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Sunday, December 8 11am-3pm
Changes at the office
The first change that happened was in the bathroom. The paper towel dispenser has been replaced with a hand dryer. This will reduce the amount of paper towels we use each week which reduces our garbage by 50%!
The second change that happened was in the waiting room which no longer supplies plastic water cups. We have been recycling all of the plastic cups we use since we opened 11 years ago, but by replacing the disposable plastic cups with reusable plastic cups we will decrease our recycling by 75%!
The third change that happened was finding a way to recycle all of the plastic waste from the acupuncture needles. By collecting and sending away all of the needle wrappers, we will reduce our garbage by another 35%!
In our next blog, we will talk about how we are partnering with TerraCycle AND YOU to help reduce all of our plastics.
Please check out that blogpost (Friday 2/1), as it gives you a way to get involved too! We will be collecting items at our center and you are welcome to drop off your plastics, wrappers, etc. Stay tuned!
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Happy New Year! Sorry for the late wishes. We are not quite sure where January went, but as we approach February we are moving forward with our New Year’s resolution to reduce the amount of plastic waste that we produce across all areas of our lives. We have always recycled, but in recent months Louise’s husband, Tom has been doing more research on the what is actually happening to the plastic that we put in our recycle bin and the news is not good.
Did you know even if your local trash collector says they are recycling everything you put into your bin, that in fact, some or all of it is probably ending up in the landfill? Really? That was our first reaction and here is what our research produced:
In a recent interview, David Kaplan, the CEO of Maine Plastics , a post-industrial recycler, explained about the current recycling practices here in the US. He said that plastics with numbers 3-7 are absolutely not being recycled and are going to a landfill because China is no longer taking these plastics. This has been happening since the launching of an initiative known as ‘Green Fence’ by the Chinese government which was to help reduce their pollution. The policy bans the import of all but the cleanest, most tidily organized bales of reusable rubbish. The program was supposed to end in November of 2013, but as suspected by the recycling companies, it looks like Green Fence is here to stay. Mr. Kaplan believes that the plastics #3-7 will continue to end up in landfills until the United States can economically recycle these plastics.
So unfortunately not all plastic that is put into a bin is getting recycled and only 9% of all plastic even makes it into a recycling bin. So what happens to the other 91%? Some of it ends up in a landfill but a fair amount ends up in our oceans. Around 8 million metric tons go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today. That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every meter of coastline (excluding Antarctica). By 2025 we will be putting enough plastic in the ocean (on our most conservative estimates) to cover 5% of the earth’s entire surface in cling film each year. Those are some scary statistics. But what really made us rethink our plastic addiction was the report from The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, which analyzed the flow of materials around the world and predicted that, given the projected growth in plastic production, by 2050 oceans could contain more plastics than fish.
In the year 2050, our children and nieces and nephews will be close to our ages. We want them to be able to enjoy nature as much as we do today. Therefore, we are making a change. At home and at the office we are going to reduce the amount of plastic that we use and at the same time we are going to recycle as much plastic material as we can in order to decrease the amount of garbage that we produce. It is not easy. Once you stop and pay attention to the amount of plastic that is around, the task seems daunting. We believe we have to start somewhere! We cannot let this make us complacent, nor paralyzed.
In our next blog we will tell you how we are doing it! Please come back and pass this along to your friends and family.
We are all in this together.
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We look forward to welcoming you and connecting with you!
Anita, Louise, Susan, John, Michelle, Susanne, Teri, Margie, Bud
Grab a hold of what matters.
See the one word written on the arm of
Twist something free down in the belly of the
awakens to a day
when all you need to do is
Wake the sleeping giant
between your shoulder blades.
The peace lily has decided this is the
moment to bloom.
Follow her white hood as far up as you
Greet the tree tops. The red tail hawk
sitting on the naked branch full of
Why not join her? Bring amazement.
brush the feathers from your own
There is a special kind of beauty
to the rain.
~Anita Bondi 2018
Vision Board Workshop
Saturday, January 6, 2018
After all the giving to others, take a bit of time for yourself. Start your New Year with reflection, intention, and creativity! (A vision board is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of one’s dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation. )
Workshop will include breathing, stretching, guided meditation, journal writing, sound healing, gentle conversation, snacks, and the creation of your own personal vision board.
All supplies included. Workshop held at Harmony House in DWG, PA
Space is limited to 8 people. Sign up: email@example.com