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Nannette Wall and Ethel Ford are two volunteers at the Sebastian Inlet State Park in Florida known as the “Recycling Grannies.” They take plastic bags, as well as plastic reclaimed from the ocean by rangers and turn it into “plarn” that can be used to crochet bags, gifts, as well as sleeping mats that Wall and Ford have been making for the homeless–half of their profits go right back to the park.
As WPTV reported, 25 years ago, Wall says a friend needed something to hold wet shoes. She heard about this craft that combined sewing and crocheting with plastic and brought the idea to Sebastian Inlet State Park where she spends 12 hours a week as a volunteer. Both women see craft items online, and wonder how they can make it from plarn. “You need to help the environment, even if it’s just a small way, but to keep all this out,” said Ford.
Marin County, CA resident and former marketing consultant Carolyn Lund got fed up with all the waste she saw accumulating in her community as a result of Amazon deliveries. That’s why she set out to spearhead a local effort to get Amazon to pick up their used boxes. The Amazon to Reuse Boxes pilot program […]
Forbes reported this week on retail giant Walmart’s efforts to work with consumers and suppliers on improving sustainable packaging to reduce the amount of “wish-cycling” — people tossing things into recycling bins on the hope that they can be recycled – and to improve packaging design with its end of life in mind.
Why This Matters: Consumers produced over 80 million tons of container and packaging waste in 2017, and only 50.1% was recycled, with the rest ending up in landfills or incinerated for energy.
The non-profit group United For Infrastructure co-hosted with the Wall Street Journal a forum on how four of the leading Democratic candidates plan to truly make America great again by improving our country’s aging infrastructure, and the candidates’ proposals, for the most part, skewed green and sustainable.
Why This Matters: The forum was originally planned as a hat tip to labor unions, which are big in Nevada, but it ended up being a sustainability forum as well.