Wednesday, April 27, 2016


The participation of millions of people in an array of Keep America Beautiful recycling programs helped us collect more than 262 MILLION pounds of items for recycling and reusing in the past year. Give your garbage another life and help make recycling a daily social norm by learning about our recycling initiatives and donating to support our goal to Improve Recycling in America. How will you Keep America Beautiful?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Little Girl Meets the Garbage Man For Her Birthday

What This Garbage Man Said to a Little Girl on His Route Will Leave You in a Puddle of Mush

Little Girl Meets the Garbage Man For Her Birthday

What This Garbage Man Said to a Little Girl on His Route Will Leave You in a Puddle of Mush

A little girl named Brooklyn had a very surprising request for her birthday — she wanted to finally meet a man she's been admiring from afar: her family's garbage collector, Delvar. Or as they've taken to calling him, "our favorite awesome smiley garbage man."
Each Thursday for the past year, Brooklyn, who lives in Bloomington, IL, has anxiously awaited the garbage truck's arrival at their house.
In a Facebook post, Brooklyn's mom wrote:
It started with waving from the window, then we had to try and be outside to wave, and when we missed the truck driving by the house, I'd drive around the neighborhood to find the garbage truck and wave on our way out the door in the mornings. Every Thursday, my heart is full when I see the joy that our amazing garbage man brings Brooklyn when he honks and waves at her with a BIG smile.
To make Brooklyn's birthday — which, as luck would have it, was on a Thursday — extraspecial, they decided it was time they finally met their garbage collector. Brooklyn wrapped up a cupcake and waited for his arrival. When he rounded the corner of their street, Brooklyn's mom thanked him for his upbeat demeanor and revealed how much it meant to her daughter.
To her surprise, Delvar admitted that he, too, looks forward to their weekly visits. What he revealed next will leave you in a puddle of mush . . .
He said that he has a meeting every Thursday morning and always tries to get out of there in a hurry so that he can make sure to see us every week.
We're so glad Brooklyn got her birthday wish, and when Thursday rolls around again, we can't help but get excited about her run-in, full of honking and waving, with her "favorite awesome smiley garbage man."

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mt. Olive Pickle Fest

  1. The 30th Mt. Olive Pickle Fest starts tomorrow. Here are some more famous foods born in NC:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy Earth Week

Keep America Beautiful
Happy ‪#‎EarthWeek‬! This week we're focusing on keeping oceans beautiful. The earth is 70% water, after all. ‪#‎EarthDay‬

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Don’t forget to recycle your cans!

Don’t forget to recycle your cans! Recycling steel saves the equivalent energy to power about 18 million households for a year

Monday, April 18, 2016

6 Tips for Painting Your Home

6 Tips for Painting Your Home, While Staying Friendly With the Environment

However, when it comes to painting your home, there are some environmental concerns that you should take into account. If done right, you can keep the environment happy and your house will look like new. All it takes is a little extra planning and effort to do the job right.
Put these six tips into practice the next time you decide to pick up a brush and the environment will love you back.
tips for painting your home

Use Safe Paint
Before even beginning a painting project, do some homework and look for low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints to use in your home. VOCs are the ingredients in paint that damage the environment and can pose a threat to your health if they wind up in the air. For those with small children or pets, low VOC paints are especially important. It is also wise to use low VOC paints if you happen to be pregnant.
A variety of companies offer low VOC paints, so finding them shouldn’t be hard. They usually don’t cost a whole lot more than regular paints, either.

Buy Only as Much as You Need
Determine how much paint you’ll need before putting it up on the walls. Many people have the tendency to simply buy extra, thinking that they’ll use it eventually, but that paint often gets forgotten about and goes to waste. While it can be frustrating to make an extra trip to the store if you do end up needing more, it is better than wasting money in the beginning on what you don’t need.
There are many helpful resources online for determining how to properly measure the amount of paint you need. And if you happen to want some touch-up paint, opt for a quart instead of a full gallon.

