I really got the plastic down this week, thanks in part to Tess’s Trash Challenge, which ended for me yesterday. Here are the final results of the trash challenge, as well as links to the interview that Tess did with me. And here’s the weekly plastic tally: Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before [...]Read the full post.
Wednesday, I had a phone interview with Tess Vigeland of NPR’s Marketplace. You know, Tess from the Trash Challenge. Today, her radio segment on the Trash Challenge included pieces from our interview. You can listen to it or read the transcript here: Lessons from the trash challenge The interview was quite a bit longer and [...]Read the full post.
I had a very nice conversation today with Doug Farquhar, president of a company called Renovos, which specializes in helping businesses come up with waste-reduction strategies. They also have a subsidiary called BuyGreen.com which rates and sells eco-friendly products. But their most heart-warming green project is ReJavanate bags. These are reusable tote bags that are [...]Read the full post.
Pretend you’re walking down a street in Oakland, and I just handed you a flyer. This is what it says: Corporate Accountability International’s Think Outside The Bottle CampaignThe World Water Challenge Do you care about your right to water? Join us in our campaign to ask mayor Dellums of Oakland to take a public stand [...]Read the full post.
Since I started this project, I’ve run across many misconceptions (including my own) about what is and isn’t recyclable. What makes the issue so confusing is that every city has its own rules about what can and can’t be placed in curbside bins. Some areas require more separation of recyclables than others. Even among a [...]Read the full post.
Yesterday morning, Terry from Green Sangha joined me at the Temescal Farmer’s Market to educate the public about plastic. This time, the information was supplemented by a beautiful display, courtesy of the Marin Chapter of Green Sangha. Please click the top image to see the details of the display. We only had it for this [...]Read the full post.
The theme for this week is, “Surprise!” So many unexpected plastic incidents. Here’s the weekly tally: Non-recyclable items used this week but purchased before the plastic project began: 7 Refresh Endura single-use eye drop containers (#4 plastic). 1 wrapper from a box of Refresh Endura eye drops. 1 plastic/foil bag from an HP Ink Cartridge [...]Read the full post.
As I walked around my neighborhood today doing errands (I don’t go to work most Fridays), I noticed a lot of trash, mostly plastic, along the sidewalks and in the gutters. And with that photo of the dead albatross whose stomach is full of plastic pieces burned into my brain these days, it’s physically hard [...]Read the full post.
Last night, I attended a public meeting called “Troubled Waters: A Forum on the Health of the San Francisco Bay.” Along with Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, who presented the forum, the panel consisted of Harold Gilliam, a journalist; David Lewis, the executive director of Save The Bay; Shin-Roei Lee, chief of the SF Bay Regional Water [...]Read the full post.
I just read tonight on the Californians Against Waste web site that Tess Vigeland, of American Public Media’s Marketplace Money, is carrying the trash she generates for two weeks in order to raise awareness of America’s throw-away society. Read About Tess’ Trash Challenge. Vigeland is challenging Americans to carry with them all their waste for [...]Read the full post.