Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on Yes We Canned
Catalina is now in the business of growing their own local tuna.
Did you ever open a can of tuna and think, “This really resembles cat food.” Did you know that there has not been a single commercial tuna cannery in the U.S. since 1972? The Marine Mammal Protection Act passed—protecting whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, walruses, manatees, etc. The legislation was a fantastic idea, protecting the lives of our friends in the sea, but also ended commercial tuna fishing in America. This really had an impact on the quality of the tuna we were consuming here in America. But…things are looking up for our tuna quality. Whole Foods is promising to only sell sustainable canned tuna by 2018. Some of the lowest quality tuna that was tested are among Target, Costco, Chicken of the Sea, Trader Joe’s, Bumble Bee, and Walmart. The lowest-rated on Greenpeace’s test was Starkist—the largest tuna brand in the U.S., and probably what most Americans have in their cupboard at home.
To read the rest of this very informative article from San Diego Magazine…CLICK HERE.
Friday, September 15, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on A Sustainable Solution To Water Supply Challenges
Because San Diego lacks a local drinking water source, we import 85% of our water from the Colorado River and Northern California Bay Delta. Due to that and droughts, San Diego falls victim to rising water costs from wholesalers. The cost of water has tripled over the last 15 years and does not show signs of dropping. In fact it is currently getting even higher. What do we do? We obviously need water to live.
The city of San Diego has launched Pure Water San Diego. This is a program to help manage our own existing water supply and uses advanced water purification technologies to recycle wastewater into safe, high-quality drinking water. In essence it’s basically recycling our own water…how brilliant is that? Although this is a remarkable step forward in water preservation, reaching the goal of producing approximately one-third of San Diego’s water supply by 2035 isn’t a cheap endeavor. The bill for just the first phase is a healthy $1.2 billion.
To read the rest of this article from Brookings…CLICK HERE.
Thursday, September 7, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on 91% of Plastic Isn’t Recycled
When talking about non recylcled plastic, even 1% is too much – but 91%! That is just sad.
Beginning 6 decades ago and since then, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been created as disposable products, which end up in the trash. Of all that plastic waste, only 9% has been recycled!
Jenna Jambeck is a University of Georgia environmental engineer who specializes in studying plastic waste in the oceans and she says, “We all knew there was a rapid and extreme increase in plastic production from 1950 until now, but actually quantifying the cumulative number for all plastic ever made was quite shocking.”
To Read this full story and see the video from National Geographic…CLICK HERE!
Monday, August 28, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on Instead of ban, San Diego will allow recycling of foam food containers
While many cities have banned the use of polystyrene food containers, on July 1st 2017, San Diego began allowing the recycling of said polystyrene. Sophie Barnhorst, a San Diego Chamber of Commerce Policy Coordinator stated, “We believe recycling expanded polystyrene food containers is a sensible alternative to an outright ban”.
To read the full article from the San Diego Union Tribune…CLICK HERE.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on How to Recycle and Donate Your Leftover Eclipse Glasses
Well the total eclipse has come and gone. Hopefully you were lucky enough to see it and if you did, you hopefully saw it through approved eclipse glasses. Now that you’ve experienced this amazing event, what to do with those glasses?
Lifehacker.com has instructions on how to appropriately recycle your eclipse glasses.
To find out how…CLICK HERE!
Thursday, August 10, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on What is Fairtrade?
If you are anything like me, l had heard the phrase Fairtrade, but didn’t really know what it meant. I knew it had something to do with helping the environment but that was about the extent of my knowledge. Fair trade is a far overlooked concept that if practiced, could make a huge difference in the world we live in.
When purchasing fairtrade coffee for instance, it can mean five times the pay for a farmer vs. child labor. Through Fairtrade, farmers and workers take control and build sustainable futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Fairtrade America states…”The difference between “Fairtrade” and “fair trade” is that “Fairtrade” refers only to Fairtrade organizations (such as Fairtrade America) or products certified through the Fairtrade International system. Conversely, “fair trade” can refer to many different things – the fair trade movement, fair trade products generally, products that claim to be fairly traded but do not carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.”
To read a very informative and interesting article from Fairtrade America….CLICK HERE!
Monday, July 17, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on No yard, no problem! Composting in small spaces.
Many of you already know about traditional backyard composting, but there are other options out there to help you recycle your organics at home. Today, I’ll cover some basics on two composting methods you may not have heard of yet: vermicomposting and bokashi.
Earlier this year, our Hotline Manager, Amanda, wanted to increase her composting knowledge, much like our Education Manager and Master Composter-in training, Erika. After taking a series of classes, Amanda wanted to share these two new methods that are great for small spaces. Read on to learn the basics of two innovative composting methods; perhaps you’ll find one that works for you!
To Read the Full Article from I Love a Clean San Diego, CLICK HERE.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on 5 things you can do about climate change
It may not seem like your helping on a global scale, but things that you can do at home to help prevent climate change really do make a big difference. Things like replacing that old thermosta for heating and cooling with a programmable thermostat allows you to turn off the heating or A/C when you’re not home. For $20 you can’t go wrong. Your Helping the enviromemt and shaving hundreds off your energy bill.
Replacing your toilet with a new one is a great way to manage water usage. A lot of people don’t realize how much water each flush takes. The EPA says toilets account for nearly 30% of the average home’s indoor water use.
Also be greener at the office. There is no need to abandon your hard work saving the environment when you leave your home. Power down that computer, recycle those soda cans and water bottles. Most offices these days should have recycling programs. If your office does not, be proative…initiate one!
To read the full list of helpful things you can do. Read this article from CNN by clicking HERE!
Friday, July 7, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on How to Live WaterSmart
Well…the summer is here, the heat is on and we may be officialy out of the drought, but lets not go willy nilly with the water. The folks at I love a clean San Diego have some tips that we should all be living by when it comes to saving water.
The San Diego County Water Authority recently launched a campaign to encourage San Diego County residents to Live WaterSmart. The agency provides many free resources to support water-use efficiency as a way of life and encourage sustainable changes to homes and landscapes. This approach helps ensures our region will have sufficient water supplies for years to come.
Resources provided by the Water Authority and its partners include:
For the Full Article CLICK HERE
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | By nanzalone | Comments Off on “Salt.” Where Does it Go?
(I love a Clean San Diego) – You may be wondering where the salt goes after desalination? You might think that it wouldn’t be harmful at all to where it’s put, right? After all, “It’s just salt”.
Desalination Explained – Desalination is the process of removing salt from ocean water to make it pure and drinkable (Desalination by reverse osmosis). A desalination plant is where this process is done. They collect the water from the ocean and remove the salt.
Where “Salt” Goes
Most of the time they put whatever is left of the “Salt” back in the ocean at some distance from the desalination plant (Answers Corporation). This can be very harmful considering that the salt can become a chemical that can be difficult to break in the process of desalination (Green Garbage Corporation). Some plants like the Tampa’s Plant, in Florida, have found a different way to dispose of the brine. The Tampa’s Plant has discovered a way to use the brine as energy. They use brine to produce part of the energy for desalination. I don’t really understand why they don’t share their amazing discovery with the rest of the facilities.
To read the full article…CLICK HERE!