Like Blobs of Fat in the world’s sewers and plastic garbage filling the oceans, being a little more thoughtful and purposeful as a species (as in not being so lazy), we humans could prevent a lot of problems

Huge Blobs of Fat and Trash Are Filling the World’s Sewers
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/fatbergs-fat-cities-sewers-wet-wipes-science/

This is another example that if we were all a little more thoughtful and purposeful (read: “not so lazy”) about the way we did things. The world would be in such better shape!

Here are some ideas (do the best you can):

  • Don’t let cooking fat go down the drain (scrape it into garbage)
  • Recycle
  • Reuse
  • But items made from post consumer waste and ask manufacturers to use post consumer waste in their products and packaging
  • Don’t use plastic straws (ask for paper or use your own reusable one)
  • Buy organic produce
  • Pick Up Trash
  • Don’t litter
  • Be considerate of others (including animals and the environment) and how your waste disposal habits will affect them
  • Use reusable containers (rather than prepackaged items) whenever possible 
  • Support environmental causes
  • Give a hoot, don’t pollute
  • Keep America Beautiful

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Asking OXO company to manufacture their products using post consumer waste

I just wrote a letter using the Contact Us page on the OXO website:

Dear OXO,
My family owns quite a few of your products. We like them and they are always useful for their intended purpose.

I’m writing today as a concerned consumer.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish you could manufacture your products using post consumer waste and also make them recyclable for when they break or wear out.

Our world is facing a plastic crisis. It’s been recently discovered that almost 100% of USA’s drinking water is contaminated with microplastics.

I am going to try and write to every manufacturer of products that I purchase for my family to ask them to do this same thing: PLEASE, please, let’s collect up and re-use the plastics that are already in our environment and use those plastics as raw materials for new products. You can be part of a solution by creating an incentive for people willing to collect these materials by buying them to make your products. It’s the right thing to do. And use some of your name recognition to ask your consumers to PLEASE RECYCLE and to be responsible for the waste they create. And please, OXO, please, as a company, accept responsibility for the waste you create in manufacturing and for what happens to the products you create after they have outlived their usefullness.

Please be an industry leader.
If you did, I, and likely a lot of people like me, will feel much better about buying your products and may even buy them on purpose because of your environmentally responsible actions.

Thank you,
Emily Gleichenhaus
Arlington, VA
Project PUT: Pick Up Trash
ProjectPUT.org

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Project PUT: Pick Up Trash visits New York City

It feels futile to Pick Up Trash in NYC, but when I visit, I do it anyway. There are millions of people in this city and if even only a small percentage of people picked up a couple pieces of litter a day, this would be a much cleaner city. There are trash cans on almost every corner. It’s not like picking up a piece of litter and tossing it in the can 10 steps up the street is really much more of a bother than just walking past it.

Come on, people now!
Pick Up Trash

It’s not difficult and in doing so, you are making a real impact to improve your surroundings.

In addition, New York should REALLY embrace everything to do with reduced, reusable packaging (for example, carry a reusable shopping bag w you in your backpack!) and packaging made from 100% post consumer waste.

One more thing, New Yorkers should mount a HUGE anti-litter campaign.

These actions taken together would vastly improve this already extraordinary city and it’s amazing amenities.

I love New York. And despite the seeming futility, I believe that every PUT, no matter the location and no matter how small, makes a difference.

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Zero Wasted Daniel, marvelous clothes, made like patchwork from fabric scrapes, saved from landfill

I was perusing Facebook about a week ago and saw a short Now This video about Zero Waste Daniel.  Immediately fascinated, with a Google search, I found their website.

http://zerowastedaniel.com/

This is a clothing line, based in Brooklyn (where they also have a storefront), that’s got a serious and important mission, “to tackle wasteful fashion industry norms by providing customers with kick-ass zero waste alternatives to conventional fashion.”

You can’t beat that!!

