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The Town of Saugus Addresses Single-use Plastic Bag Issue
A new bylaw adopted by Town Meeting members bans the
distribution of single-use plastic checkout bags in Saugus.

Town Meeting members voted 27-14 on May 6, 2019 to approve
Article 15, the creation of a plastic bag reduction bylaw.

The bylaw – which will take effect six months following approval by the
attorney general or no later than January 2020 - stipulates that single-use
plastic bags “shall not be distributed, used, or sold for checkout or other
purposes at any retail store or grocery store within the Town of Saugus.”

10 Facts About Single-use Plastic Bags

Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year,
which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.

It only takes about 14 plastic bags for the equivalent
of the gas required to drive one mile.

The average American family takes home almost
1,500 plastic shopping bags per year.

According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags
are returned for recycling. That means that the average family
only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter.

Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.

At least 267 different species have been affected
by plastic pollution in the ocean.

100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags annually.

One in three leatherback sea turtles have been
found with plastic in their stomachs.

Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes.

10. It takes 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill.
     Unfortunately the bags don't break down completely but instead
photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins
and continue to pollute the environment.




Help Create Change with Earth Day Network


All of Earth Day Network’s campaigns, whether protecting forests, registering
new voters or greening cities, help create a greener, more sustainable future.
Get involved now to make your mark in the urgent fight against climate change.

The Canopy Project, Earth Day Network works on the ground with
organizations worldwide that strengthen communities through tree planting.
Using sapling and seed distribution, urban forestry, agroforestry, and tree
care training, we have empowered rural and urban people alike to conserve,
repair, and restore tree cover to their lands.

Plant trees to combat climate change. 
Trees for the Earth has a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide
by 2020 - one for every person projected to be on earth.


Make a Call for Nature: Oppose Cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency
The White House is calling for dramatic cuts to the government's environmental
protection -  and we need to speak out now to stop them.   Part of the plan is to
eliminate at least 50 programs that protect our air, water, wildlife, and wild places.
Please make the call...So easy to do!  Call the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121
Just give your zip code and they will connect you to your Senators and Representatives.


What Honey Bees Do

Estimates range from 50-80% of the world's food supply
is directly or indirectly affected by honey bee pollination.

Food prices would soar without the industrious honey bee.

Buying local honey is the "greenest" purchase for most food products.
Become a "localvore" - help the environment, farmers, and honey bees.

Bees provide products that ongoing research suggests antibacterial
and antiviral applications for many uses, including cancer treatments.

Honey bees are a perfect measuring device gauging the health
of our environment.  Bees are very sensitive to pesticides.

Some pesticides have been shown to effect the honey bees
with devastating results - with only several parts per billions in contamination.  
Many of these pesticides can be bought for homeowner use and application.

If it kills the bees at that low level, what about the family pets
or the kids and grandkids running around the backyard barefoot?  

Be aware of the impacts that chemicals play. And eliminate as many as possible.
Start by signing the petition to ask Lowe’s and Home Depot to stop selling
bee-killing pesticides.  
click here


“Being Green” (confessions of a 60-something year old)

At a store check-out, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should
bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today.  Your generation did not care
enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store.  
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled,
so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous
things, most memorable, besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags
as book covers for our schoolbooks.  This was to ensure that public property
(the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings.  
Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building.
We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time
we had to go two blocks.

But she was right.  We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind.  
We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts --
wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.  
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from older siblings, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right.  We didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. 
And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief not a screen the size of the
state of Montana.  In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't
have electric machines to do everything for us.  When we packaged a fragile item to
send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not styrofoam or
plastic bubble wrap.  We didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn.  
We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we
didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic
bottle every time we had a drink of water.  We replaced the razor blades in a razor
instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.  

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or
walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.  We had one electrical
outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we
didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000
miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were
just because we didn't have the green thing back then?


Monsanto is the devil.
This Monsanto Ad Parody Says What We're All Thinking


Organic Healthy Foods for a Better Life
by Christina Sarich
February 15, 2015

Perhaps you remember a time not too far in our collective grocery-shopping past when
regular grocery stores chains and places like Walmart had no idea what organic food was.
Organic milk?  Bread?  Produce?  They didn’t carry it. You had to find an obscure health
food store or a farmer’s market if you didn’t live near a Whole Foods to find non-GMO,
healthful food that wasn’t full of pesticides.  But thankfully, consumers are demanding
different products now.  Demand for organic food has busted through its glass ceiling.

You can attribute this change in market demand to education.  You can attribute it to the
mass awakening happening around the planet.  But either way, you can’t argue with the
numbers.  Eating organic is no longer ‘fringe’ or something done solely by health-nuts and
athletes, hippies, and paranoids.  In fact, consumer demand for organic food is seeing
double digit growth year over year, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping.

Over 20,000 stores now offer organic food products.  A report has shown that in 2012,
more than $28.4 million was spent on healthful organic food, and that number has grown
since the report published such findings.  According to Nutrition Business Journal, organic
food sales will reach a startling $35 billion this year.  For those of us who don’t take our
health for granted, this is just the beginning of a food revolution.

