December 4, 2012
by Peggy
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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

August 10, 2012
by Peggy
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Party Kits for Elementary School Classrooms

If you have time to be in your children’s classrooms —especially during times of celebration–you quickly notice the huge disconnect between the green talk and the everyday walk at school.  Our children are often taught about doing what’s right for … Continue reading

June 22, 2012
by Peggy
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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
by Peggy
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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

May 2, 2012
by Peggy
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How to get to Zero Waste

Most of us have heard the term “zero waste” by now, but some may wonder what it actually means. Zero waste means living in such a way that you create (almost) no trash. According to Edward Humes, author of Garbology, … Continue reading

April 18, 2012
by Peggy
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Waste Costs a Bomb!

An article in the Wall Street Journal by Edward Humes, the author of “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash,” makes a point about the cost of dealing with the waste our society generates: American communities on average spend more … Continue reading

March 8, 2012
by Peggy
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NYC Considers ‘Conversion Technology’ to Deal with Massive Waste

I was surprised to read this headline in the New York Times today: New York Seeks Waste-to-Energy Proposals. I calmed a little when I read that the city is looking for the most cutting edge, green methods of turning waste into … Continue reading

August 20, 2011
by John
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Bring your growler

The new Whole Foods here in Charlottesville has done a remarkable job of increasing the amount of foods and other items they offer in bulk.  This seems like a great return to one of the old traditions of the health food … Continue reading