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Lunch Makeover Recipe #2: Vegetable Spring Rolls

 October 20, 2017

Together with Thrive Market, we’re bringing you wrap recipe #2 of our lunch makeover series: Vegetable Spring Rolls. Don’t forget to cut back on plastic waste by packing your wraps in eco-friendly reusable containers, totes and insulated food jars. Vegetable Spring Rolls Yield: 1 roll Time: 5 minutes Ingredients 1 piece rice paper ½ cup…Read the full article

There is Now a Ton of Plastic Trash for Every Person on Earth

 October 4, 2017

A new study released data on all the plastics ever made, and the findings are alarming. More than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since 1950 and over half the plastic ever produced was made in the past 13 years. We have heard some pretty staggering facts related to single-use waste, and they’re…Read the full article

Guest Post: Turning Green’s Project Green Challenge Truly Changed My Life

 September 13, 2017

Tamsin Stringer is a senior at Bloomington High School South and was named Project Green Challenge 2016 Champion. She was born in the UK, spent her early childhood in Japan, and has now lived for ten years in Indiana. At school, she is a student leader for the club Students Advocating for a Greener Environment…Read the full article

Green Thursday: Best Resources for Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Products

 July 26, 2017

While you’re soaking up some much-needed summer rays, the back-to-school season is right around the corner. We recognize how important it is to start off the school year feeling totally equipped to take on the world. But the sad reality is that so many popular back-to-school products aren’t doing you – or the planet –…Read the full article

10 Tips to Help You Raise Eco-Conscious Kids

 July 4, 2017

To ensure that our planet remains healthy for future generations, it’s our responsibility to teach kids how to be eco-conscious. According to the EPA, Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash every year. That breaks down to 4.4 pounds of trash per person per day. And, we’re only recycling and composting about 1.5 pounds of…Read the full article

Traveling Zero Waste – Tips from the Freid

 June 24, 2017

Below is a guest blog post from Alex Freid at PLAN, who just wrapped up the Patagonia Worn Wear College Tour, and his attempt to travel zero waste for 14 weeks and 15,000 miles across the US, visiting 21 college campuses that are leaders in the Campus Zero Waste Movement. Impressive! Traveling Zero Waste: Successes and Failures We’ve…Read the full article

Four Reasons We Love Bulk Bin Shopping

 June 21, 2017

Buying food and personal care products in bulk is catching on as the zero-waste movement is becoming more mainstream. It’s becoming so popular that you can buy almost anything in bulk (just ask Bea Johnson) including dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, spices, olive oil, honey, coffee, wine and nut butter. Why we love bulk bin shopping:…Read the full article

Plastic Pollution and The Plastics BAN List

 May 29, 2017

Thanks to research done by four organizations devoted to solving the plastic pollution problem, we now know the most harmful plastic products on the market in California—and the alternatives. The Plastics BAN List is a comprehensive list of the most common discarded plastic items with information about their impact on the environment. Most of the worst offenders…Read the full article

Five Last-Minute DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

 May 11, 2017

Mother’s Day is coming up and many of us try hard not to buy into the holiday shopping frenzy and instead celebrate with gifts that are more thoughtful and less wasteful. Let’s keep it up! Here are some useful and meaningful ideas for DIY Mother’s Day gifts: Homemade salve From one of our favorite blogs, Food 52, this naturally…Read the full article

Five Ways to Honor the Planet this Earth Day

 April 17, 2017

Our favorite day of the year is this Saturday, April 22, marking the birth of the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people acknowledge Earth Day every year by participating in planet-friendly activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The possibilities for participating are endless. Here are our favorite five ways to honor the…Read the full article