Between Denver and The Rocky Mountains of Colorado sits the quaint city of Golden, home of MillerCoors, the largest brewery in America. Back in 1873, Adolph Coors chose the site to brew his famous beer because of the high quality Rocky Mountain spring water available in the area. And now, MillerCoors has entered into sustainability history books as the first brewery of its size to become landfill-free.
Summer is in full swing, and the longer days and warm temps make now the perfect time to throw an outdoor soiree, whether a small patio gathering or an all-out block party. As you can probably guess, though, these kinds of events often produce a lot of waste — each year Americans toss out enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times, says the Clean Air Council.
Nothing says “welcome back to the work week” quite like an extra long line at your favorite coffee shop on Monday morning. This could brighten your day: get a discount by bringing in your own reusable coffee mug or tumbler. To curb the excessive waste caused by all the disposable coffee cups they sell, many coffee shops offer discounts to their eco-conscious customers. Check out the infographic below to learn more and contact your local coffee hangout to find out what kind of discount you can get by bringing in your own cup. The savings for your pocket book AND the environment can really add up.
Did you know you could keep recycling the soda can you’re drinking out of forever? Well, you CAN (get it?) and here are some reasons why you should:
- It takes the same amount of energy to create 1 new can as it does to create 20 recycled cans
- Even though it accounts for less than 2% of the weight of USA’s recycling stream, aluminum generates 40% of the revenue needed to sustain all recycling programs – about a $1 billion a year
- Recycling aluminum cans diverted 1.7 billion pounds from landfills
- Used aluminum cans are recycled and returned to store shelves in as few as 60 days
- Aluminum never wears out and can be recycled forever
So make sure the next can you drink from ends up in a recycling bin and keep the infinite aluminum recycling process going strong!
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The most commonly irrigated crop—the plant that receives 4 billion gallons of potable water a day, the plant that the average American spends 150 hours a year tending, and the plant that North America alone spends $40,000,000,000 a year on—is not the crop that will feed the world. In fact, it is not a crop that will feed anybody, except maybe some lucky cows.
All but 4% of the trash produced in Sweden bypasses the landfill and is either recycled or used as fuel in their waste-to-energy programs. Sweden is able to generate 20% of the energy they need to heat the country and also provide electricity for 250,000 homes. They’re so successful in their recycling and waste-to-energy programs, they’re actually running out of trash.
Sweden has begun to import tons of trash from neighboring countries in order to gather burnable waste so they can incinerate it and create energy. Countries like Norway are paying them to take their waste, since it’s more expensive for the Norwegians to burn the trash in their own country and they lack recycling programs.
Waste-to-energy initiatives have been introduced in Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, and Lithuania. In the USA, 67% of our waste ends up in landfills. Hopefully someday, we can follow in the eco-friendly footsteps of our European friends.
The U.N. recently released a report extolling the virtues of edible insects as an environmentally responsible alternative to meat as a source of protein and other nutrients. With their high fat, protein, fiber, and mineral contents, edible insects certainly pack a healthy punch! What’s even better is that the cost to our environment to raise insects for consumption is far less than the impact of raising large livestock for meat.
Honey bees are super pollinators and have an enormous impact on the environment. Since the mid 2000’s their numbers have been declining rapidly. Scientist are unable to explain their disappearance but one thing is for certain, the absence of bees would leave much of the world’s food supply in question. Without pollinating insect life, fruits, vegetables, and field crops would be obsolete causing extreme hardship for the farm and food industry and leaving their future, and our survival, in question.
Follow these steps to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’ and help keep plastics out of the marine environment:
- Use cloth bags for shopping and metal/glass reusable bottles instead of plastic
- Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag, sandwich bag or snack bag
- Bring your travel mug with you to the coffee shop
- Go digital and buy your music and movies online
- Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills
- Volunteer at a beach cleanup (check Surfrider Foundation Chapters to find one near you)
- Recycle. But if you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam
The North Atlantic Right Whale is bigger than a humpback whale and longer than a Greyhound Bus. At present, they are among the most endangered whales in the world with their numbers dwindling to about 350 worldwide. Even though they are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, there is a new threat to their survival.