Now that Christmas is over, we are left with the aftermath – a horrendous heap of trash that sums up what is wrong with this country by way of brilliant colors, glittering bows and an astounding number of cardboard boxes that used to hold fancy new items.
Okay, let me preface this post by saying it is purely in jest. I spend a lot of time thinking of ways to cut back on waste by making my own or opting for reusable. Since the big party day of the year is just around the corner, I got to thinking about the staggering number of bottles and cans that will be thrown away this year.
If you take a look at the personal care products in your shower, chances are you will see a lot of plastic. Some of it is recyclable, some not, but no matter what, almost every shampoo, conditioner and soap we use will come in some form of plastic. When I was going through the house, trying to reduce waste, the shower was one area we were able to make a lot of progress.
New Jersey has introduced a bill in its state legislature that could allow private companies to begin logging operations in state parks. Not surprisingly, this bill has strong viewpoints on either side, but environmentalists are very concerned about the potential impact this bill could have on wildlife and public access to parks.