Zero Waste

Progress on the Los Alamos Ban the Bag campaign

By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group newsletter editor, 06/30/14

How are we progressing with the Bag Ban?


We can do it – without an air laser

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By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group Newsletter Editor

Here’s a solution for three critical environmental issues: (1) coastal-land loss by a climate-caused rise in sea levels; (2) overconsumption; and (3) excessive population.

The solution? Use an air-based laser to melt the plastic in both of the Great Pacific Garbage Patches (in the eastern and western Pacific convergence zones) to create a consolidated plastic island, then drag one to North America, and one to Japan.


Aim for Zero Waste in the new year

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By Jessie Emerson, Zero Waste coordinator

Another year has passed. Zero Waste has been active and met our goals for the year. We wanted to help reduce Santa Fe’s ecological footprint and to collaborate with the city, other organizations, schools and neighborhoods. Helping to pass the plastic bag ordinance in Santa Fe, we met those goals and our goal of education when we showed the film “Bag It” to members.


Santa Fe bans the bag

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By Jessie Emerson, Zero Waste coordinator

Congratulations Santa Fe! It now joins the ranks of enlightened cities Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin in
banning single-use plastic bags.

This success story began in 2008, when City Councilor Chris Calvert introduced a resolution to tax plastic bags. It only called for a “fair and equitable program including, but not limited to, an educational program to reduce or eliminate both paper and plastic disposable bag use.”

Nothing much happened then, but seeds were planted.


Partners for a Clean New Mexico Launch Statewide Campaign to Combat Illegal Dumping

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PRESS RELEASE: Partners for a Clean New Mexico Launch Statewide Campaign to Combat Illegal Dumping
DATE: April 18, 2013 Donna Hummel, Bureau of Land Mgmt., 505/954-2018
Joy Esparsen, NM Assoc. of Counties, 505/820-8111


National Geographic close to going Green for it's paper source

According to Green America's Better Paper Project latest report, (more info click here) the organization has succeeded in getting one of the largest, most influential magazine publishers in the country to admit the benefits of using recycled paper.


The Plastic Bag Debate

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By Jessie Emerson, Chapter Zero Waste leader
The National Climate Data Center released a report early January 2013 saying that 2012 was the warmest year on record in the US since it started keeping records in 1895. The Federal government released its crop report January 14th of this year: there have been crop losses caused by the worst drought since the 1950’s.

It is clear that the planet is in a warming cycle that is accelerated by
industralization and carbon emissions, ie. by fossil fuels. Steven davis of
the University of california states,” The only real solution to climate change
is to stop dumping CO2 into the atmosphere altogether.”

This article will focus on how plastic bags contribute to global warming,
environmental degradation and human health problems. We will also
discuss the use of corn plastics.


NASA’s Climate Kids idea: Make your own recycled paper greeting cards—and then plant them!

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A NEW TWIST ON RECYCLING

There’s a fun new activity on NASA’s Climate Kids website. Instead of just emptying the paper-shredder receptacle into the recycle bin, recycle it yourself! Make your own recycled paper greeting cards—and then plant them! This “seed paper’ activity is easy and fun, and produces a greeting anyone would find endearing for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Visit climatekids.nasa.gov/seed-paper.

Check out these great sites for kids:


The Nine laws of nature in relation to Zero Waste philosophy

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The laws of nature must be our guide when we begin to think ZERO WASTE. The Circle of Life by Janine Benyus presents 9 laws:


Zero Waste in Santa Fe - Radio interview with Jessie Emerson

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December 28, 2012 KSFR 101.5 Radio Interview with Chapter Zero Waste Chairperson Jessie Emerson

"Zero Waste" is Jessie Emerson's goal, and she's got ideas on how we can all move toward it in 2013...
DATE: December 28, 2012 • with KSFR radio host Chris Diestler

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