Non-toxic flame retardant developed that may do no harm to humans

Flame retardant

Flame retardants have been shown to have serious effects on childhood development, from as early as prenatal exposure. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a class of brominated hydrocarbons that are used as flame retardants.

According to the EPAPBDEs are all around us in fabrics, upholstery, and polyurethane foam. Phased out over the past decade, unfortunately these toxic chemicals are still all around us. They’ve been detected in fish, surface water, and in the air. Researchers have linked them to attention deficit and impulse control problems in children. The EPA even reports that PBDEs are possible endocrine disruptors.

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The Growing Trend of Zero Food Waste and U.S. companies

Food waste

We’ve become a throwaway society. Leftovers from a dinner out get tossed into the trash. Bruised or past due supermarket produce winds up in dumpsters and ultimately in our landfills.

There’s a growing movement to give “organics” a second life. The Zero Waste movement has taken on food waste and businesses and organizations are embracing this sustainability trend.

Here are some sobering facts about food waste:

  • Approximately 40 percent of our food supply is wasted. That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person per month – the equivalent of $115 billion per year!
  • Organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, the largest source of methane emissions.

Food waste is a large and growing problem. To learn more about the zero waste movement and some of the innovative companies that have embraced it, click here.

New crowdfunding platform for “green’ projects

Earthcrowdfunder logo

Most people have heard of or even participated in some sort of crowdfunding campaign. Names like Indegogo and Kickstarter seem to be the most familiar platforms for a vast array of funding opportunities.

Now there’s a new star on the horizon, one that’s geared towards green projects. Earthcrowdfunder is the first crowdfunding platform designed specifically for environmental and sustainable projects.

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launches new EcoCup for single cup coffee without the waste

Marley Coffee single serving Capsules

Coffee lovers have long embraced the single serving cup of coffee. While many love the efficiency and ease of machines such as Keurig, folks looking for more environmentally friendly alternatives have been out of luck. Until now.

Marley Coffee – a sustainably grown, ethically grown artisan coffee founded by Rohan Marley (Bob Marley’s son) – just announced its first retail shipment of  the new recyclable EcoCup, an easy-to-recycle, single-serve capsule that’s compatible with most Keurig® K-Cup® machines. The EcoCup offers great-tasting, premium coffee in a sustainable format that will dramatically reduce the amount of waste that’s normally produced by traditional capsules. Created in a strategic partnership with Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, Marley Coffee is the first premium coffee brand to bring this sustainable solution to market, five years ahead of coffee industry giants.

Marley Coffee single serving packaging 2

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Some Montana cattle ranchers work to co-exist with wolves

Wolf family

There’s finally some good news regarding the fate of wolves in at least one Western state. Traditionally cattle ranchers – especially those in Montana and Idaho – make a point of killing wolves to prevent them from killing any cattle. Now some Montana ranchers are finding ways to co-exist.

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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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