What Does It Take to Be Green?

Earth Day is here and many of us take this opportunity to reflect: “How can I do better?”, “Is this really sustainable or is it greenwashing?”. That’s the modern dilemma in a world where 70% of consumers want to make better choices but are so confused with misinformation, unclear certifications, empty claims, and so on.Continue reading “What Does It Take to Be Green?”

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?”

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”