RETAIL ECO TIP: SOLUTIONS TO REUSE, REPURPOSE AND RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS
Research tells us that plastic grocery bags consume less energy to produce, transport and recycle than paper sacks. The dilemma is that the vast majority of them don’t get recycled. This recent “metropolitan tumbleweed” clogs our gutters, kills wildlife and makes the world a less beautiful as a whole. World-watch Institute estimates that the United States throws away 100 BILLION plastic shopping bags every year. Here are some ways to nip it in the bud.
- Bring reusable totes and plastic bags to stores.
- Go through the self-checkout to add more items to each bag.
- Put items in a purse or briefcase and carry them out.
- Use a plastic grocery bag to clean up behind the dog and scoop out the litter box.
- Donate bags to a local dog park and animal shelter.
- Wrap homemade bread in a clean, plastic grocery bag to keep it fresh.
- Reuse plastic bags to pack lunches.
- Line a cutting board for easy cleanup of messy jobs; collect vegetable shavings.
- Use a clean bag as a non-stick surface for rolling out dough.
- Substitute twisted bags for rope or plastic zip ties.
- Keep bags in the trunk of the car for emergencies.
These are just a few of the ways to help the planet. For more information, go to RusticGirls.com
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New York State Could Achieve it by 2050
A new study lays out how New York State’s entire demand for end power could be provided by wind (50 percent), solar (38 percent) and geothermal (5 percent), plus wave and tidal energy sources. This ambitious goal could be achieved by 2050, when all conventional fossil fuel generation would be completely phased out. The plan also generates a large net increase in jobs.
Mark Jacobson, a co-author of the study and professor of civil and environmental engineering at California’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, analyzes how energy technologies impact the atmosphere and how society can transition rapidly to clean and renewable energy sources if we integrated production and energy use in a systems perspective.
Robert Howarth, Ph.D., the senior co-author and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, in New York, has been tackling climate change and its consequences since the 1970s. He says, “Many pundits tell us that solar, wind, etc., are great conceptually, but that it will take many decades to start to make these technologies economically feasible.” However, New York is one of the larger economies in the world, and New York City is the most energy-efficient city in the U.S.