I’m really excited to see MOM’s on Facebook for several reasons. I think that having MOM’s up on Facebook will introduce it to more people out there who might not have heard of the stores. I’m also hoping that it will give people who share common interests a place to interact. If hundreds of people who all share a passion for the planet, organic food, and healthy eating, are all coming together in one place online, then surely discussions and meetings can arise.
I’m hoping that people will post pictures of themselves doing great things for the planet, like cleaning a river, teaching kids, or just plain hiking.
At the beginning of April, I am going to announce a contest giving a monthly prize to people who take a MOM’s shirt or MOM’s bag to interesting places on Earth, and then post the photo on Facebook. One prize per month, with details to be announced the first week of April, so get your pictures posted!
We have recycled diligently for many, many years, but we started tracking each item in April 08. Each of our five stores reports their numbers every evening, and they get entered into a spreadsheet. To find an average weight of each item, we traveled to each store and weighed several different samples. We took all of them, and came up with an average weight.
For some items, you get a better idea when you think of volume or cubic feet instead of weight, so we included those in our report.
Please get in touch if you have any questions..
MOM’S (Mom’s Organic Market) 2008 Recycling Numbers
487 BAGS OF BUBBLE WRAP or 13,041 CUBIC FEET
(If you stacked each cubic foot of the bubble wrap we recycled on top of each other, it would add up to 10 Empire State Building’s)
4905 BOXES OF PRODUCE TRIMMINGS or 147,150 POUNDS or almost 74 TONS (This weighs as much as 15 fully grown elephants or 6 school buses filled with High School students)
250 BUCKETS OF BATTERIES or 875 GALLONS
(This many batteries would fill almost 15 standard household bathtubs)
1134 BAGS OF PLASTIC BAGS or 13,041 POUNDS
(This would fill 12 neighborhood swimming pools!)
756 BAGS OF PACKING PEANUTS or 20,412 CUBIC FEET
(This is enough packing peanuts to completely fill twenty four 17 foot U-Haul Trucks)
1415 BAGS OF COMMINGLED ITEMS or 29,715 POUNDS
(This would be equivalent to almost thirty 8 yd dumpsters. These are the kind we have at all of our stores)
1723 BINS OF MIXED PAPER or 18,953 POUNDS or 25,776 GALLONS
(This would fill over 3000 standard back yard wheelbarrows)
135 BOXES OF LIGHTBULBS
(The sizes of each box vary, but on average, this would be enough to fill three 17 foot U-Haul Trucks)
OTHER BUBBLE WRAP EXAMPLES
(Enough bubble wrap to fill three swimming pools, one tractor trailer, and
send all of our employees to outer space with Zoltan !)
I thought readers of the MOM’s blog would find this interesting..
Startling fact about formaldehyde November 24, 2008
I was watching “Stuff Happens” on Planet Green yesterday and Bill Nye was talking about insulation for your home. He mentioned that formaldehyde is in traditional fiber glass insulation and the “anti-green” issue with it is that after we’re through with it, it goes in a dump, thus reeking havoc on the environment. Two “greener” alternatives to fiberglass insulation were given. One was recycled blue jeans and the other was vegetables, believe it or not. There is now a vegetable oil polyurethane insulation foam where bubbles within it trap air. Both are amazing products.
What really struck me during this segment was a horrifying fact he gave about formaldehyde. Twenty years ago, two times the amount of formaldehyde was needed to embalm a body. Now, only half the amount is needed due to the fact that we have so much formaldehyde already in our body. Here are typical products that contain it:
- nail polish
- hair spray
- floor polish
- spray starch
According to Wikipedia, formaldehyde is “classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that there is “sufficient evidence” that occupational exposure to formaldehyde causes nasopharyngeal cancer in humans. Formaldehyde has been banned in cosmetics in both Sweden and Japan.”
Scary, isn’t it? Probably the simplest ways to reduce the amount of formaldehyde you come in contact with is to read the ingredients on all your personal care products, visit Skin Deep for safer ones, and use “greener” cleaning supplies. Remember, small changes over a long period of time can make a big difference.
UPDATE: December 1, 2008 - The EPA has announced that it will be looking into the health risks of formaldehyde in pressed wood products
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A good video to watch about e-recycling
I subscribe to a blog / daily e-mail called Ideal Bites. It’s a great source of info, because they are short and to the point. It’s easy to read, and extremely helpful. I got this tip in my inbox the other day, and I wanted to share it with you. I have been telling people this for months, and here it was, written up nicely.
If you would like to see what I mean about this blog, check it out at
Wanna study up on how to stop getting phonebooks?
Don’t cheat yourself or the forest. Sign up and you’ll never receive another paper phonebook. Taking notes?
- More paper for textbooks. About 540 million unsolicited phonebooks arrive at American doors annually - takes a lotta trees to make those.
- Majoring in waste reduction. Phonebooks make for about 660,000 tons of trash every year.
- Extra credit: less annoyance. Just lugging phonebooks into the house when you know you’ll never use them is a pain.
None of us have used a paper phonebook since the advent of Google SMS (send a text message to 466453 with business name and zip code, and you’ll get the number and address sent to you).
Have that old tv or monitor that you know needs to be recycled? If it is not completely broken, I suggest putting it on Freecycle or on Craigslist under “free”. Someone out there will be able to use it, or know how to fix it. If it is completely unrepairable, then take out on the 14th to be recycled.
Bethesda Green’s Electronics Recycling Day is coming up on December 14th at Walt Whitman High School (7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda MD) from noon until 4pm!
Drop off any old, unused electronics and enter a raffle to win a a new Samsung ENERGY STAR®-qualified TV (26-Inch 720p LCD HDTV), courtesy of Shady Grove Fertility Center.
Check out more info at Bethesda Green
Check out our booth this year at the Green Fest
A funny video that spoofs Star Wars, while highlighting Princess Lettuce and the other Organic Rebellion