The Ban on Plastic

Hello Red Door! This post is going to be a little more serious then past posts because this blog will be about the plastic bag ban that will be going into effect. Now if you need some catching up, in 2018 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a plastic bag ban in an effort to aid the environment. About a month ago this was passed by New York State lawmakers and is expected to go into effect next March. This would make New York the second state to have a state wise plastic bag ban; the first being California. Now the public response has been mixed so I researched the pros and cons to this proposal so here we go:

Information from: https://www.factorydirectpromos.com/blog/pros-and-cons-of-a-plastic-bag-ban/ and https://www.dumpsters.com/blog/plastic-bag-bans
Pros-
Enhances the economy: This causes an increase in business for reusable bag manufacturers and leads to employment opportunities in that field.
Reduces cost of goods: Stores factor in the cost of disposable bags into their prices. When eliminating plastic bags, stores can lower prices.
Plastic bags are not biodegradable: Plastic bags take 10 to 1,000 year to decompose. When plastics bags do not end up where they are supposed to, they become litter. This leads to polluting oceans, rivers, farmlands, cities, and neighborhoods.
Picking up this litter (previous bullet) costs tax money: This will reduce litter and allow for tax money to be directed to other areas.
Marine life will improve: Marine animals often mistake plastic bags as jellyfish or plankton, leading them to consume the litter and become ill or die.
Drainage infrastructures run more efficiently: If not picked up, plastic bags often clog drainage systems, which causes flooding.
Decrease the mosquito population: (This one I did not think of) “Discarded plastic bags collect rainwater and creates a breeding ground for mosquito’s, some of which could carry the West Nile Virus or Triple E Virus.”

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Con-
Loss for plastic bag manufacturers: Plastic bag manufacturers may have to scale back business, which may lead to layoffs.
Reusable bag production is not eco-friendly: “A study by the Environmental Agency of England showed that a reusable cotton shopping bag must be used 173 times before it’s as environmentally friendly as a plastic shopping bag. Producing the cotton for these bags can generate 300 times the amount of water pollution compared to plastic bag production.”
Upfront cost to shoppers: Plastic bag bans will require shoppers having to purchase reusable bags, which can range from $1 and up. Those without a reusable bag may have to purchase a plastic one for 5 cents each time they shop.

So, whether you are for or against the plastic bag ban, it looks like its going to be put into action. If you need a reusable bag, Wegmans has your back. Tomorrow, April 27, from 11-3 bring a “tightly packed bag full of clean plastic bags to Wegmans” in exchange for a coupon for a free reusable bag. They say that “if every one of their customers used just one reusable bag on each shopping trip, Wegmans would use 357 million fewer plastic bags each year.”
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It’s Spring Time!

As the weather is getting beautiful outside, it’s time to start exploring! I spent four years at Buffalo State College and have yet to explore the area but now that I have a car, I would love to drive around and get to know Buffalo. Buffalo has such amazing locations in which we can walk around and take some amazing pictures. Currently the weather  is 57 degrees and everyone is outside wearing a hoodie and taking a walk.

Make sure to always check the weather before leaving your house because we never know what Mother Nature has planned for us.

Here is a list of free things you can do:

  • Ride a bike
  • Have a picnic
  • Take a hike/ jog
  • Fly a kite
  • Blow bubbles
  • Feel the sun in your face
  • Play a sport
  • Walk in the park
  • Play with chalk
  • Grab a beach chair and sit outside

Here are some upcoming events:

Easter Eggsperience at the Buffalo Zoo

Saturday, April 20th 8- 10 a.m.

The Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14214

Fantasy Island Week at Bisons’ Sahlen Field

Monday, April 29, 12:00 a.m. – Sunday, May 5, 12:00 a.m.

Sahlen Fields
Griffin Plaza, 1 James D, Buffalo, NY

Garden Bros Circus

Friday, May 3rd 4:30- 6:00 p.m.

Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex

2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd,

Rochester, NY

Totally Buffalo Festival

Saturday, May 25th & Sunday, May 26th

Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson Street

Buffalo, NY 14203

Garden Walk Buffalo

Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, July 28th, 10 – 4:00 p.m.

Feel free to share your experience!

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De-stressing

With it somehow already being the middle of April and the end of the semester quickly approaching, it is officially the most un-wonderful time of the year for college students: finals. All nighters in the library, large coffees on large coffees and stress that makes your head want to explode are right around the corner. I have seen finals week, or in UB’s case finals WEEKS, take its toll on my classmates- lots of tears and lots of “I really can’t do this.” Personally, I know the stress is coming and try my best to prepare for it and deal with it in a way that doesn’t make me crumble. Here are 5 tips on how to do this!

  1. Plan– Make a visual plan of all assignments due and exams coming up. Take note of what time exams are and also the location they are at- so you aren’t running around trying to figure it out an hour before.
  2. Breaks– Long shifts of studying often make your brain turn into mush after a while and you begin reading without even retaining anything anymore. Every hour try taking a 25 minute break, walk around, check your phone and just mentally relax.
  3. Phones away– The hardest but most rewarding tip. Nothing is worse than being in the middle of studying, having your phone vibrate, checking it, completely losing focus and having to start all over. An easy way to avoid this is putting it away! Don’t let the outside world keep you from being successful.
  4. SLEEP!– Skipping sleep is very, very tempting to do but ultimately will be your downfall. Running on no sleep impairs your memory, makes your mood worse and just isn’t a good time. Keep your sleep schedule as regular as you can.
  5.  Know your worth– At the end of the semester when grades start rolling in, if you get a bad grade it is NOT the end of the world. You are more than a grade and life will go on. No matter what happens, know you tried your best- that’s all that really matters.

Good luck to everyone taking finals!

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Spring has Sprung

With the warm weather coming in, I like many others are beginning the “fun” activity of prepping flower beds for the upcoming spring. Now I am not blessed with a green thumb, but I still enjoy seeing the array of colors of different flowers. With this being said, I thought I’d do a little research to share on what to do to get your garden looking good.

First off, fall and winter exposures garden beds to a lot of elements. The boring part about prepping includes cleaning out garden beds of broken branches and leaves. This allows for spring bulbs to come up without being hindered by anything. It is also good to trim off broken or dead branches from trees or bushes.

It is also a good idea to give the soil some TLC. This includes raking the soil, being sure to turn over the soil to clear any weeds that may have grown. A good idea would be to add compost, wither from a homemade bin or a store bought bad to add nutrients to the soil. This should be done before planting new plants, as it needs to mix with the soil and won’t be able to burn the roots.

Next is make a plan. Look to nurseries to see what flowers should be added to fill holes in your garden bed. If unsure, ask one of the employees, they are sure to have input to help. This link (https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/zipbyzip.php?zip=14222#b) includes good plants for Buffalo, NY.

Lastly, don’t forget to maintain it. After all that hard work and planning, no one wants it to go to waste. Upkeep helps the plants live longer and keeps your yard looking beautiful. A good idea is to put mulch down in late spring. This kills weeds but also will break down over the following fall and winter, adding nutrients to the soil.

I hope this helps. If you want a garden of you own, or just want a change of space, call Red Door Real Estate at (716) 768-1177 or email us realtyrenee@gmail.com
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Expect the Unexpected!

As Spring break was approaching and I was getting ready to head back to NYC for the break, I was excited to have a week off with no responsibilities and be able to just relax, sleep and enjoy a home cooked meal. For some reason my parents wanted me to come home Thursday night instead of Saturday so that I could sign a paper the next day. A one-way ticket was cost over $225, which was ridiculously expensive, so I decided to by a bus ticket instead which only cost about $55 with a student discount. After a long and tiring bus ride we had finally arrived to NYC around 7:50 pm. My parents picked me up and brought me a famous Dominican dish known as Mangu. They drove me to a location in which they parked next to a Gray Honda CR-V and said, “This is yours.” Yes Mine! My very first car! My very own car! My dad later parked and I was able to hug my car and see the inside.

