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Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 22:01:32 -0400
From: Michele Raymond <>
Subject: disposables

Dear Greenyes

Day care centers have no budgets except in affluent neighborhoods.

I have always sent lunch for my kid; they generally supply snacks

Do any of you people out there have small children and live in a lower
income neighborhoood??

Probably not!!

Walk in their shoes before you judge. Remember the disposable diaper thing?

Just try to take care of 20 screaming kids and cirty diapers too,

The law in MD REQUIRES paper towel usage for example -- for SANITARY reasons.

The disposable industry has done many studies on germs left on reusables -=
I realize it i self serving
but in high labor or low water areas it makes sense.

In fact, I wish schools would realize its is cheaper to pay someone to
recycle your PS foam than use disposable paper. Disposable paper is not
being recycled at all.

Unfortunately, recycling in the U.S. is based in economics -- you will NOT
change anybody's mind unless economics or supply/demand or law is on your

Especially with poor day care centers.

Its more important the the quality of care be improved. Today's welfare
laws now encourage women to leave their kids for low paying jobs. Good for
work ethic -- bad for the kids.

Solve that one



Michele Raymond
Recycling Laws International/ State Recycling Laws Update
6429 Auburn Ave. Riverdale MD 20737-1614
(NOTE: As of JULY 1, 1998 NEW Address will be:
5111 Berwyn Rd. Ste 115 College Park, MD 20740)
301/345-4237 Fax 345-4768


Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 01:27:55 -0400
Subject: GreenYes Digest V98 #136

Message text written by

Regarding Circuit City's marketing of DIVX...I love you guys! I thought I'd
be the only person upset about this supposed "breakthrough in consumer-
friendly products" and decided to cover the waste angle in my "Trash Talk"
feature on KCBS Radio last week! I called DIVX' West Coast CEO in L.A., a
Paul Brinsi (sp?), who said the disposable discs are a 'bit of a misnomer'.
He went on to explain that the discs are actually recyclable if taken back
to Circuit City. When I pressed for details he said that, well, in fact
they couldn't reprogram the discs, just melt them down to make something
else, wasn't sure what. When I asked if they were marketing them as
recyclable, or in any way encouraging consumers to not throw them away he
said they weren't yet, but would. He claims the press is promoting the
product as 'disposable' , not his company which really believes the new
discs are too good too throw away and wants people to collect them, give
them to friends, trade etc. I told him most will just toss them and urged
him to rethink their marketing strategy and warned him to expect a consumer
backlash if they don't rectify things before the product is rolled out to
the rest of this convenience-crazed country in the fall. Also talked to a
guy named Josh in Virginia (their other test market) who said they did
consider the environmental impact (and no doubt bad p.r.) and were 'working
on it'. Stay tuned! If anyone wants more info, a copy of my story or phone
numbers, I'm here to help. Thanks. Betsy Rosenberg....aka 'The Trash Lady".


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