Monday, February 27, 2006

Plastic in your coffee?

Just in from Treehugger, a new company MicroGreen working on plastic coffee cups made entirely from recycled beverage containers. Interesting, as there’s a need for more recycled plastic uses. I wonder though, are these still meant to be disposable? Fully recyclable? And how do they rate on the whole safety factor?

Not sure I'd want to drink hot liquid out of plastic. Theres been a slew of reports out in the last year about plastic possibly leaching toxic chemicals into our food and water. While some question this research, I personally would rather play it safe till someone proves otherwise.

I'll take stainless steel with my coffee for now.....

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Sunshines gettin' wasted

As an alternative to the Sunshine Landfill just above Granada Hills, LA is looking into hauling trash elsewhere, to a near by city. Riverside? Avenal? Anyone want our Nimby nasties? We certainly don’t.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Worlds largest the ocean?

Think Hawaii is far enough “away” to find pristine shores? Not so this account of a massive aquatic trash heap washing up on the Islands, leaving a trail of plastic crap and fishing gear in its wicked wake.

Further supports the idea that “pristine” wilderness is a thing of the past, as shown here in this excellent slideshow by one of my favorite projects shifting baselines.

Monday, February 20, 2006

In the last few weeks, anecdotes from friends and supporters have encouraged me to revive this blog. Which, despite xtra time in front of computer, is a good venue for communication.

Like Maya for example, a blogger in France who happened upon BYO through Green LA Girl's wehsite. And several messages from well intentioned BYOers whove tried to bring personal cups to Coffee Bean, Starbucks, and others, to have valient efforts thwarted by baristas measuring java quantities in paper cups, pouring into their reusable mugs, and then tossing paper cup. Thus defeating the entire purpose.

More to say on this topic later. For now, just keep trying, and let me know how it works out for you.....