EPA and USDA join forces over food waste






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Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 6/5/2013 5:21:11 PM





 

 

EPA-USDAEnvironmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (shown) on June 4 to announce the launch of a challenge that asks farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities and government agencies to reduce wasted food. The U.S. Food Waste Challenge builds upon the success of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge to help more Americans do their part to reduce food waste.

 

“Food waste is the single largest type of waste entering our landfills — Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food. Addressing this issue helps to combat hunger and save money, while also combating climate change. Food waste in landfills decomposes to create potent greenhouse gases and by reducing this waste we can in turn reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Perciasepe. “I’m proud that EPA is joining with USDA today to announce the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. With the help of partners across the country, we can ensure that our nation’s food goes to our families and those in need – not the landfill.”

 

“The United States enjoys the most productive and abundant food supply on earth, but too much of this food goes to waste,” says Tom Vilsack. “Not only could this food be going to folks who need it – we also have an opportunity to reduce the amount of food that ends up in America’s landfills. By joining together with EPA and businesses from around the country, we have an opportunity to better educate folks about the problem of food waste and begin to address this problem across the nation.”

 

More food waste than paper and plastic

 

Americans send more food to landfills and incinerators than any other single municipal solid waste (MSW) – 35 million tons- even more than paper and plastic. When wasted food is sent to landfills, it decomposes and becomes a source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. In addition, the production and transportation of food has a number of environmental impacts; by reducing wasted food our society helps conserve energy and reduces environmental impacts.

 

In 2010, EPA began challenging organizations along the food lifecycle to adopt more sustainable practices through its National Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) program’s Food Recovery Challenge (FRC). EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge provides direct technical assistance, a tracking system, and recognition to help support and motivate organizations to reduce their food waste. Through the simple act of measuring food that is wasted, organizations can immediately identify simple changes that lead to big reductions More than 200 organizations are now participating in the Food Recovery Challenge.

 

More on the U.S. Food Waste Challenge: www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste/index.htm

 

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Ritz-Carlton Moving to “Green” Bottles

Ritz-Carlton Moving to “Green” Bottles

Ritz Carlton’s U.S. and Caribbean hotels (which account for 40 of the chain’s 73 hotels) will stop offering plastic water bottles and will switch to plant-based, biodegradable material for their hotel branded water bottles.  This move towards using an environmentally much friendlier material for water bottles is thought to be the first among hotel chains.

The new bottles are made totally from plants and being all natural can decompose in 30 days in a commercial composting facility.  Alternatively these “green” bottles can be reprocessed and 100 percent remade into new bottles.  The benefits are many including that making one new bottle uses half the fossil fuels of a traditional plastic water bottle, as well as 45 percent less energy, and generates 75 percent less greenhouse gases. The bottles hold water normally without fear they will decompose in front of you or while in the refrigerator.

Lest anyone think that this is largely an empty gesture, Ritz Carlton distributes five million 16 oz. water bottles per year, according to the Marriott owned brand. The positive environmental implications could increase dramatically if all Marriot hotels follow Ritz Carlton’s lead.

Other chains cannot dismiss switching to environmentally friendly water bottles based on cost concerns, since Marriott has announced that the new bottles will cost the same as the old water bottles. Ultimately, the cost of such bottles will likely be lowered as they become more common. As with many environmental advances, the initial cost is a reason for concern, but once they become the standard, many times the price comes down to equal or even lower than the item they replace.

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An Introduction to Plastic Packaging Symbols

An Introduction to Plastic Packaging Symbols

When issues of global warming and climate change (caused by the increase in greenhouse gases) started haunting people’s consciences, they decided to roll up their sleeves and do something constructive to help save the environment from further degradation. As part of that decision, measures were taken to address the issues that contribute to environmental degradation. Of these, an important decision was to stop the use of plastic.

In the cosmetics industry, environmental consciousness paved the way for an organic revolution. People discarded everything that contained chemicals and adopted natural and organic products instead. They put their foot down on the matter of cosmetic packaging as well. They demanded the use of organic and recyclable packaging materials for cosmetic products.

Plastic Recycling Symbols

Known as resin codes, they were established by The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), which is the plastics industry trade association, in 1988. All eight-ounce to five-gallon containers were imprinted with a single digit ranging from 1 to 7 surrounded by a triangle of three chasing arrows. All plastic manufacturers were required to follow the uniform coding system that helped people to distinguish between different types of plastics.

