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Product Refill Stations

Refill_Station

Of the 4 million plastic containers used every hour by Americans, only 25 percent of it is recycled. The rest is destined to spend 500 years or more in a landfill. But in 2001, Minnesota based social entrepreneur, Laurie Brown, was responsible for creating a machine that would extend the life of product containers and reduce waste. A born inventor, Brown made a name for herself selling her own brand of natural cleaning supplies. After success with her own retail store, she opened her second store, Restore the Earth, in 2000. Having watched as customers reduced waste by returning their empty… read more

Milk: Plastic or Glass?

Milk: Plastic or Glass?

Deciphering between packaging for items like milk, a beverage staple in many households, can sometimes be confusing if you are trying to purchase the most eco-friendly choice. Probably the most prevalent milk container in the U.S. is the plastic variety, usually made from HDPE, or No. 2 plastic. Though this is a recyclable plastic, milk containers are not reprocessed into new ones due to regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about using new packaging for foods for safety reasons.Therefore, recycled plastic milk containers are usually turned into things like toothbrushes and toys. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency… read more

Grow Food in Containers

Growing food in pots

One of the best things that you can do for the environment is to grow your own vegetables and herbs. Food grown organically at home doesn’t require the transportation that contributes to global warming, and it’s free of pesticides, fresher, and usually tastier as well. Many people believe that growing their own produce is not an option because they don’t have yards, but plenty of food plants grow well in containers of various sizes on decks, porches front walks, and driveways. Some produce plants don’t even require very large containers, others can tolerate partial shade, and a few can even… read more