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12 The Julian News EARTH t eir one- uar* ,oOu,t container uses 30 percent less l[Ga,~ ~! ~,rl. GuG~N ?AG! plastic than a #2 cup. Since it takes less material to make a I:~"~q TALK~ thinner container, it reduces ~d1:: the amount of resin that needs to be manufactured. Stonyfield L g ~ Questions & Answers estimates that the use of #5 over Called ladybug in the United States, this garden favorite is called gtiickskdfer in Austria, slundcko in Czechoslovalda, lepptikerttu in Finland, paskalitsa in Greece, lieveheersbeestje in Holland, coccinetla in Italy, tentou mushi in Japan, kumbang in Malaysia, biedronka in Poland, pikapolonica in Slovania, mariquita in Spain and ilsikazana esincane in Zulu. Source: www.celficbug.com © 2009 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World dghts reserved. Borrego, Cuyamaca, Escondido, Julian, Ocotillo, Palomar Mountain, Ramona, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel, Warner Springs (760) 580- 3528 HARDWARE STORES ' H'illtop Supply A Real Coun,~"y Hardkeare Stoz'e Why spin your wheels trying to find items elsewhere, Our customers say we stock almost everything they~/e ever tried to find. Instead of last resort, TRY US FIRST! We don't got it, we can get ft. Come see why we're "HILLTOP SUPPLY. 619 473-8461" 619 445~133 27506 01d Hwy. 80, Guatay 532 "B" Street P.O. Box 159. Ramona, CA 92065 (760) 789-0240 OPEN SUNDAYS! About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: It seems like more products are being packaged in #5 rather than #2 plastic today, and my local recycling agency won't take #5. I've also heard that #5 plastics are more toxic, which concerns me more than the recyclability issue. Which plastic is the better choice? -- Janice Shaffer, Chillicothe, M) Polypropylene, which is marked with #5 inside the "chasing arrows" symbols on the bottom of plastic containers, is a lighter- weight plastic resin commonly used in dairy and dell packaging. Some companies have chosen this lighter plastic because it has a lower environmental impact to produce and transport. High density polyethylene (HDPE), which is marked with #2, is a stiffer resin used to package cleaning products and also some dairy products. The most widely used resin type for consumer food products is polyethylene terephthalate, or PETE, which is marked with #1 and used for soda and water bottles. According to Consumers Union's "Greener Choices" website, all three of these plastics are considered safe for their original use, though any of them can leak toxins when reused repeatedly. And all three can be recycled, though a lagging market leads some recycling locations to limit what they'll accept. There is also concern that widespread plastics recycling encourages more use of plastics, and that efforts would be better spent getting consumers to buy fewer plastic-encased products. Some even criticize the chasing-arrow labeling system for implying a higher level of recyclability than is presently available. Why. is a lighter-weight plastic better? According to dairy company Stonyfield Farm, #2 prevents the manufacture and disposal of more than 100 tons of plastic per year. But savings comes from more than manufacturing. The heavier #2 plastics require more energy to transport. It's not only getting the yogurt from Stonyfield's plants to your store, but also getting the containers from the plastics manufacturer to their dairies. In fact, the company cites a packaging study by the Boston-based Tellus Institute which found that 95 percent of the environmental costs of packaging lie in production and less than five percent are associated with disposal. According to the website Earth 911, a national directory of recycling outlets, the best thing consumers can do is to choose items with less packaging and buy in bulk when possible. So the next time you reach into the dairy case, grab the quart or gallon-size yogurt instead of the single-serving cups. Then, make sure you recycle only the allowable plastics so you don't contaminate the lot. While recycling is important, it may be okay to landfill a product's packaging if it was created with an environmentally responsible plan. Besides seeking alternatives to plastic packaging, consumers can affect overall plastic use by supporting legislation that would require manufacturers to take back their plastic packaging, which would encourage "cradle- to-grave" practices. Further, you can support legislation that mandates more use of recycled plastic content, which would reduce the overall amount of virgin plastic produced in the first place. CONTACTS: Stonyfield Farm's Earth Actions, www.stonyfield. com/EarthActions, Consumer Reports' Greener Choices, www. greenerchoices.org; Earth 911, www.earth911.com. GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/TheEnvironmental Magazine P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881 Some companies have switched from #2 to #5 plastic food containers because it is lighter and has a lower environmental impact to produce and transport. Consumers Union says that, as with #1 or#2 plastic, #5 is safe for original use, though any of these materials can leak toxins when reused repeatedly. photo by bitzcelt, courtesy Flickr January 28, 2009 Green Ways To Revitalize A Kitchen (~ (NAPSA)--Homeowners who remember the "three Re" could makeover their kitchens, protect the Earth and save some green in the process. Reconditioning, redooring and refacing a kitchen--known as a kitchen tune-up--rather than rebuilding from scratch, can sig- nificantly cut remode]ing costs, save energy and keep discarded material out of landfills. Cabinet refacing and redooringl for instance, lets you revitalize your kitchen with new doors, drawer fronts and matching veneer, while keeping your exist- ing cabinet boxes. Similarly, reconditioning lets you tune up existing cabinets, doors and wood- work to look like new, without the cost or environmental impact associated with replacing them. "In a refacing service, a kitchen that has plain oak cabinets can be made cherry or maple, or even a European-sty]e 3D laminate material, all while helping the environment," says Dave Haglund, founder of Kitchen Tune-Up, a company that reconditions, re- doors and refaces kitchens. Going Green To help spread the word on green remodeling, Haglund's company started the "Plant a Tree" campaign in 1993, when it planted 25,000 seedlings to pro- mote reforestation. Fifteen years later and in its 20th year as a franchise system, the company has teamed with the Arbor Day Foundation to pro- mote their stance on resource sustainability. With each tune-up, redooring or refacing service completed by its franchises through the remain- der of 2008, the company will donate a tree in the client's name to be planted in a U.S. National Forest. The Arbor Day Foundation notes that national forests have areas in immediate need of refor- estation due to wildfires, infesta- tions and disease. For more information, visit www.kitchentuneup.com. 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