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Recycling Plastics Is As Easy As...1, 2 ,3 , (4, 5, 6, 7)

How Your Roof Affects the Environment: Know Before You Buy

7-Eleven® Continues Commitment to Sustainability with New Single-Origin Colombian Coffee

Mercury Insurance Names Most Affordable Electric Vehicles to Insure

ENDANGERED! A Super Stormy Musical in NYC

Batteroo Brings Revolutionary Technology to the Rechargeable Battery Market

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RECYCLING PLASTICS IS AS EASY AS...1, 2, 3, (4, 5, 6, 7)

If you recycle you’ve probably turned over a plastic container to read the number on the bottom, the one surrounded by the little recycling symbol  known to many as the “chasing arrow”.  Many recycling programs depend on these numbers to tell you which plastics you can and can’t recycle.  The symbol codes we are all familiar with were designed by The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) in 1988 to allow recyclers to differentiate different types of plastics and to provide a uniform convention that manufacturers could implement nationwide.  Since recyclers target post-consumer plastics, the SPI code is most commonly found on household packaging materials. The numbers shown inside the chasing arrows refer to different types of plastics used in making plastic products and containers.

Presently, SPI is working to improve the numbering system to make it easier for you to know what to recycle.  But what do all these numbers mean???

PET (Polyethylene terephthalate)
PET is used in the production of soft drink bottles, peanut butter jars...
PET can be recycled into fiberfill for sleeping bags, carpet fibers, rope, pillows...

HDPE (High density polyethylene)
HDPE is found in milk jugs, butter tubs, detergent bottles, motor oil bottles...
HDPE can be recycled into flower pots, trash cans, traffic barrier cones, detergent bottles...

V (Polyvinyl chloride)
PVC is used in shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, fast food service items...
PVC can be recycled into drainage and irrigation pipes...

LDPE (Low density polyethylene)
LDPE is found in grocery bags, bread bags, shrink wrap, margarine tub tops...
LDPE can be recycled into new grocery bags…

PP (Polypropylene)
PP is used in most yogurt containers, straws, pancake syrup bottles, bottle caps....
PP can be recycled into plastic lumber, car battery cases, manhole steps...

PS (Polystyrene)
PS is found in disposable hot cups, packaging materials (peanuts), and meat trays...
PS can be recycled into plastic lumber, cassette tape boxes, flower pots...

OTHER
This is usually a mixture of various plastics, like squeeze ketchup bottles, "microwaveable" dishes...
Other (number 7) is usually not recycled because it is a mixture of different types of plastics

Please be sure to recycle only those plastics collected in your recycling program!
Source:  NYS Department of Environmental Conservation www.dec.ny.gov

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How Your Roof Affects the Environment:
Know Before You Buy

According to industry data, roughly 7 million U.S. homeowners replace their roof each year and many are looking for new 'green', energy-saving options.

Traditional asphalt shingles are a petroleum product and require replacement every 15-20 years (or sooner), resulting in about 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles ending up in U.S. landfills every year according to the EPA.  Asphalt shingles also increase dependency on fossil fuels.

Metal roofs are considered a sustainable option because they are made of at least 25 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable. Old refrigerators, dishwashers, automobiles, and even aluminum cans can be recycled into a high quality metal roof - with long term warranties, often 50 years or more.

Here’s valuable information from the Metal Roofing Alliance about eco-friendly metal roofs:

  1. Modern metal roofs have rust-proof coatings and are available in a wide range of styles to fit any neighborhood.  Many resemble traditional roofing materials such as tile or shake with the added benefit of sustainability.

  2. Steel products can be recycled repeatedly without loss of strength. When you buy steel, you're always buying recycled.

  3. For homeowners looking to be aggressive with green living initiatives, metal roofs serve as an excellent platform for photovoltaic systems, solar panels, or harvesting rainwater for reuse/irrigation.

  4. A metal roof has the ability to reduce both cooling and heating energy use, saving homeowners up to 25% in utility bills.

  5. Metal roofs are significantly lighter than other roofing products. A metal roof can often be installed directly over asphalt shingles, reducing landfill waste. 

To learn more about quality metal roofing, visit the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance at www.MetalRoofing.com.

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7-Eleven® Continues Commitment to Sustainability with New Single-Origin Colombian Coffee

After introducing two Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffees in six months, 7-Eleven, Inc. is making its biggest product commitment to sustainability with the switch to a new Rainforest Alliance Certified single-origin Colombian coffee. Introduced earlier this summer, the new brew replaced the Colombian coffee now offered on the hot beverage bar, and is the retailer's first permanent coffee variety to switch to sustainable sourcing.