Store Your Paint Properly
Keep any unused paint in a cool, dark place. Ideally, leftover paint can be stored inside your home, where the regulated temperature will prevent it from drying up too fast.
However, if inside your home is not an option, a cupboard in the garage is always the next best option.

Recycle Appropriately
As beneficial as it is to to able to reuse any leftover paint that you have, it’s not always a feasible option. In that case, allow any unwanted, extra paint to fully dry up in the can before recycling it. Paint that’s dry doesn’t release as many chemicals and toxic elements into landfills, so it’s better for the environment.
Discarding dried paint without the can also means you could use it as a planter in your garden, or recycle it at an appropriate facility – both are great options to avoid extra waste.

Repurpose Your Leftovers
Remember your days as a young child, when fingerpainting was the greatest way to spend an afternoon? You could mix paints together, creating new and exciting colors. Fortunately, the same can be true for you as an adult. The leftover paint you have in different colors can be transferred into the same can to create a unique color. Use this paint somewhere else in your home or for craft projects later on. Transfer leftover paint of different colors into the same can to create a unique color. You can use this color somewhere else in your house or for craft or art projects.
tips for painting your home

However, take note from your childhood and avoid mixing paints together that will result in an unpleasant color, making you unlikely to use them again.

Prep Without Purchasing
Covering the floor and furniture pieces before you start painting is a must, but buying new canvases or tarps isn’t. Gather old sheets and tarps you already have to protect your surroundings from paint splatters, saving you both time and money. If you do have to buy something to cover the floor and your furniture, reusable canvas or plastic tarps are better for the environment than disposable plastic.
Adding a fresh coat of paint to any space in your home – even an accent wall – can make it feel fresh and new. Many people even choose to paint small portions of their home in accent colors based on different seasons throughout the year!
While that might not be for you, painting really impacts how your home looks, especially if it has been awhile since you updated. Whatever you do, just make sure you take care not to negatively impact the environment and you can enjoy your home’s new look guilt free.

Gwen Lewis is a freelance writer in Southern California. She enjoys finding new ways to update her home without spending a lot of money, while at the same time staying green. She contributes to

Sunday, April 17, 2016

More than 3 million pounds of fishing gear removed

More than 3 million pounds of fishing gear removed from United States waterways and coastlines

The fishing gear was removed by the Fishing for Energy partnership and will be converted into renewable energy.
Recycling Today Staff
The Fishing for Energy partnership announced that more than three million pounds of old fishing gear and marine debris have been removed from United States waterways and coastlines since 2008 and converted into clean, renewable energy. Fishing for Energy, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Washington, D.C., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, Washington D.C., Covanta, Morristown, New Jersey and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Portland, Oregon, has successfully worked with local commercial fishermen and ports to collect and responsibly dispose of thousands of abandoned fishing traps and other unwanted gear.
"Together, with the help of fishermen in over 49 communities across the nation, we are ensuring retired gear is disposed of properly and not 'fishing' longer than intended. Proper disposal of fishing gear can help minimize impacts that lost or abandoned nets, lines and traps can have on our natural resources and our economy," says Nancy Wallace, director of the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
"Fishermen and local community groups are essential to our success," says Margretta Morris, Covanta's vice president of materials management and community affairs. "With their active participation, we are able to recycle valuable metals and recover energy from the remaining material at Covanta's Energy-from-Waste facilities. Since 2008, we have been able to generate enough electricity from derelict gear and marine debris to power 2,200 homes for one month."
Successful ports such as Wellfleet, Massachusetts have collected over 367,000 pounds of derelict fishing gear since the beginning of the partnership. Other high-volume ports include Newport, Oregon (352,480 pounds), New Bedford, Massachusetts (285,000 pounds) and Point Judith, Rhode Island (242,000 pounds.)
"Each participating port has helped us to reach this milestone by promoting this free program to their fishermen," says Michelle Pico, NFWF's program director for marine conservation. "Together, we have created a win-win-win solution for the environment, community and local economy."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Colleges are improving waste reduction and recycling efforts

