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Reply Don Ford
6:58 AM on January 30, 2018 
"...shift to biodegradable packaging." At a college I worked at they went to corn products that were fashioned into cups and saucers. Nothing too hot could be put into the cups or they immediately shift down (MELT) into saucers. For real! The answers are out there - we just need to find them all. Cheers, Don
Reply MichaelAcise
1:27 AM on January 30, 2018 
China's crackdown on imports of plastic trash should be a signal for rich nations to increase recycling and cut down on non-essential products such as plastic drinking straws, the head of the U.N Environment Programme said on Monday.

Erik Solheim, a former Norwegian environment minister, urged developed nations to re-think their use of plastics and not simply seek alternative foreign dumping grounds after China's restrictions took effect this month.

"We should see the Chinese decision – I heard some complaints from Europeans – as a great service to the people of China and a wake-up call to the rest of the world," he said in a telephone interview from Nairobi.

"And there are lots of products we simply don't need."

Prime examples, he said, were microbeads - tiny pieces of plastic often used in cosmetics which have been found to pollute the world's oceans, rivers and lakes - and drinking straws.

"The average American uses 600 straws a year," he said, generating vast amounts of plastic waste. "Everyone can drink straight from the bottle or the cup."

He suggested restaurants and bars could put up signs along the lines of: "If you desperately need a straw we will provide it". Some companies have already cut back on straws.

He praised bans on microbeads, sometimes used as abrasives in facial scrubs or toothpaste. The United States passed a law in 2015 to ban microbeads and a ban in Britain took effect this month.

Piles of waste have built up in some western ports after China, the main destination for more than half of plastic waste exported by western nations, banned "foreign garbage" including some grades of plastics and paper.

Solheim said companies including Coca-Cola, Nestle and Danone were taking steps to raise plastic recycling or to shift to biodegradable packaging. Kenya has banned plastic bags.

"But the problem is so huge that a lot more needs to be done" by governments and businesses, Solheim said.

"It's a much better idea if nations overall take care of their own waste," rather than seek new dumping grounds, he said, adding that: "It's not obvious that well-run nations like India and Vietnam want to be taking over this waste," after China's ban.

Last week, the European Commission outlined a new policy push to promote recycling of plastic. It said it was mulling a tax, curbs on throwaway items such as plastic bags and new quality standards.

In December, almost 200 nations signed a U.N. resolution to eliminate plastic pollution in the oceans, with the U.N. Environment Agency projecting that there could be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050.

(catalog printing printing in China).
Reply Don Ford
10:28 AM on August 3, 2017 
see some of my books here
Reply Don Ford
10:05 AM on March 12, 2017 
Hoping to hear from folks who are writers and readers! Stop by anytime with your comments and questions on the writer's world.
Reply Susan Langer
4:03 PM on July 26, 2015 
Nice writing and portfolio. Enjoyed the visit.
Reply Don Ford
5:33 PM on January 12, 2015 
skinnyuz2b says...
Don, I love the dragonfly photos on your Testimonials page. The colors are beautiful.

Hi Skinny,
It is a little over a year later, and I wondered what you were up to in your writer world. Stay in touch friend. Don, the dragonfly guy. LOL
Reply Don Ford
2:46 PM on January 11, 2015 
Well, look at you. This could be VERY helpful by this time NEXT year. Keep it going.
Reply Don Ford
10:41 AM on January 11, 2015 

See more great stories

in "Funny Business"

(A storeowner?s worst nightmare - Inspection)

By Don Ford 

Into the pastry shop marched the stern-faced County Food Inspector. At the top of his lungs he yelled. "We had a complaint that flies were rampant in your shop. This is an obvious code violation." ---

See more of my short tales here
Feel free to post a comment here and over in LinkedIn. Cheers, Don
Reply Don Ford
2:10 PM on April 7, 2014 
There are always bumps in our writer world. Circumstances beyond our control sometimes creep into our lives. My own child was attacked in a park and now our family is strapped with an enormous debt, since our insurance will not cover my daughter's treatment.

In the mean time I've contacted some funding places and some grant money was made available. A $20,000 debt was then reduced to $8,000 as we continue to look for new sources of help to cover this debt.