With the addition of the certified single-origin Colombian coffee as a permanent offering and other sustainable limited-time varieties in the future, between one-third and one-half of the 7-Eleven® coffee lineup will be Rainforest Alliance Certified.

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal with the little green frog means the 100 percent Arabica beans for 7-Eleven stores' new coffee are sourced from coffee growers whose farms are required to meet strict standards designed to protect the environment, conserve wildlife and promote the well-being of local communities.
"7-Eleven shares our belief that everyday actions add up to meaningful impact," said Alex Morgan, Rainforest Alliance global director of Markets Transformation. "Each cup of sustainably sourced coffee is one that helps protect the environment."

Last year, 7-Eleven outlined steps to reach measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint. The retailer's CSR mission has three focus areas – people, planet and products. Using 2015 as a baseline, 7-Eleven set goals to reduce its carbon footprint and increase community engagement in the U.S. and Canada.

"We've set specific, measurable goals that are good for the business and environment," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. "We've already taken significant steps to reduce our carbon footprint, and we're committed to finding even more ways of maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability."

The "planet pillar" of 7-Eleven's CSR goals included reducing its energy footprint in stores by 20 percent by 2025. Earlier this year, 7-Eleven signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100 percent Texas wind energy for 425 Texas stores. The 96-month wind energy agreement starts June 1, 2018. It is expected to reduce 7-Eleven's carbon footprint by 6.7 percent while providing significant operating expense savings. The energy to power competitive market 7-Eleven stores will be provided by Texas wind farms.

Environmental issues are especially important to Millennial and Generation Z customers under 35. A 2016 study reported that sustainably sourced coffee is recognized by almost half of Millennials as an important attribute when making their selection. They recognize sustainability as being environmentally-friendly. 

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility objectives, 7-Eleven will continue to seek out responsibly sourced coffees and other products and packaging with less environmental impact.


Mercury Insurance Names Most Affordable Electric Vehicles to Insure

Electric vehicles have come a long way in the past four years, as the market has seen a strong growth in sales and the number of makes and models available to consumers. Mercury Insurance (NYSE: MCY), the least expensive insurance option for electric car owners in California, as named by Nerdwallet, put together a list of the 10 most affordable electric vehicles to insure.

Mercury’s research and development team examined the 2017 electric vehicles available at car dealerships today or in the near future to compile a list of the most affordable vehicles to insure. The list was created based on the Mercury price for full coverage – liability, comprehensive and collision – in California.

“Consumer interest and intent to buy electric vehicles has increased substantially,” said Chong Gao, senior product manager, R&D for Mercury Insurance. “We put together this list to help inform your decision, because many people don’t consider what it will cost to insure a vehicle before they buy it.”

Here is the complete top-10 list for 2017 all-electric vehicles, beginning with the most affordable make and model to insure*.

1. Fiat 500e
2. Kia Soul EV
3. Nissan Leaf
4. Volkswagen e-Golf
5. Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
6. Mitsubishi i-MiEV
7. Ford Focus Electric
8. Hyundai IONIQ Electric
8. BMW i3
10. Tesla Model 3**

*Mercury Insurance developed the list using a 30-year-old male with a clean driving record, who lives in Newport Beach, California and travels 13,000 miles per year. The full coverage with a $500 deductible includes liability limits of $100,000 in injuries per person, $300,000 per accident, and $50,000 in property damage.

**Personal auto insurance quotes for Teslas are available by calling a local Mercury agent.


ENDANGERED! A Super Stormy Musical in NYC

FineHeart Productions and The Eco Musical LLC will present ENDANGERED! The Musical, by Keni Fine and Tony Small, directed and choreographed by Michael Chase Gosselin, began performances on July 10 and opened Sunday, July 23 at The Davenport Theatre(354 West 45 Street). Tickets are $25, $49.75, $69.75 (premium) and can be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com.

Inspiring and fun, ENDANGERED! is a multi-cultural, international, multi-species musical about a social media savvy Kid reporter and a group of famous endangered animals from around the globe, who must survive an unexpected superstorm! Stranded at the zoo when the superstorm hits the city, the Kid and the endangered animals must quickly learn to understand and respect each other, while working together to save themselves. ENDANGERED! has melodies that are renewable, and harmonies that are sustainable, making this groundbreaking eco-musical uplifting and enjoyable for creatures of all ages! http://endangeredthemusical.com/

ENDANGERED! is Off-Broadway’s first Eco-Musical, originally commissioned by the Friends of the National Zoo and created in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and their TAP Arts Camp under the direction of Tony Small. In 2013, ENDANGERED! had a staged reading at the National Zoo, then premiered live-streamed on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, directed by Tony Small and Keni Fine, presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and FineHeart Productions.

