According to an article by Eva Botkin-Kowacki in the March 10, 2016 issue of The Christian Science Monitor, it appears that there was a bacterium that consumes plastic discovered inside a recycling plant. The article, “Researchers Find Plastic-Loving Bacteria in Recycling Plant,” mentions that more than “311 million tons of plastic is produced across the globe… Continue reading Can Plastic-Loving Bacteria Reduce Plastic Waste in Landfills?
I became aware of the need to protect our frogs when I read about how pesticides have been traveling from 50 to 100 miles to cause problems when they are ingested by frogs. I first came across this problem on the Care2 Causes site. The article, “Pesticides Travel 100 Miles to Poison Mountain Frogs” raises… Continue reading Save the Frogs, Save the World
What happens when you have a vacant lot in a city? Rather than leave the space empty, North Chicago is turning vacant lots into pop-up gardens. According to a Nation Swell article by Kathleen O’Brian, “North Chicago Vacant Lots Turn Into Pop-Up Gardens,” a local resident, Lamonda Joy, has taken these lots and transformed them… Continue reading Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project
On NationSwell a couple of years ago, they posed the question, “Why are Tons of Oyster Shells Being Dumped Onto Louisiana’s Coast?” Little did I know, oyster shells are being recycled in an attempt to restore the shoreline in Louisiana. According to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, since the program’s inception in 2014, more… Continue reading Why are Tons of Oyster Shells Being Dumped Onto Louisiana’s Coast?
It can be difficult to know what items you can and can’t recycle. Can you or can’t you recycle glossy paper? Are tin cans able to go into the recycling bin? Which plastics are recyclable? What should you never throw in the trash? TerraCycle has listed some basics in the article: Recycling Basics From TerraCycle: Items You Can… Continue reading Recycling Confusion? Refresh Your Understanding of the Basics
I love my coffee fix as much as the next person, but what I don’t love is the amount of waste grabbing coffee on a daily basis creates. Sure, I try to remember to bring my reusable travel mugs, however, sometimes I forget and I’m burdened with the guilt that I’m contributing to the… Continue reading Get Involved: Petitions – Starbucks: Change from Plastic to Biodegradable