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Green Diva Lynn

Lynn Hasselberger is the former Managing Editor of The Green Divas blog and was a producer of the Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things.
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  1. Anne (reply)

    April 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Shocking! I thought everybody at least recycled! I find it hard to understand how only 5% of plastics are getting recycled since that’s the one item you can recycle anywhere.

    • Green Diva Lynn (reply)

      April 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      That surprised me, too, Anne! If it wasn’t a stat I found on the 5 Gyres website, I wouldn’t have believed it! According to 5 gyres, here’s what happens to the rest of it: “Roughly 50% is buried in landfills, some is remade into durable goods, and much of it remains “unaccounted for”, lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.”

      • Gregory R Kamphuis (reply)

        July 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Hey Lynn,
        Just read “Plastic, A Toxic love Story” by Susan Freinkel, which is an easy and awesome read, and it said that recycling has been going down since the 1990s. This is largely because of the new way of picking up road side recycling, that isjust dumping everything in one box and leaving the recycling company to sort it. Since they cant easily sort the different types of plastics, a ton of it gets thrown out. Also, great list, I would like to see links to all of the sources though.

  2. Tonia Torrellas (reply)

    April 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    “Say no more””!!! My passion and now business, is to reduce/eliminate all senseless “Pesky-Plastic”!
    As my reusable alternative solution works it’s way into peoples daily routines; we plan to tackle so many other traditionally disposable options as well!!
    Keep the faith! Portland Oregon is the first municipality to put a bill in place that will charge a “fee” for disposable dry cleaner bags…ugh! I wish people did not need legislation to “do the right thing”; but sadly…many do…

  3. Tonia Torrellas (reply)

    April 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Opps…alternative solution to dry cleaner disposable garment bags…

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  7. Rachel Bair (reply)

    April 30, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Hi Lynn!

    I’m a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Georgia, and I want to use the facts in your article for a late Earth Day presentation on plastic pollution. I’ll be speaking to youth from some local civics clubs, and I’m hoping to encourage them to plan a local clean up along our river. I’m encouraging my student to find the source of information they get, so I wanted to be sure to do that in my presentation! I’m quoting your article as a source, but I was wondering, where did you get your facts from? I’d love to share that with my students, especially the ones who speak great English. Thanks for your help!

    All the best,
    Rachel

  8. Sarah Alexander (reply)

    February 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Lynn, thanks for such an interesting topic, we at water3 are in the process of developing an alternative for the need of plastic water bottles, I’d love to be able to contact you directly so we can share what we are up to.

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