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Triclosan: What Is It?

Triclosan:  What Is It?  {TheGreeningOfWestford.com}

Have you heard the word triclosan (tric-lo-san)?  Do you know what it is?

What Is It?

Triclosan (or sometimes triclocarban) is an ingredient added to many items with the intention of preventing or reducing bacteria.  The most common item you might find triclosan is anti-bacterial soaps.  But it appears in many other products including toothpaste, soaps, body washes, clothing and some cosmetics.

Is It Safe?

Honestly, the jury is out on this as it is with so many additives in our food and personal care products.  The testing just hasn’t been done.  For years, environmental groups have urged manufacturers and FDA to remove triclosan from products.  Their reasons, several studies have indicated that the repeated use of triclosan has been linked to hormone disruption and contributed to anti-biotic resistant bacteria.  

In 2010, FDA determined that triclosan in hand soap was no more effective against bacteria than washing with plain soap and water.  FDA also recently announced that they will be taking a closer look at anti-bacterial soaps.  According to the FDA website: “There are indications that certain ingredients in these soaps may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and may have unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern to FDA”.

 But until manufacturers remove triclosan from products, what can you do……

How to Avoid Triclosan

READ THE  LABELS of every kind of personal care product you have or want to purchase – toothpaste, soaps, body washes, deodorant.  Look especially closely at anything labeled  “anti-bacterial”.  Even some clothing and kitchen tools now contain triclosan.  If it is an ingredient, find an alternative without triclosan.

From FDA:  “Most antibacterial products have the word “antibacterial” on the label. Also, a Drug Facts label on a soap or body wash is a sure sign a product contains antibacterial ingredients. Cosmetics must list the ingredients, but are not required to carry a Drug Facts Label.”

The Environmental Working Group has a great database called skin deep.  It’s  is a good way to look for safer alternatives.  They even have an app!  

 

Are you concerned about triclosan?  Have you found safer alternatives?

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Know Before You Donate

Know Before You Donate

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There are so many great organizations that rely on donations.    Whether it’s clothing, furniture, shoes, …..  It CAN be used for a good cause.  There are also loads of recycling options for metals, chips bags, wine corks and other items.  IF, and this is a big if, the organization can use it!   Disposable costs can be high, not to mention the wasted time and energy used to sort through the items.  Make sure your good deed is actually GOOD!

Understand What to Donate

Many organizations have websites with explanations on what they accept.  Some even have specific lists of do’s and don’t.  They fascinate me. I know, recycling geek that I am!  But I have discovered many items I did not think could be re-used by looking through these lists.  

Many charities work directly with people in need.  For this reason, they can only use donations that still have some life left in them.  They are not recycling the items.  One such organization in my area is The Wish Project.  In their October Newsletter they stated: 

“Currently, more than 20% of goods donated are unwanted and we struggle each week to find a way to recycle them or relocate them. “

On the other hand, there are textile recyclers who can take just about any kind of textile (fabric) as long as it’s dry, clean and free of mildew or hazardous materials like oil or paint.  But you need to be sure that where you are donating can handle this.

Still Not Sure….

If you still aren’t sure, ASK!  I’m sure they’d prefer to answer a few emails or phone calls than get mountains of unusable items.  It takes a lot of time, energy and money to dispose of the items a charity can’t use.  Trash disposal is big bucks.  Money that your charity can’t use to further their cause. 

Don’t think – Oh I bet they’ll be able to use this.  They may not.  I once had a mountain of plastic clothes hangers that I didn’t want to recycle since they were still useable – just not by me.  I thought a local charity might be able to use them, but hangers were not on their list of acceptable items.  So I emailed to check.  Turns out they CANNOT use them.  They usually fold all of their clothing.  Good to know! 

Asking saves you time and energy as well.   If I had just assumed they could use the hangers, I would have wasted time and gas bringing the hangers to them.  Instead, since I discovered that Savers does accept and use plastic hangers.

I write this with first-hand experience.  I sometimes get the weirdest things in the Upcycle It! bins.  Some people think I can recycle ANY plastic.  Not true.  Those items aren’t so bad, but it does take extra time and energy to sort through it all.  Take a look at MY trash after one sorting session   Ironic isn’t it!

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It’s the really weird things that make me go, “huh?”  I once received a bag full of what looked like wall board and carpet fibers, a CFL light bulb, and scrap wood.  I kid you not.  I’m really not sure what the thought process was here.  In my trash they went, well except the CFL which went to the hardware store to be disposed of properly.  I appreciate the effort people make to donate goods, recycle, and reduce waste in general.  Just make sure you aren’t unknowingly causing more of a mess somewhere else.

