Friday, March 28, 2008

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bottled Water vs. Water Filters

(Part II of two articles)

By David Barouh
Linewaiters' Gazette 8/3/2006

Dan's feet are sore, he's yearning
for just one thing more than water,
Cool water.
Like me, I guess, he'd like to rest
where there's no quest for water,
Cool water.

--Old cowboy song

It is said that the introduction of automobiles, which replaced horse-drawn carriages, benefited early urban environments by eliminating the horse manure that fouled streets, caused runoff that fouled water sources and caused dust and air pollution to choke teeming tenement neighborhoods. This irony should not be lost on anyone familiar with the pollution and climate change problems caused by the copious auto emissions being pumped daily into earth's atmosphere.

A current analogy might be our search for good water to drink, the dilemma faced by our old cowboys and more specifically by people buying bottled water thinking it is purer than tap water. A 1999 Natural Resources Defense Council study (NRDC: "Bottled Water, Pure Drink or Pure Hype"), found significant amounts of microbiological contamination among the brands they tested. It also found that tap water is far more regulated and held to higher standards than bottled water.

READ MORE in the Food Coop's Linewaiters' Gazette article archive.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

How Will You Celebrate World Water Day?

In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated March 22 as "World Water Day" to draw international attention to the critical lack of clean, safe drinking water worldwide. Choose one (or more) of these ways to get in on the action!

Take Back the Tap
Choosing tap water over bottled water is better for your health, your pocketbook, and the environment. Learn why... and then give up bottled water for the day.

Protect Your Rivers, Streams and Wetlands
Important and longstanding protections over America's waters have been under attack in recent years. Tell your representatives to pass the Clean Water Restoration Act and assert your right to clean water!

Learn Why H2O = Life
Visit the American Museum of Natural History's to see Water: H2O = Life. This fascinating exhibit looks at the history and distribution of water on our planet, and addresses the many issues surrounding its use.

Walk for Water
The Walk For Water on March 22 in New York City is inspired by the 3-6 mile journey women and children make every day in water stressed countries. Join this free event to draw attention to the world water crisis.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

World Water Day is this Friday!

Friday March 22 is World Water Day. The world water crisis is one of the largest public health issues of our time. Nearly 1.1 billion people (roughly 20% of the world’s population) lack access to safe drinking water. The lack of clean, safe drinking water is estimated to kill almost 4,500 children per day. In fact, out of the 2.2 million unsafe drinking water deaths in 2004, 90% were children under the age of five. To learn more, see: World Water Day

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bottled Water Media Coverage

The proposition to discontinue stocking bottle water at the Coop, which is co-sponsored by the Environmental Committee, was covered in print and over the air recently:

H-2-Whoa! Food Co-op to ban bottled water
Brooklyn Paper, 8 March 2008

Water Bottle Blues (featuring an interview with Joe Holtz)
WNYC, The Brian Lehrer Show, 10 March 2008

Stay tuned: as soon as the bottled water vote becomes a General Meeting agenda item we'll post it here!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Electronics Recycling & Clothing Donation

Date: Sunday, March 16
Time: 8am to 2pm
Place: Manhattan Union Square, North Plaza
(SE corner of 17th St. & Union Square West; cars enter at 16th St. & Union Sq. W.)

Drop off your unwanted electronics for recycling:
* computers & laptops
* monitors /printers & scanners (desktop only)
* keyboards & mice
* TVs, VCRs, DVRs, DVD players
* cell phones

Drop off your gently used clothing and linens for donation:
* Clothing: pants, dresses, shirts, sweaters, shoes, handbags, belts
* Linen: blankets, towels, sheets, curtains, tablecloths

Only donate clean, gently used clothing and linens. Other kinds of household items won't be accepted.

Place donated items in plastic bags and tie securely to avoid moisture contamination. Tax-deduction receipts will be available from Goodwill upon request.

See: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/recycling/spring2008events.shtml for more information

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Making Brooklyn Bloom

The 27th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom
Edible NYC: Green it! Grow it! Eat it!
Presented by GreenBridge of Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Bring this flier for free admission: http://www.bbg.org/vis2/2008/mbb/mbb_2008.pdf

Saturday, March 8, 2008
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featuring Keynote Speech and Book-Signing by Mark Winne

Exhibits from New York-area greening organizations, seasonal guided BBG tour, and panels throughout the day.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Palm House
1000 Washington Avenue

More information at: http://www.bbg.org/vis2/2008/mbb

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Park Slope Forum on Sustainability

Thurs . March 6, 7:00 pm
Old First Reformed Church, 7th Ave. & Carroll St., Park Slope, Brooklyn

PlanPS2008: the Park Slope Civic Council's Forum on Sustainability
The forum will be chock-full of everything from easy-to-implement, everyday, eco-friendly tips to how-tos on solar-panel and green-roof installations. Expert panelists will provide you with the know-how to start making Park Slope a greener community today.

Featuring presentations by:

* Director, Mayor's Office on Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, Rohit Aggarwala
* Solar-power expert Anthony Pereira
* Green-roof guru Rob Crauderueff
* Garbage Land author Elizabeth Royte

Forum is free; free on-site child care provided by Old First's trained childcare staff.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

How to Green Your Fridge

Check out Grist's handy article for greening your fridge. They offer advice on which model to buy, where to keep it, and what to put in it. Of course the standard advice applies: buy from eco-conscious companies (with beer recommendations!), skip bottled water, and stick with organics – and in case you can't buy organic, they provide this useful list of the conventional produce you should avoid at all cost. For the full list of 43 common fruits and veggies click here.


PESTICIDES
in PRODUCE


Environmental Working Group's
DIRTY DOZEN

Buy These Organic:

Peaches
Apples
Sweet Bell Peppers
Celery
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cherries
Lettuce
Grapes (Imported)
Pears
Spinach
Potatoes