Archive for January 5th, 2013
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Eat Packaging, Save Landfills
We’re a society addicted to plastic. Sure, more and more municipalities are outlawing plastic shopping bags, but we’re still consuming tons (literally) of it in other parts of our lives. Plastic is increasing as a portion of our overall waste and is expected to account for 12% of household waste in 2012. It’s no surprise if you consider what we’re loading into our reusable shopping bags. Granola bars, juice bottles, pre portioned treats, sleeves of crackers, cereal, cheese, hummus, tofu, bread…. they’re all wrapped in plastic. All that plastic isn’t going anywhere fast – it just sits in landfills and floats in oceans. Harvard Professor David Edwards thinks we can do better, and is proposing we displace all that packaging from landfills and into our bellies. Instead of packaging food in plastic, he’s developed WikiCells, an edible shell. The shell can be peeled off like a banana and then composted, or just... Continue Reading
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How One Bike Changed a Village
When Bill and Nancy Bamberger from San Diego first visited Cambodia as tourists in 2002, they were struck by its long history, the warmth of its people, and the devastation that was still evident from long years of violence and neglect. A whole generation of educated people had been killed or fled the violence of the Khmer Rouge, holding back the growth of Cambodia today. To help reverse that trend, the Bambergers created the Cambodian Village Fund, supporting education in the rural village of Kaun Khlong. The Bambergers’ 40th anniversary was approaching soon after they returned to San Diego, when Nancy... Continue Reading
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