Papa John’s pizza puts its money on getting rid of unhealthy ingredients

Papa John's PizzaThe pizza world, like the rest of the restaurant world, is highly competitive. As a self-proclaimed pizza aficionado and major fan, I can tell you that not all pizzas are created equal – especially when it comes to flavor and truly natural ingredients.

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Compost And Cover Crops Are Revolutionizing Wine Industry

Chateau Montelena's cover crop, photo by Debra Atlas

Award-winning winery Chateau Montelena’s cover crop is helping feed the soil and reduce water use, photo by Debra Atlas

Tradition is the foundation of the wine industry. Grapes are grown in an environment proven to nurture their flavor and volume and always as a single crop, never combined with others.

One of the world’s most unique winegrowing properties, Chateau Montelena, an award-winning winery founded in 1888 in the hills of Napa Valley California, is working to make wine growing more eco-friendly.

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Straw bale homes – the future of sustainable housing

Editor:  The following is a guest post from Elisabeth Winkler, a writer / communications expert and the Publications Coordinator at Low Impact.org.

Straw baleStraw bale housing – the dream abode of the eco-warrior – has gone mainstream. Straw bale homes are scientifically proven to be robust and sustainable and, for the first time in the UK, are now commercially viable.

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One million trees planted by web search engine in one year

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Web browser Ecosia has helped plant one million trees this past year – and they’re not stopping!

We’ve been steadily losing forests around the globe, the ramifications of which are seriously impacting our weather. One company has taken on this issue and is “walking the talk” to help reforestation.

Ecosia, a search engine that uses a large percentage of the proceeds to help with reforestation, just announced it has planted one million trees in the rainforest over this past year, thanks to folks who installed their free browser extension. Through consumer use of their website, particularly for browsing and purchasing at retailers, Ecosia donated at least 80 percent of its total revenue towards the tree planting efforts.

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DEA allows return of unused medications to pharmacies

John DrzycimskiIn a surprise move, Monday the  Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. Patients and their relatives will now also be allowed to mail unused prescription drugs to an authorized collector using packages to be made available at pharmacies and other locations, like libraries and senior centers.

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Tomatoes as sustainable materials for vehicles?

Ford and Heinz work to create sustainable materials from tomato waste

Ford and Heinz work to create sustainable materials from tomato waste

You have to hand it to Ford Motor Company. They seem to be at the top when it comes to innovation and creative thinking.

Their latest venture has them  collaborating with Heinz, Coca-Cola, Nike and Procter & Gamble to further the development of a 100 percent plant-based plastic that can be used to make everything from fabric to packaging and with a lower environmental impact than petroleum-based packaging materials currently in use. And that’s where tomatoes come into play.

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SeaWorld set to “talk through the issue” of captive orcas

SeaWorld orca

Orcas at SeaWorld. Only in captivity are the fins on their backs folded over – another sign that something’s very wrong. Photo by Josh, flickr

Seems there’s a breakthrough in the making. As pressure increases on SeaWorld  since the release of the film Blackfish exposing details about its captive orcas. As the park continues to see serious drops in revenues from artists and tourist cancellations, it has decided it’s time to speak up. It announced that on June 5th a representative from SeaWorld will take on two prominent critics of the park to “talk through the issue” of keeping killer whales in captivity, according to Voice of San Diego, organizer of the unprecedented event that’s to be held at La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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