Tea: No Strings Attached

Loose leaf tea

Tea is second only to water as the world’s leading beverage. It is favored for its flavor and health benefits, and despite such a large demand costs only about three cents per serving to make at home. In 2011, tea sales in the U.S. reached a total of 8.20 million sales, including supermarket retail sales, foodservice sales, and ready-to-serve tea sales. Of those sales, 65 percent consisted of tea that was prepared using tea bags. Making tea with disposable bags is perhaps the most common way of preparing tea in developed countries. Tea bags were introduced commercially in 1904, though… read more

Beyond Leather

Beyond leather

The debate on leather is not a new one. However, its importance remains relevant. Where you stand on the leather issue impacts the choices you make as a person and a consumer. This, in turn, impacts society and the environment, plus the countless lives that are inhumanely cut short to create the material. Some people may be unaware of their leather purchases, as it is used widely from shoes and wallets to couches and car seats. Other people have a ‘loyalty’ to the wearing and using of leather as they associate it with quality or luxury. Whether you fit within either group or avoid leather altogether, we… read more

Know The Symbols?

Plastic Recycling Symbols

PET plastic, known as polyethylene terephthalate, is the most common for single use beverages because it is lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to recycle. PET poses a lower risk of leaching breakdown products.  PET is represented by a 1 centered in three rotating arrows. PET is generally recycled into polar fleece, tote bags, straps and carpet. HDPE, known as high density polyethylene, is a versatile plastic with many uses especially for packaging. HDPE has a low risk of leaching. HDPE is mostly recycled into laundry soap bottles, pens, doghouses, picnic tables, and even fencing. HDPE is represented by a 2 centered… read more