The cast includes Theo Errig as the Kid, Levi Lovewell, Dana Scurlock (NY: Zuccotti Park Musical) as Bam-Boo the Giant Panda, Nate Rocke (Regional: 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee) as Einstein the Whooping Crane, Connor Delves (Regional: Me and the Girls) as Crankee the Crocodile, Nicolette Shin  (Regional: Seussical) as G-Low the Golden Lion Tamarin, J’royce Jata (National Tour: Fame, Memphis) as Snoop the Spotted Skunk, Ani Djirdjirian (National Tour: Theaterworks The Lightning Thief) as Sita the Cheetah, and Maggie Ronck ( National Tour: Clifford The Big Red Dog Live!) as Janie Goodall, the famous TV Reporter.

The creative team includes Lena Gabrielle (Music Director, Arrangements and Additional Music), Doug Katsaros (Orchestrations), Ann Beyersdorfer (Set Design), Catherine Clark (Lighting Designer), Collin Ranney (Costume Designer), Patrick A. Lachance (Sound Designer), Ido Levran  (Projection Design) NJ Agwuna (Associate Director), Gabby Cogan (Associate Choreographer), and Evan Bernardin (General Manager).

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Batteroo Brings Revolutionary Technology to the Rechargeable Battery Market

Batteroo Inc., makers of the Batteroo Boost sleeve that extends the usable life of disposable batteries, just introduced two new products in a family of revolutionary technology solutions that enables rechargeable batteries to not only be compatible in alkaline-only devices for the first time but also delivers more consistent battery lifecycles with every charge – the Batteroo ReBoost SmartSleeve and Batteroo ReBoost SmartShell.

Compared to the cost from local utility providers, alkaline batteries are an extremely expensive source of energy.  This expense is significantly compounded when accounting for the fact that billions of batteries that end up in landfills still contain 80 percent of their energy within them.  While rechargeable batteries are 700 times more cost effective than alkaline batteries, the risks of using rechargeables in devices designed for alkaline batteries limits users’ abilities as to where they can deploy them.

ReBoost SmartSleeve is a microthin sleeve that easily fits over rechargeable batteries to bring together the reusability and sustainability benefits of rechargeables with the peak performance capability of alkaline batteries.  The ReBoost SmartSleeve boosts voltage to 1.5 volts so rechargeable batteries can now operate in all alkaline-only applications.  Batteroo’s microchip technology continuously manages voltage discharge over the duration of the battery’s charge to ensure devices maintain an optimal and more consistent performance over a longer time period.  A built-in automatic shut-off circuit prevents devices from discharging below the rechargeable batteries’ recommended operating conditions to avoid damage to the rechargeable battery itself and eliminate the risk of toxic chemical leaks, which may lead to fire.

Batteroo ReBoost SmartShell allows consumers to use AA/AAA rechargeable batteries in C/D alkaline-only devices, eliminating the need to buy expensive single-use batteries again.  Four AAA rechargeable batteries can be used in place of C batteries while D batteries can be replaced by three AA rechargeables.  Additionally, the AA SmartShell can be used with a single AAA rechargeable battery to achieve optimal performance and device compatibility in tight-fitting battery compartments.  Using Batteroo ReBoost SmartShells not only save money and waste from buying disposable batteries but devices are better able to maintain optimal performance over a longer period of time.

“Imagine if your rechargeable batteries could work with every device you use at work and home,” said Batteroo cofounder Bob Roohparvar Ph.D. “Batteroo ReBoost SmartSleeves and SmartShells are a safe, cost-effective solution that gives rechargeable batteries the boost they need so your flashlights can shine brighter, your cameras can capture more memories and playtime with the kids lasts longer.  By using rechargeable batteries in conjunction with the Batteroo ReBoost family, consumers will spend far less on their battery purchases while significantly reducing the number of batteries that end up in landfills.”

Batteroo Corporation – winner of a Frost & Sullivan Award for Price/Performance Value Leadership – developed Batteroo Boost, its original battery voltage management technology, to harness the trapped but unused power of common household batteries and extend their functional life. Batteries often ‘read’ as depleted, or exhibit slow performance, even though as much as 80 percent of their power is left. By extending battery life, Batteroo Boost has saved millions of batteries from ending up in landfills.

From electronic accordions to remote controls, consumers around the world have experienced improved performance and extended battery life with Batteroo Boost.  Batteroo ReBoost now bring this revolution technology to the rechargeable battery market, further providing peak device performance for longer with less-frequent interruptions and fewer wasted batteries.

Additional information:   https://www.batterooreboost.com