Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 198


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Hope everyone is enjoying the ridiculous cold and snow in the east and south and the warm temperatures out west. There is certainly more where that came from as climate change is starting to show us just what it is going to mean for our future. Scary stuff, right? Let’s be sure to do our part to slow it down. On to the Reads…

Below is a long list of chemical compounds and elements. This is not just an ordinary list, for it is special in all sorts of ways – not least of all to anyone who is a supporter of our old friends The Nature Conservancy (the often Greenwash of the Week winner). The list contains just those substances that the US Environmental Protection Agency deem it necessary for companies to declare, and which have been declared by one particular company, for just one site. But not only is this a list of substances merely declared, it is a list of substances that have been released into the environment beyond the legal boundaries of the site: The Dow Chemical plant, Plaquemine, Louisiana.

One of the nice thing about Valentine’s Day (as with most holidays), there is no reason you can’t incorporate biofriendly ideas into your plans. So many of the usual Valentine’s Day activities and ideas come with green or greener alternatives.

We are incredibly lucky that we can afford to stock our pantry with healthy, organic foods. Unfortunately, there are a lot of folks that can’t swing the cost of organic produce or even afford fresh food at all. There’s a little cafe in Denver, Colorado that’s looking to change all that.

This is the time of year when it’s time to start thinking about getting involved in your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Most of them have an open enrollment right now for any open shares they have available.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is not just a worrisome chemical in hard plastic water bottles, baby bottles, and sippy cups. Almost all canned foods are full of the stuff. And our biggest source of exposure could be the thermal paper cash register receipts we handle every time we shop, especially during the holiday season.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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