Friday, July 21, 2017 | By Chris Malone | No Comments
The next time you go to throw out a piece of plastic packaging, imagine it resting atop a pile containing the 10.8 trillion pounds of plastic trash we’ve produced in the last six decades.
According to a study in the journal Science Advances titled “Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made,” widespread use of plastic products only dates back to about 1950 — but in that time, we’ve produced about 8300 million metric tons (Mt) (around 9.1 billion tons or 18.3 trillion pounds) of plastic.
Half of that was produced in just the last 13 years, researchers say.
As of 2015, approximately 6300 Mt of plastic waste — about 13.9 trillion pounds — had been generated: About 9 percent of that was recycled and 12 percent incinerated.
That leaves about 79 percent of that waste — 10.8 trillion pounds or so — left to accumulate in landfills or the natural environment, the study says, noting that “none of the commonly used plastics are biodegradable.”
All told, 60 percent of all plastics ever produced have been dumped somewhere on this planet.
Plastic debris has been found in all major ocean basins, researchers note, with an estimated four to 12 million metric tons of plastic waste generated on land entering the marine environment in 2010 alone.
“Most plastics don’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, so the plastic waste humans have generated could be with us for hundreds or even thousands of years,” said study co-author Jenna Jambeck, an associate professor of engineering at the University of Georgia.
The largest market for plastics is packaging, an application whose growth is only accelerating due to a global shift from reusable to single-use containers, the study points out.
As a result, the share of plastics in municipal solid waste went up from less than 1 percent in 1960 to more than 10 percent in 2005 in middle- and high-income countries.
If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12 billion metric tons (about 21.7 trillion pounds) of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050, researchers concluded. That’s about 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.
“We cannot continue with business as usual unless we want a planet that is literally covered in plastic,” said lead author Geyer, an associate professor at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. “This paper delivers hard data not only for how much plastic we’ve made over the years but also its composition and the amount and kind of additives that plastic contains. I hope this information will be used by policymakers to improve end-of-life management strategies for plastics.”
SOURCE: The Consumerist
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | By 1Thing Admin | No Comments
So you live a green lifestyle all year long. You recycle, you minimize your impact by bringing your own bags and using a reusable cup for your morning coffee, you drive a low-emission car, and program your thermostat….you are set, right? Did you consider ways to green the holidays???? It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference!
* An obvious way would be to buy recycled wrapping paper, but you could take it a step further and use your old newspaper, or wrap it in another gift, such as a tablecloth, a scarf or a reusable shopping bag.
* As for the tree, real or fake? Cutting down trees and branches for decorations kills or injures trees, but a lot of the fake pine stuff is made from PVC which is toxic and energy intensive to make the plastic which releases gasses. There are fake pine decorations made from polyethylene which doesn’t carry the same health risks. Or use a potted real tree that can be planted in the spring.
*If you do use a real tree, be sure to give it new life at the end of the season! Mulch it or chip it. For more ideas check out the National Christmas Tree Association (www.realchristmastrees.org) and learn how to recycle it.
*LED lights are easy to find and will use a fraction of the energy that lights used to use. Use a timer for outdoor lights so they don’t stay on all night!
*Try upcycling! Get a little creative and turn something discarded into something usable. Recycle your old candles, jeans, tissue boxes, revamp glass bottles and jars, or turn old cookie tins into new fabulous gift tins. Pinterest.com is full of great ideas, just search UPCYCLE. There are thousands of ideas, surely one will appeal to you and your skill level.
Glass Bottles and Jars
Give cookie tins a new life
*Give green. Instead of giving someone another dust collector, donate to a charity that you or your recipient believe in. It’s a win-win! Some ideas to get you started:
Gifts that Give More
70 Years of Family Farming
*If you do shop, shop local. Support the businesses in your local community and spend less gas driving all over. Art and craft shows are prevalent this time of year and you can support a local artist and give a gift of something thoughtful and artful. Pottery bowls can be esthetically pleasing and functional, or a hand knitted hat is stylish and warm.
*Eco-friendly gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Try gift cards for a group of friends to take a cooking class together. Make some jelly or jam, or bread that can be frozen for later. Be really green and give a worm composter so less food waste goes into the landfill. Try cloth dish towels and napkins as a gift to replace the paper ones. Give a fancy reusable water bottle or coffee/tea travel mug. Be super practical, and give LED bulbs or a blanket for the hot water heater. Reusable shopping bags are handy too! Programmable thermostat. Bus/train passes. Glass storage containers. A basket of nontoxic cleaners. Beeswax candles. Coupons to exchange for your time (ie babysitting or sharing a meal). Donate time to a local environmental group.
