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APECA, Inc.

21338 Dumetz Road 
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818.704.0967
apecaperu@apecaperu.org



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We're Keeping Our Communities Clean and Healthy

On Monday April 22nd the world will be celebrating Earth Day to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  Organizations everywhere will host events for local communities to participate in and show the world that they care about the place they live.  Events will range from beach and park cleanups to DIY workshops and tree plantings, while schools will educate their students about the importance of having an environmentally-conscious mind and keeping our world safe and clean.

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Instead of just thinking about how your actions positively/negatively affect the earth once a year, why not integrate sustainable practices into your everyday lives.  This post will feature some of the Earth Day projects worldwide, while also offering simple suggestions on how you can make your everyday routine more environmentally conscious.

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Save Our Shores

Beach Cleanup

Save Our Shores is a non-profit marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz, California who cares for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action.  Last Earth Day, their beach cleanup helped collect over 850 pounds of pollution, and on Earth Day 2011 they collected over 2,700 cigarette butts from their local beaches in just 2 hours alone! (1)

Decorate Grocery Bags

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Earth Day Groceries Project will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary.  It's an easy, cost free environmental awareness project that matches youths with grocers to relay the message of Earth Day to everyone!  To participate, teachers just have to contact a local grocery store and ask to borrow "X" amount of paper bags.  Explain the purpose of the project to the manager, and pass out a paper bag to each student to decorate with Earth Day themed messages and pictures.  Return the bags to the same store on Earth Day, and customers will receive their groceries as well as an Earth Day message from children who care about the environment. Hopefully next Earth Day they will walk into the grocery store with a reusable bag! (2)

Attend an Earth Day Festival

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There will be Earth Day festivals all around the world on Monday April 22nd and the weekend prior.  Most of the festivals will include tree plantings, community trash pickups, and DIY projects.  San Francisco was voted the Greenest City in North America, so we know they will be celebrating Earth Day to the max!  Their festival will include music by local bands and dj's, green DIY workshops, keynote speakers, earth friendly exhibits and even an electric car showcase!  Make the effort and see what your local community is doing to celebrate on and around April 22nd. (3)

CLEAN WATER PROJECT

Apeca Peru  is currently working on a pilot project for rainwater collection to supply a small community with clean, safe drinking water.

The villages in the District of Fernando Lores collect their water from the Amazon River or from contaminated wells. Undeniably, unsafe water is a leading concern of health experts around the world. More people die each year from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.

In Peru, overall, at least 33% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water. In the District of Fernando Lores, the percentage grows to greater than 99% of the population. The Ministry of Health estimates that over half of all the deaths in the district of Fernando Lores are due to water born diseases.

Through funding provided by the Rotary Club of East Hartford, Connecticut, APECA installed a water catchment system at the Neuvo Progreso 'posta medica' to provide clean and safe water to the clinic. Many of these systems are desperatly needed.

APECA has identified 30 villages where this type of system is viable and APECA, Rotary Clubs in the USA and Rotary International are working to make it happen.

RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

APECA Peru provides unusual opportunities to learn, conduct research in a natural, undeveloped setting. Our programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and professionals. In addition, anyone who wants to learn first hand about a beautiful, fascinating region and its inhabitants can experience the Amazon rain forest while doing useful work.

Please understand that our purpose is support of our ongoing projects in health, education, and conservation – not ecotourism. Participants are welcome in our programs for periods from two weeks to several months. Fees will be charged and will cover your room, board and local transportation costs. Personal travel expenses are the responsibility of each participant.

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There are three major categories:

  • Students: Undergraduate and graduate students who will receive academic credit for their work may undertake projects which are compatible with APECA projects. They may participate with our staff in project activities. Spoken Spanish is a requirement.
  • General visitors: Everyone who wishes to help achieve APECA objectives is welcome to take part in daily activities at El Fundo and assist on APECA field projects in river villages.Minimal spoken Spanish is a requirement.
  • Independent Researchers: Faculty, doctoral candidates and working professionals who want to conduct research which has been determined by APECA staff to be compatible with its projects are welcome. Researchers will be asked to provide copies or summaries of their work to APECA.
Study Site

Founder Gina Low. Main reception hall with second level sleeping quarters was the first building at El Fundo in 1995. The dining hall to the left accommodated 40 and was added during the next two years. In 2008 the current dining room site was established using some of the same floor boards, including pieces of El Trochero, the original First Aid Clinic boat of 1993.

