Heinz to package ketchup in recyclable paper bottles

May 16, 2022 by  
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Food and beverage giant Heinz announced that it will be launching a new sustainable paper package for its ketchup . In partnership with sustainable packaging company Pulpex, the two will launch the world’s first ketchup packaged in 100% recyclable bottles. According to Pulplexc, the bottle will be made from wood sourced in a sustainable manner. Pulpex is the mind behind the all-paper packaging for Whisky brand Johnny Walker. The company says that they target to make all their packaging recyclable by 2025. In this line, they are working with different players to make it a reality. Related: Ford turns Heinz tomato waste into lightweight bioplastic for cars “We believe that the scope for paper-based packaging is huge, and when global household names like Heinz embrace this type of innovative technology, it’s good news for everyone – consumers and the planet ,” states Pulpex CEO Scott Winston. According to Winston, they also plan to use the technology for other products to make them all less polluting to the environment. Ideally, the company aims at cutting both land and air pollution . In this regard, they see paper packaging as a better alternative to plastic and glass bottles in regards to a carbon footprint. Heinz has assured its customers that the new packaging will not affect the taste of ketchup. However, they say that there are still works underway to ensure that the packaging does not affect the shelf life of products.  The recyclable bottle will be made available in stores soon. Even so, the company will not abandon glass and plastic packaging yet. In the initial trials, the company hopes to find out if the paper bottle will still favor the customary tapping at the bottom of the bottle to get ketchup out. Kraft Heinz already uses up to 30% recyclable materials in its packaging bottles. “Packaging waste is an industry-wide challenge that we must all do our part to address,” Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio said. “This new Heinz bottle is one example of how we are applying creativity and innovation to explore new ways to provide consumers with the products they know and love while also thinking sustainably .” Heinz joins a long list of other brands that are moving towards green packaging solutions. Kari-Out, a company that makes  takeout food packaging,  announced in March that it was shifting to sustainable solutions. Trader Joe’s also recently announced moving away from single-use plastic . With Heinz targeting to attain net-zero by 2050, the move is a step in the right direction. Via Daily Mail , CBS News , Fox2Now Lead image via Pexels .

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Scientists discover how to stop banana peels from browning

May 13, 2022 by  
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Understanding and changing how banana peels brown could help the world save tons of food that go to waste each year, according to a new study published in “ Physical Biology .” The researchers looked at the root cause of browning in bananas and other fruit typically found in someone’s home. They found that the browning process is caused by enzymes and air reactions. Although this is a known fact, there have been no efforts in the past to observe how this process can be controlled. The researchers now say browning can be stopped by genetic modification and proper storage of fruit. Related: 10 ways to use up mushy, overripe bananas One of the ways proposed by the researchers is storing bananas in cooled containers under a modified atmosphere. The researchers also found that the formation of spots could be slowed down by decreasing oxygen in their formation sites.  Browning of fruit, including bananas, leads to an estimated 50 million tons of food waste every year. With the world grappling with food security , the researchers say losses could be prevented. Bananas are among the universally accepted foods and are produced massively across the world. Saving bananas from browning could increase food security for the world at large. “For 2019, the total production of bananas was estimated to be 117 million tons, making it a leading crop in the world,” says Oliver Steinbock, lead author of the research. “When bananas ripen, they form numerous dark spots that are familiar to most people and are often used as a ripeness indicator. However, the process of how these spots are formed, grow, and their resulting pattern remained poorly understood, until now.” The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Florida State University, led by Steinbock. Over time, Steinbock found that it is possible to protect fruit from turning brown as fast as they do. “Fruit browning continues to be a major challenge for the food industry. Our study offers a model for banana spotting which is capable of capturing their evolution in a physically meaningful context and which can be applied to procedures to mitigate food waste ,” Steinbock said. Via Natural History Museum Lead image via Pexel s

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Organic mushroom farm sets up shop in LA County

