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The Splendid Sorters Remembering The Splendid Splinter

Memorial Day Salute Boston Red Sox (BRS) left fielder, six-time American League (American League) Batting Champion and two-time Triple Crown winner, Theodore Samuel Williams (1918-2002) has many monikers including the “Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”.  “The Splendid Splinter” is the last Major League Baseball (MLB) player to bat over .400 in a season, .406 in… Continue Reading

New Spin to Graduation

Graduation Gowns Studies show a correlation between educating consumers and higher participation in recycling programs.   Since many people ask what happens to the cardboard, paper and containers (plastic, glass and metal) that are put into recycling bins and this is graduation season, I thought it would be an opportune time to bring awareness to one… Continue Reading

World Environment Day

World Environment Day The Environment Trifecta: Earth Hour in March, Earth Day in April and World Environment Day in June! The United Nations designated June 5th as World Environment Day and it has been celebrated internationally since 1974.  “World Environment Day is the United Nations’ flagship day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the… Continue Reading

March for Climate Justice

March for Climate Justice Tomorrow, April 29th, is the march to the White House, in Washington, D.C., in support of “climate, jobs and justice” spearheaded by the Peoples Climate Movement. On September 21, 2014, the Peoples Climate Movement organized an historic Peoples Climate March on the eve of the UN Climate Summit.  This well-orchestrated call-to-action… Continue Reading

International Mother Earth Day

“I wish to do something great and wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful.”  Albert Einstein From the climate science march on the National Mall to cleaning up litter in publics spaces, there is something everyone can do to celebrate Mother Nature tomorrow. In 1970, 20… Continue Reading

Earth Day, 4/22

Earth Day, 4/22 In retrospect, we are not far removed from the ultimate environmentalists.  My grandmother hand washed everything even when an electric washer machine was available, hung clothes out on the clothes line to dry year round, and, made sure every scrap of food was cooked and consumed.  My grandfather was a milkman, delivering… Continue Reading

Litter

Litter – Another Ugly Side to Our Waste I have done enough litter cleanups to validate the findings reported in a study funded by national non-profit Keep America Beautiful (KAB).  One eye-opening experience for me was a coastal cleanup I participated in with a half dozen people.  We collected 50 pounds of litter along a… Continue Reading

In Sight, In Mind

  WILLFUL WASTE MAKES WOEFUL WANT. Few people have visited and toured a landfill.  Some have driven by the long strips of land dedicated to our trash trails.  For those who have not experienced our world of waste at either, I suggest envisioning walking into the US ocean waters knee deep and gazing as far… Continue Reading

The Trash Tipping Point

March 31, 2017 Judging by Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, I hope we’ve reached it for trash.  According to the Environmental Research and Education Foundation, the US alone managed 347 MILLION TONS of waste in 2013, or ~1 MILLION TONS PER DAY!  Google Trends show US ranks the highest worldwide among searches with the keyword… Continue Reading

St. Paddy’s Day Ode to GREEN

Irish football fans were videoed picking up trash in a town square while singing “clean up for the boys in green,” following the Euro 2016 tournament in France last summer.  Artist Mick Jagger’s song, “Put Me in the Trash,” is perfectly titled for those trash champions but we hope his sequel is something akin to ‘Reuse… Continue Reading

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