NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020

 

A YEAR IN REVIEW

As we close out the last issue of this newsletter for the year, we like to go back and review past issues to discover which stories generated the most interest, were clicked on most often, and generated the most feedback.  Below you will find reprints of our most popular stories of 2020. 

We want to take this time to thank all of our readers, advertisers, and supporters.  While this year has been a crazy one for all of us, we look forward to 2021 and hope for a new year filled with health and happiness for all.  

If you have a product you would like us to consider for review or have some exciting news to share, please contact us.

Be well.  Be Safe.  Be ready for a healthy and prosperous new year for all.


DYPER Introduces the World's First Compostable Diaper

DYPER, the eco-friendly diaper service is fulfilling its promise to create the best diaper for babies, parents, the planet and wallets by introducing the first compostable diaper offered in the over $48 billion industry. This month the company announced its partnership with TerraCycle to implement the REDYPER composting program in the U.S., making it turnkey for existing and new subscribers to return their soiled-diapers for composting.

Though composting DYPER diapers at home has always been possible, the TerraCycle partnership allows everyday families to skip the DIY and help ensure that their used diapers don't add to the more than 20 billion diapers filling landfills in the U.S. yearly. DYPER provides an environmentally-sound, cost-effective and convenient way to receive diapers through a monthly subscription. All products are made from responsibly sourced materials that are free of harmful chemicals, prints, and scents.

"We're committed to making diapering effortless for parents, gentle for babies and kind to the planet," said Sergio Radovcic, CEO DYPER, "It wasn't easy to develop the most fully compostable diaper ever created. But, we are thrilled that our partnership with TerraCycle will make it easy for families to keep their used diapers out of landfills."

DYPER subscribers that opt-in to the REDYPER program are provided with bags and a specially designed box engineered to the strictest United Nations Haz Mat shipping standards. When the box is full, subscribers can download a prepaid shipping label from the DYPER Composting Program page found on the TerraCycle website for easy return of their soiled diapers for composting. The waste composted through this program will be used in specialized applications, such as for vegetation in highway medians.

"As the first of its kind initiative, the REDYPER Program offers consumers a unique opportunity to responsibly dispose of their soiled diapers, as well as minimize their environmental impact by composting them through TerraCycle," said Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle. "We are pleased to partner with DYPER to drive awareness of this ground-breaking program."

The TerraCycle supported DYPER Composting Program is part of DYPER's ongoing initiative to make eco-friendliness in the baby segment more effective and convenient. Along with being compostable under the right conditions, DYPER's product is made from responsibly-sourced bamboo and free of chlorine, latex, alcohol, perfumes, lotions, PVC, TBT, or Phthalates. Through the brand's smartphone app, DYPER subscribers can also schedule routine deliveries, request expedited shipments in as little as two hours, or ship-back unused diapers. The entire diaper journey is counterbalanced through carbon offsets purchased by DYPER on behalf of subscribers.

Interested consumers can learn more about the program by visiting dyper.com/redyper. For a limited time, REDYPER opt in will be free with a monthly subscription of DYPER. Following the limited time offer, REDYPER will require a monthly maintenance fee of $39.

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Carton Recycling 101: Tips from the Carton Council

Formed in 2009, the Carton Council is an industry organization committed to grow carton recycling in the US. By promoting both recycling technology and local collection programs, as well as growing awareness that cartons are recyclable, we work to limit the number of cartons that become waste. We’ve had significant success in the past seven years, helping to bring carton recycling to over 64 million households or more than 60% of them in the United States.

We all know that recycling is good for the environment, but we still sometimes find ourselves slipping. It’s not because we don’t care about the environment, but because recycling can be confusing. Today, the great folks at the Carton Council put an end to the confusion!

If your city or town is part of the majority of U.S. households that can recycle cartons (look up your address here), just toss your food and beverage cartons into the recycling bin along with your other containers. Seems simple enough, but you probably still have some questions. Below are answers to the question most frequently asked to the Carton Council:

  • Q: What types of cartons can I recycle?

  • A: All types! Milk cartons, soy milk cartons, almond milk cartons, juice cartons, soup cartons, wine cartons, large cartons, small cartons, and the list goes on.

  • Q: Do I need to remove the cap?

  • A: Nope. Just empty the contents and then screw the cap back on. The carton components will be separated later at the recycler.

  • Q: Do I need to wash out the carton?

  • A: No. As long as the carton is empty, it is okay to toss into the recycling bin. If you collect recyclables inside your home and are worried about odor, you may want to rinse them out though.

  • Q: Aren’t cartons difficult to recycle because they are multi-layer packaging?

  • A: The process is actually not that complicated. Cartons are sorted from the rest of your recycling and sent to paper mills where the fiber is separated from the other materials, then used to make paper products. Or the sorted cartons are sent to recycling companies that use the whole carton to make building materials.

For more information on carton recycling, visit www.recyclecartons.com

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4 Foods That'll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

You recycle your bottles and newspapers, you upcycle thrift store finds into decor treasures, and you reuse all your plastic bags. But do you upcycle your food scraps? We’re not talking compost here, we’re talking re-growing food from scraps you might have tossed. Turns out, several odds and ends you might have tossed can be re-grown into more food! Here’s a great list compiled by the folks at Organic Authority.

