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RFC on Tour with Bare Naked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster in 2013

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Recycling for Charities & The Wireless Alliance proudly announces that we have partnered with REVERB, and will be on tour with BNL, Ben Folds, and Guster this summer! Reverb is a Portland, ME based non-profit founded in 2004 by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner of Guster. Reverb provides comprehensive, custom greening programs for music tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education with fans around the globe. In addition to our greening work with bands and artists, Reverb also works to move forward the sustainable practices of music industry leaders, including venues, record labels, and radio stations.

As part of Reverb’s efforts, we’ll be set up to collect old cell phones, ipods, and digital cameras at Reverb’s Eco Villages at every stop on the Last Summer on Earth tour. Participation earns you a chance to win an acoustic guitar signed by the Bare Naked Ladies! Keep your eyes peeled for Reverb’s Eco Village and bring your old phones to the show to save on shipping. If you forget to bring your phones, stop by and pick up one of our mailing labels we’ll be handing out.

Check out for more details on REVERB.

BONUS: If you’re interested in going to one of the shows for free, you can try volunteering with Reverb by contacting Space is limited tho, so don’t wait! I had the chance to volunteer at Red Rocks in Colorado this past week and it was a blast! I want to give a shout out to Chris and Lara and Paige for all their efforts, as well as all the bands for supporting our efforts to keep the planet green and our tours clean!

Jason Beaubier

Recycling for Charities

Plastic Waste Forms Island of Garbage in Pacific Ocean

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Great Eastern Garbage Patch. Have you ever heard of it? Most haven’t. Located at a natural collecting point right in the center of revolving currents called the North Pacific Gyre, the Great Eastern Garbage Patch is a floating island of waste estimated to be twice the size of Texas. That’s right- TEXAS. Somehow this massive garbage heap had shied away from the media for years, but has now been brought to the public’s attention via Captain Charles Moore of the Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita, who is credited for its discovery.

Thousands of miles from land this garbage patch is littered with debris that many would assume is from people aboard passing ships, but researchers think not. They estimated that 80 percent of the trash is actually due to land dwellers and has eventually found its way over the years to the North Pacific Gyre. This is nothing but bad news considering that there is even more trash riding the currents as you sit and read this now, destined to add to the island’s growth.

A 10 mile-wide fleet of plastic Taco Bell take-out bags.

80,000 Nike running shoes involved in a containership spill in 1990.

Discarded fishing nets and lines that run miles long.

“Nurdles”, or tiny plastic pellets that resemble tapioca and carry high concentrations of deadly chemicals, one hundred billion pounds of which are used each year to make things like CD cases and plastic pipes.
This is just some of what can be found on and near the Great Eastern Garbage Patch, but they all equal this: roughly one million pieces of plastic per square mile across hundreds of miles of the Pacific Ocean. Countless animals in and out of the water have confused these floating plastic objects as food or have gotten tangled or strangled in plastic lines and nets only to lose their lives. According to Marine Biologist David Barnes of the British Antarctic Survey, “Plastic is not just an aesthetic problem. It can actually change entire ecosystems.”

Right now we can only expect the trash to continue invading the ocean. There are bans in place to prevent the dumping of plastics but enforcement on the open ocean is not taken seriously and when accidents occur they do not need to be reported. This means people like Captain Moore, who are trying to stop plastic from taking over our ocean, don’t even have a chance to clean up the debris left by others, even if by accident.

What is ironic is that people value plastics for the same reason plastics are causing so much harm to our oceans: its durability. While manufacturers place the blame of plastic debris on consumers, Captain Moore makes a good point saying that, “there’s no reason why a six-pack ring or a peanut butter jar should have to last for 400 years.” While manufacturers have attempted to perfect biodegradable packaging there is only one company, EarthShell, which has made real progress. The company has already begun work with the National Park Service who uses their biodegradable plates and has even provided many McDonald’s restaurants with their clamshell boxes. The Environmental Cleanup Coalition has also made a huge impact by taking the initiative to collaborate with other organizations who try to come up with ways to safely remove plastic and other pollutants from the ocean.

Recycling for Charities is passionate about helping to eliminate waste in any way possible. While we are limited to recycling electronic waste we have tips to help consumers prevent the growth of this plastic-waste island too. You can buy products with less plastic packaging and therefore decrease your plastic waste. For example, instead of buying pop or soda that has a six-pack ring around them, buy the case in the cardboard box that can later be broken down and recycled. Also, you can practice and promote the proper disposal of plastic items. Recycle your plastic waste when possible and never litter, especially near places like the beach where wildlife can mistake your trash for food. If you do not have the means to donate money to an environmental organization you can always donate your time by helping with a local clean-up at a park or beach. Remember, your small effort can make a big difference.

The “Greener” Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, Christmas is right around the corner. As everyone adapts to the holiday spirit the foundation behind any Christmas is a good Christmas tree. Now for those of you who are trying your best to go green you may wonder, is a real or fake tree better for the environment? With all of the various options available we can see why this would be a troubling question.

On one side you have the fresh real thing straight from mother earth, which is the choice of approximately 29 million households, according to the National Christmas Tree Associations. Yes, it is a real thing, I checked for myself. The majority of Christmas trees are grown on farms for this purpose, meaning deforestations is no longer an issue. However, the trees do have to be shipped from the farms to sites that are often long distances. On top of that, they also require pesticide and fueled vehicles to maintain and ultimately will end up in landfills.


Plastic Bottles: New York Encourages Green Efforts

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Give another win for the green movement as it continues its push for a more environmental friendly culture. New York has joined Connecticut, Oregon, California, Maine, and Hawaii in a plastic bottled water deposit policy. This is a major blow to the bottled water industry that has become one of the green movement’s major adversaries. The law was originally suppose to be passed back in June, 2009 but instead was delayed by a coalition of bottled water companies that deemed the bill unconstitutional. This move push things back until April 2010, until recently in August, a federal state judge ruled that the key elements of the bill could still take place prior to next year.

As of October 31st New York has expanded its deposit laws to now include plastic water bottles. For every plastic bottle of water a five-cent deposit will be included with the purchase, which consumers can then return to the stores for their refund. It works much like the deposit with aluminum cans you see in all of the convenience stores. About 80 percent of unclaimed deposits will go to state funding which could result upwards to $115 million annually.

Nationally on average Americans buy an estimated 28 billions plastic water bottles annually. It is estimated 8 out of every 10 of these plastic water bottles will end up consuming space in a landfill. By placing a monetary value on these bottles there will be an incentive to recycle them for a value rather that throwing them away and sending them to the landfill. This means the plastic bottles scattered through out the city will now have a value and give people an incentive to pick them up.

This will also help the states that have passed this bill by adding dollars to their decreasing revenues. At the same time by expanding the deposit laws this will also bring much needed revenue to individuals. It is easy to ask someone to recycle their plastic bottles, but that doesn’t mean they are going to. With a deposit placed on these bottles individuals will actually lose money if they decide to just trash, which in this day and age losing money isn’t considered a good idea.

It seems as it would only make sense for other states to take a look at the expansion of deposit on plastic water bottles. Although, the plastic bottled water industry continues to be a thorn in the side of the green movement, the expansion of deposit on plastic bottled water is a major win for green movement and their environmental efforts.

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