The Green Report

A case for using real stuff

Our society has become a disposable one. People buy coffee and toss out the cup. People spill milk and use disposable paper towels to clean it up. People buy water bottles by the hundreds and recycle or throw away the bottle. Plastic bags are given away at stores, and thrown into the trash. Fast food purchases include disposable containers, napkins and utensils. It is estimated that the amount of Keurig cups used in 2011 would circle the world more than six times. Parties are thrown using only plastic cups, plates and flatware. The list goes on and on and on.

In a quest for convenience, we are destroying our planet. As you go about your day, take notice of disposable items you are using. A disposable society is not a sustainable one.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.19.2016

Congress bans microbeads

[The Observer is excited to kick off the new year with a new columnist. Jennifer Hartzell is a member of the Bay Village Green Team. Her column, "The Green Report," will highlight simple ways to help readers lead a more "green" lifestyle. Jennifer has a background in grant writing for local Cleveland non-profit organizations. She grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and met her husband at Miami University. They reside in Bay Village with their three children, two cats and a dog.]

The Great Lakes, as well as all other waterways, will soon have one less pollutant! On Dec. 28, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman and co-sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown that will prohibit microbeads in personal care products. Microbeads are tiny plastic beads that are in hundreds of different personal products, from face scrubs and skin exfoliants to toothpaste. These beads are washed down the drain after they are used, and water treatment plants are unable to filter them out due to their tiny size. They then make it into the lake, or ocean, and fish mistake them for food. Microbeads are a huge polluter of water worldwide.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.05.2016