Scallions
When your recipe only calls for the green part of the scallions, don’t toss the white end with the roots. Stick it in a glass jar with a little water and the greens will grow back. You can just snip off what you need as you go. This also works with leeks.

Lemongrass
This delicious, aromatic herb is really just a grass and will grow well in a pot in a sunny spot. Take the root ends (after you’ve used the rest in a recipe) and put in a jar of water in a sunny spot. After a week or so, you’ll start to see roots appearing. Once the roots look healthy, transplant your lemongrass to a pot and let it grow. You can start harvesting when the stalks get to be a foot or more tall.

Celery
The next time you’re chopping a bunch of celery, save the root end! Place it in a shallow bowl of water, and after a few days, you should start to see roots and new leaves appear. As soon as you see these, you can plant the celery—leaving the leaves just above the soil. The plant will continue to grow, and soon you’ll have a whole new head of celery!

Ginger
Did you know that ginger makes a beautiful (and useful) houseplant? If you’ve got a piece of fresh ginger going spare in your fridge, you can plant it in potting soil. Ginger is a root, and before long, you’ll notice a lovely plant sprouting from it. Once the plant is big enough, you can actually pull it up, whack off a piece of the root, and replant it whenever you need fresh ginger—or just enjoy your culinary houseplant.

Organic Authority is a trusted ally and the web‘s leading resource for all things… delicious and organic!

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GlassesUSA.com Announces First Steps Towards Sustainability with SeaClean Glasses

GlassesUSA.com announces the launch of SeaClean, its first-ever 100% sustainable eyewear collection made of upcycled plastic (RPET) bottles. SeaClean marks the online retailer's first of many future steps towards a smaller ecological footprint. The frames come in two colors - tortoise and black - each with a large variety of customizable lens options. The SeaClean glasses will be available online exclusively at GlassesUSA.com/SeaClean starting at $98 for a pair with single vision lenses. For every pair sold, GlassesUSA.com will donate $5 to the Ocean Cleanup Foundation to help them reach their goal of creating a plastic-free ocean by 2050.

It takes 5 RPET plastic bottles to manufacture one pair of SeaClean sustainable glasses. Besides the frames, the fabric pouch they come in, the microfiber cloth and the accompanying packaging are made of recyclable materials as well, making the collection eco-friendly in its entirety. Although sustainable products usually imply a higher cost for the customer, GlassesUSA.com managed to produce a collection that respects the company's core value of quality while staying true to its accessible price point.

"Our responsibility as a company is to be aware of our impact on the environment, to act accordingly and to encourage others to do the same. We are committed to improving our ways internally and externally and the launch of SeaClean marks the beginning of our company's more conscious future," said GlassesUSA.com's CEO and Co-Founder Daniel Rothman.

The SeaClean launch comes at a time where most companies are taking a step back from sustainability due to the negative business impact of the COVID-19 crisis. For GlassesUSA.com, however, the emergence of the pandemic led to a double-digit growth of new customers and a 900%-increase in installs of their Prescription Scanner App. The surge of new customers followed after lockdown rulings mid-March forced brick-and-mortar stores to shut their doors and caused e-commerce spending in the U.S. to go up significantly. "Sustainability does not happen overnight; it's a never-ending process that starts with (re-)evaluating all existing processes and making changes - no matter how small - without affecting the quality of our service. Today, we are strong enough to take up that challenge and to truly invest the time and resources," added CEO and Co-Founder Daniel Rothman.

Customers can personalize their SeaClean glasses as well as thousands of coveted designer glasses and established house brand frames - such as Ray-Ban, Gucci, Oakley, Versace and Muse x Hilary Duff - with prescription lenses, Transition® lenses, blue light blocking coating, anti-fog coating, sunglasses lenses and many more. Free shipping and returns apply on all orders and customer service is available 24/7 for a risk-free, hassle-free shopping experience. For more information visit www.GlassesUSA.com.

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Recycle PPE Waste

Subaru of America, Inc., recently announced a new recycling initiative to recycle personal protective equipment (PPE) waste in response to the increase in waste due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new initiative is an expansion of the automaker's existing recycling collection partnership with TerraCycle®, the world's leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. The new collection efforts divert improperly discarded PPE from landfills and incinerators. Subaru will employ TerraCycle's Zero Waste Boxes™ to collect disposable masks and gloves across more than 20 offices nationwide, including ports, regional training centers and the automaker's headquarters in Camden, NJ.

"At Subaru, our commitment to maintaining a safe work environment is as strong as our dedication to protecting and preserving our environment by keeping it clean," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "This expansion of our years-long work with TerraCycle allows us to responsibly wear PPE while furthering the Subaru Love Promise commitment to reduce landfill trash and engage in smart environmental practices, simply because it is the right thing to do."

Zero Waste Boxes provide a convenient recycling solution for all types of single-use PPE, which are not recyclable through conventional recycling facilities. By placing Zero Waste Boxes in offices around the country, Subaru employees can responsibly dispose of their protective gear instead of tossing items on the ground.

