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By DALLAS MORNING NEWS | March 20, 1998
Say happy anniversary to that snow-white cup that holds your morning coffee.This year marks 50 years of consumer use of polystyrene foam -- Styrofoam.It's hard to believe that people once made do without foam egg cartons, coolers, craft balls, picnic cups ...Styrofoam was invented in 1941, when World War II was raging and American scientists were scurrying to develop synthetic rubber. A Dow Chemical engineer, Ray McIntire, tried foaming plastic polystyrene, and got a rigid material instead of a rubbery one. But it was also light and buoyant.
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January 28, 2014
This afternoon I went to my office to write letters in support of Baltimore's bag tax, and during my half-block commute, a discarded plastic bag blew across my path. I did what I usually do: Chased it down and picked it up. It was one less bag in the belly of a dead whale ( "Bag tax economics," Jan. 22). The facts are that the U.S. consumes about 100 billion plastic bags a year out of the total of 1 trillion used worldwide. That's a million plastic bags used per minute. And only 1 percent to 3 percent of them are recycled.
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By Llewellyn H. Rockwell and Llewellyn H. Rockwell,Los Angeles Times | November 13, 1990
Auburn, Alabama. I'VE ALWAYS admired McDonald's. It put restaurant dining within the reach of the average American and made cross-country travel less of a culinary roulette. But these days, the gold on those arches is looking a little bit green.For 15 years, McDonald's put its hamburgers in Styrofoam boxes, and no wonder. The containers kept the food hot, clean and dry, and the foam even absorbed grease.Styrofoam was a wonderful invention, as anyone who has ever held a paper cup of hot coffee can testify.
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By Cathy Drinkwater Better | November 16, 2011
The other night we were watching a movie on TV. During one of the commercial breaks - which are generally long enough to drive to Dairy Queen for a sundae and get back before the show starts again - Doug went to make some popcorn. I approve of popcorn as "food" on principle. It's delicious right out of the kernel - if you like Styrofoam packing peanuts - and it has fiber which, as the fiber-supplement industry is constantly reminding us, is good for us. Personally, I think they're just trying to get rid of all those extra Styrofoam packing peanuts.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | January 12, 1993
Kathy Blanco-Losada went shopping for dishes and cutlery last week. She needs service for 500.The Sykesville woman doesn't entertain on a grand scale and isn't looking for fine china and exquisite silver. Heavy duty ironstone and serviceable flatware will suit her purposes nicely.For three years, Ms. Blanco-Losada, 50, has volunteered as chairwoman of the Environmental Concerns Committee at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg. The committee is weaning the parish away from plastic and paper and onto recylables.
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By Cathy Drinkwater Better | November 16, 2011
The other night we were watching a movie on TV. During one of the commercial breaks - which are generally long enough to drive to Dairy Queen for a sundae and get back before the show starts again - Doug went to make some popcorn. I approve of popcorn as "food" on principle. It's delicious right out of the kernel - if you like Styrofoam packing peanuts - and it has fiber which, as the fiber-supplement industry is constantly reminding us, is good for us. Personally, I think they're just trying to get rid of all those extra Styrofoam packing peanuts.
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By ROGER SIMON | October 11, 1992
I suppose I knew I could not get away with it forever. I suppose I knew they would track me down someday.It may come as a surprise to you to learn that I am an outlaw. But I am.Just ask the folks at La-Z-Boy."Dear Mr. Simon," the letter began, "LA-Z-BOY is a registered trademark of La-Z-Boy Chair Company. Your commentary in the The Sun some months ago on the Perot presidency referred to LA-Z-BOY lawmaking. We appreciate the exposure, however, too much of a good thing can cause our famous trademark to become generic."
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By Bill Husted and Bill Husted,COX NEWS SERVICE | July 31, 2000
I calculate that I've purchased 18 washing machines, 12 lawn mowers, eight refrigerators and countless leaf blowers in my long life. I've moved from apartment to house, house to house, city to city, so many times that it might have been cheaper to rent a storage building somewhere around Carbondale, Ill., and store those appliances rather than sell them for a nickel on the dollar so many times. But there is one good thing about all that moving. I have learned many valuable lessons, including the fact that it is better to hire others to do the moving.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
This afternoon I went to my office to write letters in support of Baltimore's bag tax, and during my half-block commute, a discarded plastic bag blew across my path. I did what I usually do: Chased it down and picked it up. It was one less bag in the belly of a dead whale ( "Bag tax economics," Jan. 22). The facts are that the U.S. consumes about 100 billion plastic bags a year out of the total of 1 trillion used worldwide. That's a million plastic bags used per minute. And only 1 percent to 3 percent of them are recycled.
