May 26, 2014
by Peggy
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The Beautiful, Reusable Glass Bottle

I’m attracted to reusable glass bottles and growlers. What’s not to like? Glass is a wonderful packaging option because it’s inert (no chemical leaching) and infinitely reusable over its lifetime. It can be recycled in a closed loop if it … Continue reading

February 9, 2014
by Peggy
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Refuse It! Just Say No to Plastic Dry-Cleaning Bags

In 2005, not long after I had made a New Year’s resolution to stop accepting plastic shopping bags, I decided my family didn’t need plastic on any of our dry cleaning either. If you are keen to live more sustainably, … Continue reading

September 13, 2013
by Peggy
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Sustainable Consumption and Production

We need to get there. In a recent webinar, I learned that the United Nations and other groups from all around the world are looking at ideas and templates for delinking economic growth and environmental degradation. Some of the quickest … Continue reading

August 23, 2013
by Peggy
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SodaStream Shakes Up the Status Quo

Concerned as Brng.it is with waste and litter, we like to see a company that dispatches with the outdated resource consumption of older and more established competitors. When it comes to the beverage industry, we think SodaStream is on the … Continue reading

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

March 18, 2013
by Peggy
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Repair and Remanufacturing are the Future

Kyle Wiens, founder of iFixit, delivered a web-presentation this week organized by the EPA.  iFixit is based on the simple premise that “Repair is a cornerstone of our environmental and economic future.” Those of us concerned about a steadily growing … Continue reading

February 24, 2013
by Peggy
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Water Bottle Rundown

I’ve been doing a lot of research recently on reusable water bottle options, and thought it was worthwhile sharing. Many of us have already adopted a reusable tumbler or water bottle that we bring along with us every day. So … Continue reading

February 20, 2013
by Peggy
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Know Your Plastics: Melamine

Melamine is notorious because it was the cause of fatal poisoning and sickening of many American pets in 2007.  Chinese manufacturers added melamine to corn gluten, wheat gluten and rice protein to fake higher protein levels in their products for … Continue reading

January 31, 2013
by Peggy
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Know Your Plastics: #3 Vinyl (Polyvinyl Chloride, PVC)

Polyvinyl Chloride is a polymer made from chlorine and ethylene. Although it is a hard plastic, it can be softened by adding chemicals called plasticizers. This pliant plastic, widely used in packaging, is familiar to many of us by its … Continue reading

January 23, 2013
by Peggy
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Don’t Free Your Balloons!

We’ve written quite a bit about the environmental hazards of litter and plastic pollution.  Thanks to an organization called Balloons Blow, which concentrates on cleaning up Florida beaches and educating about litter, the downside of pretty party balloons is getting … Continue reading