We’re eating better in every category of food, too, not just organic apple and oranges.
People are boycotting toxic food-producing companies faster than you can say ‘lawsuit’
as they realize we’ve been lied to.  People now know that something made in vats with
chemical additives or spliced and diced with GMOs is anything but ‘natural.’

We are turning away from companies like Kellogg’s and Pepsi-Co, Coca-Cola, and Kraft to
companies that we can actually trust – companies that don’t sell us non-food and call it food.

Or how about putting harmful additives used to make yoga mats in bread, as Subway once
did before individuals pressured them to remove azodicarbonamide from their food?   We
just won’t sit silent anymore.  Even beer companies are feeling the pressure to not only
disclose toxic ingredients, but to change their ways, and stop using them.

With fresh fruits and vegetables leading the way in organics for the past three decades, and
accounting for 43% of U.S. organic food sales in 2012, dairy, bread, packaged foods, snack
foods, meat, poultry, seafood, and even condiments are seeing an up-turn in organic sales.

For now, individuals are purchasing their organic foods primarily through conventional and
natural food supermarkets, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), but this too is
changing as more people turn to food co-ops and even neighbors for fresh, organic food.

We’ve come a long way since the organic food movement’s beginnings.  Our grandparents
and great-grandparents just grew… food.  They didn’t even call it organic, though they often
didn’t use pesticides or herbicides, and certainly not petroleum-based or chemical fertilizers.

The modern organic movement began at the same time as industrialized agriculture.
It began in Europe around the 1920s, when a group of farmers and consumers sought
alternatives to the industrialization of agriculture.  In Britain, the organic movement had
gathered pace in the 1940’s.  Today, people around the world, from the US to Bhutan, are
asking for, and even growing organic food.

Growing our own food is becoming an absolutely essential part of our collective future.

In the same way that petrochemical companies don’t want to see the impending evolution
of solar and wind power, Big Ag doesn’t want to accept what is happening with our food
consciousness.  We know better now, and so we ask for better.  Our wallets are truly
determining the future food landscape.

About Christina Sarich:
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to
“Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture”.  


Becoming Environmentally Conscious

Changing to greener living can be a little challenging at first.

We must recognize, acknowledge, and understand that our current lifestyle
produces too much waste that is hurting our health and environment. 
The rate at which our wastes are leeching toxins into the environment is
accelerating rapidly while our non-renewable natural resources are depleting. 
If we don’t act now, this world will be a difficult and unhealthy place for our children. 

This awareness is our motivation to make the transition to a greener life now.

Inspire your family about going green. 
Educate your children so that they adopt a greener lifestyle when they are young. 
Encourage green crafts and projects. 
Surround yourself with other environmentally conscious people.

Devise a simple system – set up separate bins for trash and recycling. 

Spread the idea of going green among friends and family. 
Give green gifts carrying the message of environmental consciousness. 

Slip into your green lifestyle gradually.   
Introduce a couple of green things each month and
follow them diligently before you add newer lifestyle changes.

Conserve, reuse, and recycle are the cardinal rules of green living. 

Recycle plastic, paper, clothes, electronics, bulbs, etc. 
Donate, instead of trashing, all your old still-useable items.   
Reuse is a good way to cut down energy expenditures for recycling or incinerating. 

Conserve electricity at home. 
Electricity is typically produced by the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels which
release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that accelerate global warming.  

Use energy-efficient appliances and lighting. 
Consciously turn down heater or air conditioner when you will be away from home. 
After charging devices - laptops, cell phones, etc.  - unplug them to save electricity.

Use water responsibly. 
Repair leaky faucets in your home.   
Run your laundry washer and dishwasher only when you have a full load. 
Water your lawn adequately but do not run the sprinklers longer than needed.

Make your own compost at home for your lawn and garden. 
Add your kitchen wastes like vegetable / fruit peels & rinds to dry leaves,
flowers, sawdust, etc.  and mix into the compost heap to fertilize your soil.   

Remember by purchasing locally produced food, flowers, dairy, and produce
we can save a lot of non-renewable fossil fuel energy that is involved in
transporting them over great distances.

Click here to calculate your carbon footprint.

Reduce your carbon footprint.  Reuse everything you can.
Recycle to close the loop.


Are you afraid that recycling is too much work?
Read the article below and put your mind at ease . . .

Read this article
Slash Your Trash

by Peg Rosen (Ladies' Home Journal Magazine, October 2010)



What happens to the materials we recycle?
click here to find out


Not sure where to recycle a particular item???

to find a location in your zip code area that accepts that item for recycling.


these fun websites
with your children to help them learn about recycling.
US Environmental Protection Agency

National Institutes of Health and Human Services


Is creating the next generation of environmental stewards
as easy as sending your kids outside to play?

Research suggests the answer is YES . . . read more 


Some easy-to-use environmentally friendly tips from Greenpeace:

Use non-toxic cleaning alternatives at home.

