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Posts from the ‘Environmental’ Category

  • May 15th, 2019

    We Are the Oil Spill

    Tweet In recent times, whenever a catastrophic event, whether natural or human-created, makes headlines, social media rapidly makes memes that say something along the lines of, “We are all ____.” It’s meant to express empathy and unity, and does: for some reason, disasters pull us together. Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, renowned for his environmental activism as [...]

  • April 3rd, 2019

    The Great Floods of 2019

    Tweet The expression “a wet winter” doesn’t begin to describe what 2019 has been like for many businesses and homeowners across the country, which have experienced storms so severe they immobilized cities, turned towns into islands, and shut down freeways. At the end of February, for example, northern California faced a flood of Biblical proportions. [...]

  • March 6th, 2019

    A Farmer’s Frenzy of Spills

    Tweet Weather folklore from the Farmers’ Almanac says, “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.” This colorful analogy seems appropriate, as March is usually wild. Winds whipping fields into a frenzy, storms knocking down tree limbs, runoff damaging drains and hillsides… it all calls for an equally powerful [...]

  • February 20th, 2019

    Oil Spills: A Daily Reality Show

    Tweet These days, reality shows (and stars) blanket the Internet, magazines, and our daily lives, whether we want to hear about them or not. And they’re relatively harmless. The same can’t be said of oils spills, which are also a daily, often deadly, reality, harming marine life as well as the environment. While Impact Absorbents can’t [...]

  • February 6th, 2019

    Year Of the Pig: A Spill Clean Up Bonanza?

    Tweet The Chinese New Year, which begins in February, is always symbolized by a specific animal that defines the qualities for the coming year. It’s a very different concept from how we recognize a new year in the West, with lists of resolutions that are all too soon forgotten. 2019 is the Chinese Year of [...]

  • January 23rd, 2019

    Don’t Fall Off the Mountain

    Tweet Many years ago, Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine wrote a book called, Don’t Fall Off the Mountain. She wasn’t focused on erosion control, but the title is apt: in winter months, when the rains often cascade in sheets, it’s all too easy for soil to wash away unless it’s protected. That’s where Jute netting comes in. Made from [...]

  • November 21st, 2018

    On Guard! Don’t Let Drains Drain Your Energy

    Tweet “En guard!” is a French fencing phrase (say that three times fast) that means, “Get ready! Your opponent is about to run you through with a lance!” Or it may have meant, “Look out! Your drain is about to overflow!” The latter warning should never be uttered in these modern times, however. Not if [...]

  • November 14th, 2018

    That’s a Wrap: No PFAs in Our Products!

    Tweet A lot of women are lipophobic (that’s fear of fat), which may prevent them from eating fast food. That’s a positive. Fast food is not nutritious. Yet a new study by the Centers for Disease Control found one in three U.S. adults eat fast food every day. That’s about 85 million people; an alarming statistic. Not [...]

  • October 10th, 2018

    The 4 Rs: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Tweet School’s been back in session for at least a month, so the 3 Rs are well underway. Besides, with texting and tablets, the old reading, writing and ‘rithmetic are kind of anachronistic. Do kids even learn to write their names in script anymore? But we digress. The 4 Rs are perennial — and more [...]

  • September 19th, 2018

    Feet of Clay: Your Achilles’ Heel

    Tweet If you’re an artist, clay can be a wonderful medium. You mold and shape the vision in your mind on a potter’s wheel, fire the piece in the kiln, and voilà: a beautiful sculpture for the house, or perhaps the first in an inspired line of earthenware. But just because clay is useful in [...]