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World Centric Quarterly Newsletter Early Fall 2009

Out of Sight Out of Mind?
What Our Consumption Habits Say About Us.

When most people think of the Pacific Ocean, they think of rolling seas and tropical vacations. What doesn’t typically come to mind is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which isn’t exactly aptly named. Estimated to be the size of Texas, the Great Pacific Garbage State seems more accurate.

image1How does something like this come about and stay seemingly under our radar? First, we must look at what the patch is made out of, which consists almost entirely of plastics. These suspended plastics have been gathered in a perfect storm of conditions, where circular ocean currents slowly bring the materials together and trap them. The area is also rarely traveled for nautical purposes, so what one would consider a road block for sailors would be like a road block in the middle of the Sahara. Surely something so big would be visible by satellite then? This is also not so, as the particles of plastics are so small they are almost invisible to the naked eye.

It wasn’t until 1988 that the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was known, and its estimated that 80% of the garbage originated on land. Of this garbage, some disintegrates (or rather photo-degrades by sunlight) after a year, but not without leaving toxic chemicals behind in the water. Also as it breaks down, it becomes small enough for sea life to ingest it, bringing to life a whole new cycle of problems. image2

The days of irresponsible consumption are long past, and its time we think seriously about the glutinous use of plastic in our daily lives. When entire populations of marine life are extinguished and human health is seriously affected, we can no longer look at plastics the same. It’s time to conscientiously consume less, and appropriately dispose of that which do use.

Want to help?
These great organizations are trying:
Environmental Cleanup Coalition
Algalita Marine Research Foundation

compostMake Dirt,
Not Waste!

This month we’d like to applaud Eureka Recycling, St. Paul, Minnesota’s non-profit recycling organization. Eureka Recycling has been working to reduce waste in the Twin Cities metro area for more than 15 years.

This month Eureka Recycling has joined in conjunction with Mill City to create a composting program for the Mill City Farmers Market – making it Minnesota's very first
zero-waste farmers market!

Representatives from Eureka Recycling have advised the market's staff and vendors to foster the transition to a Zero Waste Market, where all of the "waste" generated at the market by food sales, samples, and events are composted or recycled. Instead of trash cans, the market has set up Zero Waste Stations where market shoppers can compost their plates, cups, and food scraps and recycle any bottles and cans. With help from Eureka Recycling and Mill City community members, Mill City is effectively reducing its carbon foot print!

The Mill City Zero Waste Farmers Market runs through Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. If you are local and would like to visit, it’s located at Chicago Ave. and S. 2nd St., between the Guthrie Theater and Mill City Museum.

Eureka Recycling is one of the largest nonprofit recyclers in the United States and is one of the leading advocates of waste-reduction education and programming in Minnesota.

Visit the Eureka Recycling web site
or check out the Zero Waste Market

I have been working with World Centric for over three years and
can say that World Centric products and dedicated staff have been
a crucial part of my success.
The quality and design of the Biocompostable product line is
better performing and often nicer looking than other brands.

Furthermore, the World Centric account managers and logistics
team always work tirelessly to see that my needs are met. In an emerging industry such as compostable containers and tableware, a knowledgeable staff
and consistent investment into
the product line are critical to a
the manufacturer and distributor relationship.

Michael Drane,
Creation Gardens

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Bay Area Cities are looking to anaerobic digesters in an effort to become 100% energy independent. East Bay Municipal Utility District was the first sewage facility to use this process to power their wastewater treatment plant. With around 20% of all waste in our landfills currently being food, there is a huge potential for more facilities to incorporate anaerobic digestion into their waste management in the future.

Recently the city of San Jose announced they are to begin building the Zanker Biogas project, an organics to energy biogas facility. During the anaerobic digestion process, methane and carbon dioxide filled biogas is produced and captured, which can then be used as an energy source. Zanker Biogas expects to convert up to 150,000 tons of waste per year into energy.

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