Recently there has been a heightened sensitivity toward the use of plastics. Specifically, the use of plastic packaging for commonly used items like bottles. Much of this backlash comes from the idea that this plastic ends up in the oceans, leading to disastrous and far reaching environmental problems. In fact, there have even been legislative bills proposed to tax water bottling companies.
There is much conversation and concern today—as there should be—about plastic packaging for products. Plastic packaging containers for everything from food to bottled water are safe for the contents they hold and an option that helps keep products affordable for consumers. Without plastic bottle packaging, bottles would be more expensive to make, and if alternatives to plastic packaging like glass or aluminum were used, a shipment of bottled water would be much heavier and consequently much more costly to transport.
The snow that falls on the mountains in Colorado contributes to more than just the beautiful scenery. Snow and other precipitation ultimately provide both the surface water and the groundwater that we use for drinking—not to mention the water that powers rivers and fills lakes for activities like rafting and fishing.
The majority of the life-giving water in Colorado's rivers and streams originates along the continental divide that runs through the majestic mountains. Colorado residents and visitors have a responsibility to keep our waterways free of litter and other pollutants to ensure a clean water supply to our amazing state.
Whether it’s attempting to keep the office plant alive or pleading with perennials in the front yard, gardening is truly a test of patience. Overwater your plant due to anticipation of growth, and it might die. Not enough sunlight each day (or too much), and it might die. Hydration and environmental needs all amount to a guessing game when it comes to finding that perfect balance. Not everyone can be blessed with the highly coveted ‘green thumb’, but there are certain tricks of the trade that everyone can follow to help ensure that their plants live a long and healthy life.
If your community is anything like ours, spring is a time that is brimming with excitement. Everyone is beginning to spend more and more time in the great outdoors, enjoying the warm weather. With that comes the task (and pressure) of maintaining a perfectly groomed, barbeque-ready lawn. Perfection, however, comes at a cost.