Types of Plastic Packaging Symbols

Though the practice of marking plastic containers has been in place for many years, not many people, including very many cosmetics manufacturers and cosmetic packaging manufacturers, are fully aware of what each number represents. Hence, this article is an attempt to make people understand the meaning of each number.

1 – PET (PETE) – PET, which stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate, is a clear and tough resin with strong gas and moisture barrier properties. It is used for making soda and medicine containers, food jars, microwavable food trays, water bottles and so on.
2 – HDPE – High Density Polyethylene is used for packaging products with a short shelf life, such as milk and shampoo, and to hold detergents and bleaches for both household and industrial purposes. It is strong with good barrier properties and has good chemical resistance.
3 – PVC (Vinyl) – PVC is Polyvinyl Chloride, and since it is both rigid and flexible it is used for making pipes, frames, railing, wire, cable insulation, medical tubing and so on. It has good chemical resistance and stable electrical properties.
4 – LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene is strong, transparent, and flexible, and is used in applications requiring heat sealing. Its uses include wrapping films, grocery and sandwich bags, hot and cold beverage cups, toys and squeezable bottles.
5 – PP – Polypropylene strong with good chemical resistance and a high melting point. It is used for making food containers, medicine bottles, bottle caps and parts for automotive and consumer products.
6 – PS – PS is Polystyrene, which is popularly known as Styrofoam. It is very popular as it can be rigid or foamed. PS is clear, strong and brittle with a low melting point, and hence it is used in protective packaging, bottles, food packaging and so on. When mixed with rubber it attains toughness and is used for packaging and durable applications. PS mixed with rubber produces high impact polystyrene (HIPS).
7 – OTHER – This refers to packages made with a resin other than the six mentioned above or by mixing any of the aforementioned resins. It is used in reusable water bottles, citrus juice bottles, oven-baking bags, custom packaging and so on.

Of these the most easy to recycle resins are PETE, HDPE, and PS. PVC, LDPE and PP have very low rate of recyclability, while resins marked with number 7 are the hardest to recycle and therefore are seldom recycled.

If customers reject lotion pumps, airless bottles or, for that matter, any product packed in containers with a low rate of recyclability, cosmetic manufacturers and cosmetic packaging manufacturers would take a cue from them and start using easily recyclable resins. This would help us in realizing the dream of a greener future for the next generation.

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4 trillion to stimulate the economy to become "Green China" engine

4 trillion to stimulate the economy to become "Green China" engine

The Chinese government launched a 4 trillion yuan economic stimulus package for the depressed world economy a much-needed injection of a shot in the arm. And market commentators are concerned about what the content of this program? What is new? What is not? And the current world economic crisis will produce what kind of impact? In this regard, I am cautiously optimistic, but there are some concerns and recommendations.

30 years of reform and opening up, Chinese people from the environment as a product of the capitalist system came out of the error, and to realize the government as a community manager, environmental protection is one of its important functions.

But much of the past, formed a “develop first, clean up later” strategy. There is no doubt that this strategy has brought rapid economic growth, but also caused damage to the environment.

Current human ability to completely change the planet. Last week, the United Nations Environment Programme report warns that over the Pacific Ocean from the Middle East to three kilometers thick, dominated the “atmospheric brown cloud.” Before that, we also found that the chemical pollution caused by human huge ozone hole. As human emissions to the atmosphere of greenhouse gases to grow, we are doing to the planet Earth a greater tolerance test. Fortunately, such inquiries are increasing, so we go on any results.

Last week, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with the international environment and development Cooperation Commission (International Cooperation) International members pointed out that the global economic crisis can not change our Energy Long-term emission reduction targets. My totally agree that we should focus on long-term rather than the present. The primary issue is to ensure that the program to stimulate economic growth will not cause harm to the environment, it will be a challenge, because China’s rapid economic development has been largely based on the cost of sacrificing the environment.

Course, we do not have time to stop and explore the long-term study and how to guide the economic stimulus package investments. However, because of the economic stimulus package is launched within the next two years, we still have time to consider a harmonious investment. Fortunately, China has made sustainability of the government procurement scheme. Look at investment is to increase or reduce greenhouse gas emissions is very easy to be controversial. Of course, emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and accelerating climate change the wrong direction, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions should be launched as soon as possible priority.