 

Got any good donation tips?

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You Say Trash, I Say Opportunity

How the Massachusetts waste ban should be a money maker {thegreeningofwestford.com }

Incinerator floor filled with trash…and recyclables

 

Did you know that in Massachusetts certain items are banned from your trash?  In 1990, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) deemed certain items that should not be put into the trash either because they are hazardous or they are easily recyclable.  The recyclables ones are:

  • Ferrous & non-ferrous metals
  • Glass & metal containers
  • Leaves & yard waste
  • Recyclable paper, cardboard & paperboard
  • Single resin narrow-necked plastics (plastics #1 and #2)
  • White goods (large appliances)

Metal, glass, paper, plastic.  All commonly recyclable in Massachusetts.

Here’s the legal-ease:

“No person shall dispose, transfer for disposal, or contract for disposal of the restricted material except in accordance with the restriction established in the table. No landfill, transfer facility or combustion facility shall accept the restricted material except to handle, recycle or compost the material in accordance with a plan submitted pursuant to 310 CMR 19.017(5) and approved by the Department.”

I highlighted the word person in the above statement. Notice that this is generic. It applies to everyone, not just big businesses or just residents. E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E!

 

What happens if these items are found in the trash?

If enforced, a fine can be issued in the amount of $100 to $25,000 for each day of violation. I spoke to our regional MassDEP representative who said that if they are able – they go after everyone – the person/company that threw out the recyclables, company who hauled it away, the municipality, and the landfill or incinerator that accepted it.

Even with these bans in place, recyclable material is still being thrown away.  According to a study conducted at a local incinerator in 2010, waste entering this facility still had:

  • 27.3% paper
  • 11.6% plastic
  • 5.7% metal
  • 1.8% glass

In theory, another 45% of the trash being tossed in these MA towns could have been recycled.  Almost half!  As you can see from the picture I took at this very facility, there is a lot of cardboard and paper being tossed.  Can you find the Christmas tree?

 

Why do municipalities want to increase recycling?

Although there are many who want to make a positive impact on the environment, usually the bottom line is money and compliance to the above ordinance.

I took a look at Westford’s disposal costs for 2012.

Recycling cost $240,000  for 2816 tons  => $85 per ton

Solid Waste cost $1,173,352  for 8168 tons  => $143 per ton

Granted recycling is picked up every other week in Westford so the cost of the trucks is ½ what it would be for trash pickup.  For recycling, however, that is where the cost ends.   We can recycle as much as we want without this pickup cost changing.  The recycler is then able to take this resource, yes resource, separate it and resell it for a profit.  In reality, the per ton cost ($85) will go down if we recycle more.  Not so for trash.

For trash disposal, we not only pay for the trucks to pickup, but we pay an additional fee to the incinerator for each ton of trash disposed  (a tipping fee as it is known in the industry).     The total cost of solid waste is split about equally between pickup and disposal in this particular scenario.  With approximately 45% of this 8168 tons of trash containing recyclables, there is a real money saving opportunity here.  About $250,000!

Many people don’t even know about the waste ban.  Why would they?  You never hear of enforcement, businesses routinely neglect recycling because it costs extra, initially; even some cities and towns don’t force their own employees (including schools) to recycle!  It drives me crazy.  I would love to see more education and enforcement.

 

Why isn’t there more recycling? 

I’d love to know!  Many municipalities in MA have moved to a PAY-AS-YOU-THROW (PAYT) system.  You pay for all or a portion of the trash you throw out.  In these situations, recycling is usually free.  In those towns/cities, recycling rates have sky rocketed and trash rates have plummeted!  Recycling rates in Massachusetts vary from area to area.  Usually in direct proportion to how much residents are asked to pay for their trash.  The lowest trash rates being in those towns/cities where residents pay for all of their trash.

Normally, I am not one to support this type of negative reinforcement, but I am beginning to think that unless there is some immediate detrimental effect, people do not change their habits.  And the results are pretty impressive.

 

Talk about a quick money maker! Take a few MassDEP employees a few days a month to go around and educate on the waste ban.  Then round two: fine businesses, residents, haulers, incinerators and landfills still allowing recyclables into the trash.  I’m sure the word would spread pretty quickly!  This could boost the recycling industry and lower business’ and municipal disposal costs.  I’m sure it’s more complicated than that, but still….  what an opportunity!

 

What are the recycling rules where you are?

 

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What I Learned About the Environment From Elementary School Students

{The Greening Of Westford} Speaking with Kindergartners about Recycling
Speaking with Kindergartners
Nestled in a neighborhood in the Burncoat section of Worcester, MA sits a special  Elementary school – Thorndyke Road School.  It looks like an old mansion from the outside with its large entrance and beautiful columns.  What was going on inside, was even more amazing.
 
