Sunday, April 13, 2014

Positive Change

I am very encouraged by this story reporting an increase in the recycling of package material. I can't tell you how many times I've called companies asking them why they have to put yogurt in #5 plastic containers, which until recently, were not easily recyclable. The fact that my town now recycles more than just #1 and #2 plastics is very exciting as well! Perhaps with these good trends, we can reduce our waste stream even further.
Satellite image of the Chesapeake Bay.
(NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team.) Borrowed from

This all reminds me of another anecdotal story of positive change. When I was in high school, one of the big environmental issues was eutrophication of the Chesapeake Bay from nutrient sources in laundry detergents and other soaps. My friends and I started an environmental club in high school, and one of our goals was educating consumers to look for low-nitrogen laundry soaps. These used to be somewhat difficult to find- but now if you look on the labels, most soaps are nitrogen and phosphate free. So although things may change slowly, they do change!

Happy spring, everyone-

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