Colleges are improving waste reduction and recycling efforts                  
Friday, April 15, 2016
Many public universities and community colleges in North Carolina are improving their waste reduction efforts by better educating people and creating more recycling opportunities on campuses, according to a survey conducted by the McCrory administration’s environmental department.
The survey asked publicly funded colleges to weigh in on their strategies for managing waste and recycling.
The results of the survey were eye-opening:
  • The 61 responding colleges recycled 19,000 tons of materials, or 34 percent of the waste they managed in fiscal 2014-15.
  • All 61 schools that responded have programs devoted to recycling traditional items such as cans, bottles and paper. Some of the more advanced programs also recycle a range of other products, including automotive fluids and food waste.
  • One of the most successful strategies schools are using to promote recycling is education. 59 of the schools use some type of inexpensive education at the bin, either by labeling bins or placing signs and stickers on or near them.
The survey also revealed that there is room for improvement and suggested numerous ways to tackle waste reduction and enhance recycling at campuses statewide.

A new state survey recommends colleges put trash and recycling bins together, or “,” as seen in this photograph at UNC-Chapel Hill. 
For starters, the survey suggested that campuses can learn from strategies others are already using such as placing recycling and trash bins together in all locations on campus, or ‘twinning the bin,’ said Sandy Skolochenko, the environmental specialist who was lead author of the survey.
“Putting the bins together at every location on campus provides a convenient option to recycle and conveys a message that recycling is a priority,” Skolochenko said.
Another successful strategy involves placing recycling and trash bins at public locations across campus, not just classroom and office buildings. Six universities that boast successful recycling programs, including Appalachian State, N.C. Central and N.C. State, offer recycling in parking lots, sports venues, meeting facilities, theaters and along sidewalks for pedestrians.
The survey also recommends that universities and colleges commingle their recyclable items, which allows people to place all recyclable goods in one container rather than separating paper and plastic and other recyclable materials among multiple containers. Seven universities and 20 community colleges in North Carolina are seeing success by commingling the recyclable items and then contracting with a materials recovery facility to separate the recyclables before they are sent to be processed. Skolochenko and Scott Mouw, the state’s recycling and materials management section chief, said commingling paper, plastic and other materials makes it much easier for people to get in the habit of recycling and reduces collection costs.
“Many schools are leading the way in waste reduction and recycling by educating people on campus and creating convenient opportunities where they can reduce, reuse and recycle,” Mouw said.        
People may read the survey report online at:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Guess what Disney's new solar farm looks like?

Guess what Disney's new solar farm looks like?

mickey mouse solar
The new Mickey-inspired solar installation outside Walt Disney World spans more than 20 acres and includes 48,000 panels. (Photo: NearMap)
Editor's Note: This story has been updated since it was originally published on Feb. 23.
Leave it to Disney to take solar panels and turn them into an adorable branding opportunity.
The entertainment giant announced a partnership with Duke Energy last year on a new 5-megawatt solar facility, with a stipulation that the 48,000 panels be arranged in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. Mashable posted photos received from satellite imaging firm NearMap of the installation. And yes, it appears that they've managed to pull off the Mickey design brilliantly.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Recycled Water Bottles for Car Parts