Being that Earth Day was last week,  this Kindergarten through 6th grade school had a very special week planned!  They did some spring cleaning and learned how to clean with vinegar, 4th, 5thand 6th grade students participated in an Environmentally themed Science Fair, and  they asked me to be a guest speaker for the day.  I was thrilled!
 
TRS had only recently started recycling at their school this year.  Through the efforts of one teacher, Stephanie Syre-Hager, and almost 50 5th and 6thgrade students they have made huge strides in “greening” their school.    They are focused on recycling right now, but I have no doubts they will be doing much more very soon.  The 5th and 6thgrade students volunteer to become Recycling Leaders and give up one lunch and recess per week to work on recycling in their school!   They broke into groups to work on different areas – there were Recycling Educators, Recycling Cheerleaders, Recycling Artists, Recycling Performers, Recycling Managers and the Celebration Planners.
 
Stephanie explains
 
Since the start of school, recycling leaders have been busy learning about recycling and coming up with ways to share information with the whole school.  The artists made posters, and they hung signs by the recycling bins to remind everyone which items should be recycled.  They also decorated an educational bulletin board.  Other groups have been working diligently too. The recycling educators are working on presenting ideas to teach younger children about recycling.  The cheerleaders presented a cheer on America Recycles Day, and the performers wrote and performed a play for several grade levels.  Our recycling managers have taken on the responsibility of distributing and emptying the bins on a weekly basis under the direction of a parent volunteer. We also had a recycled art contest around Thanksgiving. Finally, the Celebration Planners came up with ways to celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15th.  We had over 100 students take the Green Team Pledge with their families.
 
I had the pleasure of speaking with each of the Kindergarten through 6th grade classes throughout the day.  They were amazing!  For only starting to recycle this year, they knew a tremendous amount about the environment.  We talked about why we recycle, what we can recycle and of course I showed them my TerraCycle bags.  Kids (and adults)  just love these!  They were all so fascinated by the fact that trash could be turned into such cool tote bags, lunch bags and more.
 
With each grade level I was amazed at what they knew.  As I was discussing why we want to recycle, I asked how paper was made, what it was made from, of course they all knew – Trees.  I went on to explain that recycling saves trees – for every ton of paper recycled 17 trees are spared.  TRS will probably save about 20 trees this year through recycling, which doesn’t sound like much, but we did some quick math and realized that if every Massachusetts Public school recycled like TRS, we could save over 65,000 trees per year!  That made an impression, on me too!
 
Then I went on to ask why we want to save trees – I mentioned that trees take a long time to grow and that if we cut them all down for paper we might not have any left at some point and that would be ugly!  One third grade boy also told me that, “trees help us live by giving us oxygen”. Right on!!  A  4th grade girl explained that trees are homes to small animals and where would they go if all the trees were gone?!  Another boy said “We wouldn’t be able to build more homes” since they are also made of wood.  I was speechless!   Each classroom I entered surprised me more and more.  Happily!  They get it!  I told each classroom that they could help their parents and grandparents.  They thought it was funny that they could teach their parents.  But it’s so true!  We didn’t learn this in school like they are now.  
 
Speaking with the Recycling Leaders

 

Toward the end of the day, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with the Recycling Leaders.  The enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication blew me away.  We talked about what steps they could take next – maybe introduce recycling in the cafeteria or start their own TerraCycle program.  I wasn’t even going to mention composting because I thought it might be too much, well a 5th grade girl asked what they’d have to do to compost the food scraps from the cafeteria!
 
The day ended with parents and students back at school looking at the Science Fair projects, announcing the winners and honoring the Recycling Leaders.   Many students I had spoken to during the day smiled, waved and said “Hi Mrs. Greene!” I am tearing up just thinking about it.  So cute!   I wish I could have written down all of their names because I have the feeling that I will be hearing their names in the future, doing great things.
 
The intent of having me there was to show them that other people are doing what they are and more.  To help encourage and inspire them to keep going.    Well, they are the ones that inspired me.  I truly left there more inspired and encouraged to go further myself.  
 
Thank you TRS! 
 

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Why I Am Going Meat-less

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Meat-less = Less meat, not necessarily no meat.

I have been trying, for a long time, to incorporate more vegetarian meals and less meat in general into my family’s diet.  Why?  Honestly, the first reason – I’m sick of meat!  How many different ways can you cook a chicken?!  I would love to find some alternatives to the standard american dinner -some sort of meat, starch and a veggie.  There are so many cultures around the world that have really tasty vegetable main dishes – Indian, Armenian, Greek, Italian…

Eating less meat – and I mean all kinds of meat, poultry, fish, pork and red meat  – is consider green.  Why is eating less meat green?

