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
Vermont is being sued
for labeling GMO food
Oregon's Right to Know
Label GMO's qualifies
turns sewage to wealth
Pipeline letter to Governor
Drilling, building and
blasting ... ships and
Coast to coast, we all
face the same threats.
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?
Swat team haps
Sew your own
Reusable cloth bag
The month began with California becoming the first US state to adopt reusable bags. Interestingly, about one third of the California population had already done so, twelve to fifteen million people, maybe more ... 1/3 of California towns and counties; California did good and it was the people who made it so.
Then, October 2nd, Honolulu updated its' 2012 reusable bag ordinance and declared that biodegradable is not good enough ... Compostable is the modern criteria for Honolulu ... Does the plastic artifact turn into a life supporting nutrient for the life cycle of Earth in a timely manner?
This idea is also central to the Greenfield Biodegradable Packaging and Litter Reduction Ordinance. Greenfield is suddenly in serendipitous solidarity with Honolulu, Hawaii. 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
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.
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.
eighty-nine word ordinance summary
The Greenfield Biodegradable Packaging and Litter Reduction Ordinance is presented as a public initiative to control litter and reduce plastic in the waste stream managed by the Town. Eliminating single-use plastic bags on a large scale by encouraging the use of re-usable bags is our goal. This measure would also put an end to the use of single-use plastic water bottles, coffee cups, take-out containers and the like here in town. This ordinance would reduce the many health consequences of plastics for Greenfield citizens, their children and the Earth.
Business support survey for Greenfield Town Council
April 28, 2014
I am a Greenfield Business owner or manager; a reusable bag ordinance will be good for my business, especially in the long run. I recognize there are large environmental and public costs to plastic bags and believe private enterprise can succeed without harming nature. Future business will improve with general environmental health, I support a strong local business economy and a healthy environment and believe changing to reusable bags is a positive step in the right direction.
95% of independent stores signed ... Zero corporate stores signed ...
Complete business list.