To properly collect and recycle PPE waste, each participating Subaru corporate location will utilize the following Zero Waste Boxes:

When full, the boxes will be returned to TerraCycle for processing and the collected waste will be cleaned, melted and remolded to make new products. Disposable masks are typically made from #5 polypropylene plastic and can be turned into a variety of items ranging from reusable shipping pallets to plastic lumber applications. Rubberized disposable gloves be used by rubber manufacturers in low-grade applications for products such as matting.

"At TerraCycle, our mission has always been to eliminate waste, recycle the unrecyclable and use our innovative business solutions to minimize human impact on the planet," said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle Founder and CEO. "By spearheading this initiative to reduce the impact of PPE waste on the environment, Subaru continues to demonstrate their shared commitment to a greener future."

Through the Subaru Loves the Earth recycling program, created in partnership with TerraCycle, participating Subaru retailers nationwide use Zero Waste Boxes to encourage customers, employees and community partners to recycle waste streams that are commonly thought of as hard-to-recycle, including snack wrappers/bags, disposable cups, lids, plastic straws, as well as coffee and creamer capsules. In addition, Subaru encourages customers to further their personal commitments to sustainability by individually collecting these waste streams and bringing them to a local participating Subaru retailer.

To learn more about Subaru Loves the Earth and the environmental work Subaru does, visit subaru.com/earth and follow #SubaruLovesTheEarth.

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The Houseplants You're MOST Likely to Kill

Growing indoor plants will continue to be a trend this season - with searches for "autumn plants" rising by 950% and searches of “winter plants" rising by 1550%, according to Google.

But, although adding indoor greenery boosts mental wellbeing, keeping plants alive can be very demanding.

With that in mind, EndOfTenancyCleaningNearMe.co.uk surveyed 2,501 houseplant lovers and asked if they have ever killed a houseplant. The results showed that 2 in 3 "plant parents" are guilty of greenery fail!

EndOfTenancyCleaningNearMe.co.uk also asked for the type of plant killed, to find out what are the hardest plants to keep alive.

EndOfTenancyCleaningNearMe.co.uk got in touch with the gardening specialist Sally Fairbrass, from the blog Seed me Grow, to have a better understanding of the common mistakes that make us kill our houseplants!

Fiddle-leaf Fig: One of the top 10 most popular houseplants on Instagram, as HomeHow.co.uk recently revealed, this trendy plant is surprisingly difficult to keep alive. It doesn’t tolerate environment changes, so it’s important to keep it in a specific area of the house. It's also important to be careful with sunlight as too much exposure will brown its leaves!

Gardenia: They tend to be quite fussy, as they don’t like too hot or too cold temperatures. The flowers won’t form unless you stick to strict temperature requirements and take it easy on the watering - at least an inch of water a week!

Boston Ferns: Many people think it's easy to take care of this houseplant, but it needs a lot of attention! It doesn't do well in direct sunlight, doing better in indirect light. It's important to remember to keep the soil moist as it tends to dry out.

Orchids: With colorful and fragrant blooms, Orchids are a popular houseplant that many people give as gifts! Although common, people often forget to follow basic care and end up overwatering this plant. Orchids need a strict watering schedule and should only be watered once a week.

Zebra Plants: Like many tropical plants, it's crucial to keep Zebras in warm environments, which can be challenging if you live in a temperate climate. If you're keen to decorate your house with this plant, remember to keep soil moist and the plants close to sunlight all year round.

Bonsai Trees: The Japanese art of miniaturized trees make beautiful houseplants, but they need a lot of care and attention regarding cultivation, as they have special soil. They also require a good amount of sunlight and low humidity.

Miniature Roses: Another popular house gift! Despite its small size, this houseplant can be hard to keep alive. It tends to die in cold and dark environments so it’s best to place it where there is lots of direct sunlight.

African Violets:  With bright white, blue or purple blooms, this pretty houseplant needs a lot of warmth! A great tip is to place it wherever you have a radiator, keeping in mind that it also requires watering frequently.

Venus Flytrap: The best known of the carnivores, it's a fascinating houseplant to keep. The Venus Flytrap needs to be fed insects by hand a couple of times a week to survive, making it a challenge if you aren't a fan of bugs. It also lives better in warmer homes and in direct sunlight.

Croton: These are beautiful autumnal houseplants, however, they don’t like to be moved around a lot as it can cause their leaves to fall. Sally advises not to keep this plant in dark corners because it will encourage the loss of its lovely bright colours!

Extra tips on how to take care of your houseplants this autumn and winter:  Miniature Roses, Boston Ferns, Gardenia, Zebra Plants and African Violets are the hardest plants to take care of during the coldest seasons. Sally advises: "Houseplants that require a lot of direct sunlight and warmth are definitely the hardest to keep alive in autumn and winter. For example, miniature roses require at least 5+ hours of direct sunlight which can be hard during the shorter days, so you slowly see them dying. Another one is Boston Fern, as it prefers warmer temperatures. A great tip is to buy a humidifier to keep the air flowing near the plant to ensure it doesn’t dry out".

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