Hilex Poly: Plastic Bag Exec Speaks to Debate

To the average consumer, Hilex Poly, a manufacturer and recycler of plastic bags and other products, is relatively unknown, but to anti-plastic activists, the company is generally loathed. Their lawsuit against Chico Bags, makers of reusable bags, did not help....more
What continues to confound me is that we're arguing about dismally low numbers in terms of ...more

Container Gardening.

Some terracotta pots....more

Solving the Garbage Can Liner Dilemna

Green Tip -   Garbage Can LinersDilemna -  how to avoid using plastic bag liners, but not end up with a dirty, stinky pail?  If you are really diligent about bringing cloth bags for shopping -  not just at grocery stores but ALL stores - this eliminate the source of reusable plastic bags.   On the other hand, NOT lining the pail ends up with food waste stuck on the bottom/ side of the can and the need to wash out the pail each time.   A waste of water....more

Pick Up America: Coast-to-Coast Cleanup

A few weeks ago, hours after attending my own going away party in Denver, Colorado, I came upon a young man standing outside a bus, asking, "Want a tour?" I thought he was offering to drive us around Denver and show us all the places that Elway or Tebow may have slept but he meant a tour of the bus itself, Due West. We came aboard and quickly realized that this was no ordinary bus and these ambitious young folks, Mark and Liz, were no ordinary bus dwellers....more
This is a very exciting project. I'm so glad you are doing it. It inspires me to keep picking up ...more

Trash in Cape Town

I realized one of my travel dreams recently, when I spent eight days on a holiday break in Cape Town, South Africa. The scenery was breathtaking, the weather perfect, the food delicious.And then there was the trash.Somehow, when you go so far away, to a place so exotic, you don’t expect to find the same problems you deal with day to day at home. I sure didn’t....more
I live in Cape Town and I so agree! Just today I walked in Sea Point and looked down at all the ...more

Brushing your teeth with yogurt cups

You might find it hard to believe that one teeny tinny toothbrush can have such an enormous impact on the environment. But it does! Approximately 50 million pounds of toothbrushes get sent to landfills annually!...more

Young Female Athlete Tackles Astro-Turf Concerns

To delay the cost of laying and maintaining natural grass, some sports fields are fitted with Astro-Turf, a synthetic lawn primarily made up of rubber, nylon and plastic. But Claire Dworsky, a 10-year-old soccer player, had some very real concerns about water run-off from such fields. So, she took action....more
Great article! My children have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours playing on turf fields. ...more

Irritated with Plastic Berry Containers? Give Them Back

How do you buy berries and cherry tomatoes without plastic? Most small fruits come in those green plastic mesh baskets or increasingly in clear plastic clamshells. If you shop your local farmers market, it’s not a problem. The farmers want their containers back! ...more

We recently switched over to canvas grocery bags. We still have a long way to go, but we're ...more

Getting back to Simple Things

We Can Send a Man to the Moon, But Can't Invent a Green Credit Card!?

You just received your new credit card, and have to destroy the old one. Good luck, the darned things are seemingly indestructible. Better have industrial-sized scissors. Too bad these are not recyclable; I just learned this after having dropped them in the recycling bin for years. If you think about it, of course they aren't recyclable. After all, they have the magnetic strip and the hologram, neither of which are good for the environment....more