Environmental Reasons

  1. Raising cows contributes to the thinning ozone layer.  Cattle release a significant amount of methane.  Methane is a greenhouse gas 20 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.  Livestock production is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  This represents more than transportation emissions.
  2. Animals require large amounts of water.  It is estimated that 2 to 5 times the amount of water is needed to raise a cow than to raise the equivalent amount of food in plant form.
  3. Anywhere from 50 – 70% of antibiotics used in the US is used on animals.  Antibiotics are routinely given to the animals to keep them healthy while they are raised for our consumption.  This is a possible cause for the rise of antibiotic resistant germs.
  4. Huge amounts of food are grown for the animals to eat so we can eat them.  Seems so inefficient!  Just use the land to grow plants for us to eat and eliminate the “middle-man”.



As I learned more, there are so many other important reasons to limit meat.

Personal Reasons

  1. Alternative proteins are really good for you.  Beans are a great low-fat source of fiber, which can lower cholesterol, combat heart disease, stabilize blood sugar, and protect against some cancers.  
  2. Reduce the risk of some cancers. The Cancer Project discusses how eating meat can affect a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.  Others say meat can increase chances of developing other cancers such as colon and prostate. 
  3. Reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes  After watching the film Forks Over Knives, I was even more convinced that we should be eating more veggies and less meat.  
  4. Meatless meals are less expensive.  It is a lot cheaper to buy beans, whether you cook them yourself or buy in cans.

How To Actually Do It 

I have tried vegetarian meals.  The kids are not too fond of them.  My husband, bless his heart, will eat anything I put in front of him.  He is just glad he didn’t have to cook!  Most of the time I enjoy the meal, but end up feeling hungry later.

So instead of cutting out meat entirely for one or 2 meals per week, I reduce the amount at most meals.  Here are few examples:

If I make lasagna, I really like the flavor ground beef adds to it.  I only use about a 1/2 pound for the entire lasagna.  Just enough to get the flavor, but no where near the almost 2 pounds of meat a lot of recipes call for.  

When I make taco filling, I start with ground beef or turkey and add beans (black beans, black-eyed peas or even re-fried beans), onions, corn and any other veggies I have chopped very small.  It about doubles the filling so we are probably only eating half the meat.  Plus it tastes great!

At the same time I am exploring alternatives.  So far falafel, eggplant, and pizza with veggies has worked.

I think it’s important to remember that our bodies don’t need as much protein as we may think and that meat is not the only source of protein.

I posed this question on the Facebook page about a month ago: 

To all my vegetarian or vegan friends out there: How can I add some protein to a stir fry without using meat? Not crazy about tofu either. Ideas????”


I received the greatest suggestions!  Nuts, beans, eggs, tempeh, quinoa, lentils, nut butters, edamame.   Someone also posted this great chart with an explanation on how much protein we actually need and how much is in all other sorts of foods.  

 


What are you favorite recipes that include little or no meat?

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Personal Care Products Primer

 
 
safer personal care products
As winter approaches, out comes the lip balm!  Not just for me, but the whole family.  We have it everywhere – bathrooms, backpacks, purses, cars.
 
Lip balms are just one of several personal care products each of us uses daily.  These include shampoo, conditioner, soap, makeup, deodorant, moisturizers and the like.  They get us clean, make us smell and feel good.  

Now for the bad news

  • There are no real regulations for personal care products.  Companies are NOT required to test for safety before they hit the shelves. 
  • All ingredients do NOT need to be disclosed.  This is especially the case with fragrance and flavorings.  You just don’t know what is in there.
  • Three common ingredients used in many personal care products have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption to name just a few.  These are parabens, phthalates, and triclosan.
  • Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies and is really good at absorbing stuff.  How many medicines now come in “patch” form?
 
Especially disturbing with lip balms as they are applied to our lips!  How much do you think you eat in a day? The more I learn about conventional products, the more I don’t like.  Bottom line for me – they have not been proven safe so I would rather be safe than sorry.  There are so many great alternatives that are easily obtained and very affordable.
 

How To Find Safe Alternatives    

So, how do I find these alternatives?  I go to Skin Deep and GoodGuide.  The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database rates more than 69,000 personal care products for safety.  GoodGuide rates over 175,000 items including toys, food, electronics and personal care products.
There are sooo many products out there and it can be very frustrating and confusing to weed through everything, finally pick a product only to get to the store and not find it on the shelves.  Take it one product at a time.  I also recommend downloading good guide’s app to your smart phone.  You can scan the bar code of the product while you are at the store and instantly obtain the safety data.  Not all products are in the app, but it helps.
 