Eco Friendly Décor
Unique and Cheap Eco Friendly Gifts
Green Gift Ideas
* December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day! Otherwise known as ordinary baking soda, bicarb has so many uses it belongs in every green house. Surely you have used it for your baked goods….but have you tried it as a facial scrub? Toothpaste? Or even deodorant? A paste of baking soda can relieve the itch from bug bites, and putting it in a bath can help relieve itchy skin and help you relax. Use it as a scrub to remove burnt on stuff from your pots and pans, mix it with vinegar to clean your sinks and tub, or even sprinkle it on your carpet before vacuuming to remove odors. And if you overindulge this season, use half a teaspoon in a glass of water to help with heartburn and indigestion.
51 Uses for Baking Soda
Monday, August 15, 2016 | By Andy Drake | No Comments
ENTERCOM GRANTS $1 MILLION IN NATIONWIDE AIRTIME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND PSA CAMPAIGN FEATURING DON CHEADLE
PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 15, 2016 – Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) – Entercom is launching a nationwide public service announcement (PSA) campaign on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), for which the company is donating $1 million worth of free airtime. The PSA will feature Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle discussing the importance of stabilizing the global climate for our children and grandchildren. The PSAs will run across 124 of Entercom’s stations in 27 top markets in the country beginning in August.
“I’m happy to help introduce more people to the great work of EDF,” said Cheadle, a film and television star and climate activist who donated his time to the project. “We’re in the fight of our lives against climate change and EDF has been a real leader in that struggle. So I hope this helps.”
The campaign is part of a larger Entercom initiative, 1THING, committed to promoting good environmental practices both externally among listeners and business partners and internally among employees.
“Entercom is deeply committed to reducing our environmental footprint and working to be a good corporate citizen to help ensure a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren,” said David Field, President and CEO, Entercom Communications Corp. “We are proud to partner with the Environmental Defense Fund and help support their mission of solving the most critical environmental problems facing our planet.”
“I am grateful to David Field and Entercom for this generous donation that will help build our impact and bring our work to the attention of so many Americans,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “And I’m grateful to Don Cheadle for the incredible gift of his time and talent. Without this kind of powerful support, we would not be able to do what we do.”
Entercom has previously partnered on PSA campaigns for Conservation International (CI), featuring Harrison Ford; 350.org, featuring Ellen Page; and most recently the Wilderness Society, featuring Dave Matthews, Betty White and Wendie Malick.
Founded in 1967, EDF builds lasting solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems, finding the ways that work so people and nature can prosper. Learn more at http://www.edf.org.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., reaching and engaging more than 40 million people a week through its 124 highly rated stations in 27 top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, deeply committed to entertaining and informing its listeners with the best locally curated music, news, sports, and talk content, driven by compelling local personalities. Entercom delivers superior ROI by connecting its customers and audiences through its leading local brands and unparalleled local marketing solutions, which include over 4,000 events each year, and its SmartReach Digital product suite. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@entercom).
Thursday, December 19, 2013 | By Entercom Radio | No Comments
It doesn’t have to end this way.
- Treecycling Programs
Tree recycling and mulching programs are offered in most towns and cities. Check with your local department of public works on whether your community has a pick up or if you need to drop off your tree to be made into mulch. Also in some places they offer mulch to be picked up for personal use.
- Give Cover
If you would like, you can keep the tree and use the needles as mulch. Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly. Ground covering crops, such as strawberries love resting on these mold free and moisture hardy mulch. The boughs can also be cut off and used to layover perennial plants, protecting them from the snow and heavy frost.
- Chip, Chip Hooray
A fun afternoon might be renting a chipper and making mulch for personal use. When spring comes you will be ready to spread the chips. Chips suppress weeds and when decomposition happens nutrients are released into your soil.
- Trunk Coasters (Yes, it’s a thing)
If you prefer you can cut the trunk into 2 inch discs and line walkways and flower gardens. Thinner slabs cut off the trunk can be used as coasters. Just apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep sap off your furniture and glassware.
- Bird Sanctuary
If you have the space, take that tree in its stand outdoors. A Bird Sanctuary can be made by filling bird feeders and hanging them on boughs. Gather pine-cones and coat them with peanut butter and string popcorn. When the tree is brittle, chip it up into mulch.