My girl feels responsible for the treatment cost this tragedy put on us. As a result of her experience, she developed an eating disorder that she is finally coming out of treatment for. But the debt still lingers, and we are late in life parents who do not wish to see her strapped with any of this bill.

If you are reading this and can assist in any way or know of anyone who could help, let us know. Please look at our Funding source here and alert others you know to also check into it. Maybe some churches would post this letter, that others would be aware of how they too could help.

This has slowed my writing down, putting all of my efforts into this need of Erin's, but I'll survive. I'm most concerned with her making it through all of this. Erin is being strong, it's Mom and Dad who have weak knees now.
Reply Don Ford
7:18 PM on November 3, 2013 
Hi Victoria,
Thanks for stopping by. You can find me at
Is this based on a true story? If so, it's all the better. I have a friend who might interview you. I check and let you know. In the mean, time stay in touch. You can friend me on Facebook also that I posted above. Cheers, Don
Reply Victoria
7:01 PM on November 3, 2013 
I have tried to connect with you on linkedin but because I do not know you, linkedin warns not to connect with anyone you do not know. I am writing a book now about how I was rescued as a young girl by the Native Americans who live near the Navajo reservation. My first book was published in August of this year. I would like to know how to go about finding radio talk hosts to promote the book that is already published. The title is, It's Not Okay, Babies Do Know. Any advice and feedback would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time to read and respond to my email. Victoria
Reply Mina De Caro
10:45 AM on October 25, 2013 
Hi Don. I saw you on a LinkedIn group and I have tried to follow you on Facebook and Twitter as well, but the links sent me error pages. You may want to double check and see what is wrong. Anyway, this is Mina @ Mina's Bookshelf. Come visit me :)
Join my site
Like my page
Follow me
Thank you!
Reply Don Ford
10:41 AM on October 16, 2013 
Thanks for stopping by to comment. Glad it appealed to you.
Cheers, Don
Reply Don Ford
10:39 AM on October 16, 2013 
skinnyuz2b says...
Don, I love the dragonfly photos on your Testimonials page. The colors are beautiful.
Reply skinnyuz2b
10:20 AM on October 16, 2013 
Don, I love the dragonfly photos on your Testimonials page. The colors are beautiful.
Reply Don Ford
8:19 AM on October 3, 2013 
If you have been viewing this site for a while, why not sign my guest register. My coffee pot is on and my door is always ajar. Stop by to leave a comment or two. I hope you find what you are looking for here. Cheers, Don (The eagle guy)
Reply Don Ford
8:05 AM on October 3, 2013 
SkinnyUZ2B says...
I love your art work. The colors and graphics are so varied. I especially like the colors.

Thanks for stopping back, hope you return soon. I'm trying to revamp this site when I find time between my own work and that of others. Cheers, Don
Reply SkinnyUZ2B
7:33 AM on October 3, 2013 
I love your art work. The colors and graphics are so varied. I especially like the colors.
Reply Don Ford
8:30 AM on September 9, 2013 
You are welcome stop back and comment anytime. Cheers, Don
Reply Don Ford
8:28 AM on September 9, 2013 
skinnyuz2b says...
Hey, GR (aka Don) I've enjoyed perusing your art and poems. I wish I could 'like' and comment on each post.
Reply skinnyuz2b
7:25 AM on September 9, 2013 
Hey, GR (aka Don) I've enjoyed perusing your art and poems. I wish I could 'like' and comment on each post.
Reply Don Ford
6:39 AM on November 4, 2012 
You left me speechless. Anyone who really knows me will tell you that it is a rare occasion to find me without words to say. Cheers, Don
Reply Patricia Salamone
4:47 AM on November 4, 2012 
Your words are like snowflakes, each one perfect and beautiful, they float through the air and land upon eager ears. You use each word to make a snow castle and everyone wants to join in your journey. You are a multi-talented marvel with a silver tongue and a heart of gold.
Reply Don Ford
2:50 PM on October 29, 2012 
Hi Marta, Good to see you here! Cheers, Don
Reply Marta Merajver-Kurlat
1:34 PM on October 29, 2012 
Sober, clear, and full of meaningful content.
A great website worth visiting.