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DIY Reusable Straw Sleeves for Back to School

 July 25, 2016

It’s the final week of Plastic Free July! In celebration, we want to share our favorite recipe for making straw sleeves to carry your reusable straws on the go. Don’t own a reusable straw yet? Here’s why you should think twice before using plastic: Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. Placed end to…Read the full article

The Harm In Plastic Packaging

 July 21, 2016

Each year, millions of tons of plastic packaging get thrown away worldwide with only half of it getting recycled. In many cases, it’s hard to reduce the packaging that products get shipped in without risking damage to the products. Delicate glass products and sensitive electronic equipment, for example, must be packaged in protective containers, most often made from…Read the full article

Kids Craft Ideas For Summer Vacation

 July 18, 2016

We’ve officially hit the halfway mark for summer vacation. The days are longer and the kids are looking for new activities to keep them occupied. Now that it’s warm enough to once again be spending the entire day outdoors, there are all sorts of awesome kids craft ideas and materials to be found outside and around…Read the full article

Refuse Single-Use Plastics for A Week

 July 15, 2016

As a friend of U Konserve and a recent admirer of the waste-free and reusable communities, I was excited at the opportunity to sign up for the plastic-free July challenge. The task was simple: refuse single-use plastics for a week and write about my experience. Being in my late twenties, I’ve grown up in a…Read the full article

Plastic-Free Grocery Shopping

 July 11, 2016

By now you’re aware of the importance of bringing your own reusable grocery shopping bag and skipping the plastic, but what about for your produce or bulk goods? With the theme of plastic-free July in mind, we compiled our favorite recipe for making your own produce and bulk bags to bring along with you on your next…Read the full article

Is Recycling Plastic a Waste?

 July 8, 2016

Recycling is a mainstream practice in the U.S. While we may think of it as a positive solution to our plastic problem, the impact of recycling stretches far beyond the bin. Plastic is a major source of energy waste on the environment, and recycling contributes to that impact in a way that shouldn’t be underestimated….Read the full article

Plastic Free: Recipe to Kick The Habit

 July 4, 2016

Plastic is all around us.  Understanding the facts about plastic pollution is the first step, but changing habits can be key to clean living.  While the thought of going completely plastic free can seem daunting, there is a simple recipe to follow to get started and make an impact. Below are 7 key ingredients for…Read the full article

Be Environmentally Friendly: Plastic Free July

 June 30, 2016

Summer is here and it’s time for travel, beach days, picnics and camping. But with all of these fun activities comes the inevitable piles of trash—and all of this single-use waste ends up polluting our environment.  The solution is to not only pick up trash, but to plan ahead and be environmentally friendly by packing with reusable…Read the full article

Why Buy Organic Cotton?

 June 16, 2016

“Organic” is a popular buzzword, and while we may think of organics primarily in relation to food, the impact of organic farming stretches far beyond edibles.  Cotton is a major crop and the impact of organic cotton on the environment, farm workers, and public health shouldn’t be underestimated. Unfortunately, 91% of cotton on the market…Read the full article

Home Composting: Go Green in your Garden

 June 9, 2016

Are you ready to go green in your garden?  If you’ve been buying ready-made organic compost, it’s not too late to learn how to make your own nutrient-rich soil. Not only is it inexpensive, but when you feed your soil properly you’ll see all your plants truly blossom before your eyes! Home composting is nature’s…Read the full article