If you want to see the companies you love the most utilize fully recyclable or compostable packaging for their products - I created a group where we can tackle the problem together.
After listening to your feedback on the #PackagingForThePlanet movement, I decided to put together a central community where we can problem solve openly together. We now have a Packaging For The Planet Facebook Group for us to call home!
This way we can have more of a conversation together, rather than replying via email on an individual basis.
Having a group is also an opportunity to share the good with the bad. If you find a company that's utilizing fully recyclable or compostable packaging - share it with us! We have to celebrate the small wins in order to get through this mounting waste problem with our earth-loving hearts intact.
While you'd hope that the companies we love would take it upon themselves to make these earth-friendly changes, the reality is without us as the consumers putting pressure on them, things won't change.
Join the movement and let's make our voices heard by giving the companies we adore a gentle nudge to starting looking for and investing in innovative eco-friendly solutions for packaging.
So head on over and join our new community of eco-warriors, tag some more companies you'd like us to contact, and jump into the conversation. I can't wait to see all the amazing things we are going to accomplish!
In this episode, we chat with Dan Kurzrock, the CEO of Regrained, a company that is working hard to find sustainable solutions for food waste and packaging waste. If you’ve been frustrated with the non-recyclable and non-compostable food packaging winding up in your garbage, this is the episode for you.
Dan Kurzrock is the co-founder and Chief Grain Officer of ReGrained. Dan founded ReGrained out of his hobby for homebrewing beer, where he first discovered that “spent” grain could be given a delicious second life. He is now obsessed with the impact edible upcycling and closing nutrient loops can have on our food system. As Chief Grain Officer, Dan is “Mr. Outside” for ReGrained, handling all elements of growing the business. Dan holds an Economics degree from UCLA and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
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After taking the time to share what we learned in 2018, I figured we should also share what we have planned for 2019 at Green Willow Homestead, from farming to living sustainably. I’m a firm believer in setting big goals every year (like publishing a book!!). So without further ado, here’s what we have up our sleeves for the next year…
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Why launch Packaging For The Planet?
It is incredibly frustrating to be shopping for your favorite products, from food to clothing, and find that the packaging is non-recyclable.
This happens to me all the time, and I see it more and more as I learn about the recyclability of certain plastics. A company may be non-GMO, organic, fair-trade, etc. and yet their product comes shipped or wrapped in plastic wrap, packing peanuts, or other single-use plastics, all of which has to go right in the garbage. Groan!
I've taken this frustration and decided to reframe it. Instead of phasing out that product, I asked myself: why not send a friendly email to customer service and ask if they would consider more earth-friendly packaging options - either fully recyclable or compostable?
Then I thought, why not get a bunch of other earth-lovers on board? Then we all could send in an email on the same day and together we could put gentle pressure on the companies we love to do better.
That's what #PackagingForThePlanet is all about. Woo!
How does #PackagingForThePlanet work?
The way #PackagingForThePlanet works is:
I love this because it requires only a few minutes of your time twice a month and together we have the potential to make a massive change for our planet.
What's the goal of #PackagingForThePlanet
My hope is that by putting well-meaning pressure on our favorite companies, we can nudge them to explore, and ultimately choose, better packaging products that are either universally recyclable (including #2 plastic, cardboard, paper, glass, and metal) or are fully compostable (sourced non-GMO).
When companies are receptive and open, we will ask them to take a #PackagingPledge that simply states they understand that earth friendly packaging is important and they are working towards solutions. Packaging is a complicated issue and change doesn't happen overnight, knowing this, we will check in with the company every six months to see how progress is going.
In the face of climate change, it's heartbreaking that our government is not taking action and making necessary changes. I've stopped counting on them and realized we have other options - ones that act faster and are much more willing to change. Let's look to the companies we love and ourselves to be the solution.
Are you ready to make some sustainable waves in the name of our planet in 2019?
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