GreenYes Digest V98 #85

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GreenYes Digest Sun, 5 Apr 98 Volume 98 : Issue 85

Today's Topics:
Fw: Keep America Wasting
Prostitution for Peanuts

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Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 12:35:53 -0500
From: "Bill Sheehan" <>
Subject: Fw: Keep America Wasting

{forwarded from Chuck Peterson]

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From: CwpIV <
Date: Saturday, April 04, 1998 7:24 AM

Subject: Re: Keep America Wasting

Gary Drury -

Keep America Beautiful was begun in 1954 by the companies involved in the
beverage industry. This was in response to a ban on non-refillable soft drink
and beer containers that was enacted in Vermont in 1953. The law, which
sought to reduce litter, forced beverage companies to use refillables bottles
that generally had a deposit. Since most soft drinks were bottled locally at
the time and used refillable bottles, the law's impact was primarily on
brewers who were consolidating on a regional basis as local breweries closed.
Brewers were moving away from refillable bottles to cans. The law was allowed
to lapse in 1957.

-Chuck Peterson


Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 13:42:49 -0500 (EST)
From: "Roger M. Guttentag" <>
Subject: Prostitution for Peanuts

At 11:42 AM 3/27/98 -0500, Bill Sheehan wrote:
>>PS Check out the front page of yesterday's Washington Post for a Coke/Pepsi
>>story that is worth a few laughs. Coke Day at a school in GA backfired and
>>ended up being free advertisement for Pepsi.
>This is not really a story about the beverage industry or the environment --
>but it is a breath-taking story of corporate infiltration of our public
>education system in America. The free-speech issue is bad enough -- two
>non-conformist boys were suspended for a day for wearing Pepsi shirts during a
>school function involving competition in a Coke-sponsored contest. But what
>is equally troubling is that a high school in Augusta, Georgia, had all
>1,200-plus of its students lined up to spell "COKE" for visiting Coke
>executives in order to compete for a $500 local prize from Coke and possibly
>go on to compete for a $10,000 national prize.
>A story a couple of weeks ago in the Post on the general subject of
>commercializing and consumerizing our public schools included a picture of a
>high school hallway with the Coke logo on the wall. Coke may be one of the
>worst offenders, but is hardly alone.
Corporate sponsorship of promotional materials that are designed to be
distributed to K-12 students is hardly new nor is this example particularly
egregious. However, due to the debates over how school systems are to be
funded as well as the general unwillingness of taxpayers to approve
significant increases in school budgets, most public school systems
apparently are being forced to use whatever means are available to stretch
their resources and bridge underfunded gaps in their programs. Businesses
of all types are only too happy to step into the breach, so to speak, since
school systems are so desparate for any kind of assistance and not too
sophisticated in putting an appropriate value on allowing access to their
students by commercial interests. We can wring our hands over this
situation and shout "shame" till we are blue in the face but this trend will
continue unless either we: (1) legislatively prohibit any form of commercial
underwriting of "educational" materials, programs or events - something that
I view as unlikely or will have as much teeth as our current campaign
finance laws or (2) provide the kind of funding that school systems need
after setting aside partisan bickering and smokescreens - again something I
don't see happening except in the wealthiest of school districts. I am not
particularly happy with this analysis but that's the story as I see it. I
call this the Golden School principle - those who have the gold run the schools.

Roger M. Guttentag
TEL: 215-513-0452
FAX: 215-513-0453


Date: Sun, 05 Apr 98 12:28:21 PDT
From: "Haya Geva" <>

Hi all!
I have been asked to find shocking information about paper & paper
production that will show children the damage it does to the environment,
such as:
1. How many trees are cut in order to produce one notebook.
2. How many times can we circle the world with waste paper.

If you have any more interesting information about this subject, I'll be
glad to receive it.

haya geva
tel: 972 6 6349215
fax: 972 6 6344373

Haya Geva
Tel: 972-6-6349213
Fax: 972-6-6344373


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