<strong>Dear Recycle Lady,<\/strong>\r\n\r\nHow long has plastic been in our environment? When was plastic discovered?\r\n\r\n<em>Looking for Information<\/em>\r\n\r\n<strong>Dear Looking for Information,<\/strong>\r\n\r\nAccording to www.thoughtco.com \u203a history-of-plastics-1992322, the first man-made plastic was created by Alexander Parkes, who demonstrated it at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London. He called the material Parkesine. It was an organic material derived from cellulose. Once it was heated, Parkesine could be molded and it would retain its shape when cooled. The first mass-produced, totally synthetic plastic was invented in 1907 by Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland, who also created Bakelite. Since Baekeland\u2019s product was a totally synthetic plastic, meaning it contained no molecules, it is considered to be invented rather than discovered. There are some plastics today made from an organic polymer, however, most plastics are made from petrochemicals. Plastic pollution was first noticed in the ocean by scientists carrying out plankton studies in the late 1960s and early 1970s, according to freetheocean.com.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<strong>Dear Recycle Lady,<\/strong>\r\n\r\nWhat is Earth Hour and when is it?\r\n\r\n<em>Environmentalist<\/em>\r\n\r\n<strong>Dear Environmentalist,<\/strong>\r\n\r\nEarth Hour was organized in 2004 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and has been held every year since.\u00a0 It encourages individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m., on the last Saturday of March. Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia and has grown to include more than 7,000 cities and towns across 187 countries and territories. Its purpose is to raise awareness on energy consumption and the effect on the environment. This year Earth Hour will be held on Saturday, Mar. 27, from 8:30 - 9:30. Let\u2019s join in and turn off non-essential lights during Earth Hour and help save the Earth.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<strong>Dear Readers,<\/strong>\r\n\r\nHere\u2019s some really good news. On Feb. 13, the Empire State Building\u2019s 102 stories were run entirely by wind energy, says https:\/\/www.earther.gizmodo.com \u203a the-empire-state-building. Using wind energy has saved 450 million pounds of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to an entire year of emissions from New York\u2019s taxi fleet. The retrofit will save $2.4 million in energy costs the first year.\u00a0 It is expected that, over time, the owners will save over $4 million yearly.\r\n\r\nHave questions about recycling, or interesting information about recycling? Send questions or requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dear Recycle Lady is sponsored jointly by the Greenbrier Recycling Center and Greenworks Recycling.