Green-News: Tuesday 12.30.08
- Nowadays, a lot people belong to a CSA. And the local food movement is spreading! Some have even coined the term “locavore” referring to people who eat food close to home. And, the number of farmers markets is up nationwide, the highest it’s been since 1994; the Associated Press explains.
- Plastic bottles and bisphenol-A (BPA) are in the news a lot lately. And recently, despite consumer outrage, the FDA said BPA is safe as it’s currently used, like in food packaging, but now the agency has agreed to reexamine the research on BPA’s health risks; The New York Times reports.
- Last week, a small town in Tennessee was flooded by a billion gallons of water and coal ash, when a retention pond for a local coal-burning plant burst! Homes were destroyed, but the long term effects could be worse. Officials fear toxins from the slurry could ruin drinking water; via the Associated Press.
- All the gift giving is over and now the world is neck deep in crumpled wrapping paper. And the U.K. is worried that rubbish from 100 million toys could burn a big hole in the ozone layer. So, they’re calling on toy manufacturers to make recycling information more obvious; from Green (Living) Review.
- But don’t fret! There are plenty of green-friendly ways to dispose of used wrapping paper. You could recycle it. Shredding it and making compost is another good idea. Stuffing it into a flattened beanbag chair works too or maybe line pet cages with it or mush it up for paper mache crafts; via inhabitots.
- Speaking of recycling, a corporate watched dog reports that 16 of 23 major beverage companies, like Coca-Cola, were given failing grades for their recycling efforts. Companies were graded on multiple parameters, like using less virgin materials and transparency of operations; more from TreeHugger.
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