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POSTED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 9:39 AM
Campbell Soup is among firms using can linings without BPA, which some link to health problems. PAUL SAKUMA / Associated Press

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration denied a petition asking it to ban the controversial chemical, bisphenol A, from food and food packaging.

But it said its studies of the chemical, also known as BPA, are not complete. So, in other words, stay tuned.

How this ultimately plays out is anyone's guess.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 12:51 PM
RecycleBank's Denise Diorio McVeigh (left), ShopRite's Dave Deets and city Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson at Monday's announcement.

Philadelphia is upping the recycling ante.

After instituting a RecycleBank program that gives household recyclers points that they can redeem for  groceries, gift cards, merchandise and other things -- or donate to charitable projects -- the city and RecycleBank have now launched a sweepstakes.

Between now and June 30, every time someone registered with RecycleBank actually recycles -- the stickers on bins get scanned to record participating -- they'll get entered in the sweepstakes.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 4:11 PM

Jean Twenge is certainly getting some push-back.

Last month, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published an article by Twenge, a San Diego State psych prof, concluding that Millennials are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources than those of previous generations when they were the same age.

The study was broad, looking at things such as life goals, concern for others and civic engagement. But it was the green aspects that probably surprised her most and represented the biggest change from previous generations.

POSTED: Monday, April 2, 2012, 9:06 AM

As is often the case, I had more information than I could fit into the print version of the GreenSpace column, which this morning was about the environmental benefits of native plants.

As evidence that Doug Tallamy's message is taking off -- in addition to the 100 talks he gives a year and the 130 people that showed up recently at one hosted by the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education -- is the growing number of nurseries that sell native plants and the growing number of organizations that hold annual sales.

For a list of nurseries, check out It lists more than a dozen in central New Jersey and the broad southeastern Pennsylvania region.

About this blog

GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

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