Archive for the ‘Reusing’ 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.

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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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Green Librarian

What can I do?

So tonight’s article is inspired in part by a science project my son is doing for school where he’s counting the number of plastic, paper and reusable bags that people use at our local grocery store over a thirty minute period for the next couple of weeks.

The other part of the inspiration is the article entitled “Plastic pollution seems like such an overwhelming problem. What can I do? by   over at the Grist. Now while the count was a little disappointing:

Plastic 249, Paper 34 and Reusable 33

The article however, at least for me, is just another example of what can be done if we all do our part.

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Green Librarian

 

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

Plastics up north

So while all the headlines these day’s talk about plastics and our oceans, this story tonight is on another chapter of that story. It’s also about a place near and dear to my heart, the great lakes. The article is entitled “The Great Lakes Contain as much Plastic as the Oceans” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.

On the bright side, I’ve greatly reduced my use of what are known as single-use plastic, like straws and plastic bags. In fact, tonight my son got a mint oreo shake and used one of our reusable metal straws. Yea!

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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

One persons trash is another persons treasure

That saying has never been truer than in this story from over in Turkey. It seems while some people were throwing out books, others were collecting them. The article is entitled “Library Opens in Turkey with Books Collected by Sanitation Workers” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. On top of that, the books are all now in a library. How cool is that!

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Green Librarian