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Where Do I Put My Garbage?

It happens every day. I’ll be at the cafe, prepping food, making drinks, or doing dishes, and a confused-looking customer will come to me with a handful of empty food containers. Are these compostable???

Yes, all Acorn cafe packages are compostable!

Honestly, I don’t blame anyone for being confused and it makes me really happy to be able to say that EVERYTHING at the cafe is compostable.

Before I started research for this article, I wasn’t even sure what the distinction was between compostable and biodegradable. And where does recycling fit into this mix? Why can’t I put compostable things in the trash?

The more environmentally aware we become, the more conscious we have to be about where our garbage goes. It unfortunately can’t just disappear or be launched into space. There are real consequences of wasting or misinformation, and if you want to be part of the small population of people who know about this process and be informed, then keep reading!

Being environmentally conscious isn’t just about recycling anymore. We have to take stronger measures to save our planet, and it will affect every area of our lives, from the way we eat, to what we use to eat it, to how we dispose of it when we’re done.

My mom always told me “Waste not, want not,” and I’m really just starting to understand what that means. Now, I want to share it with you.

Follow along this series to learn about the difference between biodegradable and compostable, what can be recycled and more!

Next article to follow: Recycling Explained

Series written by Chantal Delaquis

 

Don’t Be On Nature’s Naughty List!

Season’s Greetings! Here are a few little reasons why shopping locally is the greatest idea this holiday season.

Whether you’re a last-minute shopper or year ahead-prepper, shopping locally is always the most cost efficient choice. Benefits include:

Less travel! You’re not only doing a favor for the environment by reducing pollution, but you’re also saving a shiny dollar on fuel!

Hold the shipping, please! By purchasing local products, there are no shipping fees! Hurray! Bring on the savings!

Unique, one-of-a-kind items found nowhere but here. Beautiful hand crafted jewelry, pottery, soaps, and clothing! All can be found in my favorite niches of the city (farmer’s markets, Eco-friendly specialist stores, and artisan shops!) You’re guaranteed to find that perfect gift for your friends and family… and a few things for yourself, of course!

Like a true community, you’re a family. Families support each other. By giving back to your community, you’re allowing small businesses the opportunity to grow. In return, they can provide more, and better services to you! Local entrepreneurs that are appreciated prove to be more likely to stay within the neighborhood and contribute more to the community: e.g. donating to charities, buying from fellow locals.

Let’s wrap this up!

Every year, as soon as I get home, it clicks. I’ve forgotten the wrapping paper! Since I’m a last-minute shopper, there’s no way I will make it through the mass traffic of Christmas Eve and return to the store, so I must resort to what there is at home.

  1. If you’re lucky, there might be some wrapping paper leftover from last year. Perhaps even some gift bags you haven’t thrown out?
  2. Last year, I found old cardboard molds that a TV came in, and I used them to wrap up a couple of gifts for steal-a-gift! No one could figure out what was inside. Can you think of any nifty ways to hide a gift?
  3. Save old boxes over the year and reuse them instead of gift wrap. Cardboard boxes: Masters of Disguise, Christmas Edition. 
  4. One thing I’ve found helpful is newspaper. Yes, newspaper. Those bundles of gray paper we get in the mail that collect dust in a corner somewhere in the house. The things we sometimes use to clean up after the puppy when he has one of his accidents in the living room. We’re going to use that as wrapping paper! (No, no! Not that one! Put the wet paper down!)
  5. Wrapping paper vs Newspaper. What do they have in common? They’re both paper! Sure newspaper lacks the luster and magic of wrapping paper, but isn’t going to the landfill afterward? By reusing and recycling paper (and any other items) around your home, you’re ensuring your name won’t be on Nature’s Naughty list.

Article written by guest blogger, Judith MacFarlane