Sunday, October 18, 2015

Interesting: Plastic Bags: Where to Recycle, Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags

We have a large number of cloth bags that we take around with us whenever we go shopping, and try not to take plastic bags. In fact, we also buy biodegradable dog poop bags to reduce the plastic footprint. Plastic takes a LONG time to degrade, and there's way too much of it that is not being recycled.
  Some places have already OUTLAWED plastic bags, while others charge fees. 

WHERE TO RECYCLE? Most grocers and large retailers such as Target and Walmart now accept plastic bags, wrap and film for recycling. Look for a bin near the front of the store or check for local recycling options nearest you.  NOTE: Please recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.
(NO Degradable/compostable film or bags, prewashed salad mix bags, or frozen food bags.)

 FIND A DROP OFF NEAR YOU: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/s01/s01dropoff.html

BIODEGRADABLE DOG POOP BAGS - These are made from several manufacturers and can be found:
1)  earthrated.com. 2) http://biobagusa.com/ 3) http://www.flushdoggy.com/ 4) http://poopbags.com/ 

SHOCKING FACT- According to TIME Magazine, the country of Bangldesh became the first country to BAN plastic bags completely in 2002 after some of the 9 million bags tossed out DAILY were found to have blocked sewers, causing floods that killed people.


WHO HAS BANNED THEM, WHO HAS SURCHARGES FOR THEM? 
Landfill full of plastic bags

1) California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags
The ban will go into effect in 2015 for some businesses and 2016 for others
 
2) In 2009, the District of Columbia enacted a law to ban the distribution of disposable, non-recyclable plastic carry-out bags and set a fee of 5 cents for distribution of all other disposable bags. In 2009, North Carolina banned plastic bags for the Outer Banks region, a chain of barrier islands off its coast.
 
3) Delware, Maine, North Carolina, New York  and Rhode Island all have recycling programs or laws about plastic bags. You can find them all here: http://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/plastic-bag-legislation.aspx

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14