Reflections on the latest Plastic Recycling Conference

After many years without attending a plastic event, I decided to go to the latest Plastic Recycling Conference last week, in DC. Here I am with my shampoo bar in the bag, wearing comfortable Rothys and carrying around a reusable water bottle. Traveling light, very light. I got there a bit skeptical, afraid to spendContinue reading “Reflections on the latest Plastic Recycling Conference”

REUSE is trending again.

Remember not too long ago, when your parents need to bring that glass bottle back to the supermarket to get back a deposit? Well, that’s been in decline for years. In 2010, only 11% of Coca-Cola’s packaging was refillable glass. You can get nostalgic in Europe too, where 40% of beverage packaging was refillable inContinue reading “REUSE is trending again.”

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?”

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”

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!”

Natu Collective: 8 Simple and Delightful Swaps to Start Your Sustainability Journey

Tiffany was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and currently resides in Seattle, WA. She enjoys marveling at nature, like rock formations and balanced ecosystems, and uses her curiosity to fuel her learning of how land came to be and the people who rely on it. Tiffany is currently completing her certificate in Sustainability &Continue reading “Natu Collective: 8 Simple and Delightful Swaps to Start Your Sustainability Journey”

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?”

Transparent is the new green

We understand that sometimes colored packaging is used to preserve a brand and its design identity, so consumers recall their favorite product when shopping. Think of green Sprite®, or red Tide® detergents. Did you know that some of those products are changing their packaging colors? And most importantly, do you know why? Coca-cola, for example,Continue reading “Transparent is the new green”

Tis the season… to take out the trash!

Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans produce 25% more trash than usual? That’s about one million extra tons of garbage each week! All that wrapping paper, glitter, ribbons… which have an average lifetime of… 60 seconds? Give or take! $12 billion worth of packing material is spent every holiday seasonContinue reading “Tis the season… to take out the trash!”

Size Matters

Imagine a recycling collection truck full of all sorts of packaging, of all kinds of materials sizes and shapes, dumping everything on a screen or belt. What do you think has more chances of being sorted first? The larger ones, of course. As a matter of fact, the sorting process at the Material Recovery FacilityContinue reading “Size Matters”