SAN FRANCISCO BANS PLASTIC BOTTLES -
San Francisco has just become the very first city in the United States to ban the sale of plastic water bottles! In response to the global movement of reducing the amount of waste we produce, this act is a bold move for the bay area. With a goal to achieve zero net waste by 2020, plastic water bottles smaller than 21 ounces will no longer be allowed on the city property. Violators of the ban will face fines of up to $1,000.
The EPA offers the following tips for preventing pollution:
Ride a bike, carpool, walk or take mass transportation to work or school.
Buy school supplies wrapped with minimal packaging, or buy products that come in bulk sizes. Packaging accounts for more than 30 percent of all the waste generated each year.
Use re-useable lunch containers bags rather than paper or plastic.
Practice Safe Take-out - Say no to extra napkins, plastic-ware and condiments.
Help start a recycling program at school or at work.
Use only recycled paper and other recycled products.
Maintain heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators and other energy using equipment, to reduce the amount of energy used.
Switch to LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs.
When you purchase electronics and appliances look for the ENERGYSTAR label and buy the most energy efficient items possible to meet your needs.
Purchase products in bulk with minimal packaging.
Save water and protect the environment by choosing WaterSense labeled products in your home, yard and business and taking simple steps to save water each day.
Protect against cell phone radiation:
• Use a headset or speaker mode.
• Hold the phone away from the body.
• Text more, talk less.
• Don’t store your phone in a pocket or under a pillow.
• Call when the signal is strong.
The European Parliament just voted by 522 to 16 to urge ministers across Europe to bring in stricter limits for exposure to radiation from mobile and cordless phones, Wi-fi and other devices, partly because children are especially vulnerable to them.
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