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Old 06-26-2007, 11:03 AM   #1
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Our Oceans are turning into plastic. Are we?
A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility...and worse.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:37 PM   #2
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OMG.. those pix are heartbreaking. Hubby teases me when I cut plastic rings and six-pack containers. I just tell him I don't know where this will end up...
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:42 PM   #3
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I cut mine up too. That picture of the turtle should be enough to make everyone do it.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:43 PM   #4
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I am trying to edit out as much plastic from my life now. I am collecting the plastic bags from the grocery stores, including the ones I use to contain my fruits and veggies and reusing them. I take them with me to the store. There are biodegradable alternatives to plastic for kitchen uses, but they are really expensive. I need more ideas about how to lessen the amount of plastic I use and dispose of.

I read this article two weeks ago, and am still walking around in a state of shock.

Oh! I am also buying milk from cardboard cartons or glass and looking for anything any alternative to plastic packaging, especially the single-use type and will support companies that have alternatives to plastic.
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The info about recycling really opened my eyes. I've always been a steadfast recycler, being careful to put every bit of recyclable material in one of our 3 blue recycling bins. There are only 3 of us on my whole street that recycle!! WHY?!? Our bins are delivered for FREE!

I guess it is better than not recycling at all, but I'm going to look at plastic containers differently now. And I think I'm switching to paper bags at the grocery store...
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:13 PM   #6
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That is so sad. We have 3 large bins (trash, recycling, green waste) and we usually have much more in the recycling bin that the trash bin. As far as I can tell most of our neighbors recycle, too.

I am planning on getting some canvas bags for groceries, but money is tight right now. We do reuse the plastic bags though so I guess that helps. We can all do more though for sure.
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Jan, if you have a Trader Joe's near you, they have canvas bags for either 99 cents or a $1.99. I also bought an insulated bag that is reusable, which is great because I walk to and from the grocery store. I've got one insulated bag, and one canvas, but I plan on upping that a bit. And I think I'm going to start bringing the canvas to different types of shops--I hate how EVERY store wants to give you a bag.

That pour turtle. I cut plastic ring things into ridiculously tiny pieces, but I rarely buy anything that uses them.
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:20 AM   #8
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That is so sad. We have 3 large bins (trash, recycling, green waste) and we usually have much more in the recycling bin that the trash bin. As far as I can tell most of our neighbors recycle, too.

I am planning on getting some canvas bags for groceries, but money is tight right now. We do reuse the plastic bags though so I guess that helps. We can all do more though for sure.
you can knit shopping bags out of sugar and cream! I found this pattern

http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archiv...pping_bag.html
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:31 PM   #9
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GGL, thanks for starting this thread. What a moving article! It's given me pause.

I want to share something very positive and uplifting with you all. A few months ago I came accross this incredible website www.ecocycle.org, which helps organize Zero Waste events in Boulder, CO. I'm organizing a singing event (happening this Saturday) and I decided to make it a "Green" event. We'll have compost collection! Not just for food scraps: we've bought earth-friendly, biodegradable plates, cups, and fake-plastic forks (made from potato starch), so it can all be composted. This is an event with about 100 people, and a potluck dinner on the grounds. I expect to have less than one bag of trash, and instead, several bags of compostables! Of course we'll have recycling collection as well.

I just posted more details in my blog thread.

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We just bought a couple reusable bags at Target today!
Yay Jan!
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This article was so sad. I couldn't believe the picture of the turtle, how does that even happen??? I can't blieve that the garbage went on for hundreds of miles, its horrible.
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