And Premier Wen Jiabao in our discussion, he had pointed out that the current economic crisis is “a good economic development and environmental protection opportunities,” he also pointed out that this is also the solution to balancing development between urban and rural areas of opportunity. A few days ago the government announced the public, the investment of 100 billion yuan the first quarter, 34% will be used for rural infrastructure. The talks also said the State Council in 2010 to increase Water Department 10% of the target management, wastewater treatment in rural areas will be clearly a priority investment area.

In addition, low-technology investment should be considered at the same time can benefit many people. What are the examples? Idea is to give each household two 60-watt Energy To replace the incandescent light bulb, this change is equivalent to save 4 billion watts of power coal-fired power plant, which is up 6% of electricity last year. In addition, farmers with 30 million solar water heater would cost 700 million watts of electricity. These two measures will allow more than 16% of the electricity generation last year, growth in emissions will be offset. The same time, these investments will bring a lot of job opportunities.

Another idea is to use agricultural waste into biogas digesters will be clean Energy . Each year, household biogas digesters can avoid more than one ton per year and more carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Currently, there are 20 million households use biogas, which is equivalent to an annual saving of more than 20 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. More figuratively, this is roughly equivalent to 5.5 million new car or 4 emissions from modern coal-fired power stations. Last year, an increase of about 8.3 million new cars the road. The carbon dioxide emitted by cars each year is the installation of biogas digesters to save three times as much carbon dioxide emissions.

We all know, China’s transport and power sector development is very fast, these industries to increase greenhouse gas emissions makes climate change negotiator, sleepless nights.

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Green Jobs: The Pragmatic Approach To Recovery

Green Jobs: The Pragmatic Approach To Recovery

What’s bigger than the recession? Climate change. And world leaders are struggling to agree how to tackle it. Good news: there is something you can do about it. Environmentally focused approaches are creating green jobs that in turn can become the “green shoots” of recovery that the UK economy so badly needs.

Green jobs are not sidelined for the stereotype of “do-gooders” in brown cords and woolly jumpers – it’s a pragmatic way to help change the world around you.

Chantél du Plooy takes a look at the green-collar opportunities available in the UK and how you can get involved.

Combating climate change
Climate change is natural. It is the atmosphere’s way of adapting to the amount of energy it receives from the sun.

If these changes take centuries, the biosphere can adapt normally. However, climate change is currently taking place too fast. Over the last 200 years human activity such as burning fossil fuels, dramatic population growth and clearing woodland areas has increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

According to the Committee on Climate Change, the UK needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020. This number is likely to increase if the UN negotiations this December in Copenhagen leads to a new deal.

A report released recently by Greenpeace International and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) indicated that a strong deal in Copenhagen could create 6.9 million jobs within the clean energy sector across the globe by 2030.

Reuters reported on a statement made by Greenpeace USA’s global arming campaign director, Damon Moglen who said: “Global leaders can tackle the twin crises of global economic recession and climate change head on by investing in renewable energy.

”We can choose green jobs and growth or unemployment, ecological and social collapse.”

Green-collar jobs the seeds to recovery

The Government doesn’t have a choice in the battle against climate change. If they do not comply with powerful and effective eco-friendly projects, they face massive financial penalties.

Combating climate change directly creates jobs which could ultimately help the country back to recovery.

But where will the money come from?

Currently the UK looses £650m per year through improper recycling. According to a report from Friends of the Earth, we send recyclable resources to landfills or incinerators which lead to 19 million tonnes of unnecessary carbon dioxide.

Dr Michael Warhurst, from Friends of the Earth commented to the Ecologist: “The UK is woefully lagging behind much of Europe on recycling.

”Flanders in Belgium recycles over 70 per cent of its waste – that’s twice as much as we recycle here.

”Our low recycling rate means that we have to import more expensive resources like aluminium – this is economic madness when they could be recycled here and sold for profit instead.”

Presently the Government has implemented multiple green schemes that include funding electric car production in the UK.

A £2.3bn aid package has been made available and Tata Motors has already received £10m to build the Indica Vista EV in the country.

