Disposability Consciousness


Disposability Consciousness

"I know in my heart that as long as trashing the planet and trashing each other, a healthy, holistic and healed world is not possible. We can not have peace ON the earth unless we also have peace WITH the earth. Our disposability consciousness is a weapon of mass destruction."

~ Julia Butterfly Hill

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Rate products on sustainability

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 4, 2016. 0 Replies

Does a particular product make you angry, because it's deliberately designed to damage the environment? Submit it at People's Design Lab, or submit products that you love because they're designed…Continue

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40 percent of e-waste recyclers are frauds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21, 2016. 0 Replies

Forty percent of all US electronics recyclers testers included in the study proved to be complete shams, with our e-waste getting shipped wholesale to landfills in Hong Kong, China, and developing…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 19, 2017 at 1:36pm

Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks (NPR)

It was not actually an outright ban — but 23 out of 417 national parks, including Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park, implemented restrictions on bottled water sales. The parks encourage visitors to use tap water and refillable bottles instead.

Now, The Trump administration has reversed this Obama-era policy.

... "The [bottled-water] industry has lobbied Congress to block this policy for years," says Jesse Bragg, spokesperson for Corporate Accountability International ... CAI points out that the Trump administration recently appointed a deputy secretary at the Department of the Interior who previously worked for a law firm that has represented one of the large companies that sell bottled water.

CAI's Bragg says this is an "example of the industry pulling the strings behind the scenes to protect its profits."

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 31, 2016 at 5:06pm

There are several reusable K-Cup filters available, that let you use your own ground coffee or loose tea or whatever.

(Before you check Amazon, consider that there's a call to boycott Amazon and other retailers that carry Trump merchandise such as the "Make America White Great Again" hat. I've seen such filters in supermarkets, and a quick web search turned up Best Buy and eBay as some of the other sources.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 31, 2016 at 4:15pm
Comment by Daniel W on October 26, 2016 at 1:03pm

Since I'm on a baking thing these days, I wondered what to cover rising dough with as well as wrapping left overs.  Plastic wrap vs. aluminum foil.  For some things multiple time resealable containers are good, or covering a bowl with a plate, but the sometimes plastic wrap or foil seals and protects better.

According to Slate, the high energy requirement to mine and process aluminum is much more environmentally bad, compared to using plastic wrap.  If you re-use the foil 3 to 6 times, depending on the parameter, then foil might be greener.  "if you use one piece of foil three times, it will contribute less aquatic toxicity than using three pieces of LDPE, and it just about matches the plastic on fossil-fuel usage and eutrophication. You'd have to use that foil six times, however, before the greenhouse gas emissions and human health impacts were comparable as well."  You can also buy foil from 100% recycled aluminum, but I always wonder if that doesnt get offset but less recycled content in something else.

Comment by Daniel W on October 26, 2016 at 12:58pm

Kathy, I admire your diligence.  I haven't seen 6-pack rings in ages.  I don't know if that's because they don't use them here or I'm not looking.  I agree about a lot of people being, basically, pigs.

I didn't know about the dollar store options.  A soft sided cooler would be even better for groceries that need temperature control, like milk. 

Comment by kathy: ky on October 19, 2016 at 12:04am
I parked, walked back,retrieved the six pack ring, and pulled every ring loose before I disposed of it in the trash. Seems I'm always picking up others trash from parking lots and putting it in the trash can that's usually only a few feet away. People often disgust me.
Comment by kathy: ky on October 18, 2016 at 11:54pm
I've carried my own grocery bags for years. A couple of them are just soft sided coolers that I picked up on sale at the dollar store. The rest are cloth ones I bought years ago. I tell the clerks exactly how I want them packed. They listen to me because I never let them remove the bags to the bagging turnstile. I can get all my cold things in two of them. And I don't have to pick up bruised produce from the parking lot or drive.
I'm passionate about not using plastic if there's anyway to avoid it. I won't let them put a plastic bag of apples or potatoes inside another stupid plastic bag.
My two young gdaughters are equally adamant about it. I had to park my car once because my, then eight year old gkid, spotted the plastic from a six pack of drinks lying in the parking lot and was so concerned about it washing to the ocean and harming or killing a dolphin or anything else :) sweet child.
Comment by Daniel W on October 18, 2016 at 8:20pm

OK, here is another thought about something disposable.  Plastic grocery bags consititute a major pollutant, they waste petroleum, they cllutter the environment and kill animals.  All that for something that is used for, probably, a few minutes.

A few cities ban them, but not many.

Most of the reusable grocery bags are made from re-processed disposable grocery bags.  They last somewhat longer, if you don't try to wash them in the washing machine.  They should be washed from time to time, because they can accumulat....  Most don't take many washes because they fall apart.

I took a reusable bag that was starting to fall apart, and took it apart at the seams.  Then I used it as a pattern to make a new bag.  For fabric, I used a pair of khaki trowsers that Ning wore out at the seams, and to line it, a pair of flannel pajamas that was falling apart.     Easy to make, machine washable, machine driable, can just throw in with other clothes.  Much more durable than the plastic ones, and insulates cold foods better.

I liked that, but wanted a stronger one for flour and milk jugs and other heavy groceries.   Denim is as strong as it gets.  So I made this one from a pair of jeans from a yard sale, $1.  Same pattern, but didn't line it.

These were easy to make for a novice sewing guy.  They'll last a long time.  They solve the problem of disposable bags, they are much better than purchased bags, plus free or more economical than bought bags, and they solve the washability problem.  Plus, being made from old trowsers, it means one less thing going to landfill.

I did have to combine sections to get pieces large enough for the sides of the bags.  That was not a problem, and the seam is actually stronger than the fabric without seams.

Comment by Daniel W on October 17, 2016 at 11:14am

I was getting tired of my old dinnerware plates and dishes.  Last summer, one of my neighbors had a yard sale and sat out a few old Corelle dishes.  I liked them and started looking for matches at other yard sales and at Goodwill.  This week I found a few more, so now it's a completed set plus some spares.

I can't de-convince Ning that Corelle (Vitrelle)  is plastic.  It's actually glass, and 60% is recycled glass from earlier preoductions while most of the rest comes from sand and some minerals. Here's how they are made. I'm not advertising, I just think it's interesting. Too bad it all looks robotic. The old ones probably had more workers involved.

This product is no longer made by Dow Corning. It was sold to "World Kitchen" in the US and in Europe, the French glass group ARC International. Since I'm in the kitchen cooking, more than any other room - when awake - it's fun to experiment with kitchen ware. I like these being so durable they can be used for decades, and the patterns were so popular that a set can be compiled from second hand sources. It's bright, looks clean, washes easily, cheerful, durable, thin and light. Since the total cost for the set was around $10, if something breaks it's no big deal. Once in a while I give a friend or neighbor a dish of fresh fresh fruit or a baked good, and I always use 2nd hand dish or plate and tell them they don't need to return it. Maybe that will be passed on to someone else, and if it is, prevents going into landfill, costs nothing, and is not a plastic disposable.

Comment by Daniel W on October 15, 2016 at 12:37am

Joan, I wouldnt want to return to those days! Maybe there is something in between. Today I went to the second hanc store. I lije using the old Pyrex type glass measuring cups, mixing bowls and losf pans.  Also vintage Corelle.  Never wears out, excellent baking performance, and great weight and feel. I came home with a solid feeling glass mixing bowl - something I use daily and often want a spare - and some Corelle cups to complete a set.  Great fun.


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