GM Drives Closed-Loop Manufacturing, Recycles Water Bottles for Car Parts

General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine.
The bottles, collected from five of its Michigan facilities, are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless.
The automaker says while all of its global facilities recycle water bottles — this is part of GM’s initiative to achieve zero waste — it recently began collaborating with 11 business to reuse the water bottles.
John Bradburn (pictured), GM global manager of waste reduction, says this is a way for GM to manufacture more sustainable products. “Recycling is good, but viewing waste as a valuable resource that can be plugged into your operations or products is even better,” Bradburn said in a statement.
The project also makes business sense: sourcing recycled material costs the same while saving energy and reducing waste.
Additionally, GM says engaging a network of companies to process the material in North America strengthens the economy while donating 24,000 yards of insulation helps the homeless.
As part of the recycling and reuse project, Hamtramck Recycling bails the plastic bottles collected from GM’s world headquarters at the Renaissance Center, Warren Technical Center, and Orion Assembly, Flint Tool and Die, and Flint Engine plants. Clean Tech Inc. washes the bottles and converts them to flake. Unifi, Inc. recycles the bottle flake into resin. Palmetto Synthetics processes the resin to create fibers and William T. Burnett & Co. processes the fibers into various forms of fleece, serving all three applications.
Rogers Foam Corp. die cuts the fleece and EXO-s attaches it into the nylon cover for the Chevrolet Equinox V6 engine. The part helps further dampen engine noise to deliver a quiet ride.
Filtration Services Group works with New Life Center, a nonprofit jobs development and training mission in Flint, to make the panels for the air filtration fleece, which is then sent to 10 GM facilities.
The coat insulation is sent to Carhartt, a Detroit workwear company that cuts it to size.
GM also is working with various organizations such as Schupan Recycling in Flint to collect additional water bottles to plug into the project.
Andrew Mangan, executive director of the US Business Council for Sustainable Development, says this project highlights the benefits of a more circular economy, and shows how companies can drive closed-loop recycling and material reuse networks.
GM uses recycled content in many of its vehicles. Cardboard from various GM plants is recycled into a sound-dampening material in the Buick Verano headliner; plastic caps and shipping aids from its Fort Wayne facility are mixed with other materials to make radiator shrouds for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra; and test tires from Milford Proving Ground are shredded and used in the manufacturing of air and water baffles for a variety of GM cars.
In its other waste management efforts, GM turns byproducts such as polystyrene foam packaging into footwear.
GM has 131 landfill-free facilities globally.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

9 Mountain Activities for Kids and Teens

9 Mountain Activities for Kids and Teens

9 Mountain Activities for Kids and Teens
Go gem mining in the mountains
With zoos, zip lines, gem mines, museums, orchards, and much more, it’s easy to find something fun for every member of the family in the North Carolina mountains.

Children 2 – 12

Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine
Unlike many gem mines that welcome eager rock hounds to Franklin and western North Carolina, buckets at the Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine have only naturally occurring North Carolina gemstones. Natural creek water runs through the flume line, and gems are not brought in from other areas to “enrich” the soil. Rubies, sapphires, garnets and moonstones are among “gemstones in the rough” you can find here. Pack a picnic lunch, drive your car right up to the flume and cross your fingers. You just might go home with a ruby.
The Children’s Playhouse
The Playhouse is a great place to escape, especially on a rainy day. A pretend grocery store and kitchen, puppet theater, dollhouse neighborhood and train tables foster imaginative play. An arts and crafts studio, science experiments and sand and water tables encourage kids to creatively interact and learn.
Hickory Dickory Dock
From the mini bumper cars to the 50-some arcade games, everything at this entertainment center is made especially for elementary-aged kids. The laser tag area is filled with glow-in-the-dark mazes. Kids also love the nine-hole mini golf course, three-story indoor playground, bumper cars and much more.
The Orchard at Altapass
Spruce Pine
With a goal of preserving the history, heritage and culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Orchard at Altapass grows apples, raises and releases butterflies, has live mountain music and dancing, and offers guided storytelling walks and nature walks. You can also breathe the mountain air and enjoy beautiful scenery during a 45-minute storytelling hayride focusing on the history of this area of the mountains.
Tweetsie Railroad
Blowing Rock
For more than five decades, families have been coming to Tweetsie Railroad for a Wild West Adventure on a train pulled by a coal-fired steam locomotive. It’s a trip back in time where cowboys, train robbers and renegades like to stir up trouble. You can also stroll down a Western Main Street, pan for gold, head for the gem mine, and show off your skills in the arcade and shooting gallery.

