Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Eighty Two.

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In a world permeated with chemicals, toddlers’ penchant for crawling on floors, chewing on assorted objects and touching everything within reach expose their bodies to a disproportionate amount of toxic pollutants. That’s the conclusion of a study released today by the Environmental Working Group in Oakland, which monitored 20 pairs of moms and their young children. The group reported that the children, on average, carried more than three times the amount of flame retardants in their blood than their mothers.

Now, in the brave new world of alternative energy, the Dutch ministry is working to change our perception of the much misunderstood fecal matter. According to them, there’s all sorts of power in chicken poop — and they’re going to prove it by using poultry waste to power 90,000 homes.

Since I started this project, I’ve run across many misconceptions (including my own) about what is and isn’t recyclable. What makes the issue so confusing is that every city has its own rules about what can and can’t be placed in curbside bins. Some areas require more separation of recyclables than others. Even among a few environmental activists I’ve met, there is confusion about recycling. If they can’t figure it out, how is the average person supposed to? So, here are a few clarifications about recycling that might help.

San Antonio unveiled a deal on Tuesday that will make it the first U.S. city to harvest methane gas from human waste on a commercial scale and turn it into clean-burning fuel. Residents produce about 140,000 tons a year of a substance gently referred to as “biosolids,” which can be reprocessed into natural gas, said Steve Clouse, chief operating officer of the city’s water system.

Last year Americans spent over $15 billion dollars on bottled water, up from $11 billion in 2006… but most bottled water sold in the US is nothing more than repackaged tap water, bottled in an ergonomic container with a colorful label slapped on it. To put it simply, you are often paying for an image.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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