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Imagine how difficult it is for you to go zero-waste at home. Now, think about all the items in a grocery store. Stores have much more of a variety of products, many more areas to consider when trying to reduce their waste.
Finally, a supermarket in the USA receives the Zero-Waste Designation from EPA.
Just announced, the Giant Food Store at 481 West Penn Ave. in Cleona, Pa., is the chain’s first store to attain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency zero-waste status. They still have waste but it’s what they do with the waste that matters. The EPA zero-waste designation signifies that 90% or more of the store’s total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration.
“There are a lot of little things we do that get the customers excited and help us drive down waste at the same time,” said Andrea Doygun, manager of the Giant store in Cleona, PA. “For example, we clean the empty frosting containers from the bakery as well as corn crates from produce and put them out for our customers to take them home and reuse them. Every little thing counts.”
Today, I write this article to help the store celebrate this milestone but also to help you.
Many times in the past, I have been asked about my laundry room routine. One main part I like to highlight is the “soaking bucket” I often use.
This bucket is super handy!
When I am ready to address the stain, I take the item out of the bucket, fill the bucket with warm water and add a few tablespoons of my Laundry Booster (aka oxygenated bleach), dropping the item back into the bucket to soak overnight. Usually I will pretreat a stain with a little of my laundry soap and then drop it in.
Oxygenated bleach works WAAAAY better the longer it can work. Most of us were introduced to oxygenated bleach as a laundry booster. Tossing a few tablespoons into the washing machine is ok, but it really doesn't allow the product to work as well as it could. Much like trading a $20.00 bill for a $5.00 bill. Not the best thing to do, although you still end up with cash. As with many natural products, the longer that ingredients are allowed to work, the better they work. an item can soak in the dissolved oxygenated bleach, the better the stain removal, whitening or brightening effect will be.
Most chain bakeries receive frosting/icing in 3-or-5 gallon buckets. Most will give you them for free and you simply rinse out all the leftover frosting at home. I was happy to see that Giant Food Store is rinsing them out before giving them away. I can tell you from my personal experience that blue icing is a bitch and takes forever to rinse out! I can only imagine what that blue icing does to the inside of my body when I eat it….uggghhhhh!
So, if you are looking to improve your laundry routine, simplify your stain removal process or give yourself a place to easily soak/whiten fabrics; the bucket is a must.
Pick one up today and tuck it in a convenient place in your laundry room. Mine sits wedged between the washer and the wall, eagerly awaiting dirty stuff.
Full Article at https://www.supermarketnews.com/sustainability/it-s-first-zero-waste-giant-food-stores
How Can I Become More Eco-Friendly?
Have you ever asked yourself the question, "How can I become more eco-friendly?" If so, congratulations. It's the first step in regard to helping the environment. The more people who make the conscious decision to pitch in to help, the better off everyone will be.
One of the simplest definitions of eco-friendly is "not harmful to the environment." There's nothing complicated about that, is there? One of the greatest things about becoming eco-friendly is that it normally doesn't require drastic lifestyle changes. You can even start out small if you wish.
The following information includes several suggestions for making yourself more environmentally conscious and giving Mother Nature a helping hand. There's no reason to panic; it's probably easier than you think.
It's really unfortunate that the vast majority of vehicles on the roadways today are transporting a single passenger. If everyone took the initiative to carpool, even once or twice a week, it would immediately reduce traffic on those days by 50 percent. This represents a HUGE difference! Not only does carpooling save participants' money on gas and car repairs, it also reduces air pollution and helps to prevent the shortage of fossil fuels.
If you don't already take part in your city's recycling program, there's no better time to begin. Better yet, it's probably not as much of the hassle as you think. The first thing you need to do is make yourself aware of any specific requirements you may need to abide by. Recycling is sometimes different from one city to the next.
A few of the most common things to recycle are aluminum (cans, specifically), paper, glass, plastic, outdated electronics and batteries.
When you buy locally, not only are you helping local merchants and farmers, you're also reducing your "carbon footprint" by helping to reduce the demand of shipping from point A to point B. Less long-distance shipments means lower air pollution levels, fresher food on the table and a reduced chance of fuel shortages.
These are just a few examples on how to save energy, while sticking to your daily routine:
* Place weather-stripping around doors and windows
* Turn out lights when leaving a room
* Turn off water when brushing your teeth
* Use cold water for laundry purposes
* Unplug appliances when not in use
* Replace furnace and air conditioner filters on a regular basis
* Install skylights for more natural lighting
Take a few minutes to think about all of the things you do during an average day. Chances are, you'll think of several more eco-friendly changes you can make to improve the state of the environment. Mother Nature will love you for it!
Trees are important, in so many ways. They clean the air, provide homes for wildlife, produce oxygen and prevent the erosion of soil... just to name a few. Taking the initiative to plant trees in your yard not only helps support all of these things, it also provides you with a shady spot to relax after a long day.
We've just talked about some of things you can do to be more eco-friendly. Obviously, you don't have to do everything in one day. Taking it slow makes it easier to get acclimated to a slightly different routine.
The changes you make won't help the environment overnight. But, with a little due diligence, chances are high that your perseverance will make the world a better place for your family, for generations to come.
What steps have you taken lately to be more eco-friendly?
How does it make you feel.