Teens 13 – 18

Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock
Trails of varying difficulty wind around this 500 million-year-old rock. For example, the 20-minute Skyline Trail takes you to the highest peak in the park, the 2,480-foot Exclamation Point. It’s an exhilarating walk up the 499-step Outcroppings Trail and, as you climb, be sure to stop and check out the Grotto, the Subway and Pulpit Rock. Enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and — depending on the season — gorgeous fall color.
Ghost Hunters of Asheville
If you’re up for a spooky adventure, join other paranormal enthusiasts during Asheville’s only interactive ghost tour. Ghost hunters are given meters and dowsing rods to use during the nightly downtown tour. Other tours include haunted homes and inns and a graveyard tour.
Navitat Canopy Adventures
This exhilarating and educational three-hour tour, located 20 minutes from Asheville, lets thrill-seekers ages 10 and up soar through the trees via zip lines, sky bridges and rappels. Adventurers will also learn more about native plants and animals, environmental protection and sustainability.
Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides
Gear up and tackle a 40-foot climbing tower. Make it to the top, and you’ll not only earn bragging rights but also beautiful views of downtown Boone. Once you’ve mastered the tower, try one of the three- to four-hour group rock climbing excursions.
Malia Kline

Friday, April 8, 2016

10 Green Ways to Clean With Vinegar

10 Green Ways to Clean With Vinegar

Green cleaning does not have to be expensive to be effective. In fact, some items you already have around your home can be great green cleaners. One of those items is vinegar. Simple white vinegar works in many ways to help keep your home smelling and looking great. Here are some simple tips to clean green with vinegar:
  1. Remove stinky smells and messes from your refrigerator and freezer with vinegar. Clean the fridge with vinegar and then rinse well. Add a box of baking soda to your fridge to keep smells out for longer.
  2. Kill fruit flies with vinegar. Set out a shallow dish of vinegar with a drop or two of detergent or liquid soap. The flies will fly in and drown!
  3. Discourage ants by spraying vinegar along window ledges, doorways and wherever they get in. Ants hate the smell of vinegar!
  4. Remove stains from an aluminum pot by boiling a half water half vinegar solution for several minutes.
  5. Polish brass, pewter, and copper with a solution of vinegar and ketchup or vinegar and salt. Use two times the ketchup to the vinegar or equal amounts of vinegar and salt. You can clean other metals by mixing cream of tartar with vinegar until it forms a paste.
  6. Clean window blinds the easy way with vinegar. Slip on a pair of cotton gloves and dip your fingers in a solution of half vinegar and half warm water. Wipe across the blinds to remove dust and build up.
  7. Clean the dishwasher once a month to prevent clogging, stink and build up. Add a cup of vinegar to the empty washer and let it run. Skip the drying and make sure it has a full rinse before loading it up again.
  8. Make cleaning the microwave easy and fast with vinegar. Boil a cup of vinegar mixed with a cup of water in the microwave. Let it sit with the door shut for five minutes and then the stains should wipe away easily.
  9. Deodorize and clean the in sink garbage disposal by making vinegar ice cubes. Freeze cubes of undiluted vinegar and then run them through the disposal. It will clean the blades and remove any lingering odors.
  10. You can also unclog and deodorize drains. Simple pour a half a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of warm vinegar. Small clogs should go away fast and smells disappear.

Author Bio:
Elizabeth Reed is a freelance writer and a resident blogger at She particularly enjoys writing about parenting, childcare, health and wellness. In addition, she is an expert consultant on issues related to household management and kids.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Keep America Beautiful Month

April is Keep America Beautiful Month! Join by teaching our kiddos , & .

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Whales and Plastic...A deadly combination.

Olga Cárdenas's photo.
Olga Cárdenas
Post-Mortem on the 13 stranded North Sea sperm whales finds their stomachs full of plastic. This occurred near the town of Tönning in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany).

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Starting your spring garden?

Starting your spring garden? Why not recycle these common household items into beautiful planters.
Time to think outside the planter box!|By Diply

Monday, April 4, 2016

No Blue M&Ms

Concerts Create A Huge Amount Of Waste, And Jack Johnson Is Tackling It Head On

Instead of blue M&Ms and champagne, Johnson demands LED bulbs and bike valets.

