In The Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Ben Segall you’ll learn there’s a patch of garbage that’s not twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean right now. You should know what you throw in the ocean comes right back to you so this is a serious problem. You’ll also learn this is a global problem why that means its solution will require action on a global scale. Please do reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse plastic because all the plastic ever made is still around, but much more will need to be done than just that. Seriously. Watch below. Continue reading
According to a recent study in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine minority parents consume bottled water more often than white Americans and this has become a topic of discussion now. I wondered about these claims when I saw the post Why Minorities Love Bottled Water on theroot.com. Do minorities love bottled water? Who are we considering minorities? Continue reading
Photo Credit: “bottles in trees” by Tracy Collins
The recycling rate for plastics containing polypropylene (PP) and non-bottle high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has risen by 47 percent in the last two years.
More recycling opportunities in U.S. communities has helped contribute to the rise, and others are following suit.
Unfortunately, the recycling rate is still hovering around 33 percent. That could be because not everyone takes recycling seriously or because there still aren’t a ton of recycling initiatives in place.
What do you think? How can we improve recycling rates? What are the recycling practices in your home or community?
With only 34 percent of non-alcoholic bottles and 25 percent of PET plastic bottles recycled annually, Pepsi and Waste Management aim to boost that number to 50 percent through increased recycling at reverse vending machines like the Dream Machines. ~greenbiz.com
You can already get money for recycling but with this reverse vending machine one can recycle cans and bottles then earn reward points or donate cash to charities.
Ah finally, beverage container recycling that’s not just for homeless people! PepsiCo’s Dream Machines program will make as many as 3,000 recycling machines available in high-traffic areas.
Here’s how the system works. Continue reading
The photo above is by Chris Jordan. It is a close up of a photo that “depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.”
Why are plastic bottles in the news anyway?
Plastic bottles are everywhere in today’s society, but they were not just a few decades ago. Bottled water is an very popular product worldwide which is extraordinary considering bottled water as we know today didn’t exist as a product 30-40 years ago.
What’s wrong with plastic bottles?
They are everywhere now and don’t seem to be hurting anyone but their impact can be felt in many ways. Making the plastic bottle requires pollution producing energy. So does the rest of the packaging, shipping, shipping packaging and recycling. Many plastic bottles don’t end up recycled. Instead they are thrown in the garbage or somehow end up in the ocean, and even in the fish we eat. On top of that some plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals called BPA that leaves the bottles and gets into your drink.
What do these harmful chemicals do?
BPA or bisphenol A is considered an is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it messes up your hormones may be the cause of abnormal sexual development or even learning disabilities. This is of great concern for babies because BPA was found in many baby bottles. Continue reading