Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

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Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Postby trailblaze on Mon May 12, 2014 4:42 pm

But according to Jeff Linton, who is with the Alberta Bottle Depot Association, gable top containers are less recyclable than PET plastic water bottles. "When that container is recycled, 100 per cent of that PET material is captured. When the paperboard or the gable-top material is recycled, only the paper is recovered and the other layers of material are not recoverable, and so are lost to the recycling process. Their goal in recycling gable tops is to achieve a 75 per cent recovery of material," said Linton.

He also said Albertans recycle plastic water bottles 15 to 20 per cent more than gable top cartons. But Rotchild said Boxed Water is Better is getting people thinking about packaging. In the end though, he suspects it's just marketing. "What you're seeing in places like California and Colorado, they've made movements to ban plastic water bottles. So I wouldn't be surprised if these very gifted marketing people at Boxed Water is Better are using that as a way to say, 'This isn't a plastic water bottle — this is boxed.'"



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/w ... -1.2640080

Glorified tap water and only their word that it is actually put through the system before being boxed and shipped. Plus the not so eco friendly adds up to a marketing ploy, that may not pan out in the end if people start educating themselves. Pass for me on this one, not into glorified tap water.
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Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:20 pm

The 4Rs in the title are super important at this time of year. So much goes out to the garbage can but some effort could redirect items to charity or secondhand stores, organizations that can use things in their activities or help someone else out. Or the green cart or blue bin recycling programs can take some things and do something new with them.

It does not hurt to take paper and pencil or pen and write down the things that you felt were worth the effort and which things were not worth the effort to buy/use/dispose. Then save the page for the next occasion that involves purchasing decisions that create a potential garbage increase. You won't wish to spend money doing that again.
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Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Postby CielOnTap on Fri May 19, 2017 8:44 am

How much trash can be deposited daily on a remote island courtesy of ocean gyres? Too much. Introducing Henderson Island and its daily receipt of plastic from elsewhere.
By clearing a part of a beach of trash and then watching new pieces accumulate, Lavers said they were able to estimate that more than 13,000 pieces of trash wash up every day on the island, which is about 10 kilometres (6 miles) long and 5 kilometres (3 miles) wide.

Henderson Island is part of the Pitcairn Islands group, a British dependency. It is so remote that Lavers said she missed her own wedding after the boat coming to collect the group was delayed.



http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/trash-pacific-1.4117224
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Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:42 pm

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday on the Gregorian calendar or Mardi Gras as it's known in New Orleans.

Recently New Orleans crews did some cleaning of the underground wastewater pipes and found a significant weight of bead necklaces blocking some infrastructure. The discovery is leading to discussion on ways to contain where the beads roll after parades to minimize future blockages. The city experienced some flooding last August and thus the cleanup ensued.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/new-orleans-nola-louisiana-mardi-gras-beads-storm-drains-plastic-environment/95574/
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Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Postby Speak-Ez on Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:10 am

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Is there something wrong with the idea of making the beads from some inexpensive material that degrades and disappears after X number of days.

We need some more information about these beads. Like who makes them and for whom?

Maybe there will be an edit here. Let me go find out what's what.

EDIT: Amazing! This seems to indicate they care about this Down Under: http://theconversation.com/the-destruct ... bead-71657

Here we are at LSU: http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf ... beads.html
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Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:18 am

Actually, China has closed access to almost all of its market for recycled materials effective as of January 1.

Considering that the US grows a significant amount of corn and there are such things as corn-based plastic utensils that are said to be biodegradable, there is a possibility for the US to use corn for beads. But ethanol, fuel derived from corn, remains a hot commodity in alternative fuels and thus caused the spike in corn commodity prices (remember when corn cobs were seen as a wood alternative for stove/oven use not so long ago).

Canada has the presidency of the G7 group in 2018 and one of the five themes the government will focus on concerns the environment--including oceans.
https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/themes/
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Re: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:24 pm

Ready for plogging? It's jogging and also stopping to pick up trash along the way. There are groups in various countries organized by ploggers.
Plocka upp. “Pick up.” The garbage, that is. And darned if those admirable Swedes don’t do it while jogging.

Plogging, they call it. The hottest thing to come from Sweden since ABBA or IKEA or Borje Salming or Greta Garbo.

Plogging is born, apparently, of an almost unstoppable annual force meeting the easily moveable objects of winter.

Spring finally arrives. Snow duly melts. And months worth of urban debris is revealed in all its ugliness.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2018/04/02/from-sweden-of-course-the-latest-fitness-fad.html

I sometimes pick up trash on can walks if I have an extra bag and am near a public trash can. I often find prepaid cards or loyalty cards, debit cards and other treasures (Cash) on the ground on these walks.
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