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Zero waste
Douglas Brown

Zero-Waste Movement Expands As Consumers Ditch Packaging

Grocery stores introduce much more than oatmeal, chicken, beans, chocolate donuts and soda to our homes. They also fill our trash cans with packaging: styrofoam trays that held meat, plastic-lined cartons of almond milk, bottles and jars, cereal-containing pouches within boxes, bags of chips.  Most of it never gets recycled. Instead, trucks ship it to

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Hemp in a field
Hemp
Douglas Brown

Hempitecture Goal: Bring Hemp Building to Everybody

A frisson of exhilaration routinely charged my market visits when CBD tinctures, lozenges and salves first began appearing on shelves, somewhere around 2016. These weren’t sad displays of weedy products in dreary dispensaries, which quickly grew familiar in Colorado after the state legalized recreational cannabis sales in 2014. Instead, the CBD-bearing shelves rose in shiny

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Sustainable packaging at Vukoo
Compostable Packaging
Douglas Brown

Vukoo leverages mushrooms, hemp for bar packaging

Vukoo Bars Packed in Mycelium Offer Fresh Sustainable Paths Does the world need more energy bars? Additional cacao-and-almond saturated bricks wrapped in plastic? Are the people of the planet screaming for new meal-replacement slabs packed with dates, cashew butter and coconut flakes? No! Not one of earth’s 7.8 billion humans laments a poor selection of

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Environmental regulations
Douglas Brown

Reversing Trump’s Horrific Environmental Legacy

His administration’s actions within the Environmental Protection Agency alone threaten human health, the climate and the environment. When I consider executive actions taken in other Trump administration bodies, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Interior and the Council on Environmental Quality, the blunt force of it all leaves me staggering —

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Composting
Douglas Brown

Compost Colorado Hauls Food Scraps, Delivers Provisions

Compost Colorado Hauls Food Scraps, Delivers Provisions We learn which plastic is easily recycled, and which is a bear — and toil to avoid the grizzlies. Styrofoam? Never. Glass jars get cleaned before heading to the recycling bin, and the last time we tossed an empty can or bottle of beer into the trash was

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