Two years of co2 saving with bioplastic packaging

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017 by

Exactly two years ago, in the Autumn 2014, Officina naturae changed direction in making an effort to increase its sustainable footprint. In fact, since that October, the packaging of household cleaners – especially the 1 liter and 750 ml bottles, and 4 liter cans–, usually made of conventional PE, were replaced with a similar bioplastic […]

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These 5 technologies are set to transform the way we consume everyday products

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017 by

From hamburgers to plastic, new technologies are reinventing the products we consume Take a look around you. Many of the products you see were made using industrial processes that are at least a century old. That is set to change. New technologies developed in laboratories around the world are reinventing the materials and processes used […]

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147 Things you can Compost and 9 Things you can’t

Posted on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by

1. VEGETABLES This is the most simple answer and most people will know you can compost vegetables but it is as good a place as any to start the list. Vegetables can be fresh (although you should be eating them!), cooked, frozen and completely moldy. All of them are okay to be thrown onto your […]

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Paul Hawken Presents the World’s First Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017 by

Can we stop global warming in the next 30 years? This is the burning question of the 21st century and renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken used our March What’s Now: San Francisco gathering to give his answer: Yes we can. More on Project Drawdown: http://www.drawdown.org/

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Landowners Encouraged To Convert Old Farmland To Wetlands

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

State officials want landowners to convert old farmland to wetlands. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The government helps landowners install levees and plant native grasses and trees. It’s part of the national Farm Bill and is designed to restore and protect wetlands across the nation. […]

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Trees can help UK farming cut emissions

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

Increasing yields produced in UK fields and using the spare farmland to plant trees and restore wetlands could greatly reduce emissions, says a study. Combining this approach with strategies to cut food waste and meat consumption could help the farming sector cut its emissions by 80% by 2050, it adds. Crop and livestock agriculture accounts […]

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One Man’s Mission to Expand Composting in Chicago

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

If you live in the city, you may think it’s hard to compost. Compost is rich soil created by naturally recycling organic material. But there’s one man who is trying to make it easy. He’s helping residents, restaurants and caterers compost–all by the seat of his bicycle. Learn about a small business called Healthy Soil Compost, […]

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A Boon for Soil, and for the Environment

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

By Beth Gardiner May17, 2016 When Gabe Brown and his wife bought their farm near Bismarck, North Dakota, from her parents in 1991, testing found the soil badly depleted, its carbon down to just a quarter of levels once considered natural in the area. Today the Brown farm and ranch is home to a diverse and […]

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Reducing the Impact of Wasted Food by Feeding the Soil and Composting

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Composting is the fifth tier of EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy. Even when all actions have been taken to use your wasted food, certain inedible parts will still remain and can be turned into compost to feed and nourish the soil. Like yard waste, food waste scraps can also be composted. Composting these wastes creates […]

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Helping Farmers Expand Composting in the County

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Did you know that food scraps account for approximately 23% of the County’s overall waste stream? And did you know that there are new state standards that allow farmers to use food scraps to make compost? That’s o.k. if you didn’t know…most County residents, and many farmers, don’t know about this new opportunity to use food […]

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