- Burial at Sea/Pond
If you live close to a lake or pond and your tree is chemical free, contact the proper authorities and find out if your tree can be sunk and made into a sheltering habitat for fish.
- Great Barrier Wreath
Christmas Trees were used in New Jersey to help the sand dunes recover from Hurricane Sandy. If you live near a beach, you might call the local department of public works to see if Christmas Trees are used for shoreline stabilization.
So when the Holidays are over, don’t throw away that Real Christmas Tree. Take advantage of that tree being biodegradable and give back to the environment. A great way to be green.
Friday, December 7, 2012 | By JC Kirwan | No Comments
Christmas is upon us and what better gift to give than one that is sustainable; will help the environment and will last for generations.
Trees for a Change gives you this opportunity. For Christmas, you can order a tree that will be planted in a National Forest replacing trees that have been destroyed by wildfire, disease or insects. The person you are honoring with this gift will receive a beautiful card on recycled paper, or an e-card, indicating that you have honored them with this gift. They can also go on line and see information and photos of the tree that was planted in their honor.
What a wonderful way to give a gift and support our environment. In one year a tree is able to absorb ten pounds of pollutants from the air and convert 330 pound of carbon dioxide into oxygen. These trees will also restore the habitat and food supply for wildlife, prevent soil erosion and add beauty to our National Forest for many generations to come.
For additional information or to order you gift tree, go to:
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | By Storm Roberts | No Comments
Friday, May 11, 2012 | By Storm Roberts | No Comments
The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you. Use this website to find
farmer’s markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in
your area. http://www.localharvest.org/
Thursday, May 3, 2012 | By Storm Roberts | No Comments
Charity of the Month: Bikes Belong Foundation
May is National Bike Month so get out your bicycles and do the earth and your body some good! Bicycling has so many benefits not only for your health, but also for your budget and the environment. If you live within cycling distance to your job consider biking to work. You can save $10 a day by commuting by 10 miles round trip by bicycle instead of car. Plus, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint AND getting into shape. By biking to work, you can cut up to 1 pound of Carbon Dioxide pollution for every mile pedaled. PLUS 3 hours of riding per week reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%!
Many cities have been adding bike lanes to their roads, making it safer and easier for people to get around heavily trafficked areas. The Bikes Belong Foundation has been partnering with cities across the nation to make bicycling safer by building a mutual respect among motorists and cyclists. Some of the organization’s projects include bicycle safety projects and children’s bicycle programs.
The Bikes Belong Foundation is the parent of many projects including the Green Lane Project, the Safe Routes to School project, and People for Bikes, an online petition launched in 2010 to promote bicycle safety to policy-makers and the public. To learn more about the Bikes Belong Foundation and its projects visit their website or sign the petition to bring awareness of bike safety to a city near you!
Thursday, April 12, 2012 | By Storm Roberts | No Comments
Green Bride Guide is the most comprehensive and credible resource for eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services. The Green Bride Guide is committed to promoting environmental awareness and social change by offering ideas, facts, pictures and resources for planning a green wedding. Their goal is to help couples lessen their environmental footprint – by decreasing consumption, choosing renewable and sustainable products, composting, recycling and carbon offsetting.
The Green Wedding Directory is a planning tool designed to connect engaged couples with local vendors who share their green values. Directory vendors are screened through our proprietary Green Leaf Rating System, and can earn up to five “green leaves.” Green Leaf Ratings provide potential clients with a relative indication of each vendor’s commitment to eco-friendly business practices.
The Green Bride Guide website is published by The Green Life Guides, LLC – a company that is committed to “walking the walk” (to being as green as we possibly can be). The following are some of the ways we incorporate our values into daily life at The Green Life Guides, LLC.
The creator of The Green Bride Guide is Kate L. Harrison. She has a JD in Environmental Law and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale. She planned her own green wedding in 2007, and wrote the best-selling green wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget (Sourcebooks, 2008). Kate founded www.greenbrideguide.com to help couples promote social and environmental change and support their local green economy, while creating the weddings of their dreams.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | By Storm Roberts | No Comments
Be good to the globe this Earth Day, April 22nd, and remember to bring your reusable bags to Publix. Then visit publix-dot-com-slash-sustainability to learn more about the Publix Green Routine, and pick up a few easy tips to build a green routine of your own.