17 Jun '11, 3pm

Time To Ditch The Penny; It Is Useless and Bad For The Environment...

Time To Ditch The Penny; It Is Useless and Bad For The Environment...

50,000 pennies at the Standard Hotel. Image credit Lloyd Alter Jeff recently asked Should We Ban the Penny to Help the Environment? As the things pile up in jars all over our house, I wonder why we bother having them at all, and I was curious how bad they could be environmentally . According to Triple Pundit, Mikes Bikes, , a bike store chain in California is no longer taking pennies. The store explains: Red Dog Mine, Teck Cominco Making pennies wastes natural resources and is toxic to people and the environment - Pennies are 3 percent copper, and 97 percent zinc and are primarily made from virgin ore. Making pennies from zinc and copper means mining for those materials. Red Dog Mine, which is the largest zinc mine in the U.S. is by far the #1 polluter on the EPA's list, because of large quantities of heavy-metal and lead rich mining tailings. The process of refining both ...

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