Nissan has awarded its UK factory in Sunderland the opportunity to produce lithium batteries for their electric car.

Sunderland employs 4,000 workers and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson is hopeful that the factory might also win the full production on the vehicle.
”The Government is doing everything possible to secure electric vehicle production in Sunderland,” he commented to The Northern Echo.

Lord Mandelson added: “I am excited that we are going to see battery production in Britain, and I’m very hopeful that will be followed up by the full car production.”
In the field of renewable energy, Glasgow has recently been chosen as the appropriate location to build a £20million research centre.

The centre will have to come up with a multi-billion pound renewable energy programme for the entire Europe. This project will create 250 top engineering jobs, the Herald Scotland reported.
The future according to the Conservative Party will sprout a “Green Deal”.
The deal will introduce plans to green UK homes in order to cut carbon emissions and create jobs.
Tories will create energy efficiency services that will earn £2.5bn a year and create around 70,000 jobs and additional apprenticeships.

There are a number of jobs that have a green approach other than working in renewable energy, eco-friendly construction or hybrid vehicles. Green jobs include hydrologist, environmental engineers, pest control technicians, conservation biologist, science teacher, toxicologists, pollution control technicians, ecologists and the list continues.

Benefiting from going green

Green projects lead to job creation and generates money, which in turn funds more eco-friendly schemes and career opportunities.

The benefits of green projects are endless. Apart from the physical improvements to the environment and the economy, there is also other ways to gain.

An eco-friendly approach to your corporation can influence your company’s image positively. As more consumers become environmentally conscious, their purchasing habits transform as well.

According to Workplace Culture, being eco-friendly encourages productivity and job satisfaction.

A survey conducted by the Kenexa Research Institute (KRI) in 13 countries revealed that sustainability programmes have a constructive influence on employees.

The survey also unveiled that workers who are impressed with their companies’ eco-friendly strategies, are proud to work there and would promote their companies to others.

Practical tips to make a difference

Not everyone can drop their current jobs and join the World Wildlife Federation (WWF).
However, this isn’t an excuse to turn a blind eye. Here are some practical tips to make a difference in your everyday working life:
1. Use paper scarcely: Think twice before printing out an email, print on both sides and if possible print two pages per sheet
2. Recycle: Not only paper but also print cartridges, cans etc
3. Shut down: Your computer and everything else running before you leave for home
4. Food & Drink: Eat and drink out of containers which you can be washed and re-used like plastic lunchboxes and porcelain mugs
5. Car pool: If you have to drive to work everyday, try and organise a car pool or share a ride with at least one other person

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Why Isn’t Bottled Water Better Than Tap?

Why Isn’t Bottled Water Better Than Tap?

How is bottled water better than tap?  That’s what I want to know.  Companies claim that their beverages are pure, clean, good tasting and good for your health.  Treatment facilities claim that drinking tap-water is safe. 

Some cities are encouraging their citizens to drink the tap-water, in an effort to reduce pollution and other environmental consequences caused by all of those plastic bottles.  Environmental groups are urging their members to buy fewer bottled beverages.

What’s the bottling industry doing to our environment?

 * 80% of the bottles end up in landfills
 * Producing the bottles for American consumption in 2006 used 17 million barrels of oil and created 2.5 million tons of greenhouse gases
 * For every liter, three to five liters are wasted during the manufacturing  processes
 *Tapping aquifer (groundwater) in coastal areas causes seawater to   contaminate the freshwater supplies

So, is bottled water better than tap, when you consider the environment?  Obviously the answer is “no”.

But, people are concerned about the contaminants that flow out of their faucets.  They don’t like the way that chlorine tastes and they know that it can’t be good for their health.
 
This is true.  The contaminants present in public sources include:

 *Chlorine which irritates the stomach lining and the skin
 *THMs or chlorination byproducts, exposure through drinking, batthing, showering and cooking increases a person’s lifetime risk of bladder  cancer by two-fold
 *Lead, a toxic heavy metal that causes brain damage and accumulates in  the organs of the body   causing long-term health problems
 *Cysts, tiny parasites that cause illnesses that can be fatal

So, is bottled water better than tap, when it comes to your health and dangerous contaminants?  Any of the things mentioned above may also be present in those plastic bottles.  In addition, compounds used to create the bottles seep into the water, causing further contamination.

