Pepsi launches new drink option with reusable bottle

February 16, 2018 by  
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Soda is struggling, with sales of non-diet soda dropping by over 25 percent during the last 20 years, according to Co.Design . In response, PepsiCo is trying something new: a product they’re calling Drinkfinity with reusable, BPA-free bottles . Users mix the contents of ingredient Pods into water to create beverages that Drinkfinity’s website boasts are “unapologetically less sweet.” PepsiCo piloted Drinkfinity in 2014 in Brazil, and now they’re launching the product in the United States. Users choose flavors like Mango Chia Flow or Elderflower Chill in Pods they place over the top of the reusable bottle, which they call a Vessel, and press down to release the flavor inside and mix it with water inside the bottle. The company says they don’t use artificial flavors or sweeteners. Related: New study finds PET bottles of five huge soda brands contain harmful heavy metals Vice President of Global Business Innovation Hernan Marina said in a statement , “Drinkfinity was made to do more than just hydrate — it was created with a simple vision to make a beverage that connects the dots between wellness and versatility, while trying to balance the needs of both people and the planet.” What about the waste from the Pods? PepsiCo’s press release says the Pods use up around 65 percent less plastic than a 20 ounce bottle. But Co.Design pointed out the Pods themselves can’t be recycled easily. When checking out from Drinkfinity, a consumer can obtain a postage-paid envelope to send 30 Pods to a company for recycling. An average recycling facility won’t be able to process them, according to Co.Design, because they contain materials that aren’t generally recycled together. Marina hopes in a few years they can offer Pods that are more easily recyclable, according to Co.Design. The Drinkfinity reusable bottle, which is dishwasher-safe, costs $20. Pods come in packs of four and cost between $5 and $6.50. As of now, the products are available only online, according to the press release. Drinkfinity plans to donate $1 for every purchase in the United States in 2018 to Water.org , up to $100,000, to provide clean water for people in developing countries . + Drinkfinity + Drinkfinity press release Via Co.Design Images via Drinkfinity/PepsiCo

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New app lets you order cheap meals that would otherwise be thrown out

August 16, 2016 by  
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A new app recently released in the UK allows users to order leftover food from nearby restaurants at a huge discount. But the Too Good To Go app is about more than just scoring a cheap meal – the goal of the app’s makers is to help curb food waste and keep leftovers out of landfills. The app even provides participating restaurants with recyclable takeout containers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6EvCXaTOQo So often, restaurant kitchens end up with uneaten food that has to be thrown out at the end of the day. But now users can simply log in, select the restaurant of their choice, and pay through the app. The establishment will offer pickup at designated times, usually around closing or after peak meal times. In an interview with Business Green , cofounder James Crummie explained, “Food waste just seems like one of the dumbest problems we have in this world. The restaurant industry is wasting about 600,000 tons of food each year, and in the UK alone there are one million people on emergency food parcels from food banks. Why do we have these two massive social issues that are completely connected, yet there is not much going on to address them?” Related: New law in Italy would force supermarkets to donate unsold food to those in need Though Too Good To Go is currently only available in the UK , the developers do intend to expand it soon to other countries. So far, it’s available in Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, and London will join the lineup later this month. Orders cost between 2 and 3.8 British pounds, but users won’t be able to pick the exact menu item they want. Instead, they’ll simply see a menu giving them an idea of the types of food that will be available. Users also have the option to give meals to people in need by donating through the app. So far, more than 1,100 meals have been donated, and another 600 saved from landfills. + Too Good To Go Via The Huffington Post

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Meet Adam Sobel, the food truck chef who’s taking vegan food to the streets

