A. Rey of Hope
when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and
fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and
preserve it for future generations."
— Sigmund Jahn, German Cosmonaut
you buy bottled water? I do. Not quite so much anymore though. I
bought it by the case for several years until my oldest son decided to
be a conscientious objector and asked me to stop. He was right. There
are so many re-usable bottles
being made (and sometimes even handed out) now that there is often no
excuse but laziness in using the plastic pre-bottled water.
has also been some discrepancy in the recent past over whether or not
it is (chemically) safe to keep freezing, re-heating and re-using all
forms of plastics. Although, it seems to be agreed that the
freezing/thawing process does not release any harmful chemicals from the
Whether or not the plastic bottles we
use release harmful chemicals, they undisputably are creating an
incredible waste issue. A waste issue that can be remedied by a just a
- According to the Beverage Marketing Corp, the average American
consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006, that number
jumped to 28.3 gallons.
- More than 2.4 billion pounds of plastic bottles were recycled in
2008. Although the amount of plastic bottles recycled in the U.S. has
grown every year since 1990, the actual recycling rate remains steady at
around 27 percent.
Here's one item I just purchased
to help encourage our family (and myself!) to choose the re-usable
drinking containers that we own over individual disposable drink
I needed some ice trays and I came across these.
great thing is that you can use the ice in a glass at home or grab some
long cubes, throw them in a bottle and go! It makes using the
re-usable bottles fun - and no more having to freeze water bottles. I'm
happy. Try them!
June 15, 2011
"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore."
- Jack Brooks
According to the EPA, " paper and
paperboard products make up the largest portion of the municipal solid
waste stream in the United States and as a result, offer the greatest
opportunity to recycle".
We have taken great strides in this decade to cut down on unnecessary paper usage. Finding ways to re-use and recycle paper
is becoming increasing popular in our country and
makes up approximately a third of all paper products, clearly a benefit toward conserving our natural resources.
Yet, as paper recycling becomes more commonplace, we must also remember
to keep aware of the guidelines for proper recycling in order that our
efforts are not in vain.
boxes, for instance, while recyclable, are good ONLY when they are
clean. Any food residue or even grease renders the cardboard merely
waste. The food or grease is a contaminant that can (and does) ruin
entire batches of paper. What does this mean to us? It means that
MILLIONS of dollars are lost each year due to contaminated recycling.
The moral of this story? Take the time to look at your recycling guidelines - keep the grease on the wheel, not in the recycle bin
Aug. 1, 2011