food recycling
Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That

Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills and encourage composting instead.

Seattle Public Utilities estimates that every family in the city throws away some 400 pounds of food each year. And so the new law aims to incentivize recycling and composting. For now households that throw away food are warned with a bright red tag on their garbage bin – but fines will be imposed come Jul. 1. 


Upcycling Jars, Bottles, and Other Glass Containers.

I cook ALOT. I’m quite proud of my little collection of herbs, spices, teas, legumes, and other dried edibles. Not so much for the actual contents, but for the fact that 90% of the glass containers were upcycled. I saved my kimchi jars, pasta sauce jars, pickle jars, jam jars, booze jars - errrr, whatever I bum off the bartender, and etc. I especially love using the Canada Dry tonic water bottles for my spices; the wine corks I save fits the perfectly as a stopper! The rest of my containers are usually rescued from flea markets and thrift shops. 

I encourage everyone to find a place in their homes for glass packaging. Keep them out of the dumpster.
The Anti-Packaging Movement
Recycling is nice, but some shop owners are trying to eliminate waste altogether.
By Aimee Lee Ball

“Now, a new breed of mostly European store owners, who are as aesthetically sophisticated as they are ethically minded, are trying to change how we shop by presenting the market as a curated space. In an age in which we simultaneously expect and are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice at the grocery — this brand of whole-grain pasta or that one? — these stores offer something defiantly old-fashioned: one or two alternatives, selected by a member of a righteous cognoscenti. ‘‘There’s one kind of rice in my store,’’ said Andrea Lunzer of her eponymous Viennese shop. ‘‘I don’t have rices fighting with each other. I’ve chosen for you — that’s why it’s called Lunzers.’’ “

Italy will make supermarkets donate all of their unsold food.

Italy will likely soon pass a law that offers incentives for supermarkets, bars and restaurants to donate their unsold food rather than throwing  it out. Italy’s proposed law is in the same vein as a historic law passed in France in February that made it a crime for supermarkets to throw away food. Abiding by the law comes with some big benefits for Italian markets and restaurants.

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Welcome to Earth Week on TED-Ed Tumblr! We’ll be sharing ways for you to be a more considerate resident of Planet Earth all week (that you can apply…all year!)

Nearly one third of our food ends up in the trash can. That’s an estimated 1.3 billion tons.  America alone spends an estimate 165 billion dollars a year managing food waste. We’re wasting food, energy, and money.

But there’s another way! More and more people, even city dwellers, are taking to composting - it saves on landfill space, betters air quality, and if you have a green thumb - provides you with free soil! One method is vermicomposting, and to learn more about that, you can watch the TED-Ed lesson Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste - Matthew Ross. But if worms aren’t your style, check out some simple DIY compost methods here and here and here.

Finally, if you simply have no space for soil, check out your local farm markets - chances are you can freeze your compost or keep it in a small countertop bin, and drop it off every week.

Love the Earth, and the Earth will love you back! Happy Earth Week!

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Establishing My Thoughts on Solarpunk

Without knowing it, I’ve been longing for the Solarpunk genre for years. Maybe since I discovered Permaculture, cob building, Earthships, or transhumanism. I’ve been optimistic about the future of humanity because it’s the only productive way to be.

For so long, futurism has been bleak, and dirty, and dystopian. This return to a modernist aesthetic - of art for art’s sake, and mindful, stylish progress - feels long overdue.

One of my first questions has been: What do we mean by post-scarcity?

Has humanity pulled back from the space exploration game, or are we using nanobots to harvest every asteroid and comet in our star system? Are we building solar-collection shells around other stars to harvest their energy (possibly to the detriment of those star systems), or peacefully colonizing the vacant systems we encounter as gardeners?

Where is the conflict?

The primary sentiment I’m seeing, right after zomfgyrspls! In a Utopian culture, with the majority of (presently)human tasks completed by silently whirring machinery, you would have a job because it’s what society expected. You would educate yourself, because why wouldn’t you?

Maybe there’s a class division between scientists and gardeners. Maybe punishment for crimes is to be exiled to darkness. Maybe saving ourselves at the last minute means that there’s critically low biodiversity, and one blight could collapse everything… Did we stop desertification?

On a similar note, how is this “punk”?

Although optimism is pretty counter-culture, I understand that punk may not be the first word that comes to mind. Maybe we need to be looking at the transition from oil to sun, and how the first radical environmentalists came to win the debate.

Maybe the Solarpunks are the colonists who terraformed Mars, and they’re still at odds with the people of Earth (possibly cut off from Earth’s resources, finding a new way to live would look pretty rough at first).

My head is buzzing with this right now, and I’m stoked to hear what other people have to say!


Did someone say food coloring?

#decanter #recycler #recanter #waterjacketech #stickitinatube #foodcoloring #doublerainbow #yourmom #rigs #eastcoastglass #trippy #whatdoesitmean #recycledtour #staydurty (at Zen Glass Studio)

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Here is one of those tricks that are easy and will save you money! Grow your own green onions at home! You buy a bunch of them at your food market, you cut them about an inch above the roots and put them them in tap water! Just put enough water so that the roots can drink, once they grow, you can add a bit more water. Change the water once or twice a week. I don”t know how many times they can regrow but some of mines are at 4 regrowth and they don’t seem to stop! Depending on your needs, you can grow all of your green onions yourself, with all the benefits that gives to the planet and to you. 

I live in Canada and unfortunately in the winter nothing grows outdoor. Because of this a large quantity of our fruits & vegetables are full of chemicals to keep them *fresh* since they travel a lot. Those green onions are dry most of the time in this time of the year when I go to the supermarket. When I cut these at home they are juicy and fresh!!

Please Share!! This can make a difference on a large scale!!