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Green Shopping Tips A family of four can save thousands of dollars a year simply by buying products in the largest size they can use and by buying long lasting reusable items. Think about the effect of your purchases on the environment when you shop. Items with excess packaging and products that need to be discarded after only a few uses cost more money, use up valuable resources and create more waste. Buy Products in the Largest Size You Can Use; Avoid Excess Packaging A family of four can save $2,000 a year in the supermarket by choosing large sizes instead of individual serving sizes. Remember, 10 cents of every shopping dollar is used to pay for packaging. Small sizes use more packaging for each ounce of product than larger sizes. So, if you buy large sizes, you save money, reduce waste, and help the environment. That is a really good buy. Here are a few good examples; look for others the next time you shop. Buy cereal in a large box instead of in individual serving sizes. Buy juice in concentrates and use reuseable containers instead of single serving packages. Save money by buying bottled water in a large plastic jug instead of six packs of 16 ounce bottles. Buy large packages of sugar and flour. Avoid the small boxes of raisins and buy the same amount in the 24 ounce box. Buy Products in Containers That You Know You Will Be Able to Recycle It is important to familiarize yourself with what types of containers and items can be recycled in your local recycling program. Once you know what you can recycle, look for products that come in the containers that you know you will be able to recycle when the products are all used up. Examples are products in commonly recycled containers made from aluminum, steel, #1 and #2 plastic and glass. To find out where you can recycle these products, use Earth 911’s recycling locator at the top of this page. Buy Reusable and Long Lasting Items Products that can be reused are cheaper in the long run than those you throw away and buy over and over again. Goods that are designed to last a long time are also cheaper in the long run than those that wear out quickly. A family can save $1,000 each year buy buying reusable and long lasting products. Use rechargeable batteries in toys, flashlights and radios. You can save $200 a year by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposables in one CD player used two hours a day. Use cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers. You’ll save $600 per child by using a laundry diaper service instead of disposable diapers. Use a real camera instead of disposable ones. If you take 24 pictures each month you will save $144 each year. Many families spend over $260 each year on paper towels and napkins. Switch to cloth napkins, sponges, and cloth towels or wipes. Use washable plates, cups, and silverware for parties and picnics instead of disposable products. Use an electric razor or hand razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors. Buy high quality/long life tires. They cost less per mile traveled and reduce the problem of disposing of used tires. Use a washable commuter mug for your morning coffee and eliminate a Styrofoam or plastic cup every day. Bring bags to the market, either cloth ones or your old paper and plastic ones. Many markets will credit your bill for using your own bags. When buying only a few items, don’t take a bag. Features of Mobile Surveillance Application Here is the Secret Ways to Scan Messages Easily Clean and service your appliances, computers, tools, and cars so that they will enjoy even longer lives. And, before you replace them, check to see if they are repairable. Consider sharing equipment that is used infrequently such as hedge clippers, pruners, fruit pickers, or chain saws. RECYCLING ENVIROS Meeting april 29th 1.Presentation of Sistemas ecológicos integrales Plastic "PET" recycling program. 2.Introduction 3.Updates 4.Comittees EXPOSITION OF INTEGRAL ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS Transformation of Pet. capacity for los Cabos - 300 tons of plastic monthly. They have a compacting machine and also collect and transport to San Diego and then to china. They presented their program to the municipality without success. They tried to get into schools- no success . Presently they have a garbage recolection, 28 deposits of 5,000 lts each. 10 cubic mts. In each recolection site they put one person. They handle from 240 to 1,100 liters including the separation of the plastic. They collect garbage: 1 day organic; 1 day non-organic Committees: Organizing and administration – brenda, patricia, suzie •Set up non profit association (determine which one to use, reporting funds, attorneys, etc.) •Legal structure •Invoices •Accounting •Budgets •Semarnat - getting funds from their yearly contest-check bases & prepare proposal Outreach and media – bob, sabrina, estrella, guadalupe, walter, stefan claudia trigos, prem ponjabi, bert, bonnie, robin, norma •Hotels – prepare instructive by steps •Organizing information for website – Info provided by Guadalupe link (bert) •Networking – soliciting volunteers - sabrina •Outreach to individuals and organizations (early risers) •Government and municipality key contacts – data base guadalupe •Homeowners associations •Fund raising •Image (logo, slogan, etc.)summon the children to come up with name. Next meeting everyone should bring proposals to decide a name (basura viva, basura tiene otra vida) •Media campaign -creating the demand (selling something in the organic market) pilot at villas del mar, zacatitos •External communications (mission, vision) •Education – joel, rodrigo, claudia, guadalupe, norma, estrella •Recycling educational campaign •School programs •Instructions on how to recycle •Workshops •Hotels certification Operations and Markets – rodrigo, peter, carlos, steve, francisco walter, eduardo, stefen •Material routes (plastic and glass), •School Pilot program •Collection center •Recycling pilot program at the organic market •Containers •Logistics •Composting options •Collection centers at schools and other places •Pilot at villa del mar •Battery deposit - get address SAN FRANCISCO TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS Last Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | 12:32 PM ET CBC News San Francisco has become the first city in North America to ban the use of traditional plastic grocery bags, a step that municipal leaders hope will spread across the country. Passed Tuesday by the city's board of supervisors, the law prohibits large grocery stores and drugstores from using non-recyclable and non-biodegradable plastic bags made from petroleum products. Supermarkets will have six months to comply while drugstores will have up to one year. The city legislator who introduced the bill, Ross Mirkarimi, said that up to 200 million plastic bags are used each year in the city of roughly 740,000 people. It's estimated a traditional plastic bag takes 1,000 years to dissolve. "The first order of conservation is reduction and what we want to do is reduce the non-recyclable plastic bag," Mirkarimi said. "Many [foreign] cities and nations have already implemented very similar legislation. It's astounding that San Francisco would be the first U.S. city to follow suit," he said. Will reduce carbon dioxide output Jared Blumenfeld, the head of the city's environment department, said there would be many benefits. By cutting 100 million plastic bags a year the city will save 1.5 million litres of oil, and eliminate 4.2 million kilograms of carbon dioxide, Blumenfeld said. Blumenfeld said he hopes other cities will follow in San Francisco's footsteps. "We certainly hope that it will proliferate throughout the United States, certainly at least throughout the state of California," he said. CANADIAN TOWN TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS On April 2, the tiny town of Leaf Rapids in northwestern Manitoba is set to become the first Canadian community to ban plastic bags. The bylaw prevents retailers from selling or distributing the single-use bags. Ignoring the ban could result in a $1,000-per-day fine. Officials will hand out cloth shopping bags to each of the town's roughly 550 residents before the ban comes into effect on April 2. The B.C. mountain town of Rossland is also considering a voluntary ban on single-use plastic bags.