July 31, 2013
by Peggy
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Harry Potter and the Magic of Perspective (or How to Make Plastic Pollution Disappear)

Recently my 8 year-old daughter has been swept up in the Harry Potter novels, like her brother before her.  Seemingly over night, she’s been transformed into a speed reader, scarcely able to put down The Deathly Hallows.  J.K. Rowling’s captivating … Continue reading

May 12, 2013
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Oceans in the Balance

The University of Virginia has a Lifetime Learning program called “More than the Score,” that plans educational lectures in conjunction with the home football games each fall. I was particularly interested in one talk from the series this year by … Continue reading

December 11, 2012
by Peggy
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Book Recommendation: “Plastic Free, How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too”

I’ve just finished reading Beth Terry’s new book, an inspiring guide to rethinking our plastic-laden lives. Plastic is an amazing invention—-so light! so resilient! so malleable! But the fact is, we’ve gone way overboard with this material. I won’t argue … Continue reading

December 8, 2012
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Water, Water, Every Where

Why do we buy water?  Most of the time it’s just because we desperately need a drink, right now. It used to be we could quickly quench our thirst at a public fountain. (According to Wikianswers, the first drinking fountain … Continue reading

December 5, 2012
by Peggy
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Virginia needs a container deposit law

I live in Charlottesville. It’s a beautiful part of central Virginia, but the state doesn’t have a container deposit system in place. Having lived in states where they do have deposits, let me tell you: you notice the difference right … Continue reading

December 4, 2012
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Refillable Bottles: An Idea Whose Time has Come, Again!

  One of the most disconcerting developments in the news lately has been Coca-Cola’s determined transition away from its iconic refillable glass bottle and to its new-fashioned plastic “PlantBottle.”  On September 27th, Coke announced a major investment in the manufacture … Continue reading

September 19, 2012
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PFCs Persist in Us

PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) have been described by Environmental Working Group as “…destined to supplant DDT, PCBs, dioxin and other chemicals as the most notorious, global chemical contaminants ever produced.” Given that, you might be surprised to learn that a 2004 … Continue reading

June 22, 2012
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Waste-free Events Going Strong this Summer

Summer’s here!  Exciting music festivals, rustic camping trips, and sunlit picnics are in many people’s plans. Something else is afoot, and we’re thrilled about it.  It’s the rise of the waste-free event.  We’ve all attended big events, so we know … Continue reading

May 7, 2012
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Marin’s Catchy Zero Waste Campaign

Marin County, California, situated just North of San Francisco on the San Francisco Bay, is well known for its natural beauty, its vast parks, protected coastlines, preserved farmland, and the passionate conservationists who fought for, and continue to defend, its … Continue reading

April 17, 2012
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Litter Leader: Cigarette Butts

The Ocean Conservancy’s recent inventory of coastal litter highlights the high number of plastic discards found along our shorelines.  The leading item collected in 2011 on Coastal Cleanup Day–but it could be any day– was cigarette butts, which are made … Continue reading