How do Reduce, Reuse & Recycle affect Plastic Production?

We often talk about actions around the 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – but the real impact of those on plastic production, and consequent pollution, is not as well articulated. How much can we collectively achieve by reducing, reusing, and recycling?  Plastic Waste: the status-quo First, let’s take a look at the current scenario.Continue reading “How do Reduce, Reuse & Recycle affect Plastic Production?”

Natu Collective: Tossing Toxins – Key Ingredients That You Need to Ditch!

Elizabeth Boulos is an educator dedicated to truth and transparency around ingredients, toxins and products, their impact on human and environmental health, and how they are marketed to consumers.  She works with businesses on product sourcing as well as marketing and label transparency, and she helps consumers with customized safer and eco-holistic product recommendations for cosmeticsContinue reading “Natu Collective: Tossing Toxins – Key Ingredients That You Need to Ditch!”

8 Simple Bathroom Swaps

My zero-waste journey naturally started in the kitchen (view previous post), with some bathroom swaps here and there. But the truth is that we accumulate a lot of “stuff” in the bathroom. And a lot of it is single-use packaging made of plastic. Sometimes you cannot even reuse those containers, right? If you have roommatesContinue reading “8 Simple Bathroom Swaps”

How to Reduce your Waste during Halloween!

Halloween is almost here, which means it’s time to get the decorations up, pick a costume, and stock up on candy. Like most holidays, a dramatic increase in waste is expected over Halloween — waste that can and should be avoided. We generate waste in almost everything we do, from pumpkin carving to the plasticContinue reading “How to Reduce your Waste during Halloween!”

Natu Collective: Let’s Rethink Capitalism and the Economy.

Vanessa McFarlane is a passionate sustainability advocate helping small organizations and non-profits advocate for environmental policies in Colorado, while helping educate the public on many climate issues. She currently works in the technology industry, but has over three years of experience in marketing and communications, with some of that experience bringing sustainability to the forefront ofContinue reading “Natu Collective: Let’s Rethink Capitalism and the Economy.”

Let’s Talk About Silicone!

Eco-conscious consumers are so overwhelmed and confused that literally any advertisement with a capital PLASTIC-FREE statement sounds like “yes, that’s what we need!” But is that really plastic free? And anyways, is that the most sustainable choice One common misconception is silicone. Silicone products can now be found everywhere, from bags and cookware (baking sheets,Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Silicone!”

Beyond Consumer: Green Citizen Responsibilities

Just 4 days after UN declared code red for humanity in its IPCC report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported July 2021 as the Earth’s hottest month ever recorded in 142 years. Few days later, a new earthquake struck Haiti, while wildfires were spreading in California, Turkey, Europe and Algeria, and Germany was still recovering from a major flood. FromContinue reading “Beyond Consumer: Green Citizen Responsibilities”

Natu Collective: Zero-Waste Wedding made it possible!

Laura A. Hernandez is the founder of Gwinnett Recycles, a grassroots community organization, and the Facebook group Zero Waste Gwinnett. She is a co-founder of Come Clean Gwinnett, which aims to empower citizens to reduce litter and blight. She hates to see anything go to waste and believes that Gwinnett County’s nearly one million residentsContinue reading “Natu Collective: Zero-Waste Wedding made it possible!”

Going away this summer? 5 easy tips to cut down on plastic.

If you’re lucky enough to live in a part of the world where things are going back to normal, you can feel the excitement to (finally) go out and see family, friends or discover new destinations. A getaway to a different city, to the beach, lake or mountains usually requires more convenience and therefore, moreContinue reading “Going away this summer? 5 easy tips to cut down on plastic.”

Will bioplastics fix the plastic waste crisis?

Confused about compostable, biodegradable, eco-friendly? Who is not? With environmental awareness being brought to a wider audience, there are many companies launching new materials in an effort to reduce carbon footprint, which is great! The unfortunate result is a bit more confusion to an already very confused consumer, who wants to do better but doesn’tContinue reading “Will bioplastics fix the plastic waste crisis?”