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Knowledge is Power

By Archive, March 12, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Archive
Those nasty plastic containers. Because it’s so difficult to avoid them completely, we should be aware of the different types out there and their potential for harm. Grist, the Green Guide and the Sierra Club are good places to start seeking information on how to avoid the worst of them. As Francis Bacon once said, knowledge is power. Join the conversation and let us know your favorite sources of truth and knowledge about all things green.
Category: Green Action




Vanessa says ...
I always choose glass over plastic when I can. A great resource to look into is keepitorganic.org and they are also on Facebook.
03/12/2008 2:05:50 PM CDT
daizy says ...
distilled water in glass containers is the way to go.
03/14/2008 10:03:06 PM CDT
susan says ...
Yes, it would be nice to have the option to buy more sustainable products. In my area, one pretty much cannot buy other than plastics and styrofoams. Of course we don't have a Whole Foods here. Whole foods has continued to brutally ignore the entire Hampton Roads Virginia area for years now. No one really knows why and emails and letters asking them why simply get ignored. I used the term "brutally" here because as the world's biggest store of this type, when it keeps itself out of huge areas with no alternatives to standard supermarkets and Wal-Lands, I do consider it brutal for all the non-sustainable everything that almost must be used with no alternatives. For whatever reason, Whole Foods keeps themselves out of our option range thus continueing to deprive us of the ability to buy foods that do not pollute our bodies and products that do not pollute our world. I used to think Whole Foods as a company actually did care about such things but apparently only if they feel there is enough profit to doing so or something. Apparently they feel this area, having no existing alternative supermarkets, must be too uneducated to know enough to buy products from Whole Foods were they to open here. I can't see any other remotely logical reason for the lack of a Whole Foods presense here. I've seen them move into little po-dunk-ish kinds of areas in the past and do quite well. The lack of an existing marketplace of this type seems the only distinction I can see so far. Why else skip an entire area with a population of over 1.6 MILLION people?
03/15/2008 9:58:56 PM CDT
Vanessa says ...
Europe’s “Food Production Daily” reports a study published by WRAP suggests that manufacturing light-weighted glass is less carbon intensive than manufacturing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles on a per unit weight basis. WRAP Director of Retail and Organics Programmes, Richard Swannel, said in a statement that this report: “demonstrates the positive environmental impact of lightweighting and the incorporation of recycled content. It will help inform the wine packaging and retail industries on the environmental impact of their packaging choices.” check out http://keepitorganic.org for info on organic products.
03/17/2008 9:55:08 AM CDT
wessner says ...
We do not need all these plastic bottles of water. I buy glass bottle or I filter tap water and refill the bottles I have at home. To save water I am also considering collecting rain waters to water plants and wash cars.
03/20/2008 1:01:08 PM CDT
Louie says ...
http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Investing/Extra/BottledWaterARiverOfMoney.aspx?GT1=10328 What yee say, y'all ??? Incl; Whole Foods 'Pay To Live, Die Impoverished' ...louie
03/21/2008 3:35:20 AM CDT
Louie says ...
Whole Foods; I'm an 82 yro WWII Vet, on limited SS income. I buy your fresh organic fruits and Veg and juice them all, resulting in lowering my medicine intake and feeling much better. . However, you say nothing about the high fat level in Eggs and have all believing how marvelous they are, inferring, for everyone. Granted, water out of one's faucet needs to be lab tested. If Ok, then why buy it? The containers are a big problem. The water in them can self contaminate, and no experation or warning is imprinted on each container. And; we complain about gasoline and get taken for filtterd Tap Water which costs all the more and can be safer? I buy my own filter and save. . Your eat in tables and buffets are a bargain. Affordable and a choice to fit all diets. The service by employees are also why I love Whole Foods for my own personal needs. Yes, you can also incude this comment, as well however, please maintain my privacy
03/21/2008 4:07:22 AM CDT
Gregory says ...
I find that Whole Foods stocks nothing but drinking water in plastic bottles. I encourage everyone to insist they pressure their suppliers to offer more glass bottles for drinking water. If whole Foods is truly concerned about our health and safety like they claim, they would be doing this already. Also, ewg.org is a good source for learning about safety of water.
03/21/2008 1:45:30 PM CDT
David says ...
Regarding plastics, there are an entire family of startch based bioplastics and bagasse or sugarcane waste byproduct based deli containers, cups and lids, bags, utensiles, clamshell containers, school lunch trays etc that are on the market and available through many paper distributors across the US. Most of these are 3rd party certified (BPI) as BOTH biodegradable and compostable in commercial composting facilities. Work with your solid waste district to divert this packaging from the waste stream and have it composted. Email me your request at dhugs34@aol.com and I will point you in the right direction.
04/03/2008 7:59:05 AM CDT
Anita says ...
I would love to see Whole Foods offer their deli food in any of these alternatives to plastic containers. I love the food but hate the plastic. Once they do take such a lead we can expect to see many more individuals making more careful choices - to avoid the problem of plastics contamination in our bodies and in our environment. Google hormone disruptors or xenoestrogens - it'll get you good and motivated.
04/03/2008 6:53:21 PM CDT
Andy says ...
Nasty Plastic bottles are just like nasty plastic bags, being picked on because they are an easy target with easy publicity....Why are we picking on something that is 100% recyclable. When has recycling gone out of date. I would rather have the convenience of these items and the knowledge when recycled, I am helping the environment, while keeping people employed, along with making new reusable products, which will employ more people. To me that is much more important than banning a product or taxing it. Where do you recycle canvas? How much energy do you use when you waste water etc...to wash these bags and your glass bottles? This is all "green-washing" with no evidence to back it up. Let's put this effort into a litter campaign and see what happens....I bet John Q Publix comes through in the end and stops littering and improves recycling. But that's just me....
04/11/2008 11:27:01 AM CDT
paige says ...
Not sure this is the right place to post, but... I noticed you've switched to paper bags. I interviewed an evnironmentalist many years ago who explained that plastic bags are in fact much better for the environment: less pollution in making a plastic bag, it is more reusable and if it does land in a landfill it takes up much less space. Your paper bags tear easily (I reuse plastic bags until they fall apart). The *best* of course is to take in cotton or other durable bags, but I'm interested to know who decided paper was a better choice for the planet?
04/18/2008 7:40:35 AM CDT