May 11, 2022 by  
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Soon Los Angeles shoppers will be able to buy organic, locally grown mushrooms in more than 90 stores. A mushroom farming company called Smallhold is opening a 34,000-foot shroom enterprise in LA County. It all started in a shipping container under the Williamsburg Bridge five years ago. The Brooklyn-based company has mushroomed from selling its product in a single NY grocery store in 2020 to being on shelves of about 400 retailers and restaurants today. It has farms in Brooklyn , Austin and now Vernon, California, a mile from downtown LA. Related: Bro.do x Mylea Better Shoes are made from mushroom leather “Educating and sparking curiosity about mushrooms is an integral part of our mission,” said Andrew Carter, Smallhold CEO and co-founder. “We want people to ask where their food comes from, think about their diet, and reconnect with the planet. This means installing our minifarms in unexpected places like The Standard Hotel, or having Smallhold mushrooms on the menu at places like Eleven Madison Park—all while concurrently placing locally grown packaged mushrooms in grocery stores across the nation. We want people to have multiple touchpoints and opportunities to taste delicious, quality mushrooms.” These aren’t just plain old button mushrooms like you find in every Safeway. Smallhold grows more exotic varieties like blue oyster, yellow oyster and lion’s mane. The company builds hyper-local urban farms to decrease food miles and extend shelf life. Packaging is made exclusively from compostable cardboard. Compare that carbon footprint to your average mushroom. Of those consumed in the US, 68% are grown and shipped from Pennsylvania. If you’re buying shiitake mushrooms, it’s even worse—they’re almost exclusively grown on logs outside the US. LA shoppers can find Smallhold shrooms at Frewhon, Lassen’s and Whole Foods. You can also order them online through Imperfect Foods or Good Eggs. Smallhold has announced that Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Kismet is its first LA culinary partner. Via Businesswire Lead image via Pexels

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First climate-positive, net-zero city in the world

May 2, 2022 by  
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Nexgen sustainable city is a masterplan from URB for a city in Egypt . It will become the world’s first net-zero city producing more energy and food than it consumes. The new city is designed to provide food, energy and water for its own residents and become an eco-tourism destination. Nexgen will be located in the eastern district of Cairo on a 580 hectare plot. Nine thousand housing units will be available for 35,000 residents of all income levels. The building project itself will create 10,000 jobs in food tech, clean energy, water and waste. Therefore, creating a circular green economy for the city. Related: Rivendell net-zero energy house optimizes solar energy Furthermore, Nexgen hopes to become a tourism destination in its own right. Meaning, not just for the sake of touring the green technology systems of the city. There will be a five-star eco-resort, glamping facilities, an eco-tourism visitor center and a nature reserve for land conservation and biodiversity. Medical facilities also aim to attract visitors from outside the city. They will include an autism village, a rehabilitation and wellness center and various other clinics. Baharash Bagherian, founder and CEO of Nexgen creator URB, helped design other sustainable cities. He aims with this new project to address food insecurity, which affects one in every four global residents. Thereby, Nexgen will include multiple systems for producing food locally and sustainably for residents. Solar atmospheric water generators will produce clean drinking water from air. Additionally, they will also address water security in a dry region. “The creation of the next generation net-zero cities that provide food, energy and water as security is no longer a choice, it has become a necessity,” said Bagherian. “Nexgen is the next evolution in sustainable cities that provide innovative multi-functional solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges whilst setting the highest sustainability standards for building resilient and livable cities.” + URB Images via URB

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California Art House switches up the norms of entertaining

