Concord, Mass. could lead the country in banning bottled water

Americans toss over 71 percent of the plastic water bottles we use

According to a 2010 report by the National Association for PET Container Resources in Sonoma, California, the total plastic bottle recycling rate was 28.8 percent, up from 27.8 percent in 2009. That means Americans are tossing over 71 percent of the plastic bottles we use.

One town in Massachusetts wants to take on the issue by banning bottled water altogether.

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Green your holiday wrapping

Of the Earth gift wrap contains 50% recycled content

Getting even more into the spirit of the holidays means putting those holiday cards together, making sure you have the right presents and wrapping them up beautifully (or as best as you can).

Most wrapping paper isn’t recyclable. It’s usually dyed or laminated and can contain additives like gold and silver coloring, glitter and plastics.

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Chicago Cubs to fans: let's recycle!

Wrigley FieldThe dog days of summer will be a little bit greener this year, at least in Chicago at Wrigley Field.

Cubs fans have a lot to be proud of. Their team has taken on recycling in a big way.

Their new “Real Fans Recycle” campaign asks fans to help divert aaround 165,000 pounds of plastic and cardboard from landfills.  This season, vendors at Wrigley Field will use compostable plates and cutlery, and plastic drink cups and napkins that are made from recycled content

The "Real Fans Recycle" logo will be on shirts throughout Wrigley Field this summer

The "Real Fans Recycle" logo will be on shirts throughout Wrigley Field this summer

Fans will see ushers nd event staff sporting cool “Real Fans Recycle” shirts made from 100% recycled material, including recycled PET plastic from which Wrigley Field beverage cups are made.

The emblazoned shirts are sponsored by Solo Cup Company, who’s partnered with the Cubs Baseball organization, Allied Waste, Free Green Canand Levy Restaurants for this innovative recycling effort.

For year-round recycling, the Cubs organization has placed 25 dual-purpose (recycling/trash) Free Green Cans  around the outer footprint of Wrigley Field that fans, residents and visitors can utilize.

Way to go Cubs!  Come on, Commissioner Selig, how about a league-wide green initiative? What a difference THAT would make!