Recycle headaches

If you already recycle, try avoiding purchasing these three things:    Juice boxes, single use plastic bags AND diapers:  which are not just for babies, coming to  baby boomers soon!  

According to the San Fransisco state-of-the-art Recology recycling plant, these are their three main headaches.  Also, I do remember Dr. Michael Braungart also mentioning how difficult it is to recycle and reuse colored plastic bottles.  He recommended that if one has a choice to always, always stick with neutral, clear colored anything in the packaging and chemical world.

Juice Boxes

They are a perfect example of composites, a vexing category for recyclers that includes a wide range of items, like furniture, diapers,  or consumer packaging that binds different materials together, such as plastics and metal and paper fibers.  (The juice-box industry says a typical nonrefrigerated carton, as it’s called, includes 74 percent paper, 22 percent polyethylene and 4 percent aluminum.)

Those layers help preserve drinks, but also make the boxes extremely difficult to pull apart.

And to recycle, you must first sort. “It’s like separating an egg yolk from an egg,” Mr. Liss said of the composites problem. “It’s much easier to do before you stir it up.”

One possible solution is to create packaging that allows the materials to be more easily separated. Mr. Liss said an industry recycling group, The Carton Council, had been created to address the problem by developing additional sorting equipment. “The good news is that the industry is trying to figure it out,” Mr. Liss said. “They saw the problem, and they’re stepping up to address it.”

Nutrition myths

A recent NYTimes article    SHARE

“Is Sushi ‘Healthy’? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree”

This article explores the different common beliefs and expert nutritionists beliefs.  It’s an eye opener!  Quinoa  anyone?

Foods considered healthier by experts than by the public:
Percent describing a food as “healthy” Nutritionists Public Difference
Quinoa 89% 58%
Tofu 85% 57%
Sushi 75% 49%
Hummus 90% 66%
Wine 70% 52%
Shrimp 85% 69%

Later down the list, the only one that surprised me were the granola bars: probably too much sugar & sodium in them?  AND:   I’m not about to give up chocolate chip cookies and a few other things on the lower part of the scale – but maybe I’ll be moving them more into the 10-20% frequency range – or at least that’s my intention :-).

Here’s the NYTimes article link: