Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day - But Sorry I'm Not Going to Pick Up Used Metrocards From the Street and Re-Use Them

Image of Planet Earth from Wired

Earth day according to Wikipedia:
Earth Day is either of two different observances, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. The United Nations celebrates an Earth Day each year on the March equinox, a tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969. A second Earth Day, which was founded by US politician Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in the late 1960s, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22.
Some Earth Day tips from the NY Post:
*To thoroughly disinfect bathroom and kitchen countertops without using harmful bleach, use rubbing alcohol. Moisten cotton balls and wipe away. It will truly sanitize without the harmful fumes of bleach.

* Tired of getting junk mail and catalogs? Get revenge! Just circle the return address on the envelope and write RETURN TO SENDER on the front. Drop it in the mail and it'll be returned to the sender since they have to pay the return postage.

* If you must buy bottled water, think glass, not plastic. Most stores carry spring water in glass bottles. Glass is easily and infinitely recyclable; old glass bottles become new glass bottles over and over and over again.

* Bring all your old cellphones, PDAs and BlackBerries to any Duane Reade store in New York City and recycle them for free in a Call2Recycle collection box. They'll get made into new metal products. www.call2recycle.org

* Instead of getting a new MetroCard when you need one, pick-up one off the ground and refill it. These strewn cards can be refilled, recharged and re-used.
Re-using Metro cards found on the street sounds like a lovely idea. Comedy Central's Lewis Black has some contrarian Earth Day thoughts on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart from You Tube.