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Sustainable Packaging

The Art of Y: Wine in a Box?

Alex Schattner | Posted 06.11.2014 | Small Business
Alex Schattner

If you thought breaking into the energy drink market was tough, at least it doesn't have the regulatory hurdles placed on alcohol. Steffan Bankier and Jordan Gutman co-founded Public House, a premium boxed wine company, back in 2012 and it's been an exhilarating challenge ever since.

Renewable Resources: We Sorely Need to Develop a Culture that Embraces Them

Michael Zacka | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Michael Zacka

What's draining U.S. energy resources faster than any other product or technology? Cars? Lighting? HVAC? Refrigeration? None of the above.

A 4P Future: People, Planet, Profit and Plastics

Student Reporter | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Student Reporter

It is politically difficult to use cassava in the production of plastic bags instead of as nourishment in the midst of a global food crisis.

We Must Win the Real World Hunger Games

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.30.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Everyone who engages in the business of growing, storing, packaging and selling food is being called on to creatively adapt to the tremendous food security challenges that are staring us in the face. That means we must all hunker down, collaborate and innovate to win the real world hunger games.

Environmental Ethics: Bernie Madoff's Pyramid Scheme Is an Important Lesson

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Many consumers assume that less packaging or no packaging is always the best answer for the environment. That may be true of most products, but there are reasons food packaging is different.

Mushrooms Grow As Polystyrene Alternative

Wendy Gordon | Posted 06.24.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Their mothers must be proud. The idea for their ingenious new packaging material, made from mycelium -- the hidden roots of mushrooms -- came from the fungus growing under their dorm room beds.

Skepticism of Green Marketing -- Big Trouble When Addressing Latinos

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 06.17.2012 | Green
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

The American Latino consumer community is a highly skeptical community, generally speaking, but one with deep cultural connections to the earth, to creative reuse and to conservation.

10 Best Package Designs

Eva Maddox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Eva Maddox

The recent unveiling of Starbucks' new logo brings conversation about branding to the mainstream. The new, simplified cup design eliminates the name a...

Green News Report: October 5, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Toxic sl...

Are Coconuts The Sustainable Packaging Of The Future?

Inhabitat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The humble and tropically ubiquitous coconut, besides producing one of the tastiest cocktail starters out there (mmmm.....pina coladas!), is one the b...

Eco Etiquette: 5 Green Ways To Fight That Cold

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. It seems like every time ...

Fight the Foam: Join the Packaging Police

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

After cutting open yards of plastic packing tape, I was appalled to find acres of bubble wrap, then those absolutely impossible Styrofoam "peanuts" which will still be in the landfill 200 years from now.

Wal-Mart and a World of Good

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

Wal-Mart is, for all its downsides, better run and more profitable than the U.S.A., and seems more efficient at making changes that our government can't or won't make.

Toronto's Great Coffee Cup Debate Heats Up

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

Toronto has a beloved coffee chain, Tim Hortons. It also has a group of City Council public works committee members working hard to reduce fast-food p...

The Muddy World of Eco-Labeling

Treehugger | Shayne McQuade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

There was general agreement at the recent Sustainable Brands conference in Miami that eco-labels and certification programs are a mess. Granted, the a...

Greening Hollywood: Democratizing Sustainability

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paige Donner

I'll 'fess up. "Democratizing sustainability," is not a phrase I coined nor one I've even used before.

An Inconvenient Truth About Packaging

Graham Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Graham Hill

Any of us who has ever needed a portable drill, a screwdriver and fowl shears just to get small electronics out of their seemingly impenetrable plasti...

Costco, Wal-Mart's New Milk Jug: More Efficient, Less Popular

New York Times | Stephanie Rosenbloom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- A simple change to the design of the gallon milk jug, adopted by Wal-Mart and Costco, seems made for the times. The jugs are che...