What Do You Reuse?
, butWe are a very wasteful society, and when populations were small we didn't really care. Now we don't have enough for everyone, so we need to conserve resources and reuse items. On the other hand, it's good to support businesses by buying new products.
Each individual needs to decide what is sustainable for them. Sustainable doesn't just mean is it green, environmentally friendly and non-toxic. It means is it something I can afford?
So I encourage initiatives like PVForum and Freecycle.org (where we can use Menlo Park, Redwood City or Palo Alto sites) to find and offer goods. I encourage residents to compost their leaves and garden waste on site where possible. As a town we need to consider what happens to food waste - both for commercial establishments and in homes. Are there people in our community who are facing hunger? Many support food banks like Second Harvest, but what can we do locally? We had a Saturday plant sharing, many have excess fruit, how can we share it with those locally who live or work here and are in need?
California's AB-793, now law, requires 15% of plastic bottle material to be recycled by 2022, and 50% by 2030. I would like Portola Valley to follow Alameda, Carmel, San Luis Obispo, Davis, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley and ban plastic straws which don't degrade easily and cause problems for sea creatures.
Angela Hey is a candidate for Portola Valley Town Council. She is an experienced technology marketing consultant who serves nonprofits, as a volunteer.