October 30, 2012 |
A howling gray morning saw the raging waters of Hereford Inlet bursting at it seams in North Wildwood. The inlet, which sits between North Wildwood and Stone Harbor, was rushing through rock walls, bringing piles of dead sea grass, plastic bottles and other debris far up onto lawns. North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said the morning high tide brought major flooding to back bay areas along Maryland and Delaware avenues and the tide wasn't following normal patterns. "It just keeps coming," Henfey said.
September 4, 2012
By Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic Where have all the copy boys, blacksmiths, and elevator operators gone? We could ask the same of coopers, the artisans who crafted wooden barrels back in the days before plastic bottles - when households needed churns, casks, and hogsheads to hold liquids. The word milliner might ring a bell with some hat-wearing church ladies. But, really, when was the last time you bought a custom-made, hand-fitted hat? Jobs must change with the times.
July 23, 2012 |
Hot enough out there? Bet you're thirsty. Once you choose what you want to drink, there's another big decision: What are you going to drink it from? The container — and I'm not talking about the reusable water bottle you always carry — is a major part of your beverage footprint. (Would that be your "drinkprint?") The good news is that companies are responding to greener consumers and are making huge sustainability strides. Just by drinking in 2012 instead of 1982, you're already to the good.
April 2, 2011
Here's a look at some of the worst offenders that clog city streets with trash: Household trash: Phoebe Coles of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful says we're our own worst enemy: Untied or torn trash bags, trash cans stuffed with loose litter or trash set out too soon make the biggest mess. Cigarette butts: Millions of peoples still smoke and fewer cars have ashtrays, so . . . The solution is to quit smoking, but Coles said the city and private businesses need to install more cigarette receptacles.
August 11, 2010 |
Plastic bottles, logs and other debris - but no rescue boats - bobbed in the Delaware River yesterday after the Coast Guard called off the search for a newborn reported thrown from the Ben Franklin Bridge. Although authorities are still searching for the woman who claimed that she had thrown the newborn, and possibly two more children, the Coast Guard said that it had found no evidence during eight hours on the water and in the air that the incident had happened. Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, said that authorities believe that the woman exists and will try to find her. It was too early to say if she could be charged if her reports were false, he said.
April 22, 2009 |
In 2003, an investor offered 21-year-old Princeton dropout Tom Szaky a million bucks. Szaky turned him down. Not that he didn't need the money. He was sleeping in a makeshift office, showering in the gym, and pondering a cash balance of zero. The guy wanted Szaky to lose the environmental pitch with his business plan, except that was the plan. Today, Szaky is glad he didn't give in. Szaky has become a titan of trash. His company, TerraCycle, transforms waste headed for the landfill into new products.
December 15, 2008 |
The 1982 vintage of Lafite-Rothschild is among the most storied wines of the last few decades. To the serious collector, it is worth several thousand dollars a bottle, Robert J. Levis explained to his listeners. Unless, of course, something goes wrong with the cork, and the precious fluid turns to vinegar. But how to tell without popping the cork? The question was a hypothetical one - and not just because Levis didn't have a bottle of the fine bordeaux on hand. Most of his audience wouldn't be allowed to drink it anyway.
July 17, 2008 |
For a moment, just a year, maybe two ago, it seemed that a tipping point had been reached: Bottled water wasn't cool anymore; it was uncool. The plastic bottles had taken on the aspect of handheld SUVs - oil hogs to manufacture, to haul (from Fiji, for Pete's sake!), to get rid of. They weren't vessels of glacial purity; they were agents of glaciers' demise. More than that, the soda companies - Coke and Pepsi, who'd seen soft-drink sales soften - had implicitly demonized perfectly safe public tap water that they were then shamed into admitting (in city after city, including Philadelphia)
April 25, 2008 |
The great comedian Jonathan Winters once said, "Don't touch that groundhog, Junior. You don't know where it's been. " That's the way I feel about bottled water. How can you really tell where it came from? I was at a title company last week when the gal at the front desk brought us plastic bottles of water with the name of the title company printed on front. Sure, having the name of your business on the water bottle makes for a swell advertising gimmick. But are we supposed to believe that because the title company has its name on the bottle that it has its own burbling spring out behind the high-rise?
December 31, 2005 |
Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, a California vintner by avocation, is making Americans an offer he hopes they won't refuse: He's asking them to drink his champagne out of cans. The new bubbly - named Sofia, after Coppola's moviemaking daughter - comes in individual servings of about six ounces. It's offered in a demure raspberry-color, plastic-lined can with a straw attached to the side, just like Juicy Juice. It sells for $5 a pop - or $20 for a four-pack, which comes packaged in a hexagonal foil carton, also raspberry in color, with circles like champagne bubbles cut out of its sides.