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Signature progress for plastic initiative to be on Greenfield ballot, 11/4/14.

graph of percent signatures acquired


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Northampton plastic
reduction ordinance
has been tabled !
That effort remains listed,
here, temporarily, with
example town studies.

Millions of butts
per year flush into the
San Fransisco Bay

Butt free Berkeley

Keep butts out the bay poster

Vermont is being sued
for labeling GMO food

Help Vermont
Map of New England with vermont colored green

Maui is being sued by Monsanto for voting in a citizen's initiative halting GMO experiments on their Island. Learn more here.

Oregon November 4 GMO label law vote, still counting.

Greenfield Business
Survey 4/28/14

Constructed wetlands
turns sewage to wealth

photo art of nebraska natural gas burn off

Pipeline letter to Governor

Drilling, building and
blasting ... ships and
pipelines everywhere.
Coast to coast, we all
face the same threats.

Pender Islands Conservancy logo

7/22 Rising Tide Vermont organized about forty protestors outside Vermont Public Services Board offices to demand a halt to ratepayers paying for a pipeline for a private company. Is this a form of centrally planned corporate communism?

ACLU Massachusetts

Swat team haps

Sew your own

Reusable cloth bag

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November, 2014

Oregon GMO label law ... November 4 vote, still counting.

November began in Greenfield with assurance from a positive margin of signatures; the Greenfield Zero-waste initiative campaign has been well accepted, it is above the first level requirement to place an ordinance on a Greenfield ballot.

A second signature campaign will be required about forty days after the Town Clerk is given the first level*, which is 10% of voters, due November 24th. The second signature requirement is an additional five percent. [Signatures entered official process November 20th, 2014]

* The idea of time separated hurdles is not a great model for democracy, it hinders and limits input from the population by interrupting focused campaign energy. A modern state or country will be more interested in nurturing rather than thwarting distributed human intelligence.

November is also the second month of solidarity between Greenfield and Honolulu, the first city to explicitly require compostable shopping bags. Biodegradable has almost always been defined as compostable within the various laws and ordinances, prior to Honolulu. Now, Honolulu has made it crystal clear; biodegradable is not good enough ... Compostable is the modern criteria for single-use plastic. Greenfield Zero-waste has heard Honolulu's Mayor and agrees that mayors are not scientists and will require independent nongovernmental advice and stamps of supporting laboratory studies before a claimed compostable shopping bag is permitted as a substitute for a forgotten reusable bag.

A compostable and reusable shopping bag is the standard. Compostable single-use is only a substitute for the forgotten reusable shopping bag; there is a 10¢ charge for a forgotten reusable shopping bag regardless of what perfectly compostable substitute is provided, this is the modern look at paper or plastic.

Does the plastic artifact turn into a life supporting nutrient for the life cycle of Earth in a timely manner? A positive answer to this question is also central to the Greenfield Biodegradable Packaging and Litter Reduction Ordinance. Greenfield is suddenly in serendipitous solidarity with Honolulu, Hawaii — along with many other cities, counties, states and countries.

There is no place on Earth where requiring reusable shopping bags and eliminating point-of-sale styrofoam and styrene has hurt the economy, commerce adjusts as fast as a chalk line snap on a fresh concrete slab.

Greenfield's ordinance remains the most inclusive version, to date, it is open source from beginning to end, use as much as possible. Every aspect of the Greenfield ordinance is already in use somewhere, without problems, use it with confidence as a basis for an initiative in any town or country.

Encouragement is gratis. New versions are appreciated.

Encorajamento é gratis. Novas versões são apreciados.

Southern summer blooms as northern winter turns cold : Many energetic citizens have signed the Greenfield ordinance ballot support form; intelligent, informed, strong-willed and enthusiastic people. Although very few are disagreeable about controlling plastic trash, there is no visual indicator of who will step up and sign. Will this ordinance succeed at the polls and generate a required twenty-five percent turnout? Are interested people sufficient to say enough is enough? Will there be a resounding voice of reason? Please stay tuned.

¡ Alerte ! Plastic microbits are now an added ingredient in some toothpaste brands. These tiny plastic bits can wedge between gums and teeth and provide space for bacteria to colonize and make a home for gingivitis — gum disease and eventual loss of teeth. This particular unintended consequence of corporate disregard for human health in the quest for increased profit is referred to here as, "placking"®©, a concept analogous to sand wedging used in "fracking."

Plastic micro particles are also a result of solar disintegration, in the sea they collect pollution ions and look like plankton, the bottom of the food chain. Animals who eat the plastic plankton absorb the pollution and pass clean plastic back into the water, where it collects a new load of pollution ions and is eaten again. A more diabolical method of introducing pollution into human diet is difficult to imagine. Greenfield Zero-waste is working at the locale level by promoting an ordinance to cut as much plastic as possible from the town waste stream for the benefit of town residents and Earth.

Compostable packaging and litter reduction, open source

The Greenfield Biodegradable Packaging and Litter Reduction Ordinance is a meld of efforts spanning Earth's timespace from Nantucket, 1990, to Maui and Honolulu, 2014, it includes input from several towns in Massachusetts as-well-as multiple cities and counties of California and New York City, where styrofoam is no longer used.

Concord, Massachusetts has fired a second shot heard 'round the world — elimination of single use PET drinking water bottles less than one Liter. Manhattan Beach, California and Maui, Hawaii, have banned cigarette smoking on the beach, and Manhattan Beach recently expanded beach protection to include no smoking in all public places.

Greenfield's voter initiative embraces this interesting leadership, which includes the efforts of many surfers, hats off to surfers, and adds the spice of San Francisco. ¿Ready? If one insists on smoking tobacco despite all evidence it is a ridiculous form of suicide, then one must be within arm's reach of an ashtray. ¡Yes! You are free to carry a personal ashtray ... Save the San Francisco Bay!

Special appreciation goes to the Los Angeles based 5 Gyres Institute in collaboration with New York University for studies which motivated the Great Lakes coastal State of Illinois to ban plastic microbeads. Although the microbead ban phases in over two years, it instantly spurred corporate agreements to begin removing these extraordinarily harmful plastic bits from tooth paste, skin lotion and other products. Read the label ... If either polypropylene or polyethylene are listed, avoid it like the plague.

BOSTON (May 25, 2010) Tufts University — Longtime environmental health researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine describe the carcinogenic effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), ubiquitous chemicals that have hormone-like effects in the body. In a review article published online May 25 in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, the researchers express the need for more complex strategies for studying how these chemicals affect health but report that ample evidence already supports changing public health and environmental policies to protect the public from exposure to EDCs.

plastic water bottles.

ninety-nine word ordinance summary

The Greenfield Biodegradable Packaging and Litter Reduction Ordinance is a public initiative to control litter and reduce plastic in the waste stream managed by the Town. Elimination of single-use plastic bags by larger scale retail establishments is a primary purpose of this ordinance. Additionally, Greenfield citizens realize that no one foresaw the consequences of single-use water bottles, plastic bags, cigarette butts, incinerated waste and other plastic trash swept to the sea by rivers and wind, yet these consequences exist and motivate the community of Greenfield to enact this ordinance to protect the Earth and the health of town residents.