Choose reusable items like mugs, lunch containers, pens, razors, etc.

Take your own bags to the grocery store.

Buy locally. Not only is it good for the local economy, it will save energy
because products haven’t traveled across the globe to get to you.

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs — it saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint.

Avoid using cars.
Walk, cycle, or use public transportation whenever possible.

Saugus Trash Collection      -      Recycle Information,

Hazardous Waste Disposal      -      Curbside Leaf Pick-up

Saugus Compost Site      -      Saugus Recycling Drop-off Site


Environmental Tips

bat_house.jpg Bat Houses
There are safer ways to deal with the mosquito population than spraying with poisons. One very good
way to eliminate mosquitoes is to encourage bats to visit or even live in your yard by providing a bat
house or two on your property. Bats are extremely important. Yet due to years of unwarranted human
fear and persecution, bats are in alarming decline. By putting up a bat house you give them a home.

You will also benefit from having fewer yard and garden pests, and will enjoy learning about bats and
sharing your knowledge with friends and family.
As the primary predators of night-flying insects, bats
play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature. And, as consumers of vast numbers of pests,
they rank among humanity's most valuable allies. A single little brown bat can catch hundreds of
mosquito-sized insects per hour, and a typical colony of big brown bats can protect local farmers from
the costly attacks of 18 million root-worms each summer.
Bats are not blind, and are actually very clean
animals. They do not get caught in peoples' hair or chew through the attic of your house. Bats will not
interfere with feeding backyard birds, and they will not be disrupted by pets or children.
Read more about bat houses at:

To keep your trees healthy, be sure to avoid
"Volcano Mulching"
This refers to the shape of the pile of mulch built up around the base of your tree.
Piling mulch high up tight against the tree trunk is bad for the tree.
It can cause splits and cankers on the trunk and allow disease and pests to attack.

More Volcano Mulching Information
click here

Consider using organic fertilizer on your lawn this season.

Encourage birds into your yard to help with insect control - keep a bird bath filled with water in your garden.

"Some mower facts: Set your blades high.

Don't be a victim of golf course syndrome".

Many Americans believe that a healthy lawn looks like a manicured golf course but the opposite is true.
For most types of grass, the proper length is 2" to 3" high. This encourages longer, healthier roots, and
provides natural shade for the ground around each plant - which enables it to retain moisture in the soil."

Pest control tips
Ants hate cinnamon. Sprinkle it around problem areas to keep them away.

If they are still sneaking in, sprinkle a mix of equal parts borax and sugar.
They will be attracted to the sugar and will bring it back to their nests.
The borax will kill them.

Click here for more pest control suggestions

Don't trash it - reuse it!
Be creative - look for new ways to reduce the amount or kinds of household waste.
Give cardboard tubes to pet hamsters or gerbils.
Plant seeds in an egg carton.
Make a flower pot out of a plastic ice cream tub.
By thinking creatively, you will find new uses for common items and new ways to recycle and reduce waste.

Why not try composting?
According to the Citizens for a Better Environment, between 15-20%
of the total municipal waste stream is organic material.
All of these materials are very bulky, quickly using up valuable landfill space.
Composting is the process of turning organic material that you would normally throw away -
from grass clippings to apple cores - into a rich fertilizer. The simplest way is to just pile
leaves, grass clippings, and weeds in a corner of your garden.
(This isn't ideal as composting goes, but the clippings will decompose, and won't use landfill space.)

Or you could purchase a composting bin through Lorna Cerbone at the Saugus
Inspectional Services Department at Town Hall -- it's easy to set up and works great!

Lorna Cerbone (781) 231- 4036

Holiday Recycling -

: Please recycle all of your cardboard boxes.
Flatten and either fold or cut to a size not larger than 2 feet by 2 feet.
You may bundle cardboard, put it in a paper bag, place it under your recycling bin,
or place it standing in or between recycling bins.

Gift Boxes and Wrapping Paper:
Gift boxes and all non-foil wrapping paper
can be included with paper recycling. Tape & twine are OK, but no ribbons please.

Holiday Cards, Catalogs, and Calendars:

Holiday cards (including envelopes and gift tags), catalogs, and calendars can be
included with your paper recycling. Spiral binders, tape, and staples are OK

Christmas Trees and Wreaths:
Special collections take place in early January.
Please remove all tinsel/garland and DO NOT put in plastic bag.

Hints for the Christmas Holiday Season
~ Keep your house cool. In addition to saving on your heating bill and reducing your energy use,
some foods stored outside the fridge especially fats like butter and oil) will last longer.

~ When using ribbon to decorate your gifts, purchase sturdy cloth ribbon
that can be reused year after year, as most ribbon cannot be recycled.

~ Only preheat your oven for 10 minutes before you plan to bake your holiday goodies.
That’s all the time it needs to heat up. And then leave the door shut.
You lose about 25 degrees of heat every time you open that door to peek!

~ Use LED Christmas lights on your tree…not only do these save money and energy, they are built
sturdier for withstanding the yearly packing up, unpacking and restringing involved with decorating.


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