When it comes to his shows, Jack Johnson is something of a diva.
Before agreeing to play somewhere, his team hands the venue a detailed rider — a list of demands that need to be met for him to play the show.
But while more infamous riders from well-known artists might allegedly ask for hand-carved balls of ice or imported Versace towels, Johnson’s reads more like an environmental bill of rights.
RECYCLING MUST NOT BE THROWN AWAY WITH THE TRASH,” one rider agreement warns in all caps, along with a request for energy-efficient light bulbs installed throughout the facility and an order for the venue to purchase carbon dioxide offsets to cover all the energy used during the show.
“You hear all these horror stories of people’s riders requesting one color of M&Ms or super fancy champagne,” the 40-year-old singer recently told The Huffington Post. “We just figured, all right, let’s be demanding with these, because we know they’re not going to switch back to those energy-draining bulbs once the show is over.”
For Johnson, the riders are a way to chip away at the huge impact the concert industry has on the planet.
According to Pollstar, a concert industry trade magazine, the top 100 tours in 2015 sold an estimated 60 million plastic water bottles (the equivalent of 48,000 barrels of oil) while 130 million paper goods (about 160,000 trees) were used.
But the biggest hit the planet takes from these tours comes from how people get to the shows: 80 to 90 percent of concerts’ carbon emissions come from fans driving en masse to get there.
“I didn’t know if I needed to keep touring, especially when I considered the environmental impact of what I was doing.”Jack Johnson
For Johnson, witnessing all that pollution on a regular basis was discouraging. After shows, he’d look out from the stage and see a sea of plastic bottles and wonder about the pristine, blue waves back at home in Hawaii. He often dreamed of going back to his first job as a surf film cameraman, even though he barely broke even back then.
“I didn’t know if I needed to keep touring, especially when I considered the environmental impact of what I was doing,” Johnson told HuffPost, adding that the record sales made him enough to live off of.
After releasing “Sleep Through the Static“ in early 2008, Johnson started to question if touring was even worth it.
“There’s a great song [by Elvis Presley] that I always think of,” he told HuffPost, “because one of the lines sums up the way I feel: ‘If my friends could see me now in this fancy hotel room, they’d ask me, ‘What on earth are you trying to prove?’”
Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images
Jack Johnson, an all-around stand up guy, owns Brushfire Records, a solar-powered recording studio. He’s more likely to be found teaching school kids how to plant an organic farm than in the spotlight.
So in 2008, he and his wife decided that he’d only continue to tour if they could turn the tours into fundraisers and make sure they were as green as they could possibly be.
For the next five years, they used environmentally focused riders to force venues into “greening” up their spaces with reusable beer pints, water refill stations and energy-saving equipment. They traveled on tour buses and used generators that were powered by biodiesel fuel. He insisted on using caterers who use locally sourced, organic foods and encouraged fans to take alternative transportation to the shows by setting up bike valets or promoting mobile carpool apps.
He even designated specific areas called “Village Green“ and invited local nonprofits to set up during the show and educate fans about environmental issues.
And for those five years, 100 percent of the profits generated by the tour went back to nonprofit organizations around the world.
If I’m going to keep doing this, I have to help keep the industry I’m a part of be more responsible.Jack Johnson
Johnson’s greening efforts don’t just benefit the planet, they can also usher in better business for the venues.
After receiving Johnson’s rider request in 2014, the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland was inspired to revamp their whole facility, eventually leading the local county council to offer the venue $9.5 million for an eco-friendly renovation.
Upgrades like these, Johnson says, bring in good press and can attract better artists for more profitable shows. Sometimes, venues find that the greener options also end up being the cheaper option too.
“The thing we keep hearing from venues, which we think is cool, is that they realize [the changes they made] were more cost-effective,” Johnson said. “Or, they just realize they had great feedback from the patrons and they get so much good press that they start doing everything they can [to green up the venue].”
The Santa Barbara Bowl, for example, asked its pizza vendor to forgo the cardboard pizza boxes when delivering food to the Bowl’s in-house kitchen before a show, cutting out the use of the disposable good entirely for both the Bowl and the vendor while increasing the venue’s profits by $1.60 per pizza.
It also sells reusable pints so that customers can buy a beer in a stainless steel souvenir cup and get a $1 discount on beer every time they bring it back to the venue. It saves the customer money and cuts down the venue’s cleanup and plastic cup costs.
All these measures are part of the Santa Barbara Bowl’s larger “Greening the Bowl” program, which requires the venue to review its environmental impact every year and update its procedures accordingly. Last summer, Johnson presented the Bowl with his All At Once Sustainability Award as well as a custom water refill station for their greening efforts.
“We try not to implement a greening procedure without understanding its return on investment,” Eric Shiflett, the Bowl’s program director, told HuffPost. 
Taylor Hill via Getty Images
The Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, Maryland, is home to the Sweetlife Music & Food Festival, which is also known for its eco-conscious practices. 
Erin Potts, co-founder of Revolutions Per Minute, a nonprofit agency that works with artists like Johnson to build strategies for philanthropy, believes that the music industry wants to catch up with these greener times.
“Sustainable practices are inevitable in any industry that you’re in,” Potts said during a February Pollstar conference. “I think there’s momentum right now in the music industry to make this happen as easily as possible. What we’re hearing over and over again is there is an opportunity to do good while doing business.”
And Johnson is living proof.
During his last tour, his camp was able to offset 2.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions, divert 489 pounds of waste from landfills and prevent 18,392 single-use plastic bottles from being used, according to data collected by Johnson’s nonprofit All At Once.
Now, he and his wife are working with agencies like RPM to turn their tour-planning formula into a model for other musicians to follow.
“It’s just the responsible way to tour,” Johnson told HuffPost. “If I’m going to keep doing music, I have to help keep the industry I’m a part of be more responsible.”

