Archive for the ‘Plastic’ Category

Paper, not plastic straws

So with my desire to begin to remove plastic from my life, I’ve decided to start with plastic straws. Maybe a couple of weeks ago, I saw paper straws for sale in one of our two local grocery stores. So now with this article tonight entitled “UK Burger King Bans Plastic Straws ” by Sami Grover over at the Treehugger, I’m feeling a bit ambitious.

What I would like to do is write a letter to both of our local groceries stores to see if they’ll stop carrying plastic straws. You see I purchased a set of metal straws for my family a while ago, so maybe this is the next logical step. I’m also thinking about starting a petition over on the Care2 website. I’ll let you know.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

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Strawless in St. Louis

Okay it’s not as catchy as strawless in Seattle but it’ll do. So I’ve been trying to go strawless for a while now and I will admit it’s not easy as I thought it would be. Tonight though, I just decided to put one of my metal straws in my work bag.

Anyway, if you need some motivation, check out my earlier post entitled Plastic straws. You can also check out this article entitled “Seattle Fights for Sea Animals by Going Strawless for September” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. It’s not easy but it is worth it. Check out some of the statistics in the article.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Plastic straws

As I think I’ve mentioned before, my use of plastic is something I’m trying to reduce. First with plastic bags and now with straws. So when I came across this article over at the Washington Post, it only reinforced that idea.

The article is entitle “A Campaign to Eliminate Plastic Straws is Sucking in Thousands of Converts” by Darryl Fears. I will warn you however, the video of a straw being pulled out of a Sea Turtles nose is kind of gross. At the same time, you get the idea of what we’re doing to our planet and with Sea Turtles being one of my favorite animals, it was hard to watch.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Plastic, plastic, plastic

I posted about this before, like the yogurt container found recently on a beach that while it was over forty years old, looked like it was maybe a few months old. Check out my post entitled 40 years  for the whole story.

Now that I read this story, just another one on the topic of plastics, I need to take the next step after reducing my use of plastic bags to stop using straws, plastic lids and maybe even start carrying a reusable mug wherever I go.

Oh yea, the article I read this time is entitled “With all Our Amazing Technology, Why Do Single-Use Plastics Still Exist” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. Thank you Katherine!

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Balloons

As a kid, I’m sure I enjoyed balloons as much as anyone but after I read the book Voyage of the Turtle by Carl Safina as both an adult and parent, I think I realized how harmful they are to nature. So seeing this article, entitled “Why Balloon Releases Need to Stop” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger only reinforced that thinking.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

40 years

It’s hard to believe and yet, it isn’t. This plastic container has been around for forty years, since 1976.

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Even though I came across this photo earlier in the week (courtesy of my aunt), a couple of weeks ago I suddenly decided to start reducing my dependency on plastic bags. I’ve been doing it at the grocery store for years but, now I’m trying to always have a reusable bag wherever I shop. So far, it hasn’t been easy but, wish me luck. I guess you could call it my new years resolution.

Sincerely

           

Green Librarian

Humans and nature

In a sort of follow up to my post last week entitled Humans vs. Nature,  looking at what we’ve already done and the results of it. I was just talking to a co-worker today abouta small town, I think in Virginia, and how they had no place to recycling their recent deluge of plastic water bottles (due to a chemical leak in their nearby water supply).

Anyway, this first article is sort of well, here’s what happens to all that plastic. The article is entitled “Future Fossils: Plastic Stone” by Rachel Nuwer at the New York Times. Talk about a scary story line!

The second article is about how war affects our planet and it’s entitled “Battlefield Earth – the Geological Legacy of War” by David Bressan over the Scientific American journal. Wow!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian