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Eco Etiquette: How Do I Store Produce Without Plastic?

Here at MantraMeds, our scrubs are made from recycled plastic but we like to emphasize that making our planet a more sustainable place means practicing all 3 R’s: Reducing, Reusing & Recycling. Here is a great article from HuffPost Green on reducing use of plastic on all your fresh summer produce!

I started shopping at my farmers market this summer. I’ve noticed people putting fruits and vegetables directly in their totes, without taking the plastic bags some vendors offer. But how do you keep produce fresh in the fridge without the plastic?

-Raina

Not long ago, I asked myself that same question. I had recently invested in a large set of organic cotton reusable produce bags, and while I was feeling mighty proud of myself each time I ventured out to the market (look how eco-friendly I am! Who needs those wasteful plastic produce bags?), the scene in my fridge a few days later was less than pretty.

Stored in plastic, fruits and vegetables would have normally stayed fresh for at least a week. But left in my new reusable bags, all my beautiful produce fast turned into a wilted, spoiled mess. (Even the “crisper” bin seemed to do just the opposite, no matter what the setting.)

I’ve written before about the enormous environmental implications of wasted food; needless to say, my cloth produce bags were not coming close to offsetting the yearly 34 million tons of food waste to which I was now contributing.

But obviously, there were reasons to avoid the plastic bags, too (wildlife-destroying pollutionneedless oil consumptionendocrine-disrupting chemicals). They also didn’t seem necessary: After all, plastic produce bags only came into being in the 1960s; plastic grocery bags, a decade later. There had to be a way to keep my fruits and veggies fresh without them.

Enter Beth Terry. As author of the blog My Plastic-free Life and the recently released book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, Terry knows how to keep everything from persimmons to parsnips fresh with nary a plastic bag in sight: She’s lived plastic free (and not just in the produce department) since 2007.

Terry’s storage methods come largely from Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets in Berkeley, CA, which createdthis guide on how to store more than 60 kinds of fruits and vegetables. But being the plastic-free pro that she is, Terry of course had some suggestions to add. With her help, I’ve created a condensed version for you that includes her input, below.

*Note: While the Ecology Center guide occasionally calls for paper products, Terry tries to limit these; she opts for cloth bags or plastic-free reusable containers instead. (“While plastic is truly problematic, all single-use disposable bags and wrappers have an environmental footprint,” she says.) She suggests a variety of different bags and containers on her site.

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Earth Day Energy Quiz Yields Alarming Results

President, SmartPower

Rather than telling people how to be more energy efficient this Earth Day, SmartPower decided to test consumers’ knowledge of energy efficiency with a 10-question quiz. Instead of receiving the varied results we expected, we noticed that there were some surprisingly common incorrect answers.

For example, we asked: Where do houses leak the most energy? a) windows and doors, b) ducts, c) plumbing, d) ceilings, walls and floors

Seven out of 10 people answered a) windows and doors. Only one in ten people answered correctly: d) ceilings, walls and floors.

This is alarming, as houses are an even larger source of carbon dioxide than cars — another commonly missed quiz question — making it extremely important that homeowners understand not only how muchenergy their homes are wasting, but also where they are wasting energy.

Read full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-keane/earth-day-energy-quiz-yie_b_1452052.html?ref=energy

Brian Keane is the President of SmartPower, a non-profit marketing organization funded by private foundations to help build the clean energy marketplace by helping the American public become smarter about their energy use.

Follow Brian Keane on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SmartPower_org


Valentine’s Day Gifts: Cheap, Last-Minute Ideas That Are Green(ish)

This Valentine’s Day, MantraMeds encourages you to get creative and go green. Since the mind tends to clam up under pressure, here are some refreshing ideas to get your juices flowing! Here’s an article with some very interesting gestures that are thoughtful, easy, affordable, and GREEN! Although we wouldn’t recommend going out today and buying a pet for your loved one (idea no. 8), we do like the idea of signing up for classes (idea no. 9). Whether it’s salsa dancing or wine tasting, what better way to grow closer this February than to learn a new trade with your significant other! Read on…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/valentines-day-gifts-diy-cheap-green_n_1273045.html

Lost your calendar with “Valentine’s Day” circled in red sharpie? Forgot that February 14 signifies more than just the middle marker of a really short, cold month?

It’s that time of year again, and the day is upon us that makes single people cringe and couples sweat. If you’re one of the latter, have no fear. There’s still time to get a meaningful, inexpensive, and relatively eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone.

An estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards will be purchased this year — which means that just under the estimated one billion will ultimately wind up in the trash. Over 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold along with over a hundred million roses. It’s time to cut down on the waste and the cost of Valentine’s Day.

We’ve got some old tips from years past, some new tips, some borrowed tips … but nothing that’ll make your loved one feel blue, because these are all green(ish).

Read full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/valentines-day-gifts-diy-cheap-green_n_1273045.html