The purification methods used by bottling companies cannot remove chlorine or THMs.  Some companies use a method that will remove cysts.  Some don’t.  The methods that they use can reduce lead, but not remove it entirely.  So, the answer to the question (is bottled water better than tap) depends on the source, unless you have a home purifier.

If you have a home purifier with the necessary steps, your filtered tap-water will be far superior to anything sold in a bottle.  In addition, exposure to hazardous chemicals like THMs occurs in the shower.  You can’t shower in bottled-water, but you can install an effective showerhead filter. 

The necessary steps for both the kitchen and the bathroom include:

 *Granular carbon to remove chlorine
 *An adsorptive block to remove THMS
 *Ion exchange to trap lead and other metals, like copper
 *Submicron filtration to remove cysts
 *For more information see: CleanWaterPure.com

No bottling companies use all of these steps.  Treatment facilities cannot take all of these measures.  But, at home, it is easy, effective and affordable.  So, is bottled water better than tap water that has been run through a filtration method like this?  In a word, NO! -Larry L. Taylor

Larry L. Taylor is a dedicated advocate of living a healthy lifestyle and diligent researcher of water purification systems. Visit his site at: http://www.CleanWaterPure.com to discover which water filtration system Larry recommends after conducting extensive comparisons.

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Green House Gasses: a Bad Bunch Really or Just Getting a Bad Rap?

Green House Gasses: a Bad Bunch Really or Just Getting a Bad Rap?

There seems to be a huge public outcry about the greenhouse gases and varied perceptions among general public and the environmental groups. However, before we attempt to evaluate the merits of “greenhouse gases”, let’s first clarify as to why these gases are called greenhouse gases.  The term “greenhouse” as we know it, is associated with an enclosure where the atmosphere is maintained under favorable conditions. Greenhouses are generally used for growing certain varieties of farm plants; vegetables & flower plants when outer environmental conditions are not favorable.  The system of a greenhouse depends on blocking the free exchange of air between the atmosphere inside the greenhouse and the outside environment. This structure generally made of glass panels or clear plastic material blocks or delays the normal transference of heat and energy between inside and outside environments. This allows the temperature to be maintained at a lukewarm level to avoid stress or death to the vegetables from excessive outside cooling. Scientists have named the theory “greenhouse effect” after the functional property of the greenhouse structure.

To further expand on this theory, greenhouse effect is an atmospheric heating phenomenon, caused on one hand, by short-wave solar radiation being transmitted inward through the earth’s atmosphere.  On the other hand, longer-wavelength heat radiation slowly transmitted outward, owing to its absorption by atmospheric gases. These gases; carbon dioxide, water vapor, ozone, nitrous oxide, methane, and others have been labeled by scientists as the greenhouse gases. Some of these are naturally present in the atmosphere and some are produced by human activity. Greenhouse gases that occur naturally are; Water vapors, Carbon dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide and Ozone. Other categories of greenhouse gases like Hydroflorocarbons (HFCs), Perflorocarbons (PFCs) and Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) result exclusively from human industrial processes and released in the atmosphere in varied volumes on daily basis.

 Although greenhouse gases make up only about 1 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere, they regulate our climate by trapping heat and holding it in a kind of warm-air blanket that surrounds the planet. Without this “warm air blanket”, planet earth would have become a frozen planet, essentially not suitable for any kind of life form or vegetation. However, just as the excess of any thing even the good one is some time bad; it is the excess of greenhouse gases that has become major concern for the environmental scientists. Essentially, life on earth depends on energy from the sun. About 30 percent of the sunlight that beams toward Earth is deflected by the outer atmosphere and scattered back into the space. The rest reaches the planet earth’s surface and then slowly reflected upward again as a type of energy that scientists call “infrared radiation”. As it rises, infrared radiation is absorbed by “greenhouse gases”, which slows down its escape from the atmosphere. This is the very process that on one hand makes the Earth a livable planet, but contributes to the problem of “global warming”, on the other hand.

