Category Archives: ecology

Zero waste shift?

Although major brands are starting to launch reusable packaging, companies that service school cafeterias have a long way to go.

The zero -waste movement could get a head start by simply starting with something as simple as the apple juice containers served at school breakfasts.  What a difference if the juice was served in reusable, empty containers that would be collected, cleaned and returned !

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A start for sustainability

I was pleased to see our seven-year old grandson carefully go through a rack of clothes at a resale store. His focus is targeted: Nike. Often, he’s successful.

At the other end of the thrifting continuum, his mom (our daughter) regularly donates clothes, toys and household goods to this resale shop.

Although sustainability is a mega-trend, the thrifting aspect is rarely highlighted. And yet making sure the recycling wheel goes round is an easy way families can practice sustainability at home.

Eco-innovation

Living in southwest Florida, I’m very aware of the issues related to ocean plastic.

One Asian city recently launched an initiative to reduce the use of plastic: purchase bus tickets with recycled plastic bottles. Passengers could exchange five plastic bottles or ten cups for a two-hour bus pass.

I think the same approach could be applied to holiday wrapping paper!

Zero-waste school lunches?

I expected the Starbucks move to replace plastic straws with “adult sippy cups” and sustainable straws to carry over into school cafeterias, but I haven’t seen that this fall.

Years ago, elementary grade students were huge drivers in the eco-move to “reduce, re-use, recycle.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if students at all levels of education begin to embrace the zero waste movement.

Wearing waste?

Back to school shopping offers a new clothes option this fall.

H&M is allowing plastic water bottles to be upcycled into polyester. Bottle waste is sorted, washed and shredded into fashionable flakes.

Interesting twist on being eco-friendly.

More plastic than fish

Plastic is a huge problem, especially for fish: in just three years, experts estimate there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.

Enter: edible packaging.

Earth-friendly packaging alternatives are on their way to your house. Look for mushroom, barley, wheat and milk based plastic substitutes.

Kids might be the first to notice: edible does not equal appetizing:>)

Shareables

Rent a castle for a night. Let your dog stay in a real home, instead of a kennel, while you travel. Borrow a neighbor’s car for the morning. These are all shareables.

Using something as needed, rather than actually owning it, offers real-time examples of thoughtful choices.

I wonder how the sharing economy will impact today’s kids, who grow up in a shareable world of Airbnb, DogVacay and RelayRides.