Archive for the ‘Trash’ 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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Guilt by plastic

So tonight my son and I stopped to get a shake after hi s golf class and I have to say, I’m really getting taken for a ride with guilt every time I use plastic. Along the way I’ve also come across multiple articles on plastic pollution.

Now I could post several articles tonight but instead I’ll just post this one about the tragic loss of a pilot whale due to plastic pollution. The article is entitled “Whale’s Death in Thailand Points to Global Scourge: Plastic in Oceans” by Mike Ives over at the New York Times.

I’ll save the other articles for another day because unfortunately, this scourge is far from over but at least for me, it will now always be on my mind whenever I go shopping. I will however make sure to spread the word, one person at a time.

Sincerely-

     

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.

Sincerely-

   

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!

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Life without plastic

One day recently, on my morning commute by train to work, I noticed all of the plastic bags along the tracks and it was then that I decided to try and reduce and /or eliminate  my use of plastic bags.

Reading the article entitled “Henderson Island is the Most Remote, Most Polluted Place on Earth” by Katherine Martinko at Treehugger has only reinforced my desire to do that and more. So now I’ve also decided to try and stop using plastic straws and eating utensils too. What can you do?

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

Art in nature

When I first decided to go to college, my degree of choice was art. I always loved art class when I was in school and so it made sense. Of course, that lasted about one semester as I realized what I liked and what was considered art by my instructors was not the same.

Looking back however, commercial art isn’t art. So here I am some many years later as a librarian and I’ve think I finally come to understand my love of art. I like writing, in particular writing about the environment and writing poetry.

I also like photography, a gift that my father gave me and why I’m hoping to finally get a camera this year. Until then however, I’ll keep using the one on my phone, trying to find that beauty in nature through a camera lense.

So this leads me to tonight’s article entitled “In Greenland, abandoned oil drums turn into fleeting art . The story here is about the artist Julia Edith Rigby and her desire to find art (or create art) in nature through garbage. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder.

Sincerely-

       

Green Librarian