The next day I woke up early to go to the DMV with my father and register my car. We were there for about 45 minutes, which was not bad due to the fact; it is normally a longer wait. My dad and I went back to the car and he put the license plate on it and went to fill up the tank with gas. At that moment I realized I needed to start saving because I had spent 40 dollars on gas and it was not enough.

Three days later my dad woke me up super early so that we can sign up for an E-Z Pass. We got there around 9:00 a.m. to avoid long lines and by 9:18 a.m. we were done. Cost about $30 dollars!

My parented decided to let me take my car to Buffalo in which they drove me back to campus and took a plane back to NYC that same night. Having my very own car has been an amazing and unreal experience since I am normally used to waiting for the bus, renting a zip car or paying for Uber/ Lyft rides.

Tips on keeping your car in good conditions:

  1. Change your oil
  2. Check your battery
  3. Check your tire pressure
  4. Clean windshields and change your wipers
  5. Check your brakes
  6. Keep your car clean
  7. Have money set aside just for your car!

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Turning the Bad Into the Good

For spring break this year, my friends and myself got a group of 26 of us to go to Cabo, Mexico. We were planned to stay in Cabo for six days and five nights and our departing flight was scheduled to leave from Buffalo at 6:00 a.m. on March 17th. After weeks of preparing for the trip and packing, the night before we left finally came and everyone was so excited to trade Buffalo snow for the beach. When trying to check into the flight that night a handful of us were confused when the website wouldn’t let us. Around 9:00 p.m. (nine hours before our flight,) our friend called the airlines to see what the issue was. The agent she talked to on the phone made us aware that our flight from Buffalo to Chicago had been canceled due to the Trump grounding of 737 Boeing model planes.

With that news, the next two hours for all 26 of us can be described as nothing but pure chaos. We were frantically looking for new flights to Chicago or straight through to Cabo for the next day, only to find out that most were over $1,000, completely full, or just didn’t exist. By now it was almost 11:00 p.m. and in order to not miss a full day in Cabo we only had one choice- get in the car and drive nine hours to Chicago. Our connecting flight from Chicago to Cabo was at 9:00 a.m. so in order to make it, we had to leave immediately. We all jumped into four cars with five people per car (6 people booked separate flights.) Not only were the cars filled with five people, they were filled with five suitcases and five carry-ons.

This nine-hour drive was MISERABLE. People in the back seat had luggage laying on their laps, the person in the passenger seat had to sit with their legs crunched due to carry-ons being shoved by their feet and the only comfortable seat was the driver seat. The con of the driver seat was you had to drive plus you couldn’t see out of the back due to luggage in the trunk. This drive took place through 11:30 p.m. – 9:00 a.m. so everyone was tired and cranky on top of everything else, plus we didn’t even know if we were going to make the flight.

When we got closer to Chicago we entered a different time zone that gave us an extra hour which ended up being the reason why we made the flight. We arrived at the airport with 45 minutes to get through TSA and we all made the flight. The planning agency we planned our trip through refunded us completely for gas and parking at the airport, since the four cars had to be parked there while we were gone. We arrived in Cabo on time, just a little more sleep deprived than we had planned. The six days we were there made every inconvenience we had worth it- even the extra miserable nine hour drive back home from Chicago. On the way back, we stopped at the Chicago Bean, which was really cool to see. I wouldn’t have been able to experience that if none of this happened.

Cabo was an amazing, beautiful experience and I am so thankful everything ended up working out. Overall, the chaos we experienced is now a funny memory we all can look back on and laugh about. Plus we all have a good story to tell. Try to make the most of every bad situation you come across, it will make your life easier and more enjoyable.

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