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These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

Keeping track of everything in the food supply is nearly impossible. While label reading and careful consumption certainly helps, we all know what an extra effort it can be to try and uncover the potentially harmful and amplify the beneficial. The following resources are a few clever tools that are helpful and simple to use. Though no one wants yet another gadget to have to carry around, there is one on the table that promises to put you in the know regarding ingredients. The SCiO is a handheld molecular sensor available for preorder that can analyze nearly every component it comes… read more

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What shoppers purchase and why is always of interest to the retail industry and market researchers. Packaging, placement and other marketing tactics have a major influence on customers, even the youngest of consumers. But choices at the grocery store aren’t always predetermined at the place of purchase. They may actually be internally programmed long before arriving at the market. An article and webcast called Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity from Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed the food environment, which includes all aspects related to food in our daily lives. From what we are offered at… read more

Shopping Online, The Green Way

Online shopping

The internet has revolutionized buying goods and shopping – with an internet connection and a credit card the latest products from around the world are just a click away. A  website was launched by Amazon, offering only eco-friendly products. www.vine.com only sells green products, apparel, accessories, organic foods, cleaning supplies to name a few. Vine.com strictly sells products which are either natural, organic, self-powering or products which make your home healthy. Products sold on vine.com are not labelled “natural” just as a marketing ploy. All the vendors who wish to sell products must verify that their products meet required standards and that… read more

Pretentious Packaging

Pretentious Packaging

Food packaging is sometimes an evil necessity. It is certainly helpful in keeping food and beverage items safe while traveling and free from contaminants until purchased. However, cardboard and plastic packaging in particular are responsible for tons of waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2008 in the U.S. alone there were 1,170 thousand tons of bags and sacks generated, with only 440 thousand tons of this recovered in recycling efforts. Milk cartons accounted for 490 thousand tons of packaging waste, with none recaptured. The total production numbers from this year for paper and paperboard containers… read more

Shopping Bag Art

Shopping Bag Art

Around this retail shopping crazy time of year the amount of packaging and bags multiplies drastically. Bags to many are an item that gets an instant toss into the recycling if they are no longer going to be used to carry things. However, some artists with the ability to see the commonplace as something completely different can turn an ordinary bag into an artform. Artist Yuken Teruya works with an assortment of everyday materials, like paper and shopping bags. His series made from the restaurant and retail spawned material is called Notice – Forest. Transforming bags into unbelievable dimensional pieces, he… read more

Eco Purchase Options

Eco Purchases

Every time we shop we are presented with green options. We may not know it at first, but when confronted with choices, like which watch to buy or what device to listen to our music on, there is always one item that proves more efficient than the rest. Though these options are not as apparent as LED lights or hemp tote bags, they do contribute to daily savings of energy and other resources. Choosing these items over their contemporaries will add to your overall level of efficiency and may help you consume more responsibly. This isn’t to encourage unnecessary purchases,… read more

What Sways Our Shopping Behavior? Is It Green?

Are we swayed by buying green?

With more and more opting for greener lifestyles, environmental concerns are obviously the driving factor. The request and popularity of green merchandise has compelled companies to listen, making more choices available. However, with increased exposure and demand is there also a silent cost added to the consumer? Are we being tricked into thinking we need to have all the latest in green gear in order to do our part and be environmentally responsible? Does our need to accrue better products precede our need to be more mindful of what being environmentally accountable is more capable of, instead of only what can… read more

Go Paperless with this Digital Receipts App

Proximiant App

Getting a receipt for your transactions is good practice, both for tracking your expenses and just in case there’s an error or you need to return something. But do you really need a paper copy of receipts? One issue with paper receipts is the toll on the environment, from the paper to the ink to the materials that make up the printer itself, and the other issue is that they aren’t very efficient to reference or search after the fact. Digital receipts, however, can be tagged, categorized, searched, or annotated very easily, and because they don’t use any physical resources… read more

Instagram Fashion

Instagram Fashion

I have noticed a few of my friends are using Instagram to sell their old clothes. Just how prevalent is this buying and selling of second-hand clothes using this popular cell phone app? Instagram might lead us to more responsible consumerism as second-hand shops are using the popular photography app. There is a fairly large group of parents that use Instagram as a way to buy and sell their kids’ clothes. These accounts are called “closet shops”. The accounts provide images of clothes up for sale in their up to the minute feed. Those parents who are clothes shopping can… read more