Posted on January 18, 2010 by lynn hasselberger
500,000 trees must be cut down just to produce each week’s Sunday newspaper (all US Sunday papers combined).
That’s a bummer. The Sunday paper has been a fixture in my life for, well, my entire life. Something to look forward to, something I can always count on, a great way to enlighten myself to news that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the environment.
I’ve been struggling with the green–or ungreen–of receiving the Sunday paper for some time now. When I first considered this a couple of years ago, I was certain that reading online was the better option. Without doing any research, I ran the idea past my husband. “You’re kidding, right? This is the one thing I look forward to.” Note to self: don’t ask questions while husband is immersed in sports section. Of course, he’s from New York, so the (more…)
Filed under: environment, trees | Tagged: chemicals, conservation, environment, impact of newspapers on environment, nature, news, newspaper vs. online reading, recycled paper, recycling, save trees, Sunday paper, trees, waste | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 15, 2009 by lynn hasselberger
In case I’ve led some of you to believe that I am the epitome of eco perfection, I’d like to set you straight. While it is my goal, it is not a reality. I wish I could just *bleep* my eco blunders from my life. But I can’t. Nobody, not even No Impact Man, can be perfectly green.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” This quote from Theodore Roosevelt–our first conservationist president–is a touchstone for me. I reach for it anytime I find myself in a situation where I can’t live up to my own earth-friendly expectations.
Before the New Year, I’d like to confess a handful of eco mishaps–bloopers, if you will–in an effort to free myself of the haunting guilt. And, who knows, maybe (more…)
Filed under: food | Tagged: chemicals, conservation, environment, family, food, life, pollution, recycling, thai food, waste | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 2, 2009 by lynn hasselberger
In 2006, the U.S. produced more than 251 million tons of trash – 4.6 pounds per person per day. (EPA) (more…)
Filed under: environment | Tagged: conservation, environment, family, garbage, impact, life, no impact man, pollution, waste | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 27, 2009 by lynn hasselberger
Okay. I’m mad. We ordered pizza the other night, had them delivered (I know, not the epitome of perfect eco-friendly behavior in and of itself) and what was inside? (more…)
Filed under: food, recycling | Tagged: BPA, children, environment, health + safety, kids, packaging, phthalates, pizza, plastic, pollution, recycle, waste | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 13, 2009 by lynn hasselberger
(updated December 20, 2011)
Of junk mail, that is. The average adult receives 41 pounds (approximately 560 pieces) of junk mail each year. That’s a total of 4 million TONS!
What does it take to make 4 million TONS of junk mail (remember, this is PER YEAR)?
- 100 million trees (we need these to soak up CO2 and keep the planet cool) (more…)
Filed under: environment, recycling, sustainability, trees | Tagged: conservation, environment, junk mail, NaBloPoMo09, natural resources, trees, waste | Leave a Comment »