In what must be a record for perversity, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Wal-Mart are selling cypress mulch.
Where does this mulch come from?
Ground up cypress trees from the coastal forests that are essential to protecting America’s Gulf Coast from hurricanes and flooding.
Not only are cypress forests being clear cut to provide suburban America with a mulch it doesn’t need (there are plenty of renewable alternate sources), some of these areas are being so devastated that they will never grow back.
For God’s sake, don’t buy this stuff and next time you’re in a store that sells it, let them know that not only are you not going to buy it, you’re also going to scale back (or eliminate) all your purchases from their store until they stop selling it.
The Watekeeper Alliance waterkeeper.org ran a full page ad in the New York Times and posted some articles on this subject on their web site. They need some video too. With all due respect, to try to communicate anything significant these days without using YouTube, Google Video and/or MySpace is non-profiit negligence.