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How Sustainable Is Your Seafood?

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

 

sustainability rankings of seafood retailers 2013

ImageCredit: Greenpeace, from “Carting Away the Oceans 2013” Report

Last week, Greenpeace USA released the seventh edition of their popular Carting Away the Oceans report, which ranks the sustainable seafood performance of the nation’s 20 largest supermarket chains. Industry leaders like Wegmans (a former EDF partner on salmon and shrimp sourcing), Whole Foods and Safeway once again scored in the top five, while Winn Dixie, Publix and Supervalu perennially find themselves at the bottom of the rankings.

This year’s report places extra emphasis on the ways that these companies approach pressing conservation policy issues, such as the approval of genetically-modified salmon, the advancement of industry-wide seafood traceability, and catch methods for canned tuna.

Perhaps the report’s biggest surprise was the improvement shown by prepared foods leader Trader Joe’s, which rocketed up 12 spots (from 15th in 2012 to 3rd this year). This comes just weeks after public scrutiny of the company’s follow-through on its 2012 sustainable seafood promise. However, Greenpeace gave Trader Joe’s a major pat on the back for removing several unsustainable species from their inventory and switching to better sources of canned tuna.

Although we don’t always agree with our Greenpeace colleagues about the composition of their ‘red list’, we were happy to see them recognize the improving sustainability of Gulf of Mexico red snapper and grouper – fisheries that EDF has worked in for more than a decade. They even gave a nod to EDF partner H-E-B for their strong support of the GulfWild traceability program.

So until next year’s edition, try to use your seafood dollars to support companies that are on the right track. If you are uncertain about the right species to purchase, you can refer to our recently revamped “Seafood Selector.” Let’s hope that the good continue to get better and the not-so-good get serious about seafood sustainability.

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Electronics Recycling in Philadelphia

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Electronics Recycling
Saturday, June 25
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Rain or Shine)
100 E. Mermaid Lane
(Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting parking lot)

– Materials accepted include computers, printers, monitors,
VCRs, microwaves, and TVs *

– No collected materials will be landfilled or processed in developing countries

– Processing exceeds industry standards and certifications

– Donations received will benefit the grant fund of the Weavers Way
Environment Committee and Quaker community garden projects in the
Fair Hill neighborhood.

*e-mail: weaverswayrecycling@yahoo.com for a complete list of accepted items

Suggested Donations:
$1 for small items
(cell phones, keyboards)

$5 for medium items
(laptops, fax machines)

$10 for large/heavy items
(TVs, monitors)

Clean Air Council’s Philadelphia Earth Day 2011 Celebration

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Philadelphia’s LARGEST Earth Day Celebration:

The 30th Annual 5K Run for Clean Air and Earth Day Celebration will take place April 16th, 2011. The course starts at the Philadelphia Art Museum and runs along Martin Luther King Drive. Arriving back at the finish line, the Clean Air Council has invited its partners and sponsors to participate in the Earth Day Celebration, providing an opportunity for community participants to hear about the latest Green event news, resources, and trends.

The 5K Run for Clean Air is a community effort to decrease the air pollution that triggers asthma and other respiratory problems in our families, as well as support programs that reduce waste in favor of increased recycling and composting and slow down global warming.

To get more information about the run, check out the website at http://www.5KRunforCleanAir.org