 Greenhouse gases vary in their ability to absorb and hold heat in the atmosphere, By the way, HFCs and PFCs; the two categories that are exclusively generated as a result of human activity are the most heat-absorbent greenhouse gases. However, there are also wide differences between naturally occurring gases as for as their heat absorbency. For example, nitrous oxide absorbs 270 times more heat per molecule than carbon dioxide, and methane absorbs 21 times more heat per molecule than carbon dioxide. Interestingly then, why scores of scientists and environmentalists are blaming carbon dioxide (CO2) for contributing to the problem of global warming? The answer lies not in its capacity to absorb the heat but in its ever increasing volume in the atmosphere.  Today more than ever before, human activity is adding significantly to the level of naturally occurring carbon dioxide. This gas is released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity on the individual level as well as through the industrial usage. Burning of solid waste, wood, oil, natural gas, coal and of course the automobile gasoline are some of the major contributing factors in this respect.  It is also important to understand that the two most heat absorbent gas families; HFCs and PFCs are getting a lot of attention by environmental groups. While these two categories have many good uses in the electronic, industrial and medical fields, they are also contributing significantly to the environmental damage when used as aerosol spray propellants and Styrofoam packaging.  Both these industrial uses are major contributors to the depletion of Ozone layer.  That in turn, causes human exposure to ultraviolet sun rays and the basis for skin cancer and other medical problems.

In summary, while greenhouse gases are the life giving bunch to planet earth and all living beings on it, the very same gases can threaten the fabric of life on this planet if we allow their volume to grow out of proportion. We will look at these gases and their properties; good and bad in more details later. We will also discuss life style changes of global citizens that can help maintain the volume of greenhouse gases at appropriate levels on the planet earth. We will talk about other interesting facts & myths surrounding greenhouse gases in an upcoming article.

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Sunterra.us- the Green Business That Helps Other Businesses Go Green!

Sunterra.us- the Green Business That Helps Other Businesses Go Green!

Sunterra.us is strongly committed to environmental sustainability. Their major focus is the slow decomposition of garbage in landfills and its devastating affects on the environment. That is why they sell 100% biodegradable, eco-friendly products to speed up the breakdown of trash and to reduce our negative effects on the earth. .

‘Eco-friendly’ or ‘Environmentally friendly’ means that SunTerra products pose no harmful effects on the environment or its inhabitants. This includes the methods being used to produce merchandise. Unlike petroleum-based (traditional) plastics, biodegradable plastic does not produce greenhouse gases as it is formed because it is made from plant fibers. Since the aim to have as little affect on the earth as possible, SunTerra ensures that all products are made in a way that avoids clear-cutting forests, wasting water, using insecticides, burning fossil fuels, etc. They support the use of eco friendly products and encourage others to pave the way for a brighter, cleaner future. .

Did you know that a plastic beverage bottle takes roughly 450 years to decompose? Take a look at the numbers found by the U.S. National Park Service: .
Time it takes for garbage to decompose in the environment:

Glass Bottle —————————1 million years

Monofilament Fishing Lines——–600 years

Plastic Beverage Bottle————–450 years

Disposable Diaper——————–450 years

Aluminum Can———————–80-200 years

Foamed Plastic Buoy—————-80 years

Foamed Plastic Cups—————-50 years

Rubber-Boot Sole——————–50-80 years

Tin Cans——————————-50 years

Leather———————————50 years

Nylon Fabric————————–30-40 years

Plastic Film Container—————20-30 years

Plastic Bag—————————-10-20 years

Cigarette Butt————————-1-5 years

Wool Sock—————————-1-5 years

Plywood——————————-1-3 years

Waxed Milk Carton——————3 months

Apple Core—————————-2 months

Newspaper—————————–6 weeks

Orange or Banana Peel—————2-5 weeks

Paper Towel—————————2-4 weeks

Information Source: U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL. .

Humans are producing more garbage than the earth can handle. Waste has gotten harder, and harder to decompose since the Industrial Revolution. Thanks to modern science, a new type of plant-based plastic has been formulated that quickly and completely decomposes. Biodegradable plastics are the solution for environmentally-conscience homes and businesses to reduce landfill waste, and reduce green house gas emissions. In the right conditions, they decompose like fruits and vegetables because they are derived from raw renewable materials. With the same reliability, look, and feel as traditional plastics, corn fiber products can decompose in less than 2 months in the right conditions. .

SunTerra offers the following Biodegradable Products: Biodegradable clear plastic cup, biodegradable plastic bag, biodegradable plate, biodegradable trash bag, biodegradable packaging, biodegradable plastic deli container, biodegradable leaf bags, biodegradable garbage bags, biodegradable cleaner, biodegradable solo cups.

