CropMobster helps local farmers eliminate food waste

Cropmobster produce gleaning  with Petaluma Bounty, photo by Gary Cedar, courtesy of CropMobster

Cropmobster produce harvesting with Petaluma Bounty, photo by Gary Cedar, courtesy of CropMobster

It’s almost unthinkable but more than fifty percent of the fresh produce grown in the U.S. goes uneaten. Continue reading

Climate change and the impact of rising seas for California

San Francisco in 5 years with the projected sea level rise

San Francisco in 5 years with the projected sea level rise

With all the news about the hazards and dire impact of rising sea levels from climate change. nothing brings this home more than actually seeing it.

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A great guide for choosing a safe and effective insect repellent

Bug repellentThe Environmental Working Group – known for their ratings on popular sunscreens and for raising awareness about pesticides on produce and chemicals in cosmetics – has just released its new Guide to Bug Repellents.

Having read through it, it features some surprises and some useful advice. You’ll want to look through all the pages to learn what will work for you and your family. And, as they say, not everything works the same for everyone, so decide which repellent will be a good fit for you.

Good to know that the EWG is looking out for consumers. Now if the EPA and the FDA would only meet the same high standards.

Nicora Johns shoes to bring shoe manufacturing and jobs back to America

Shoemaker/entrepreneur Stephanie Fryslie aims to bring shoe craftsmanship and manufacturing jobs back to America

Shoemaker/entrepreneur Stephanie Fryslie aims to bring shoe craftsmanship and manufacturing jobs back to America

Americans spend around $20 billion each year on footwear. According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, about 99 percent of all footwear sold in the U.S. is imported.

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Ice Pop Makers – a colorful fun and healthy way to beat the heat

Ice Pop Makers are made of flexible food quality silicone - perfect for frozen treats

Ice Pop Makers are made of flexible food quality silicone – perfect for frozen treats

During the summer, you know the value of staying hydrated and cooling down. Cold water and juices are great but it usually takes something colder to really get your body temperature down.

Kids have the right idea with popsicles, but the high sugar content that many of them have is a real concern. Ice Pop Makers from Accidental Shopping is a great and easy solution.

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FDA agrees to ban BPA in baby formula packages

Long Favored By Shoplifters, Baby Formula Goes Under Lock And KeyThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has agreed to ban the chemical BPA in infant formula packaging.  The agency’s decision to prohibit of bisphenol A (BPA) comes at the urging of Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), who filed a petition calling for the action last year.

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New recycling campaign from Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council

Recycling bins in San Jose, CA

Recycling isn’t new although many towns across the country still don’t have regular curbside pick-up. But the just released “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign by a partnering of Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council gives recycling efforts a new perspective.

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The 2013 list of pesticide-filled produce is here

EWG 2013 Pesticide List

Just saw the latest list of produce that’s on the Environmental Working Group’s 9th annual 2013 “Dirty dozen” list. It documents pesticide contamination for 48 popular fruits and vegetables based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

There are some eye-openers here. But the good news is what’s on the “clean” list this year. Take a look below. Then perhaps make some different choices the next time you’re out shopping.

Being an informed consumer is getting to be more critical every day.

The Grocer – not just another reusable shopping bag

The Grocer 3

ADK Packworks’ “Grocer” is an innovative, sturdy reusable bag that stands up and stays open as needed.

Here in the U.S., and perhaps other places, we’ve become a throwaway society.  We use 100 billion plastic bags and 10 billion paper bags annually

There’s a steadily growing trend to ban or tax single use plastic bags. A number of countries have already banned their use. In the U.S. cities and counties in 13 states already ban them and many more are considering it. One South Texas town charges a $1 per transaction fee for plastic or paper checkout bags. In California, 62 cities and 8 counties have banned them.

Because of this, consumers are being forced to turn to reusable bags.

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Eco-innovators could showcase their products at Walmart

Walmart logoJust saw this news item and thought I’d pass it along.

Do you have a product you believe is both eco-friendly and unique? Does your company manufacture unique products made from recycled content? Do your products promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste? Are your products made from sustainable materials that might be considered “non-traditional?” Do your products provide sustainable advantages that companies and organizations can utilize as part of their construction or in daily operations?

Quest Resource Management Group is seeking innovative products made from eco-friendly materials to present to Walmart and Sam’s Club buyers. At a rare and exclusive event held on October 2, 2013. handpicked manufactures/suppliers of sustainable and recycled content products will be given the opportunity to showcase their unique and innovative products to Walmart buyers and sustainability team at the Sam’s Club Headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Quest Resource Mgmt GroupThis is  for innovative solutions that could be used in consumer products or for Walmart’s retail operations, including the company’s stores and clubs, distribution centers and fleet of trucks. If you feel that your products can add value as sustainable or recycled content, please contact Lindsey Rattan at LindseyR@QuestRMG.com by July 19th.

Whatever your feelings about Walmart may be, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get seen in a big way. Definitely something to jump on as quickly as possible.