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eWaste Recycling

by Karoline Steavenson

eWaste is comprised of old, unwanted, non-functioning televisions, radios, CD players, amplifiers, computers, game consoles, car rechargers, cellphones, cellphone rechargers, USB cables, floppy disc readers, cameras, and many other electronics that are a part of nearly every life now.

Old electronics can be recycled easily.(Photo from http://commons.wikimedia.org)

Often these old TVs, cables and other eWaste items wind up in the dumpster.  That’s not where they belong. The batteries and other electronics in these items harm the environment even if they don’t work.

Broken or unwanted electronics can be dropped off at an eWaste collection center or picked up by a private eWaste business.

The City of Los Angeles has several permanent collection centers.

EWC Recyclers and All Green Electronics Recycling are two local businesses that pick up some large items from residential clients for no charge, or consumers can drop off their eWaste at one of their local offices. They also pick up larger loads from businesses for a fee.

Consumers can also give their broken electronics to Goodwill Industries Thrift Stores. They have an eWaste recycling program too.

The components and metals in electronics can be harvested and reused. (Photo from http://www.ocgoodwill-ewaste.org/ )

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Proposition 23 – A backwards Solution!

Today marks the six moths anniversary since the worst oil disaster of the U.S. history. Eleven workers were killed as well as thousands of marine life were affected and miles of beaches were tinted with oil. As usual today has gone undetected by the mainstream media due to lack of interest of issues that could affect millions of people for decades to come. Many efforts were made to prevent deep sea oil drilling but early this month the federal government went ahead and approved to continue such practice due to raising unemployment in that region. Political agendas should keep moving toward a environmental friendly solutions instead of fading away from this issues.

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Hundreds of people show their support against global warming at the Los Angeles City Hall rally on October 10th. They called for the end of oil and coal dependency. Photo by Oscar Ortega.

In California, according to Greenpeace, Coalition for Clean Air and the American Lung Association say that Proposition 23 is backed by oil Texas companies. This initiative will suspend the control of air pollution in California until the unemployment drops to 5.5 percent. This means that any company that is under state regulation could have a license to pollute in the name of the “Economy or Unemployment.”  Our state government raised our sale taxes 1.5 percent a couple years ago and it didn’t make a dent to our economy, what makes them think this proposition can help our economy by allowing unscrupulous corporations to pollute our environment.

In the other hand, Meg Whitman, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, says that Green technology isn’t the right answer to generated jobs in California. She wants to suspend the 2006 Global Warming law and re-think it along with the estate economy. For decades California has been a leader in new technology and the environment but in the last few years it hasn’t even made it to the top ten environment friendly estates. It seems that some people are reluctant to a positive change and want to keep the same old attitude toward the environment.
Knowing what happened six months ago in the Gulf of Mexico, why politicians want to keep messing with California’s environment, beaches or the development of new technology. Why a Texan oil company has to have a “say” on California political issues? California’s environment should be decide by californians not by corporations, let along out of estate companies or politicians, who have no sense of the effects of global warming.

Be Proactive!

Make your Own Greener Cleaner 101:

Tub and Tile Cleaner

Ingredients:

1 cup water

3 cups baking soda

Directions:

Mix ingredients into a paste and apply with a brush. Use a toothbrush to scrub paste into grout. For a tougher jobs, first wipe surfaces with vinegar – use sparingly, as vinegar can break down tile grout.

For more greener cleaners visit Coalition for Clean Air.

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Be a Pro-active: Preventing Trash Get to Our Oceans

The Heal the Bay organization has hosted several events in the past weeks to bring awareness to out environment. On September 25th this organization will be hosting a cleanup at the Sepulveda Basin and it’s open to the public. This event is target to remove items such as plastic bags or any kind of trash which could end up in the oceans. Most of the items found in the oceans are grocery plastic bags, plastic snack bags, cigaret butts, plastic bottles, plastic fast food wrappers and many plastic relate items. All of us can be a part of the solution by being proactive toward this ecological problem. Some suggestions to keep our oceans clean can be from buying less products that are made from plastic, keep your home front curve clear of trash, while walking you dog in your neighborhood  keep a trash bag with you in case you see a bottle or plastic bag on the ground. All these little actions can make a big difference in our eco-system.

