Posts tagged Coca-Cola

No More Styrofoam

StyrofoamCup_1897I see less and less styrofoam trash in the environment. This cup was so out of place on the sidewalk.

It was almost shocking to see.

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A New Twist on Trash: Prizes for Recyclers

Plan would reward families for participating, help company get more plastic. By Julia Oliver
joliver@charlotteobserver.comPosted: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 cokerecyclingT. ORTEGA GAINES – ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte City Council is considering an unusual recycling program in partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.

Put a Coca-Cola sticker on your recycling bin next year, make sure you follow city recycling rules, and you could win $50.

At first I did not like this idea, but after thinking it over, it is worth a try to encourage folks to recycle.

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See This Movie

We saw a thought-provoking movie today at the Belcourt Theatre, FLOW (For Love of Water).

When I was a child, I was often taught that water would be the commodity that we would exhaust first, not oil. But that was the time before automobiles took over the world (or at least the United States). Most families just owned one car, which used gasoline inefficiently, but long before multi-car households, owning many cars using gasoline inefficiently.

FLOW examines the politics of water. We learned that when we sometimes get “stomach viruses,” a lot of times it’s due to pollutants in our water. I filter my water before I drink it, so I don’t suffer too often from “stomach viruses.”

Multinational corporations are taking over the water from governments in underdeveloped countries. Many of the people are too poor to buy the water from the corporations and wind up drinking polluted water from streams and rivers.

Bottled water just isn’t bad because of the plastic containers it generates. Companies as Coca-Cola and Nestle are using up all the water in an area just to bottle and sell it. Now I have another reason not to purchase bottled water. It’s just bad for planet Earth.

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When Coca-Cola Bottles Were Recycled

cokebottles_1213.jpgAs a first grader in the late 1950s, my class went to a local Coca-Cola bottling plant as a field trip, although we were not allowed to drink soft drinks in school. Milk, delivered in small glass bottles with a cardboard pull-top, was the only drink offered. These milk bottles were collected and refilled.

I can’t remember if we were given the forbidden Coca-Cola during the tour, but I remember watching 6-oz glass bottles being filled with the soft drink. We knew that the bottles on the assembly line were probably some that we had used. We would take our empty bottles to the grocery stores and receive a few pennies for them. It was a respectable way for a child to earn money for candy or the occasional Coca-Cola, which was a treat, not a daily diet.

After the tour, we were given a miniature plastic (oops, there’s that word) case full of empty Coca-Cola bottles. I still treasure mine. It’s an antique that is probably e-BAY-able.

No, I don’t want to go back to the 1950s, but I would like to see glass bottles that can be reused. Then when people litter, at least those of us who pick up their trash could earn a few dollars from it, although we probably wouldn’t earn enough to buy a six-pack of soda these days.

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Miscellaneous “Fast Food” Trash

When I photographed all the fast food trash along Newsom Station Road, I found these one-of-a-kind litter:

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Starbuck’s is known as a leading green company. But since there is a store on every corner, a few litterbugs order their crumb cake to go.

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I’m not sure where this cup came from, but there is a disclaimer on it which reads, “Please help us keep this neighborhood litter-free.” Unfortunately, the litterer can’t read.

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And, this Coca-Cola (this link leads to their environmental statement) cup was found among the garbage. I grew up hearing the slogan, Things Go Better With Coke. I guess that includes litter, too.

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Miscellaneous "Fast Food" Trash

When I photographed all the fast food trash along Newsom Station Road, I found these one-of-a-kind litter:

starbuck_0884.jpg

Starbuck’s is known as a leading green company. But since there is a store on every corner, a few litterbugs order their crumb cake to go.

dontlitter_0894.jpglitterdisclaimer_0898.jpg

I’m not sure where this cup came from, but there is a disclaimer on it which reads, “Please help us keep this neighborhood litter-free.” Unfortunately, the litterer can’t read.

cocacola_0892.jpg

And, this Coca-Cola (this link leads to their environmental statement) cup was found among the garbage. I grew up hearing the slogan, Things Go Better With Coke. I guess that includes litter, too.

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