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(Image courtesy of https://www.pexels.com/) After a recent family trip, we were unloading the car and doing the inevitable unpacking ---- laundry, trash, ski googles (lightly used…it was not a good run for this novice skier) and bottle after bottle of cute little toiletries.  About nine to be exact consisting of shampoo, conditioner and body wash.    That got me wondering – is this an area of zero waste that is overlooked?…. oh yeah.   One international hotel chain gave out more than 200 million single-use plastic items annually.   How did that number get so big?  Well the average large international hotel chain...

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Recently the Ecotropolis family took a road trip and being ever environmentally conscious consumers we did what we could to limit our consumables.  (image from www.dreamstime.com) Drove instead of flew to our destination 5 KG Aircraft Fuel Burn/journey estimated from https://www.icao.int/environmental-protection/Carbonoffset/Pages/default.aspx Compared to 540 Kilograms after driving 1,000 miles Drove at the speed limit over four states to reduce out carbon emissions (sorry could not take the e-car on a multi-state trip) and wore our newest wood temple sunglasses You can get them here https://www.ecotropolis.store/collections/sunglasses/products/hdcrafter-natural-bamboo-hd-polarized-sunglasses-blue Used bio-degradable pet pooper bags (a must when you have two little friends) Used 100% post-consumer...

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A few stories from the web that show sustainability is alive and well in 2020.  Have you done your part?  It’s easy.  Please visit the links below to read more. Did your favorite TV show or movie capture a coveted Golden Globe award recently?   Among all the glitz, photo ops, and after parties for the estimated 1300 guest there is change this for the attendees.   In previous years, the food served had vegan options however this year the menu is entirely plan based and locally sourced and single use plastic is banned. Why the 2020 Golden Globes' Menu Will Be...

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Photo Credit: http://www.crodog.org/guitar/guitar.htm. Are you musically inclined or just like to curl up with a nice set of headphones and turn up 70’s classic rock to 11? Did you ever think about the instruments that the musicians are using? What are the instruments made of? Are the materials used sustainability cultivated? According to Professor Steven Errede, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, “Musical instruments are made of materials of some kind. Stringed instruments (e.g. guitars, violins, pianos) as well as certain wind instruments (e.g. clarinets, oboes, bassoons, …) and many percussion instruments (drums, xylophones) are made of...

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In a business setting, can you attempt to follow the values of organic farming principles yet not sacrifice productivity?   Sustainable farming them comes into play has hemp farming is labor intensive and specific machinery for planting and harvesting hemp is still lacking.   As with any product there a “big company” producers (e.g., farms) and independent farms. (7)  Independent growers like to tout that their crops are “non-GMO, organic, and USA-grown”.  Farmers can cultivate hemp typically one of three ways (though hybrid operations exist):   Indoor / hydroponically grown – good in that that being indoors you don’t need as much...

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