In an article aired on NPR and published by the Republic on the environment makes a good  debate on which to decide: a  better life for mankind or a better environment. You  be the judge.

I believe that we as human beings have a duty to maintaing and prolong our Mother Nature with our own actions. We need to responsible for what we do in this life.

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Era de la Evolución Menstrual

Biodegradable esponjas de mar. Foto cortesia de http://www.GladRags.com

¿Sabías que algunos tampones y toallas femeninas contienen sustancias químicas que causan cáncer? ¿Alguna vez has contemplado cuánto contribuyen las mujeres a los vertederos debido a los tampones y toallas femeninas?

Las cuatro grandes empresas que dominan la industria de los productos femeninos en el continente norteamericano son  Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, Playtex, y Johnson and Johnson. De acuerdo con la administración de comida y drogas (FDA), productos femeninos son hechos de algodón, rayón, o una mezcla de los dos. Para los productos que usan rayón, estas empresas usan dióxido de cloro para blanquear y romper más fácilmente las fibras de madera. El uso de dióxido de cloro en este proceso genera subproductos no deseados llamados órganoclorados. Órganoclorados contaminan las aguas residuales de la fabricación, al igual que las toallas femeninas y tampones que se producen. De acuerdo con la agencia de protección ambiental (EPA), órganoclorados causan defectos en el sistema inmunológico, malformaciones congénitas, cánceres (especialmente canceres en áreas reproductivas), deterioro neurológico, y una serie de otras complicaciones. El FDA insiste que los niveles de órganoclorados en los productos femeninos son muy bajos, tan bajos que prefieren considerarlos libre de órganoclorados. Es importante notar que cuando surgió esta polémica de órganoclorados, el FDA  ordenó  las empresas a que se encargaran de hacer estudios sobre los niveles de órganoclorados en sus productos. Los resultados de estos estudios es lo que ha usado el FDA para fundar sus observaciones y reglamentos.

Una taza menstrual. Foto cortesia de http://www.GladRags.com

La controversia de órganoclorados en tampones y toallas femeninas me deja con mas preguntas que respuestas pero algo que definitivamente si se es que el uso de productos femeninos esta contribuyendo innecesariamente a la cantidad de basura en el mundo. Hay alternativas que no solo reducen el desperdicio pero también ahorran dinero. Productos alternativos, como las tazas menstruales que son reusables, solo requieren el acostumbro y el abandono de la idea que sangre menstrual es sucia. Docter e investigadora, Konia Trouton, ha estudiado a mujeres usando tazas menstruales por primera vez, mujeres que antes solo usaban los tampones, para comparar su satisfacción con las tazas. Dice Trouton que la gran respuesta de las mujeres ha sido que están muy satisfechas con el cambio. También hay toallas femeninas reusables que se enjuagan y lavan después de cada uso. Una tercera opción son esponjas del mar, algo que mujeres usaban antes del invento de toallas y tampones. Esponjas del mar son biodegradables pero si se tienen que tirar después de varios usos.

Como dicen los americanos, “let’s be real”. Las dilemas de la vagina no son una prioridad para el gobierno y no hay porque esperar que legitimas regulaciones para productores de toallas femeninas y tampones empiecen. ¿Por qué tomar el riesgo de usar productos que tienen químicos que se ha demostrado causan cáncer? ¿Por qué seguir contribuyendo 20 billones de piezas de basura al año a los vertederos? ¿Por qué no guardar más de cien dólares al año? Basta con la vergüenza y el tabú, hablemos. Adelante mujeres!

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