August 17, 2012 |
When you go into a supermarket, you are usually given a choice: paper or plastic bags to cart your groceries home, unless you are carrying your own reusable grocery bag. In some states, the choice could cost you a few pennies - including New Jersey, if bills pending in the Legislature become law. In what may be shaping up as a big battle in the fall legislative session, environmental groups and clean-ocean advocates are pushing lawmakers to...
July 9, 2012
The kids at Sun Valley Elementary School in San Rafael, Calif., love Crayola markers. But not long ago, as they were using the markers for an art project — about the environment, as it happened — they had a disconcerting realization. The markers can't be recycled. So the students decided to do something about that. They posted a petition on the social media site, Change.org, urging Easton-based Crayola to "make your mark" by setting up a recycling program.
May 24, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to adopt a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region's waterways, and the ocean. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the Los Angeles City Council voted, 13-1, to phase out plastic bags over the next year at an estimated 7,500 stores. Councilman Bernard Parks cast the lone no vote.
May 4, 2012
Three journalists slain in Mexico MEXICO CITY - Three men who had worked as news photographers were found slain and dumped in plastic bags in a canal in the eastern Mexico state of Veracruz on Thursday, less than a week after the killing in the same state of a reporter for an investigative newsmagazine, officials and colleagues said. Press advocates called for immediate government action to halt attacks that have killed at least seven current and former reporters and photographers in Veracruz over the last 18 months, most of them among the few journalists still working on crime-related stories in the state.
April 16, 2012 |
At long last, people who care about the environment have something nice to say about those ubiquitous, fossil fuel-based, all-too-disposable plastic bags. Apparently, they make great eco-art. And great purses, placemats, floor mats, chair covers, you name it. Some years back, an ingenious soul -- no one is quite sure who -- figured out how to cut the bags into strips that could be fused into longer lengths or loops, which in turn could be linked the same way as a string of rubber bands.
December 20, 2011
Seattle officials ban plastic bags SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council voted Monday to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries and other retail stores, joining a growing trend among cities that embrace green values. The ordinance, approved unanimously after months of discussion and debate, takes effect in July. It includes a provision to charge a nickel fee for the use of paper bags, to encourage people to bring their own bags when they shop. The ban is expected to reduce pollution, free up landfill space, and improve the environment.
December 12, 2011 |
My friend, visiting from Denmark, was horrified. We were in a small grocery, and the clerk had packed everything into a plastic sack. " Whaaat ?!" Jan scolded as we left. "Of all people! Don't you have your own bag?" I'd forgotten it. Lame, but it happens from time to time. Denmark has a bag fee, and it has transformed Jan's behavior. He walks everywhere; tucking a reusable bag into his briefcase is as automatic as pocketing his keys. Here in the United States, we're still wrestling with the issue.
September 16, 2011
Facebook postings led to an animal cruelty investigation that culminated with the arrest of a Salem County man on a weapons charge. The New Jersey SPCA said that what it considered to be "disturbing" postings on the site caused officials to execute a search warrant in Upper Pittsgrove Township on Tuesday night. Authorities arrested Ian Barlow. SPCA president Rick Yocum said the group rescued five cats and discovered between 15 and 20 dead cats, neatly wrapped in plastic bags, in the freezer.
September 8, 2011 |
Fresh herbs are at their most abundant and affordable during these waning days of summer. So, yes, use them with abandon. Chop and sprinkle on grilled fish, mince and rub on lamb, tuck whole sprigs in glasses of iced tea and lemonade. But the onset of autumn doesn't have to signal the end of herbal enjoyment. Now's the time to preserve your herbs for use later in roasts, stews, even cocktails. Herbs are extremely easy to "put by. " No sterilized jars and pots of hot water needed.
April 20, 2011 |
SANDY HOOK, N.J. - A bag of heroin, a 10-gallon gas tank, five pairs of underwear, a duck caller, and a plastic cow were among the nearly half-million pieces of trash picked up from New Jersey's beaches by volunteers last year. It may appear that everything but the kitchen sink turned up. But that would be wrong: There was one of those, too. Clean Ocean Action, an environmental group that has been doing beach sweeps for 25 years, said in a report released Tuesday that an all-time high of 475,321 pieces of litter was removed from the state's 127-mile shoreline last year.