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I'm not very 'green' but.... by Spursfan on 27 February 2008 9:10pm
...this is horrific!!!

Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by MMMmmm... on 27 February 2008 11:13pm
Thanks for posting that Anne.

It is very sad.

We have parts of our coast here where nothing can live called "dead zones," and now they're starting to think they're permanent, and may be a growing trend.

Sad, sad.
Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by tucsonmike on 27 February 2008 11:53pm
How true. Remember though, nature can do us in whenever she pleases.
Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by mrsthing on 28 February 2008 2:19am
Canvas tote bags are all the rage in Connecticut--make a donation to almost any charity or subscribe to almost any environmental organization's magazine or buy from their catalog, and they'll send you a free tote bag. Stores now sell reusable shopping bags (some sort of fiber; like a Handi-Wipe, but heavier) for 99 cents. Most grocery stores here recycle their plastic bags--they get made into plastic lumber (I asked).
Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by Louise on 28 February 2008 7:27am
Mike, good comment.
Care to elucidate?
Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by Lounge Trekker on 28 February 2008 7:57am
Yeah...I'm as green as a guy can be yet still live a great life in the 21st century. We should all do our best to preserve our planet.

However, no matter how badly we screw up, only people will suffer. The Earth will keep on keeping on.

I've avoided getting more plastic bags given to me for years, using a canvas bag, yet I still have hundreds in my house. Legislation is long overdue.

Lounge Greenie
Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by suzulu on 28 February 2008 12:27pm
That's awful. I am glad that they showed that article. I do try to use the reusable bags but sometimes I forget to bring them with me, especially if I have to go the supermarket after work, and then I get annoyed with myself for forgetting them.
Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by geordiegirl on 28 February 2008 4:05pm
I wish the UK government would ban free plastic bags (the Irish government do, and have cut their disposal by 95%).

I have my own canvas ones like Pete - haven't claimed a supermarket one for years. Supermarkets are never in the forefront of good green practice, though
Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by mrsthing on 28 February 2008 5:54pm
I read an article yesterday about plastic shopping bags in the UK.
I can't find it now, but there's this one about a possible ban on bags: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1974750.stm

I'm surprised this is news to anyone, though. In 1970, my 6th grade teacher
told us about the movement to ban drift nets, which killed thousands of dolphins
as by-catch. Since then, I've routinely heard from my daughter's school teachers
and in the news about how human trash and garbage injure wildlife and sea
life. One of the big stories was about banning all kinds of plastics that are
dumped into the sea with human garbage,
including 6-pack rings, as these also injure and kill sea life. I just
assumed everyone knew this stuff.

Now I feel kinda stupid...
Re: I'm not very 'green' but.... by ev on 29 February 2008 12:02pm
In Germany you have to pay for plastic bags at the supermarket if you want them, so many or perhaps most people use re-usable bags.
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