If you are at the store trying to decide, keep these in mind when looking for any personal care product: 
1) opt for no flavoring/scent
2) Look for a short ingredient list you can read.
3) Avoid -parabens, phthalates, and triclosan for starters
 
Another thing you can do – use fewer products and/or use them less frequently.  Many hairdressers and dermatologists recommend washing your hair every other day (or less) so as not to strip your hair.
 

Homemade Options

There are also loads of homemade recipes online and here.  Try them out.  I am all about simple and easy DIY so no need for super special ingredients or lengthy methods in these.
 

Take Action

Do you think it’s unfair that you have to research personal care products yourself?  Feeling at times like you need a chemical engineering degree to make the decision on which soap to purchase?!  I do!  If products are being sold on store shelves, there should be some level of testing done to ensure they are safe.
 
Several groups are trying to shift the burden of proof to the companies that make the products.  To make the manufacturers prove their products are safe BEFORE they can appear on store shelves, instead of consumers having to prove they are harmful to get them OFF the shelves.
 
  1. Get educated at The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database.
  2. Tell your Senators you want them to support the Safe Chemicals Act
  3. Switch or eliminate ONE product you currently use.
 

Have you switched to safer personal care products?  Any you haven’t been able to switch?

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Friday Film Fest Series Announcement

 

There are so many environmental resources – blogs, books, magazines, and films.  I have spent lots of time reading blogs, books and magazines.  Haven’t seen many films though.  I have been hearing about so many “must see’s” lately that I decided to make a list and start checking them off.  So, here is the beginning of a new series on The Greening Of Westford – Friday Film Fest.

Each Friday, I will write my thoughts on one of these films.  If you have any to share, please do!  I have also created a  pinterest board – Films to See – listing these films.  Most of these are recommendations from The Good Human.

  1. Bag It (August 10) – Suggested by a wonderful fan of The Greening Of Westford – Patty Neary.  It is also suggested by Beth Terry, author of the book Plastic Free: How I kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too and the blog My Plastic-free Life.  Fantastic book BTW.
  2. Forks Over Knives  (August 17) “Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.”
  3. Fresh (September 14)”This absorbing documentary surveys American farmers’ and researchers’ pioneering efforts to develop efficient systems for growing food. All of those profiled share a common goal of limiting pollution while creating healthier products.”
  4. Plastic PlanetThis documentary examines the ways in which plastic saturates our modern lives, and how our dependency on this petroleum product harms ourselves and our planet. See how plastic’s toxic chemicals enter the food chain and other disturbing secrets.”
  5. Food, IncDrawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment.”
  6. The Story Of Stuff  “From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”
  7. The Future Of Food “Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia’s eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.”
  8. Dirt: the Movie “Dirt takes center stage in this entertaining yet poignant documentary from Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, which unearths our cosmic connection to soil and explores how diverse groups of people are uniting to save the natural resource. Drawing inspiration from William Bryant Logan’s book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, the filmmakers combine lively animations with personal accounts from farmers, scientists, activists and more.”
  9. King Corn “In Aaron Woolf’s thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America’s Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation’s most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply.”
  10. The Story of Bottled Water “The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.”
  11. No Impact Man: The Documentary “In this engaging documentary, a Fifth Avenue family goes green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to generate no trash and otherwise make no net impact on the environment.
  12. GasHole “An unsettling wake-up call to all Americans, this documentary dissects the country’s dependence on foreign pipelines, exposes rich oil companies’ devious dealings, and explores alternative fuels as a viable solution to our global energy crisis. Narrated by actor Peter Gallagher, the film includes interviews with government officials, scientific experts, academics and politicians from both sides of the aisle.”
  13. Tapped “The high cost — to both the environment and our health — of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. Americans may rethink their obsession with bottled H20 when they learn of the unregulated industry’s willingness to ignore environmental and health concerns, and the problems that arise as a result.”
  14. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash “In this straight-from-the-headlines documentary, award-winning filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack examine the world’s dependency on oil and the impending chaos that’s sure to follow when the resource finally runs dry.”
  15. The Story Of Change “Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.”
Care to join me?  Most of these movies can be found on Netflix.  I’ll be streaming these to my TV or computer.  All of “The Story of…” films can be found on The Story Of Stuff Project under the Movies tab.  
 
To make things easy, I’ll go in this order.  So we’ll start with Bag It on Friday August 10.

The descriptions of the films in quotes are taken from Netflix or the films website.

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