May 2, 2022 by  
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The Art House, designed by Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design, updated a classic 1920s California home into something thoroughly modern. Located in Palo Alto, California, the home adds three additional small structures on two adjacent parcels of land. It also keeps the original home where the owners raised four children. The new buildings hold an art collection, playroom and workspace to create a private courtyard. Additionally, large UV-filtering glass windows maximize natural light for the artwork. It keeps it from fading in the sun, while corrugated zinc scrim at the second level softens the daylight entering the home. The home features large, glass sliding doors that disappear into pockets to create indoor-outdoor living spaces. Related: This rammed earth tiny house has a green solar roof Furthermore, the largest and newest structure is the Art House. This is where the art is housed, which doubles as a space for entertaining guests. The owners purchased the lot next door to their original home when it came on the market a few years back. Also, it gave them more space to work with the renovation . There is now art storage and a studio in the rear of the property while the new and original houses sit up front. A pool and a small lawn connect the buildings in the backyard. Bedrooms in the houses face the street. Meanwhile, living room and kitchen are in back facing the courtyard, which creates maximum entertainment space in the private yard. In addition to the zinc facade on the second floor, cementitious panels are attached over metal “hat channels.” This is to reduce direct thermal transfer , thus reducing the need for air conditioning and helping to keep rain off the house. The new house mirrors the old house’s blocky vocabulary, connecting them visually even though they are not touching. Inside, curtains dampen reverb to make the space feel quieter. The homes have a “cool roof” with heat recovery ventilation. There is also dense-packed cellulose insulation and ample LED lighting inside. As a result, the home inverts the normal layout of houses by designing large open windows at the back for views of the private yard. It’s a house for entertainment, for appreciation of the artwork and for peaceful relaxation with family. + Buttrick Projects Photography by Joe Fletcher

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Audubon Day is here, try these fun ways to get involved

April 25, 2022 by  
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Audubon Day (April 26) spreads the wings of opportunity to enjoy nature and learn more about birds. Audubon Day is named after the widely-recognized National Audubon Society, an organization dedicated to protecting birds and their habitats. Make plans to see, hear or better understand these animals, starting with the ideas here.  Go for a walk Birds are everywhere. From the beach to the mountains , from coast to coast, and even on islands. This Audubon Day, take the opportunity not only to find them but to really watch them. Each species of bird has its own characteristics and behaviors. There is much to observe and learn from these creatures. Related: 8 boxes that explore the effects of habitat destruction on birds Whether in the city, on a forest trail or with your feet in the sand, take a friend, family member or child on your adventure with you. Also, bring along a sketchbook, journal or camera to memorialize and deepen the experience. Read a book There are likely as many books about birds as species themselves. If you enjoy research or recreational reading, head to the library or the used book store. Hit up libraries around town or stop into a thrift shop. Find books for all ages and share them with your family. You can pick a specific type of bird, have each family member dig up some stats on a different feathered friend or simply pick whatever appeals to you.  Take a drawing class Birds are beautiful and interesting animals. You can capture that appeal by learning how to draw their likeness. Learn the basics of drawing. Then use your skills to memorialize birds flying, drinking  water  or feeding their young. Find information about drawing birds from the Audubon Society  here . Learn bird calls Whether you plan to make long treks that involve bird watching or are curious about the sounds in the woods around you, learning bird calls is a way to both identify birds and potentially draw their attention. Head to the internet for videos on how to make the sounds. Record yourself to see if your efforts match those in the teachings. Alternatively, learn directly from a guide or fellow bird hunter who’s had success mirroring the calls from nature.  Watch a documentary As an integral part of nature, birds are at the center of the  food  chain. Therefore, many documentaries explore their characteristics and practices. Learn about habitats, mating, parenting and more. Check out “Attenborough’s Paradise Birds,” “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” “Earthflight,” “March of the Penguins” or “Winged Migration” to get you started.  Make bird treats While feeding wild animals is normally discouraged, giving the local bird population a bit of a treat provides them with energy to build nests and care for their young. As a bonus, it draws them in close enough for you to enjoy.  If you have hummingbirds in your area, make some nectar from one part white sugar and four parts boiling water. Allow the sugar to dissolve and cool completely before filling your feeder.  Suet is another natural and healthy treat for our feathered friends. Find a recipe and video on how to make it on the Audubon website  here . Build a birdhouse and/or bird feeder Birdhouses are easy to build. Prop up the bird population around your home by giving them places to perch, eat, drink and rest. You can build a bird feeder out of just about anything flat enough to hold food. The Audubon society suggests carving out a pumpkin and hanging it from a chain. You can similarly use a container from the  recycling .  For a birdhouse,  wood  is the best natural choice. Here are some pointers for “ Building a Birdhouse That Will Attract Birds All Year Long ,” from our friends at DoitYourself.com. Join an Audubon Day event In addition to learning more about birds or trying to spot them in action, there are many ways to benefit the winged wonders. The Audubon organization makes it easy to jump into an organized event.  Find an Audubon branch near you , where you’ll be able to participate in presentations from around the world, work parties to enhance habitats, direct contact opportunities with birds, birding classes or community field trips.  Plant native The best food for animals and humans is the food that comes directly from nature. For birds and other species, relying on food that’s native to the region is the healthiest choice. You can provide this food by landscaping with  plants  native to your area. Check with the local extension office or do some research online to find out what plants are native and where to find them.  Take a stand The Audubon Society is also involved in some political initiatives that affect birds. It encourages citizens to take action by participating in one of its many campaigns. Learn more about these initiatives here on the Audubon website. Via Audubon and LiveSavvy   Images via Pexels and Pixabay

