How was your week? It seems like mud season has started and my girls are excited about playing in the warmer weather and jumping in the puddles. However I think it’s supposed to turn cold again next week, so we’re not quite done with winter just yet. In the meantime, lots of summer plans on our minds as we think ahead to brighter, Covid-free days. My friend also gave me some of her homemade kombucha to try and I LOVED it. I have a nasty soda habit that I’m trying to kick – bad for my health and the environment – and this option offers a satisfying replacement. Have you tried kombucha? Do you like it? (I realize I’m a little late to the party here…) Let’s also see what’s also happening in eco-news…
What You Need to Know About Zero Waste. This article from the Conservation Law Foundation summarizes our mission here at GreenLifeNH. You don’t need to go to unreasonable extremes to help save the Earth, but you do need to make some changes. Zero Waste living is practical, it’s achievable, it’s necessary – This and it doesn’t have to involve fitting all your trash into a mason jar. Zero Waste is [also] about phasing out polluting trash systems, like landfills and incinerators, that poison our environment and our communities. And it’s about replacing them with non-toxic, sustainable alternatives that don’t harm people, the planet, or the economy.
Hannah wrote about beginning your spring garden this week. You can also Start Your Seeds in Yesterday’s News. A simple roll of newspaper creates a biodegradable pot to get your spring planting season off the ground. The article has directions for a fun craft that would be fun to do with kids.
‘Biodegradable’ plastic will soon be banned in Australia. That’s a big win for the environment. The plan will fight plastic on various fronts, such as banning plastic on beaches, ending polystyrene packaging for takeaway containers, and phasing in microplastic filters in washing machines. It’s also interesting to learn that it’s best to avoid all plastic labelled as biodegradable. Even after the ban eliminates fragmentation — the worst of these — there’s still no evidence remaining types of biodegradable plastics are better for the environment.
In local news, another tannery is getting cleaned-up and repurposed. Old tanneries often leave pollution from leather scraps, which often contain chromium. The pollution in Boscawen is mostly in the buildings, which will be tested for toxins. “The tannery process is not very environmentally friendly,” Hardy said. A similar tannery site was recently turned into affordable housing but this space is smaller and less amenable. It’ll be interesting to see what the town does with this one
And now here’s a recap of other topics Hannah and I discussed this week on GreenLifeNH!
- Three Women Environmentalists and What We Can Learn From Them
- Stop! Don’t trash that! Thin Plastics Edition
- Weatherize Concord!
- Seed Starting 101
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