TAG: Styrofoam

Setting The Table

Set The Table

Setting the table sets the mood, whether for a large dinner party or a small gathering. Martha Stewart has instructions for how to set a formal table, and suggests that once you know the proper way to do so, you can either apply the rules or be confident enough to create your own. Emily Post has a guide for basic table setting, as well as informal and formal. From Brunch at Saks this visual how-to shows the difference between an informal and a formal dinner table setting. With a rustic feel, this solid table made from salvaged wood is a great match with the… read more

This Sustainable Glue is Made from Recycled Styrofoam

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One of the most recognizable shipping and packaging components, expanded polystyrene (EPS), is kind of a pain to deal with. Those big bulky white chunks of styrofoam that protect fragile items while they’re in the box are big and bulky, which means they take up a lot of space in the waste stream (up to 30% of US landfill space), and yet they’re light, which makes them easy to be picked up by the wind and deposited across the land and ocean, where they contribute to our plastic pollution problem. But one company has a great use for the material,… read more

Do You Like Ramen Noodles?

Do You Like Ramen Noodles?

If so, you may have hungrily indulged in the hot noodles and not really thought too much about the packaging that they came in. Sometimes this meal for one can come in the not so earth friendly Styrofoam or unrecyclable waxed paper containers. When heated, Styrofoam and some plastic packaging can unleash chemicals from the containers into the food, serving up a bit of unintended contaminant along with your dinner. Tomorrow Machine, a company ran by package designers Anna Glansén and Hanna Billqvist, along with an eco focused research facility named Innventia, have conceptualized a redesign of an old standby,… read more

Restaurant Cups: Half Empty or Half Full?

Restaurant Cups: Half Empty or Half Full?

Many restaurants still offer one use beverage containers. Although this may create some apprehension in customers who would prefer not to toss out, sometimes you don’t have the choice. Restaurants alone generate tons of waste. Included in this is packaging from things like cups, in which billions are produced each year. Styrofoam provides one case where toss away convenience has lent to devastating problems. This substance does not break down, and left to sit in landfills can cause environmental and health problems. Though Styrofoam is still continuing to be phased out by laws and regulations, the U.S. still produces enough… read more

Waterways Pollution

An artist's concept of eco-friendly boating

Springtime will be upon us in a few short months, which means boating, fishing, and other aquatic activities aren’t far behind. Setting sail on the water, be it the open sea, the river, or the pond out back, is a fun experience for everyone, but can become quite dangerous for the environment if one is careless. Illegal dumping, accidental poisoning of rivers, and oil leakage contribute to wildlife damage each year, and much of this can be avoided if boaters were to be a little more conscious of their actions. Simple tips such as properly disposing of waste, litter, and… read more

Reuse Halloween Decor

Reusable Halloween decorations

The time of year is here that we go spooky with witches, goblins, gravestones, and goo! Do not make mother earth boo you. Here are a few simple decorations you can reuse year to year. Gravestones:  Instead of those styrofoam stones you can find at every store try using wood. One large sheet of wood can make about four gravestones. Use wood fence stakes by drilling them to the back to insert your stones into the ground. Paint the stones with silver paint and black for writing. Every year they get more worn adding to the creepy effect. Caution Tape:… read more

Wasteful Over-Packaging

Unnecessary extra packaging

Surely everyone has experienced the bafflement of packaging. Why companies continue to over-wrap, over-cover, over-layer, their products is beyond me. Below are some culprits that should perhaps be avoided or found alternatives too. You could always write in to the brands and voice your concerns. Tea Bags – If you buy in bulk, tea-bags are a lot more environmentally friendly. This way you get more tea bag and less packaging. I find the smaller the package the more layers they tend to use. Outrageous! I bought a pack of 10 bags the other day and not only did it have… read more