Month: October 2020

Canada Leads North American Charge to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

The plastics in my Nissan Leaf? They’re a good thing. They keep the vehicle light, which helps preserve battery life. In gas cars, the plastic components translate into better gas mileage. Way to go, plastic. Plastic pipes directing water around the house and across my city? Good. Plastic is durable and cheap. The clay pipes …

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sustainable distilling

Ballmer Peak Distillery Conserves Water, Soil

Turning sugary liquid into booze demands craft, equipment and toil. It also requires enormous amounts of water. At many distilleries, much of the liquid goes down the drain after it has served its purpose. But the team behind year-old Ballmer Peak Distillery in Lakewood engineered its distillery to conserve water. Co-founder Eric Strom says the …

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cannabis packaging

Cannabis Greens Up With Sana Packaging

The budtender champions the genetics, the organic cultivation methods, the sustainability — the grower uses only electric vehicles to ship her product! —of the eighth of Purple Haze.  Solar panels power the dispensary. Artisans crafted the display cases out of trees felled by pine beetles. Product menus — strains, gummies, vapes, lotions — appear only …

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Sustainable straws

Hay! Straws: Ditching Plastic One Sip At A Time

Emma Grose founded Mable, a bamboo toothbrush brand, to mitigate plastic waste and environmental ruin. Shortly after Mable began shipping brushes to homes in 2016, Grose was touring her supplier in China, and encountered another plastic-busting solution. Hay. Instead of sipping beverages through plastic straws, people were using stems of wheat.  “We asked, why isn’t …

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