Archive for June, 2007

Weaning from Plastic

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Plastics are a fact of life, but how can we minimize their negative impacts on our personal and global environments?

Since the advent of petro-chemical industry plastics have infiltrated every facet of our lives.  Some uses of plastic are definitely beneficial, but with today’s attitude of “cheaper is better”, we are surrounded with non-durable plastics that introduce toxins into our
environment and quickly become waste. One of the most visible indicators in our home of the problems that come with low quality plastics is the plastic packaging that is used in nearly every industry, specifically, the types of bags that are used to carry proucts hom from the store.  Even though we try to limit our use of these bags by refusing them at stores, we still end up with piles of
the bags, because they do after all offer an inexpensive convenience, not to mention handy tool for pet waste disposal.

Now, not all bags are created equal.  Some are recyclable. But, why not use durable bags that are recycled simply by reusing? There are many alternatives to choose from.  Though none are perfect, they limit the demand for cheap plastics.  This simple step can go a long way towards eliminating their impact on our environemnt.

We have a few canvas bags but are wondering if anyone has found a perfect answer to this problem.  Searching on the internet we have found alternatives:

Can anyone provide some user opinion of these bags or others?


The “Dirty Dozen” for 2007

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

For those who are just starting to buy organic produce, the price tag can be daunting. If you aren’t ready to make the complete cross over, below is a listing of non-organic produce to stay away from. After testing 43,000 non-organic produce items, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found that the below foods have the highest level of pesticide residues.

The “Dirty Dozen”

  1. Strawberries
  2. Cherries
  3. Peaches
  4. Imported grapes
  5. Nectarines
  6. Pears
  7. Apples
  8. Sweeet Bell Peppers
  9. Lettuce
  10. Spinach
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

This listing of was found in PCC’s newsletter, “Sound Consumer”


Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

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