Engineering researchers have developed a new method to kill deadly pathogenic bacteria, including listeria, in food handling and packaging. This innovation represents an alternative to the use of antibiotics or chemical decontamination in food supply s… Continue reading →
Crafting with kids is a great way to get creative on lazy afternoons at home. By adding reused materials, you’ll not only make your projects cheaper (read: free), but also teach kids the value of reuse and recycling.
Researchers have discovered phthalates, industrial chemicals, in common foods purchased in the United States. Phthalates can be found in a variety of products and food packaging material, child-care articles and medical devices. Continue reading →
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Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food. And in much of the world, they do, because of government labeling laws. For example, China, Russia, and India are among the 50-odd … Continue reading →
Making meals from scratch, starting with fresh ingredients and buying in bulk can go a long way toward reducing food packaging waste. But try as we may, mixed-material food boxes, mesh produce bags and plastic berry baskets still find their way into our household trash bins. Stop waste in its tracks by repurposing your packaging [...] Continue reading →
It can be tricky to get away from food packaging, as over-packaged choices abound. But if you can create beauty or functionality from your packaging, it’s not exactly waste is it? Check out our top 10 reuse ideas for food packaging, and starting saving money and keeping useful items out of the landfill. 1. Get [...] Continue reading →
Finding recycling options for food and beverage packaging made from plastic and aluminum laminates – such as pouches for drinks or pet food and aseptic drink cartons – has always been a challenge. If you don’t live in one of the handful of…<… Continue reading →
Nearly 70 percent of litter in the San Francisco Bay Area comes from food and beverage packaging – and much of that litter originated at fast food restaurants – according to a new report released by Clean Water Action (CWA). Citing the statistic that 80 percent of marine pollution comes from the land, the environmental [...] Continue reading →
California is taking steps towards becoming the first state to ban polystyrene takeout food packaging. Yesterday the state Senate passed a bill to prohibit the material in restaurants and other businesses, and now the legislation moves to the Assembly for discussion. Passing by a 21-15 vote, SB 568 would bar restaurants and other food vendors [...] Continue reading →
Biodegradable or compostable: These terms are often confusing for consumers trying to select an eco-friendly product. Calif. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, who represents a district east of San Francisco, aims to clear up the confusion for his state with Calif. Senate Bill 567, the Truthful Environmental Advertising in Plastics law. SB 567 would ban the [...] Continue reading →
Thanks to skinny bottles and slimmer boxes, grocery shelves are a bit lighter now – and so are landfills. Food and beverage makers slashed packaging waste by 1.5 billion pounds since 2005 and expect to eliminate another 2.5 billion pounds of it…
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In the ongoing search for how to produce Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) with a smaller environmental footprint, a new competitor has entered the field, and it does a body good. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have developed a new form of foam plastic packaging made using a protein from cow milk, according to Discovery News. [...] Continue reading →
Consider this the next time you’re getting free samples at the food warehouse store: the U.S. manufactures 40 billion plastic utensils each year.
The business case behind free food samples is pretty simple: consumers are more likely to buy a product that they sampled first. According to the Sacramento Bee, that number is as high as [...] Continue reading →
Seattle, followed closely by the City of Issaquah next year, is officially the first market area in North America to require single-use food service packaging be either compostable or recyclable.
Put into effect July 1, the ordinance requires…