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Repurposed Plastic

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DYK? Recycled plastic bottles can be repurposed into community playground equipment. 


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Whale Post Mortem

Germany: Post-mortem on 13 dead sperm whales finds their stomachs full of plastic
The heartbreaking effect of human waste was discovered when a post-mortem was... conducted on 13 beached sperm whales.
The plastic we discard into the ocean often makes its way into the mouths and stomachs of sea creatures.
* Learn more about the threats of marine plastic pollution in the EIA report #'Lost at Sea: The urgent need to tackle marine litter' at
A post-mortem of the creatures, found ashore near the town of Toenning in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, showed their stomachs were full of plastic.
This plastic included a 13-metre-long (43-foot-long) fisherman’s net and a 70-centimetre (28-inch) piece of plastic from a car.
... The sperm whales probably didn't die by being poisoned by plastic, however.
Scientists thought it was likely they perished from heart failure due to starvation.
Full story at…/Post-mortem-on-thirteen-dead-s…
‪#‎whales‬ ‪#‎plastic‬ ‪#‎marinedebris‬ ‪#‎pollution‬ ‪#‎oceans‬
Image: German environment minister Robert Habeck and Gerd Meurs, director of the Multimar national park centre, hold up some of the waste found in the sperm whales’ bodies (c) Wadden Sea National Park

Friday, April 1, 2016

NC State Recycles

@ncsuecovillage getting ready for 2016 football season by relabeling the bin lids

The “Gar-barge” Story

On April 1, 1987, WRAL-TV in Raleigh broke the “Gar-barge” story.
The story began a year earlier when Alabama businessman Lowell Harrelson proposed to alleviate overcrowding in a Long Island landfill by sending garbage to landfills across the South via barges. A parcel in Jones County was selected as the site for the first transfer of waste, and more than 3,000 tons of garbage set sail aboard the Mobro 4000in late March 1987 bound for the port in Morehead City.
After the story broke, local residents quickly became incensed at the prospect of New York garbage being dumped in pristine coastal North Carolina. A state environmental official spotted a bedpan in the trash, leading the load to be classified as medical waste.
The state Department of Human Resources received an injunction blocking Harrelson from offloading the garbage, and soon the barge was headed to Louisiana. After being turned away there and by five other states and three counties, the town of Islip, which had originally sent most of the garbage, agreed to take the load.
The Mobro’s 6,000-mile, five-month odyssey captured the attention of the nation. Dan Rather called the shipment:
the most watched load of garbage in the memory of man.
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