July 11, 2013
by Peggy
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More People, More to Worry About

The United Nations recently revealed an updated forecast of worldwide population. Latest statistics show that human population growth is occurring faster than previous projections had estimated. According to the UN’s current best guess, we are headed for 9.6 billion by … Continue reading

April 10, 2012
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FDA Holds Off On Final BPA Decision

Recently we posted about new research on endocrine disruptors  and urged our readers to sign a petition circulated by Environmental Working Group to encourage the FDA to ban the chemical BPA (bisphenol A) from food packaging. The FDA was required … Continue reading

March 30, 2012
by Peggy
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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Common in Packaging for Food and Drink

One of our biggest concerns is the array of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis, much of it from the disposable packaging in which prepared foods and commercial beverages are provided. A recent interview on NPR’s Living … Continue reading

Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup Tally

March 28, 2012 by Peggy | Comments Off on Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup Tally

The Ocean Conservancy has released its report on 2011’s one-day Coastal Cleanup. A huge amount of the trash recovered was plastics, the leading offenders (after cigarette butts)  being disposable to-go packaging– plastic bottles, caps and lids, bags, containers and wraps. Here is a snapshot of the trash collected on September 24, 2011:

International Coastal Cleanup Graph: Top 10 Items Found

via: Ocean Conservancy

 

http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/2012-data-release.html

 

 

February 18, 2012
by Peggy
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Mexico City’s Landfill in Transition

NPR featured a story recently about Mexico City’s dump closure and the effects of 12,600 tons of trash building up on city streets with each passing day.  Just imagine what your city might look and smell like if garbage pick-ups … Continue reading

January 1, 2012
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January 1st: Bag Ban Ordinances In Effect in Bay Area

Today marks the day that grocers in the unincorporated areas of Marin County will no longer be able to distribute single-use plastic bags. Recycled paper bags may be purchased for a five cent fee per bag.  The goal is to … Continue reading

October 30, 2011
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California’s AG sues bottled water companies for false claims

Last week, California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, filed suit in Orange County Superior Court to stop false labeling of bottled water products. (You can read the press release here: Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Sues Plastic Water Bottle Companies over … Continue reading

October 19, 2011
by Peggy
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On October 20, Remember to Reuse

The hierarchy of waste reminds us that the very best thing we can do is to avoid creating “trash” in the first place (REDUCE consumption.)  Barring that, the next best alternative is to REUSE goods, and finally, when something is … Continue reading