Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tips to Green Your Halloween

Get ready to trick-or-treat! The October newsletter from the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC) has some great ideas for making your Halloween more eco-friendly:

- Help kids to make their own crafty trick-or-treat bags using paper bags instead of store bought plastic bags or plastic pumpkins. Remember to put paper bags and scraps in your recycling bin.

- When you're finished showing off your costume, you can bring it to one of our weekly textile recycling collections.

- Compost your jack-o-lantern in your home compost bin or bring it to a compost drop-off site sponsored by local community groups and gardens.

For more Halloween greening tips, visit the CENYC website:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Climate Change Exhibit at AMNH

Climate Change: The Threat to Life and
A New Energy Future
– This major new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History explores the science, history, and impact of climate change, and illuminates ways in which individuals, communities and nations can reduce their carbon footprints. AMNH has information-filled webpages on climate page, well worth checking out, whether or not you attend the exhibit.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 79th Street
Climate Change Exhibit runs October 18, 2008--August 16, 2009

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pumpkin Palooza & Green Expo

East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is hosting its first Pumpkin Palooza & Green Expo:

* Pumpkin decorating & prizes
* Live marching band music
* Green info. booths
* Refreshments from upstate farm

This Sunday, October 26, 12-6pm
North 7th to North 9th Streets at Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn

See Pumpkin Palooza for details.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fighting Organic Label Fraud

Round One Legal Victory for Organic Consumers

As reported previously in Organic Bytes, the Organic Consumers Association email newsletter, the OCA and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps have sued organic certifier Ecocert in the ongoing campaign to stop the certification and misleading labeling of fake organic personal care products that are fundamentally made-up of synthetic ingredients and petrochemicals.

Dr. Bronner's has launched a further umbrella lawsuit against specific companies who label their products as "organic" but have primary ingredients that are synthetic. After hearing oral arguments earlier this month, the San Francisco County Superior Court ruled on October 8 that Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps can proceed with its lawsuit seeking to compel so-called "organic" companies and certifiers to drop, or stop certifying, deceptive organic label and brand claims. Brands denounced by OCA and Bronner's include Avalon "Organics", Jason "Pure, Natural & Organic", Nature's Gate "Organics", Kiss My Face "Obsessively Organic", Giovanni "Organic Cosmetics", Head "Organics", Desert Essence "Organics" and Stella McCartney's CARE "100% Organic".

You can read more about it at: organic consumers org

Monday, October 20, 2008

New Bottled Water Study

Hot off the press! "Bottled Water No Cleaner Than Tap Water: Study" reads a US News and World Report headline of 10/15/2008. The study was released that same day by The Environmental Working Group, and can be read at this link:
bottled water study.

The International Bottled Water Association released a statement the day before disputing the study. Their statement can be read at: IBWA response.

The EWG's response to the IBWA's statement can be read here:
EWG response.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Join the Environmental Committee!

The Environmental Committee has room for new members.

We particularly need people who are good at putting ideas into action.

There is room for everyone, but leadership or organizational abilities will be put to good use.

Work for the environment while fulfilling your Coop workslot!

For more information contact the Environmental Committee at

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wanted: Wool Sweaters with Holes

Now that temperatures are dropping faster than the leaves off of trees, it's time to switch out our closets. So, as you pull out those old, favorite wool sweaters, if you see any that have holes in them, send them our way. We are going to recycle them into rugs.

Please send sweaters to: Wool Sweaters PO Box 2603 Glen Burnie, Maryland 21060-2603. For any questions, contact Kristin at

Friday, October 10, 2008

What's Your Water Footprint?

How much water does it takes to make...

1 kilo of beef: 15,500 liters of water

1 glass of beer: 75 liters of water

1 hamburger: 2,400 liters of water

1 cup of coffee: 140 liters of water

1 cup of tea: 30 liters of water

1 cotton shirt: 2,700 liters of water

To learn more, see Water Footprint Organization

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Textile Recycling Continues!

Fall is here, and with the cooler weather it's time to clean out those closets. Goodwill Industries and the Council on the Environment of NYC will continue to sponsor Second Chance Saturdays through the end of the year. Drop off both wearable and unwearable textiles for recycling at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Saturdays, 8am-4pm.

Textiles make up nearly 6% of NYC's solid waste stream. Come on down and help keep these recyclables out of the landfill!

For more information, visit

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Best Eco-Choice: Save the Forest Bars

Save the Forest is the only brand that the Coop carries that produces 100% organic cereal bars and trail mix bars. These bars are free of GMOs. Buy 100% organic and support sustainable agriculture (as well as eating healthy). Compare to other products we carry: Barbara's Nature's Choice Granola Bars & Barbara's Nature's Choice Cereal Bars. Both of these products have non-organic ingredients, most important of which is non-organic canola oil. More than 50% of the canola oil produced in the U.S. is genetically engineered.