Alan Weisman

Obligatory Earth Day Post

I give up. It’s impossible for me to continue my years-long rant against bottled water and plastic shopping bags since the explosion of K-Cups. These evil pods are not only plastic but they can’t be recycled (NPR 1.28.15). That their popularity follows the publication of Alan Weisman’s “Polymers are Forever” is particularly galling. We now […]

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Polymers Are Forever — Ban The Plastic Bag

Tree bags are bad enough, but the plastic bags that find their way into Narragansett Bay and the ocean present a much greater environmental hazard. Environment Rhode Island is spearheading the effort to ban plastic bags in Rhode Island. On Thursday, State Rep. Maria Cimini (Providence) introduced a bill in the Rhode Island House of

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Worst Idea I’ve Heard All Day

Today’s ProJo ran a depressing piece from The L.A. Times about 3-D printers. . . . what if you wanted to “print out” a dinner plate, the leg of an armchair or an eyeglass frame? It may sound far-fetched and futuristic, but plastic extrusion machines that can do this — popularly known as 3-D printers

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No more plastic…. anything

This will be my hippie-dippy earth day contribution. No one who has read a description of the North Pacific garbage gyre (two vortices really) remains unchanged. ‘Polymers are Forever’ by Alan Weisman first appeared as an article in Orion Magazine. It was later incorporated into his excellent book The World Without Us and maybe you

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Why I Love the Irish

As reported in the New York Times, Ireland has virtually eliminated the hated plastic grocery bag by imposing a 33¢ tax on each one. The law prohibits grocers from absorbing the cost. Faster than anyone could have predicted people switched to the reusable totes. If you are looking for a way to feel smug about

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