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Comment to Safeway: Please offer biodegradable bags and make it easier to bring reusable grocery bags from home

I’m concerned about plastic pollution.
I wrote Safeway this morning with my concerns regarding their plastic bags.

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8/7/2017

Dear Safeway

I am a frequent customer at Safeway.
I try to remember to always bring my own bags.

I’m despondent about the plastic entering our waterways, killing wildlife, polluting the water, and even entering our food chain.

Could Safeway decide to be a solution rather than part of the problem?

Could Safeway be an industry leader and provide biodegradable bags?

And maybe it would be good if you stepped up your efforts to encourage folks to bring their own reusable bags. I know you do some of this, but folks could use reminders. For example, a sign outside the store that says, “Did you remember your reusable grocery bags” and maybe some small reward for using them.

Also, I usually use the self checkout and using one’s own bags in self checkout is very difficult and prohibitive. I don’t know how many bags that I’ll need before I need them. That’s one of the questions with the “I brought my own bag” button. And the scales cannot deal w the use of bags brought from home, frequently causing the “unintended item in bagging area” error, causing one to have that irritating wait for someone to come bail you out of the error message.

The alternative is to collect all items and bag after, to the incessant chorus of the machine repeating, “please take your items, please take your items,” which drives any reasonable person up a tree.

The additional problem w this scenario is the extra time it takes, and if there’s a line (and often there is) enduring the glares of waiting people probably silently cursing me for being a tree higher while taking that extra time to bag. This, giving tree huggers a bad name, when tree huggers should, in reality, be rewarded and praised for actively caring about the conservation of our beautiful earth.

So, in summary:
🌻 Please offer bio degradable grocery bags
🌻 Please encourage people to bring their own reusable bags w methods like reminder signs and small rewards
🌻 Please find a way to make it easier and faster to use reusable grocery bags brought from home in the self checkout

Thank you,
A Concerned Customer
Emily Gleichenhaus
Project PUT: Puck Up Trash
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Arlington, VA

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Asking JR Watkins company for product refills and post consumer/recycled packaging

7/21/2017
I wrote this (admittedly, rambling) note to JR Watkins company, asking for refills and the use of packaging made from recycled post consumer waste:

I love your lemon all purpose cleaner. I like the grapefruit, too.

I feel badly about throwing out the bottle and would rather refill it. Do you offer (or will you please consider offering) refills for the lemon (&/or grapefruit) all purpose cleaner to reduce use of plastics.

It would also be really terrific, since your products are made of natural/biodegradable ingredients (which is one of the main reasons I purchase them over other choices), if you would make the bottles out of reclaimed/post consumer waste! Maybe you could help create a market for ocean plastic. Doing this, creating a demand for these pollutants by making them a commodity, would inspire some work on removing plastics from the earths waters! This would be good for EVERYONE! It certainly would be a boost to the bona fides of your product. Not only would your product be earth friendly, but its packaging would be earth friendly, too.

In summary, please create refills for all your products (I did see that Target online offers a refill for the hand soap at a reasonable price) dispenser AND package all your products in materials derived from post consumer/recycled waste. THANK YOU!

Emily Gleichenhaus
Arlington, VA

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Addendum, 7/22/2017

Response from JR Watkins:

Hello Emily,

Thank you for contacting JR Watkins. Unfortunately Watkins does not have a refill for the all-purpose cleaners. Watkins is committed to making products that are safe and environmentally friendly. All of our packaging is comprised of BPA-free plastics, and we do not source packaging that may contain BPA. JR. Watkin plastic bottles are also recyclable, and we are committed to using minimal packaging made from environmentally-friendly materials.

Currently Watkins only offers a refill size for the liquid hand soaps. I will forward your suggestion to the appropriate department for consideration.

Watkins appreciates your interest and hopes to continue to provide you with quality natural products.

Regards,

Laura Pozek | Customer Satisfaction Representative

J.R. Watkins | http://www.JRWatkins.com

150 Liberty Street | Winona, MN 55987 | 800-243-9423 | WebHelp@JRWatkins.com

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