Composting is a vital part of maintaining our environment’s balance. Now that scientists have formulated biodegradable materials, almost anything can be made from it such as biodegradable: trash bags, cups, cutlery, deli containers, packaging and more. Starch and limestone have also become popular replacements for traditional paper plate products and soup bowls. These products look and feel just like old non-biodegradable products, but reduce your negative impact on the earth. .

SunTerra offers the following Biodegradable Products: Biodegradable clear plastic cup, biodegradable plastic bag, biodegradable plate, biodegradable trash bag, biodegradable packaging, biodegradable plastic deli container, biodegradable leaf bags, biodegradable garbage bags, biodegradable cleaner, biodegradable solo cups. Check out SunTerra’s full supply of environmentally friendly products and go GREEN now!

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Why Support the Sustainable Food Movement?

Why Support the Sustainable Food Movement?

Earth’s resources are being used to feed more than six billion people. Activities related to industrial agriculture such as irrigation, usage of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and the packaging and transportation of food items is also taking a toll on the resources available on the planet.  Food is essential for the survival of mankind but the environmental problems related to the production of it doesn’t seem to be ending. So what are consumers to do? Experts believe that the consumption of sustainable food can reduce the damage being caused to the environment. Food and meat products produced in a sustainable manner can be the best solution for individuals who want to enjoy guilt free food.

Environmentalists recommend locally grown seasonal produce as it not only causes less harm to the soil and environment but it is also healthy and more nutritious. Purchase of exotic fruits and vegetables can add up to the emission of greenhouse gases as these items are transported across the world that results in burning of more fossil fuel. Local produce will not only cause less destruction to the soil with minimal use of pesticides but it will also help local farmers get a fair price for their produce. The fact that the food system has transformed from locally grown sustainable production to industrialized pesticides based production; the importance of sustainable food has increased to a great extent. Heavy quantities of harmful fertilizers are used in industrial farms to keep off weed, protect the plants from pests and make the soil artificially fertile. But this results in more emission of carbon and harmful gases from the food sector.

Did you know that approximately one tenth of agricultural emission comes from the production of rice? The present industrial farming is not only damaging the soil but also causing pressure on the rainforests in Brazil and Indonesian wetlands. Since the wetlands and rainforests play an important role in curbing the negative impact of climate change, food production also adds up to the pressing issue of global warming.

Kevin Long is the founder of Global Deaf Connection and the co-founder of Justmeans, a social utility site that helps companies to attract and ignite advocates of better business and good work related to Sustainable Food, sustainable development. Kevin has done significant business development work for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

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Need of recycling plastic bottles

Need of recycling plastic bottles

Plastic bottles are found everywhere. They help us in getting required liquid products more easily than glass. Use of plastic bottles harms the environment a lot. We need to recycle them to keep them out of our land fields. Plastic bottles recycling improve the emission of Greenhouse Gases up to a large extent. About 7.4 cubic yards of landfills area are saved if we recycle 1 ton of plastic products.

Oil is one of the major requirements of modern times. Oil is a non-renewable source of energy and it needs to be saved as much as we can. This is the best part of plastic bottle recycling that the process does not require oil usage. And thus, much oil is saved. Making new plastic bottles require more oil but on the other hand, reprocessing doesn’t require the same.

One needs to use a bin for plastic bottles despite of throwing them here and there. When large numbers of bottles are stored, one needs to take help of nearby bottle recycling community. With simple steps, people and communities can work together to save this earth we live on. In Canada, several communities are actively working towards plastic bottles reprocessing.

BC Bottle Depot is active in different locations of Canada which is taking the environment-friendly initiative of reprocessing used plastic bottles. This recycling firm encourages people from Surrey, Vancouver, Walnut Grove and Maple Ridge to work towards the welfare of environment by participating in the process of plastic bottle recycling.

BC Bottle Depot works with the objective of saving environment from harmful effects of plastic. Plastic bottles do not decompose but through reprocessing they can be used more than once and in different forms. This environment-friendly depot also encourages trash donors to bring their old plastic lidded bottles for recycling process and hence, take the environment-friendly initiative forward.

 

 

 

 

 

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