Recycling may be righteous and water conservation keen, but there comes a time when going green simply goes too far.
Using sewer water to make fake snow is one of those times. An avalanche of waste water snow has long been planned for Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks, just north of Flagstaff.
Since Mother Nature cannot be counted on to provide enough consistent snowfall to make skiers happy – and the ski resort money – steps need to be taken to ensure the latter.
The Flagstaff City Council had already agreed to sell this waste water to Arizona Snowbowl during the winter, at the rate of 1.5 million gallons per day.
The waste water will be treated, of course, before it is frozen and slathered all over the public land.
But that does not make it any more appetizing, especially for kids who tend to put things – like snow – in their mouths. The Save the Peaks Coalition asserts that the Forest Service did not take children’s penchant for eating snow into account when it put together the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
The San Francisco Peaks also happen to be sacred to the Navajo, Hopi and other American Indian tribes.
At least the longstanding plan has been halted by the equally longstanding lawsuit – Save the Peaks et. al. vs. the U.S. Forest Service – with a new slate of arguments hitting U.S. District Court Monday, July 16.
If sewage snow on public lands is not disgusting enough, a few more equally eco-gross practices can be found in people’s own homes – or sold at their businesses.
Pennsylvania woman Mary Beth Karchella-MacCumbee, who owns an “alternative cloth family products” company, is on a mission to create a paperless life, according to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.
While the paperless mom will make some concessions, like allowing for paper plates at a large outdoor party she held for her daughter’s graduation, other paper is pretty much taboo in the house.
Even toilet paper. Rather than a roll of disposable stuff, Karchella-MacCumbee sews cloth wipes using cotton flannel, hemp or cotton velour or bamboo fleece.
The cloth wipes also substitute for paper towels for big messes and tissues for the nose. Used wipes end up in a diaper pail to be washed and used once again.
The same goes for panty liners and menstrual pads, which she also sews out of cloth and sells on her website.
“I’ve gotten three years out of my first set of pads,” she boasted in the Post-Gazette.
She’s not the only one to discover the, um, beauty, of reusable feminine products. One of her friends in Michigan creates reusable panty liners out of cotton, organic velour and hemp, as well as crocheted cotton tampons.
All of a sudden sewage snow has become a tad less disturbing – even if kids are putting the snow in their mouths.
Ryn Gargulinski is a poet, artist, performer and TucsonCitizen.com Ryngmaster who is not planning to go green with reusable toilet paper anytime soon – or ever. Her column appears every Friday on Rynski’s Blogski. Her art, writing and more is at RynRules.com and Rynski.Etsy.com. E-mail email@example.com.
BONUS ROUND: Ryn had the honor of writing the weekly TucsonCitizen.com editorial for the Arizona Daily Star this Monday, June 14. Look for it in Monday’s issue of the ADS newspaper – and online Monday on Rynski’s Blogski.
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