One Fun Thing:  Closing City Streets To Cars On Sunday

One Fun Thing: Closing City Streets To Cars On Sunday

Every week on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. the city of Bogata does the unthinkable — closes many of its main streets to cars.  They call it Ciclovía, or Bicycle Way, the National Geographic reports, and the people of Bogata just love it. 

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One Cool Thing: Move over Hot Duck, There’s a New Heron in Town

One Cool Thing: Move over Hot Duck, There’s a New Heron in Town

Remember the enigmatic and striking Mandarin duck (aka the Hot Duck) that appeared (and then disappeared and then reappeared) in Central Park last year? Well, now it seems that it may have some competition: an electric Great Blue Heron that’s been living in the park for a while but keeping a low profile. David Barrett, […]

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Cities Saying Bye-Bye to Styrofoam

Cities Saying Bye-Bye to Styrofoam

On Tuesday, the City of San Diego became the latest U.S. city to ban the use of styrofoam within city limits.  The ban covers the use and distribution some very common products like egg cartons, food containers, coolers, ice chests, pool or beach toys, mooring buoys and navigation markers made fully or partially of polystyrene foam, commonly known as styrofoam.  Other major cities like New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. also now have styrofoam bans in effect. 

Why This Matters:  Styrofoam needs to go.  The new replacements are better for the planet and completely recyclable.  For example, TemperPack’s  “ClimaCell” packaging produces 97% less carbon emissions in the manufacturing process than styrofoam and will replace tens of millions of pounds of plastic foam that would otherwise be dumped in landfills and never biodegrade.  Good for the economy and good for mother earth.  Good for these cities for taking this bold action.  

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