Global Releaf Logosequestration.

Woodchuck and Globel ReLeaf chose California to be the recipient of these trees to help rebuild forests devastated  by numerous wildfires tover the past several years.

The tree planting will begin this summer and continue through the rest of the year.

This results of this kind of campaign just shows how amazingly integral social networks have become – and the real potential they pose for making a difference.

Healthy Natural Snacks from SunRidge Farms

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SunRidge Farms uses all natural and certified organic ingredients in all their products

Santa Cruz is known for its beaches winding along Monterrey Bay, a boardwalk, its amusement park and the University of California at Santa Cruz. And it’s adjacent to Watsonville, one of the produce capitals of the world.

It’s also home to an award-winning food company, SunRidge Farms, maker of more than 1,000 certified organic and natural snacks and trail mixes it sells in bulk to retail stores and distributors across the country.

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