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By Greg Tasker | November 25, 1990
I first noticed IT at Westminster's Fallfest.But IT also had been seen a few weeks earlier at the Maryland Wine Festival and then later at the Apple Harvest Festival in nearby Biglerville, Pa.IT was not some Stephen King-created monster, but a man-made horror known as Styrofoam. And it was everywhere. Vendors were selling pop and other beverages in plastic foam cups, which were quickly discarded in trash cans when the drink was gone.IT was flourishing.And I found the situation offensive.Plastic foam, as you may well be aware, does not biodegrade.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bill Husted and Bill Husted,COX NEWS SERVICE | July 31, 2000
I calculate that I've purchased 18 washing machines, 12 lawn mowers, eight refrigerators and countless leaf blowers in my long life. I've moved from apartment to house, house to house, city to city, so many times that it might have been cheaper to rent a storage building somewhere around Carbondale, Ill., and store those appliances rather than sell them for a nickel on the dollar so many times. But there is one good thing about all that moving. I have learned many valuable lessons, including the fact that it is better to hire others to do the moving.
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By DALLAS MORNING NEWS | March 20, 1998
Say happy anniversary to that snow-white cup that holds your morning coffee.This year marks 50 years of consumer use of polystyrene foam -- Styrofoam.It's hard to believe that people once made do without foam egg cartons, coolers, craft balls, picnic cups ...Styrofoam was invented in 1941, when World War II was raging and American scientists were scurrying to develop synthetic rubber. A Dow Chemical engineer, Ray McIntire, tried foaming plastic polystyrene, and got a rigid material instead of a rubbery one. But it was also light and buoyant.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | January 12, 1993
Kathy Blanco-Losada went shopping for dishes and cutlery last week. She needs service for 500.The Sykesville woman doesn't entertain on a grand scale and isn't looking for fine china and exquisite silver. Heavy duty ironstone and serviceable flatware will suit her purposes nicely.For three years, Ms. Blanco-Losada, 50, has volunteered as chairwoman of the Environmental Concerns Committee at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg. The committee is weaning the parish away from plastic and paper and onto recylables.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | October 11, 1992
I suppose I knew I could not get away with it forever. I suppose I knew they would track me down someday.It may come as a surprise to you to learn that I am an outlaw. But I am.Just ask the folks at La-Z-Boy."Dear Mr. Simon," the letter began, "LA-Z-BOY is a registered trademark of La-Z-Boy Chair Company. Your commentary in the The Sun some months ago on the Perot presidency referred to LA-Z-BOY lawmaking. We appreciate the exposure, however, too much of a good thing can cause our famous trademark to become generic."
NEWS
By Greg Tasker | November 25, 1990
I first noticed IT at Westminster's Fallfest.But IT also had been seen a few weeks earlier at the Maryland Wine Festival and then later at the Apple Harvest Festival in nearby Biglerville, Pa.IT was not some Stephen King-created monster, but a man-made horror known as Styrofoam. And it was everywhere. Vendors were selling pop and other beverages in plastic foam cups, which were quickly discarded in trash cans when the drink was gone.IT was flourishing.And I found the situation offensive.Plastic foam, as you may well be aware, does not biodegrade.
NEWS
By Llewellyn H. Rockwell and Llewellyn H. Rockwell,Los Angeles Times | November 13, 1990
Auburn, Alabama. I'VE ALWAYS admired McDonald's. It put restaurant dining within the reach of the average American and made cross-country travel less of a culinary roulette. But these days, the gold on those arches is looking a little bit green.For 15 years, McDonald's put its hamburgers in Styrofoam boxes, and no wonder. The containers kept the food hot, clean and dry, and the foam even absorbed grease.Styrofoam was a wonderful invention, as anyone who has ever held a paper cup of hot coffee can testify.
FEATURES
August 23, 1999
YAK CRAFTThe Yak got a great craft idea from Jo-Ann etc. and Jo-Ann stores: Styrofoam bugs! You can find this and other fun things at www.joannstores.com/project/kids. Then you can make a collection of bugs to last right up until school starts.MATERIALS1 small Styrofoam egg shape4 small round Styrofoam ballsAcrylic craft paintChenille stems1 small package of sequins1 package of "googly eyes"Craft glueToothpicksDIRECTIONS1. Paint Styrofoam balls. Allow to dry.2. Using egg shape as head, attach the balls together with toothpicks.
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By EDWARD GUNTS and EDWARD GUNTS,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | February 5, 2006
In the 1920s, the Will's Dairy in Fells Point sold pasteurized milk in short, half-pint glass bottles embossed with an upbeat slogan: "Will's on milk is like Sterling on silver." Inside the Fells Point Time Bubble, a new interactive exhibit at the Fells Point Maritime Museum, one of the dairy's bottles -- clear, filled no longer with milk but with white Styrofoam pellets to accentuate its red lettering -- sits waiting to tell the story of a man whose spirit helped make the waterfront community what it is today.
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