Have we gotten your attention?
Once you begin to learn how important recycling is to the health of our community and our world, you will want to know more.
Here are some great links to explore:
Healthy Legacy is a diverse public health coalition with thirty member groups that promotes healthy lives by supporting the production and use of everyday products without toxic chemicals. Healthy Legacy advocates for consumer education, business leadership and protective policies to advance safe alternatives. For a guide to safer plastics marketed for children click here or click here.
Earth911: This is a comprehensive website containing information on recycling and product stewardship that empowers consumers to act locally, live responsibly and contribute to sustainability. Earth 911 centralizes information and resources into a single user-friendly network.
World.org: World Environmental Organization (World.Org) is devoted to the preservation of the natural diversity of plant and animal species, and their habitats, with links to the 1000 top environmental sites. World.Org develops and implements scientific strategies for decreasing fossil fuel use, preventing climate change, and preserving plant and animal species and their habitats and more. Visit this site at a portal to a world of environmental topics:
MassDEP's mission is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth's natural resources - air, water, and land - and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens. As part of that mission, the agency publishes a quarterly newsletter for the public. Click here for the latest news. You can also subscribe for quarterly emails, and ask the DEP questions about environmental issues.
Massachusetts’ Waste Bans Find out what Waste Bans are. See page 6 of this site to find out what materials are banned and must be kept out of the waste stream. To get a better handle on the laws, click here.
MassRecycle is a statewide coalition of individuals, governments, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and realizing the vital environmental, social and economic benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials, and by increasing the utilization of recycled products.
Greener Choices is a website where Consumer Reports tests and reviews products with a "greener" sensibility. A "green ratings" section ranks a product’s energy, water and fuel efficiency performance and other factors. Additionally, this site has hundreds of resources for products for a greener planet.
The Sierra Club, inspired by nature, works toward protecting our communities and the planet. The club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The Sierra Club's investigations of environmental issues range from urban sprawl to wild lands protection, clean air and water, to global warming, human rights to responsible free.
Green Maven is a website that brings the best of the Green Web together. It is designed for those who just can't get enough of all things GREEN. This website seeks to grow the green economy by leveraging the power of the collective internet through a green search engine, a green directory and a green news reader.
Yahoo Green provides information on global warming and living green, including tools to calculate your carbon footprint and to make your own plans to save the planet.
Furniture Consignment Gallery Online: For valuable furniture too good to give to the Swap Shop or to charity, try the Furniture Consignment Gallery in Hanover. If you send them a picture of your item, and they deem it of the quality they handle, they can pick up your furniture and take care of all the details of finding a buyer. Obviously a good place to look for quality used furniture too!
Energy Guide offers unbiased advice about today's energy choices. Find ways to save, lower your bills and help the earth's environment. You can also analyze your home's energy use, with recommendations for saving energy and money.
The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun! (Editor's note: Sherborn does not yet have its own Freecycle group. You can start one, or join the Natick or Framingham groups.)
The Circle of Responsibility website is dedicated to educating consumers, institutional purchasers and culinarians about how food choices affect the global environment, local enonomies and the quantity and quality of healthy food. How do food choices affect climate change? What does your morning cup of coffee have to do with tropical songbirds? How do you eat healthy without creating a large carbon footprint? For the answers, click here.
GreenHome.com is a shopping marketplace that helps the conscientious consumer navigate through an increasingly complex green marketplace, by taking the guesswork out of deciding what to buy. The experts at Green Home have done the research for you. All products sold on the GreenHome website are non-toxic and guaranteed to be safe for your children, home, and environment.
Thousands of children’s toys have been recalled recently because of lead paint. But lead is not the only worry. Many other chemicals used in children’s products also pose health risks. Two of these are bisphenol A and phthalates. Both chemicals disrupt hormones in the human body.
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