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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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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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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Project Oscar

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Project Oscar is Boston’s 24-hour community compost pilot program. Named after the Sesame Street character, Project Oscar compost bins give communities a place to drop-off residential food scraps for composting. Our bins are emptied by the Public Works team, and managed by Greenovate Boston. This partnership project is a pilot program, so we appreciate feedback about […]

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Federal Street School Composting Starts with a Bang

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

By TOM RELIHAN Recorder Staff Friday, November 18, 2016 GREENFIELD – Federal Street School fourth-grader Jayden Tyler tugged a pair of blue latex gloves on as he peered into a bright yellow bin in the cafeteria. Behind him, students munch happily on spaghetti and meatballs. For some, whose eyes may have been bigger than their […]

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Composting is Grounds for Change on Alaska Flights

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Alaska Airlines serves up 37,000 cups of coffee a day on its more than 900 daily flights, brewed using more than 250,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee each year. Ensuring that those grounds go back into the earth and not into the trash is the goal of a new composting effort at Alaska Airlines. Gardeners know […]

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From Curb to Compost… Striving for Zero Waste

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 by

Did you know, on average, Americans throw away 250 million tons of garbage annually? According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Urban Sustainability Project report from 2014, aimed at identifying effective urban sustainability initiatives, 183 communities in 18 different cities are now running a curb to compost program. These programs are aimed to increase recycling […]

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Compost Crusader

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by

One waitress wants to 86 food waste. Twice a week, Melissa Tashjian, 35, serves grub at a local pizza joint in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The rest of her time is devoted to her budding business, Compost Crusader, which helps turn food scraps and organic waste into nutrient-rich soil. “I’ve been in the restaurant industry since I […]

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