Archive for November 19, 2008


>The Cost of Bottled Water

>Tap water is a tremendous value for families and communities, typically costing less than half a penny per gallon. Bottled water is often an important and convenient choice for consumers and the traveling public but it certainly has its costs.

Consumers should know about the carbon footprint and environmental impacts of bottled water. It takes a lot of energy to manufacture, transport, and store bottled water. Experts estimate the plastic bottle manufacturing process alone consumes 17 million barrels of oil a year.

Street litter and marine debris are costly concerns, as well. Marine debris is a major pollution problem affecting the world’s oceans, coasts, and watersheds. Although impacts may be more visible at the local beach; marine debris is a national and international problem. Anything can become marine debris. Extremely light-weight items, like plastic bottles, are more likely to become marine debris than heavier items because they can easily be carried by wind from one location to another.

Think globally and drink locally. Tap into the savings and recycle for the streams’ sake.

For more information about Water on Tap visit: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/wot/index.html

For more information about the Waste Reduction Model: http://epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/waste/calculators/Warm_home.html

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>With the month of November in full swing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking for your help in creating awareness about the leading cancer killer of both American men and women.

Based on well-documented associations between workplace exposures and cancer, it is estimated that 20,000 people die each year from different types of cancer that can be attributed to exposure in the workplace. Here are some ways the CDC suggests that you can help raise awareness not just about lung cancer but all types of cancer:

• Talk. This is the easiest way to help. Talk with your friends, neighbors and colleagues. Let them know about cancer, signs for early detection and the importance of yearly exams with your doctor.

• Write. Send a letter, e-mail or fax to local legislators and ask them to increase funding for cancer research.

• Get Involved. Participate in a cancer-awareness event in your area or provide educational material to your local hospital, clinic or health fair.

• Purchase cancer awareness materials that contribute proceeds to charities or organizations that help with cancer awareness or research.

For more information on Lung Cancer Awareness Month, visit the CDC Web site.

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