It’s Snowing!

As I sit down to write our weekly news highlights, the snow falls steadily outside my window. Don’t know about you, but when the weather acts appropriately, I feel a lot calmer. Once we are released from quarantine (yes, that happened to us this week), we have lots of outside winter plans. A local mom handed down two pairs of ice skates (I returned the gesture with some wine and homemade apple butter – always check your community first!) and I’m excited to test them out on our local pond. Coming from NYC, I’m still amazed that I can make that statement. While the weather behaves today, we cannot take that good fortune for granted. I still remember my daughter trying to ski on a 55 degree day in January. We have to do our part. Let’s see what happened this week…

I recently learned a new term – wishcycling. Basically, the idea that you throw something into the recycling bin, without knowing if it’s accepted, and hoping that it will avoid the landfill. I need to be better about knowing my local rules. Turns out you can recycle much less than I thought possible. The Northeast Resource
Recovery Association does a great job of summarizing waste related NH legislation
. Lots of good suggestions, including keeping landfills away from state parks and prohibiting the use of polystyrene foam in the food industry.

Ikea bought 11,000 acres of forest in Georgia to protect it from development. Elon Musk has a new prize about reducing the amount of carbon in the environment. Someone on Instagram made a joke about creating forests. In all seriousness, it’s an excellent point. How about we stop cutting down the “machines” that already do that job for us.

Food waste is something I continue to work on during my own zero-waste journey. Here’s “How To Reduce Food Waste (And Save Money), According To Zero-Waste Experts.” Just to be clear – food that’s thrown into a landfill does not decompose, but rather “emits methane —a greenhouse gas that’s about 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide—over a 20-year-period…food waste accounts for roughly 8% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. To put that into perspective, the aviation industry is responsible for approximately 2.5% of carbon dioxide emissions.” That is one reason why composting is so important! If you only have time to read one article out of today’s list, choose this one. It’s really helpful.

The Empire State Building and its related buildings are now powered by wind. “The world got a little bit greener when the lights of the Empire State Building flickered to life this year: For the first time, the beloved skyscraper and 13 other office buildings owned by the same company were powered solely by wind.”

And now here’s a recap of other topics Hannah and I discussed this week on GreenLifeNH!

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