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PFAS and other chemicals found in dollar store products

April 13, 2022 by  
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A huge number of products sold at dollar stores contain harmful chemicals. A study on various products, including toys, electronics and food, found that many contained per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances ( PFAS ) and other harmful chemicals.  Researchers behind the study tested 226 products purchased from five of the most popular dollar stores. They tested the products for various chemicals, including lead , phthalates and PFAS. Findings showed that over half of the products tested contained at least one harmful chemical. Baby toys and Disney-themed headphones are among the products that returned positive results for these chemicals. Related: Hemp is helping clean up PFAS chemicals in Maine The Campaign for Healthier Solutions has called on dollar stores to phase out such harmful products. Jose Bravo, the coalition’s national coordinator, said the findings should concern any parent whose children might interact with such products. “As a parent, I should be able to buy a product without expecting to poison my child,” said Bravo. Some of the chemicals found by researchers have proven detrimental health effects. For instance, phthalates are associated with high rates of childhood cancer. The researchers also found polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can disrupt reproductive and cognitive development, in some products. Such chemicals could directly harm children. “There are known substitutes for these hormone-disrupting chemical hazards,” said Jeff Gearhart, research director of Ecology Center Healthy Stuff Lab, the group that conducted the testing. “The fact that they continue to be used in these low cost products that dollar stores sell is a real problem.” The study also revealed concerning chemicals in canned foods sold by dollar stores. Many goods tested were coated in BPA, an endocrine disruptor that leaks into foods and drinks. The dangerous, non-biodegradable PFAS used in nonstick pans were also found in some products. PFAS are associated with conditions such as thyroid disease and cancer. Currently, the U.S. is home to well over 34,000 dollar stores. Most of these stores sell inexpensive products sourced from overseas. Although some dollar stores have regulations to end the sale of such products, many others fall behind. The two leading dollar stores, Dollar General and Dollar Tree, have banned products that contain potentially harmful chemicals. The Campaign for Healthier Solutions now wants all the other dollar stores to follow suit. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pexels

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Episode 311: Inside Rihanna’s climate foundation, Mars nudges suppliers

April 8, 2022 by  
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GreenBiz.org advisor Jarami Bond takes us inside Rihanna’s nonprofit, the Clara Lionel Foundation. Meanwhile, Mars sustainability executive Kevin Rabinovitch discusses the food giant’s Scope 3 reduction ambitions.

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What is an access-based business model and how can it tackle waste and protect resources?

April 8, 2022 by  
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This sustainable business model could be extended to sell the function or performance of components and materials to manufacturers and that of minerals to material suppliers.

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Earth911 Podcast: How Zero-Waste, Local Bulk Food Delivery Can Work

April 4, 2022 by  
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The future of the food supply can be more regional and sustainable. Stephanie Hughes recently… The post Earth911 Podcast: How Zero-Waste, Local Bulk Food Delivery Can Work appeared first on Earth911.

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