July 19, 2016 by  
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Adam Sobel is a man with a mission: since 2010, he’s been roaming the streets of New York City with his food truck, the Cinnamon Snail, sharing mouthwatering vegan food on the street and growing a new audience for delicious, plant-based food. Our family and parenting site, Inhabitots , had the opportunity to interview him recently about his experiences as a chef and his new cookbook . The interview is also chock full of delicious-looking recipes for things like Fried Onion Blintzes and Apple Sauce . Nom Nom. Here’s a sneak peak:   Inhabitots:  Has your clientele changed over the years? Did it take people a while to warm up to the concept of vegan street food? How do you entice non-vegans or non-vegetarians to give Cinnamon Snail a try? Sobel : I think when people see a line down the block and see a big display case full of extra tempting donuts and pastries, people just get really excited, whether they realize the food is vegan or not.  A lot has changed over the last six to seven years that we have been in operation. More and more mainstream people are experimenting with meatless Mondays, or eating more plant-based food as a part of their varied diet.  There is a lot less of a cultural stigma against vegan cuisine now than there was when we started. I like to think we had some small hand in helping shape the mainstream culture’s idea of vegan food, but maybe that’s taking it too far. For more of the interview (and a few signature mouth-watering recipes you can prepare at home), follow the link below.

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Labyrinth Studios’ Drink Stirrers Are Colorful and Eco-Friendly Coffee Companions

February 5, 2013 by  
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These bright and colorful glass drink stirrers by Joey Pena at Labyrinth Studios  are perfect for mixing evening cocktails, morning coffee , or sweetening your afternoon tea! Each stirrer is handcrafted at 6.5 inches long and designed with a small paddle on the bottom to ensure that your drink gets mixed thoroughly! They are made of locally bought borosilicate glass (which make them highly resistant to changes in temperature), are machine washable and make a sturdy and fun alternative to disposable, plastic stirrers. The set some in four fun colors, including red, yellow, green and blue, but all sets are made to order, and Labyrinth Studios is always happy to work with customers to create custom sets either of different lengths or colors. + Labyrinth Studios on Etsy The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drink stirrers , eco coffee stirrers , eco drink stirrers , labyrinth studios

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Growing Number of Coca-Cola Investors Call for BPA Action

April 27, 2011 by  
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More than a quarter of Coca-Cola shareholders want the drink company to be more open about its search for alternatives to bisphenol A in metal cans.

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What’s the greenest way to get/make sparkling water?

March 16, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Jennifer asking: I was on the verge of buying a soda siphon to make my own sparkling water at home – surely much more ecologically sound than buying bottled sparkling water, right?

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Wow, China IS Serious about Clean Energy!

February 2, 2010 by  
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Obama said just the other day that “ the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy ,” and I got into a little discussion about the rivalry between Obama and the President of China, Hu Jintao , on this topic. I thought I would leave that issue for awhile to cover other stories, but then this landed at my feet and I couldn’t resist. China’s upcoming Big Clean Energy plans are HUGE and are likely to dwarf what are currently the largest wind power and solar power projects in the world.

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Orange Juice: What’s Really in the Box?

January 18, 2010 by  
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Before you feed your libido with a vitamin C-packed glass of orange juice, you might want to consider reaching for the whole fruit instead. In her recent book, Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice , Alissa Hamilton tells you what’s really in that not from concentrate box from the grocery store. Read more of this story »

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Letters From Copenhagen: "Never, Ever Drink Coca-Cola Again"

December 12, 2009 by  
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In an impromptu press conference, two Coca-Cola employees publicly denounced their employer at the Copenhagen Climate Co… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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New Documentary “Tapped” Makes Bottled Water Look All Wet

December 3, 2009 by  
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While watching the new documentary “Tapped ” with some of my other Greenies, we glanced at each other when one of the water rights experts used a notable quote courtesy of Mark Twain, “Whiskey is for sipping and water is for fighting.” So true, and the fighting will only get worse at least if you believe the water wars that will soon steal the headlines from the oil wars. Twain’s words echo much of the sentiment for this interesting, informative and thought provoking new docu flick. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig , the film deconstructs the various aspects of the bottled water industry

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