El Fundo, APECA's field base and training center, is close to the district administrative seat, Tamshiyacu. Our base is on the south bank of the Amazon River about five hours by public motor-taxi boat south (upstream) of Iquitos, the capital of Peru's northeastern region, Loreto. Travel in APECA's boat takes less time, about 2 hours. Life at El Fundo is simple, uncluttered, and rustic.

Limited amounts of electricity are provided by solar panels and a generator. The sleeping facility, which overlooks the Amazon River, is a comfortable open space with cement floor and screened windows. There is limited solar power at night for lighting. Beds are equipped with mosquito nets. Bathrooms include flush toilets and showers. The dining room, kitchen and conference area are fully screened.

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  • Village visits are occasions for lectures on hygiene, including prevention of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and parasites.
  • Visiting technicians can test for malaria and tuberculosis. In some villages they can also confer with the resident medical technician (a Health Ministry employee) or the volunteer health promoter (an unpaid local resident).
  • Education for health and nutrition includes use of natural medicines and other local healing lore.
  • Conservation of Flora and Fauna are encouraged as we sensitize the future conservers of the rainforest.
  • For more information on APECA and its projects, visit: http://www.apecaperu.org A 501 (c)3 organization EIN:061385185 email: ginalow@apecaperu.org

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Environmental Benefits of Urbanization


In North America, more than 40,000 tons of plastic and metal is saved from landfills annually as a result of cartridge recycling. For every 100,000 used cartridges recycled, we can save 9599 kilograms of aluminum, 40 tons of plastic, and 1,000,000 liters of oil. Ink cartridge recycling has virtually become synonymous with successful sustainable development.

Now imagine the exponential savings by reusing those cartridges BEFORE recycling them. Reuse is the highest form of recycling which is why remanufacturing is the ideal way to give used inkjet and toner cartridges another life - a life which doesn't include being abandoned in a landfill where it can take more than 1,000 years for the cartridge to decompose.

Here are just some of the reasons to reuse/recycle cartridges:




Reduces AIR and WATER pollution.




It helps save Environment.




It helps save Energy.




Emissions of Greenhouse gases.

More Facts About Recycling

Each year over 375 million empty ink and toner cartridges are thrown away with most ending up in landfills or in incinerators.

To put this in perspective the 375 million cartridges per year amount to disposal of:

  • 1,000,000 cartridges per day
  • 11 cartridges per second.
  • 375 million cartridges put end-to-end would circle the earth over three times.

This mountain of waste can be reduced through reuse and recycling. Yet approximately 70% of all ink cartridges and 50% of all toner cartridges are still not recycled.

The plastics used in printer cartridges are made of an engineering grade polymer that have a very slow decomposing rate ranging between 450 to 1000 years depending on the cartridge type. Ink cartridges may also leak printer ink polluting the surrounding environment.

Disposing ink cartridges into garbage can cause great harm to environment and miniature life. Most importantly, carbon black (toner) has been classified as carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

More than three quarts of oil are consumed in producing each new laser cartridge. For manufacturing a new inkjet cartridge, about three ounces of oil are required. Recycling helps lower this cost to a considerable degree. An estimated quantity of over 11 million gallons of oil can be saved in only seven months by ink cartridge recycling.

By recycling printer cartridges, we conserve natural resources and energy by reducing the need for virgin materials. Up to 97 percent of the materials that make up a printer cartridge can be recycled or reused if taken care of. Printer cartridges can in extreme cases be refilled up to 15 times before reaching the end of their life most though averaging between 5-7 refills. For reused/remanufacturing cartridges the oil consumption is reduced to zero.