Archive for the ‘recycling’ Category

Recycling in the U.S.

So while the article I posted last week in Recycling A,B,C’s was really a good primer on what to recycle, tonight’s article is an excellent example of why it’s so important to do this. The article here is entitled “How U.S. recycling is changing now that China won’t take it” by Nicole Javorsky at the Grist.

Sincerely –

 

Green Librarian

Recycling A,B,C’s

So while I’ve been working hard to reduce my use of plastic bags, I must admit I need to get better with my recycling. I need to make sure that what I’m throwing in the recycling bin, is actually recyclable.

I think this article will really help me do that. Tonight’s article is entitled “Cleaning Up Our Recycling Act by Dwight Bitikofer at the Webster-Kirkwood Times. With that said, I’ve also been working harder at purchasing products that packaged in material that is recyclable as well.

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Everyone can make a difference

So reading this article tonight made me feel like I don’t do enough but then I realized if we all do our own part. For me, it’s reducing the plastics in my life while for this grandmother, she’s helping to clean up the beaches of the British Isles.

The article is entitled “This grandmother spent 2018 cleaning up British beaches — and she’s not done” by Michael d’Estries  over at Mother Nature Network. After reading this article, I’m thinking maybe I can do a little more.

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Green Librarian

Cradle to cradle

So while reading this article, and as I started to read the article that it refers to, I was reminded of a book I read a few years ago entitled Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart and Michael McDonough.

Anyway, the article I just read is entitled “Littering is a Big Problem, but Who’s Really to Blame” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.The other article, which is mentioned in the aforementioned article, is entitled “Telling Litterers to Change is a Waste of Time. Here’s Another Solution” by Ros Coward over at The Guardian.

Unfortunately, that’s reading for another day. I need to get up early to take my youngest son to the state Geography Bee! I can’t wait.

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Green Librarian

Green business

I try hard at home and at work, to do things green whenever possible. For example, since I’m in charge of inventory at the library where I work, I make sure to either donate or recycle all of the excess computer equipment that we have.

Now over the years I’ve donated many of our old computers to schools and small businesses every chance I get. What I’m unable to donate, I then recycle with the Boy Scouts.

The article I’m posting tonight is about a local company here in St. Louis that also donates as much of it’s excess as possible too, though their excess is a bit different than mine. The article is entitled “Urban Chestnut Gets National Award for Waste Reduction Efforts” by Bryce Gray at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I’m not a beer drinker reallt but I must say I’m tempted to try some of Urban Chestnut’s beer.

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Green Librarian

Recycling at the mall

In an age where mall’s seem to on the decline, here is an article about a mall that hopefully one day this country might eventually be ready for but until then, there is at least one country that is ready for this and that’s Sweden.

They have a place that sells recycled stuff but it’s not one store, it’s an entire mall. The article tonight is entitled “This Mall in Sweden Sells Only Recycled Stuff” by Starre Vartan over at Mother Nature Network. This is like Goodwill times ten, how cool is that?

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Green Librarian

 

Reusable cups

So this story is for a friend of mine who loves her coffee. It seems the city of Freiburg, Germany that has this amazing reusable cup program where you can purchase a cup that can then be returned to any of 100 stores in the city.

Then they will disinfect and reuse the cups, up to 400 times. The article is entitled “City of Freiburg Has a Brilliant Alternative to Disposable Cups” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. I’m actually thinking checking into this to see if my city might be interested.

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Green Librarian

 

Yearning for the sea

Despite the fact that I’ve spent most of my life living in the middle of the country, I been fortunate enough to visit both coasts several times in my life. When I was really young, I got the chance to see the ocean up in the Northeast (New York) then for several years we visited my grandparents out West in San Diego.

Later on, several friends and I went to Daytona Beach for Spring Break our senior year of high school. The last time was over twenty years ago (wow, it’s been that long!) when I went back up to Northeast again, this time to Cape Cod.

Anyway, I’ve always been drawn to the ocean and so when I came across this article and video on what they call “ghost nets”, I knew I had to post them. Ghost nets are nets left by fishing ships, nets that will continue to kill animals for many years to come.

The article is entitled “The Unseen Slaughter Under the Sea” by Taylor Hill and the video is entitled “Watch Divers Free Sharks and Other Marine Animals Caught in Deadly ‘Ghost Nets’” by Todd Woody, both over at Takepart.

One last note, what do you do with those old nets? Check out this article over at Remodelista entitled “DIY: Pot Holders Knit from Ocean-Tossed Twine” by Justine Hand. FYI, she does sell them as is noted towards the end of the article. I’m planning to this Christmas. They’ll make a great gift.

Cheers!
  

Green Librarian

Green tree gone

So it’s time to say good-bye to our Christmas tree but first we will continue our family tradition of cutting off a sliver of the trunk to then placing it on our mantle for next year. We may even add to that tradition by making those slivers into ornaments.

Either way, we will still have to recycle our tree. Maybe we can do it the way they do in Reno, Nevada according to this article, “Nevada Goats Help Eat, Recycle Christmas Trees” over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. My daughter has been talking about getting some goats. No, seriously she has!

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Green Librarian

Two of the three R’s

Okay, it’s during these months that we should take time to remember the things we are fortunate for and two times that I remember well are my trips to Paris, France and Budapest, Hungary with family and friends.

So in the spirit of those times, these two articles are stories that reflect well on two beautiful cities. The first one is in regard to the city of Paris and their recent renovation of a rail station while the second one is an amazing gift giving Christmas tree in the city of Budapest.

The first article is entitled “Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups” by Bridgette Meinhold over at Inhabitat. While I’m reasonably sure that it’s not the one I visited when I was in Paris, it sounds terrific. One of my fondest memories there is of going to get a reservation at a small hotel just after we arrived and then adventuring out to go and find it.

The other article, on the city of Budapest, is all about Christmas. It’s is entitled “Budapest’s Spectacular Christmas Tree made of 365 Sleighs That Will be Donated to Children in Need” by Lidija Grozdanic, also at Inhabitat. Nothing embodies the holiday spirit better than the gift of giving and after having watched my kids sled down our drive way this weekend, that’s what it’s all about.

Cheers!

 

Green Librarian