Archive for January, 2008





Hi, I’m Polystyrene – Plastic #6


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Polystyrene (PS), otherwise known as plastic #6, was accidentally discovered by a Berlin pharmacist in 1839. While polystyrene is widely used today, it is rarely found in plastic bottles – it contains benzene which is generally considered a carcinogenic substance. What is it made of? Polystyrene is a thermoplastic polymer, and its molecular formula is […]


Alternative Energy Meetup Recap


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Despite the dreary weather last night, about 25 of us made it to the Charleston Alternative Energy Meetup at Huger’s Restaurant. These monthly meetings are hosted by local greenlebrity Ian Sanchez, and bring together a wide range of people interested in biodiesel, solar, wind, wave, and nuclear energy. The meeting kicked off with a 30-minute […]


The BIG move


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After living in a very bucolic setting for 8 and half years, we made a change. Or I should say, I made a change and my sweet husband, kind of disgruntled 10 year old, and up for whatever kindergartner came along for the ride. I knew all along that I was going to struggle with […]


Sonoco Opens Local Recycling Plant


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On Monday, Sonoco opened a new 30,000 square foot recycling facility in North Charleston. I don’t know a ton about Sonoco, but this new facility will be used to collect, process, and recycle nearly 250 million pounds of material each year. Not only does Sonoco take sustainability seriously, they are closing the loop when it […]


Santee Cooper Green


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Last week, Melanie sent me a link to Santee Cooper Green, the state-owned energy company‘s environmental portal. They generate and provide electricity to Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry county residents, as well as 20 electric co-ops around the state. In fact, they provide the juice to 41% of South Carolina – a statistic that makes anything […]


Unnecessary Meat


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Have you ever discovered that you’re being green without knowing it? Upon reading, ‘Greenpeace: A Guide to Living,’ we were surprised that a vegetable-based diet was ranked second right behind “don’t drive” as a way to lower your environmental impact. Chad and I have been lacto-ovo-vegetarians for over a decade. In my opinion, humans are […]


New Recycling Dropsite in West Ashley


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I was very happy to see this weekend that a recycling dropsite has been setup in the Food Lion Shopping Center at 65 Sycamore Avenue. That brings the total to seven dropsites in West Ashley for those of us who don’t have curbside pickup. The site does not have a bin for corrugated cardboard yet, […]


Keep Charleston Beautiful and Wipe Out Wireless Waste


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If you’re like me, chances are that deep in your closet, you too have a box of things that is labeled, “stuff.” And in it, most likely, is that old cell phone that you just didn’t know what to do with, so you stashed it in stuff purgatory. Well fear no more, there is a […]


Should Plastic Grocery Bags Be Banned?


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The more I read about plastic grocery bags, the more I believe that plastic grocery bags should be banned. Their impact on this planet is destructive and everlasting. Plastic grocery bags are littered everywhere on Earth, from the side of Long Point Road to Antarctica. Maybe you’ve heard about the folks in China who have […]


Design Charrette on I-526 Expansion Alternatives


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Last week, Concerned Citizens of the Sea Islands held a Design Charrette aimed at finding alternatives to the expansion of I-526. I was unable to attend, so I was hoping some of our readers made it.  If so, please let us know how it went and if the local green movement had a presence at […]










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