Close the Loop

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The three arrows in the symbol represent the three main stages in recycling.

The first arrow represents the first stage of recycling – collection and sorting the various recyclable materials, to prepare them for processing.

The second arrow represents the second stage of recycling – processing the recyclable materials into raw materials and using these raw materials for manufacturing new products.

The third arrow in the symbol represents the third and final stage of the recycling process – the sale and purchase of products created using recycled materials.


The three arrows form a closed loop, illustrating how the three main stages contribute and reinforce one another in the recycling process. The closed loop also means that should any of the stages in the recycling process be ineffective, the sustainability of the entire recycling effort would be affected.

1) Collect ~ recycle our waste
2) Manufacture ~ make something new out of it
3) Purchase ~ buy recycled.

Superior Views-A Northern Shrike

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Frozen ice sheets cover the lake, and wind-blown snow covers the landscape.  The pileated woodpeckers, juvenile eagles and chickadees and long daylight bring joy.  Snow falls,  melting, and icy walking are almost an everyday cycle068

Attacking a chickadee a Northern  Shrike is stunned as he bangs into a window.  Our first great view of a shrike!064

Real spring is still weeks away, but enjoy a March sunset over the lake071

Earth Hour, 8:30 PM, Saturday


Dare the World to Save the Planet

Disconnect for one hour!!

Saturday March 23 at 8:30 p.m. your local location

Earth Hour is a simple idea that quickly turned into a global phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people around the world turn off their lights for one hour on the same night, to focus on the one thing that unites us all—our planet.

It is easy to forget how much we depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water and fresh air and that the actions we take—from the energy we use to the food we buy—have an effect on the world. Earth Hour is our chance to make and show our commitment to protect our planet not just for one hour a year, but every day.

Our Migrating Monarchs

Wild for Monarchs (WFM)     From Wild Ones:

On March 11,  Monarch Watch reported that the first faded female Monarch deposited her eggs on a milkweed plant in  Port Lavaca, TX.  “She looked almost transparent with tatter from her long journey.”

“As predicted, it is the lowest population ever recorded at 1.19 hectares.”  Click here for a NY Times article    “The American Midwest’s corn belt is a critical feeding ground for monarchs, which once found a ready source of milkweed growing between the rows of millions of acres of soybean and corn. But the ubiquitous use of herbicide-tolerant crops has enabled farmers to wipe out the milkweed, and with it much of the butterflies’ food supply.”  This is where  Wild Ones members can lend a hand and this is what we will try to help you do through our Wild for Monarchs campaign.

Breast Cancer in Young Women: Use Less Chemicals

Upsetting News about Breast Cancer:


How can You Reduce your use of Chemicals? I know I am naïve, but I think it is the government’s job to protect us from harmful chemicals. Unfortunately there is little reliable research on most of the chemicals we put on our skin, hair and mouths. After reading the book Ecoholic by Adria Vasil, I wondered why I would put chemicals on my body when I never put chemicals on my yard or plants? I went to my local coop to research organic beauty products. Choices for organic body products are not huge, and they are expensive, but this is the only body you have and this should be a priority. Deodorant has some harmful chemicals, and I would start with a chemical free deodorant.


Next, I would purchase an organic or a scent free body lotion, and then research the ingredients in other products you use. Part of the mission of this website is to encourage the use of less chemicals, and I hope the list below will help you make smarter cosmetic choices and have a healthier life in 2013. As with everything we purchase, it is always important to read the labels and purchase low carbon impact products( buy local and non-toxic.) Good Luck and remember to recycle all containers when you are finished. Environmental writer, Adria Vasil has 15 chemicals to avoid in our personal body products:  Her list follows:

1. BHA and BHT 2. DEA/MEA/TEA: (diethanolamine): 3. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: 4. Oxybenzone (BP-3/ benzophenone) and octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate) 5. Palm oil: unless it’s fair trade/organic 6. Parabens: 7. Parfum/fragrance: 8. PEGs: 9. Petrolatum/paraffin/mineral oil/petroleum distillates: 10. PPD In all permanent hair dyes. 11. Phthalates: 12. Retinyl palmitate: 13. Siloxanes: 14. Sodium laureth sulphate: 15. Triclosan/triclocarban:

The source:

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