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Replace Disposables with Reusable Products April 11th, 2011
Replace Disposables: Wherever possible, replace disposable products with reusable ones (i.e., razor, food storage, batteries, ink cartridges (buy refill ink), coffee filters, furnace or air conditioner filters, etc.).
San Antonio Recycling Growth Story Presented to UN March 11th, 2011
San Antonio is home to the Oblate School of Theology and Oblates there have been active in promoting environmental awareness. Patti Radle, former San Antonio City Council member and current Oblate JPIC Committee member has carried this thinking into the Mayor’s office where she has encouraged a shift away from the use of bottled water. Together we can all make a difference!
Eco-tip: Prevent Litter, Protect Animals January 26th, 2011
Cigarette butts, snack wrappers, take-out boxes, and drink containers are our most common liter. Each one can hurt animals in a different way. Little animals like squirrels and skunks sometimes stick their heads in small plastic containers (especially yogurt containers) trying to get the food that’s left, and get stuck there. Deer and other animals often cut their tongues on half-opened cans. Six-pack rings of soda cans can trap and strangle birds, fish, and other animals. Animals mistake cigarette butts which are made of plastic and eat them, which can kill them.
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One Rechargeable Battery Can Replace 1,000 Regular Batteries January 19th, 2011
Did you know? People in the United States buy three billion batteries every year. That’s about 10 batteries for each person in the country, including babies. Most of these batteries are made to be thrown away. But rechargeable batteries are made to be reused. These batteries aren’t perfect. But they are better for the Earth than disposable batteries. One rechargeable can take the place of up to 1,000 regular (single use alkaline) batteries during its lifetime. Yep, that’s right 1,000! Amazing, no?
Make the batteries that you use last longer:
- Take them out of equipment that you are putting away for a while.
- Don’t put batteries (or things that have batteries in them) in really hot places. Heat shortens a batteries’ life.
- Don’t use old batteries with new ones. It wears out the new ones faster.
- But most important use rechargeable batteries.
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Spanish Environmental Brochures Now Available January 8th, 2010
Visit our Spanish site and look for the post: Nuevos Folletos sobre Uso de Agua, Alimentos, Productos de Limpieza Inofensivos, Comercio Justo y Más!
Oblates interested in receiving printed brochures can request copies from the US Oblate JPIC Office. Please email Mary O’Herron.
Updated brochures on environmental issues from the Oblate JPIC Office are now available in English and Spanish.
- Earth Friendly Products
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Focus on Food
- Hints for Saving Water in Your Yard
- A Look at Fair Trade
Spanish versions are also now available:
- Productos amigables para el planeta
- Reducir, Reutilizar, Reciclar
- Enfoque En La Comida
- Consejos Para Ahorrar Agua En Su Jardín
- Un vistazo al comercio justo
We are encouraging widespread distribution of these materials. Click on each topic above to download a PDF for printing and distribution.