June 2017   
environmental education made easy

"The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."

These are the words of Robert Swan, OBE, a polar explorer and environmentalist. While Swan's quest is to save the Antarctic, he would support the work of the Hoosier women who fought the use of phosphates in detergent in the early 1970s.  Both Swan and these women believed that their actions made a difference. The Hoosier women and their efforts are the subject of  research by graduate student Annette Scherber. Read more about them in  this month's feature article below.

We learned about the Hoosier women and their campaign for clean water while attending the Indiana Recycling Coalition Conference earlier this month. We are always grateful for the opportunity to learn new things and see clients at annual conferences, and more opportunities are on the horizon!

I will be attending the California Resource Recycling Association Conference in San Diego this August and we are exhibiting at both the ISWA/WASTECON Conference in Baltimore this September and the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts conference in October at Indiana's McCormick's Creek State Park. Please stop by our booth or look for me if you will be attending one of these conferences. I would love to catch up! 

If we don't see each other at an upcoming conference, please call or email me. Eco Partners can help you develop a plan to keep your residents up-to-date on your solid waste management programs. 

ALL of us--women and men--can come to the rescue of this precious planet. Let's go out and work to save it! 

Keep recycling,
Pictured, L to R: Vic Roe, Julanne Sausser, Elizabeth Roe, and Gary Roe

Elizabeth Roe
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Women to the Rescue!
Annette Scherber with her exhibit.
Historical research helps us understand how past decisions and actions influence the world we live in today. Our summer intern, Vic Roe, recently interviewed Annette Scherber, a graduate student of public history focusing on gender and environmental history at IUPUI in Indianapolis. Annette was exhibiting her research at the Indiana Recycling Coalition's Annual Conference earlier this month. 

Scherber's work highlights the impact women have had on the rise of environmental activism within the state of Indiana. Her thesis specifically examines the impact of Indiana women on the protection of waterways from pollutants in laundry detergent and the resulting development of women's organizations that pursued environmental activism. The women's initial efforts helped to create a ban on phosphates in laundry detergent. 

With the phosphate ban, women began to recognize the impact they had on pollution and the environment through the household products they bought. Consequently, many adjusted their purchasing habits to become more environmentally friendly.

Read all about Annette's fascinating research in Vic's blog post on our website.

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