News & Updates
Food Waste Prevention Webinar for Commercial Kitchens
Aug 3 2020
Join us in partnership with the City of Carlsbad-Sustainable Materials Management Division for a free webinar specifically for Carlsbad restaurant owners, managers, chefs and cooks discussing strategies to reduce waste, save money & get ahead of state regulations impacting your business.
#PlasticFreeJuly - Choose to Refuse!
Jul 24 2020
It is no secret how much we rely on plastic in our lives. You can hardly go a few minutes without seeing plastic in some form and now more than ever articles or news stories covering the negative impacts on our environment are prevalent. To most of us, it makes us sad, and mad. And many of us are doing something about it! From trying to...
5 Ways to Reuse Your Kitchen Scraps
Jun 12 2020
You've just finished chopping your veggies in prep for dinner and are collecting your ends and skins to put in your compost bin. But wait! Before you send those scraps to compost, we urge you to take a moment to think if you might be able to repurpose them into something new! According to the Food Waste Hierarchy, feeding hungry people...
Sustainable Food Storage Options
Jun 7 2020
Have you ever gone shopping for fresh fruits and veggies to find you're surprised by how much plastic packaging you see around them? It is not uncommon to see fruits sold in plastic clamshell containers or plastic bags offered to bag loose vegetables at most grocery stores. Depending on what you're looking to buy sometimes packaging is...
9 Ways to Keep Your Fruits and Vegetables Fresh Longer
Jun 7 2020
These days, fresh produce is even more important to keep us all healthy and lift our mood. It can be confusing to figure out how to store fruits and vegetables, and the best ways to keep produce fresh and tasty. Here are a few tips to start you off.
Food for Thought - 7 Techniques to Generate Less Waste When Shopping
Jun 7 2020
Many of us want to live more sustainably and are employing a number of strategies to do so... like reducing water and energy consumption in our home or starting to compost. And we’ve probably all heard about the three R’s - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The first R in this phrase may be the most important and where we can make a significant...
Summer 2020 Newsletter
Jun 1 2020
Dear Solana Center Community, I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and grounded in this unprecedented season. Although some daily normalities have fallen away, it has been inspiring to see our community come together to lift each other up and connect to our core needs. From shifts in supply chains to provide food to...
5 Smart Alternatives to Paper Towels
May 31 2020
If you’re lucky enough to actually find paper towels at the grocery store right now, you’re probably blowing through them with all of the sanitizing going on at home. The bad news is that even one roll of paper towels can take its toll on the planet. The good news is that there are some hassle-free and affordable alternatives out there....
Zero Waste Tip: Reuse Instead of Buying Plastic Bags
May 29 2020
Environmentalists have celebrated the passing of plastic bag bans all over the country, but still, we are not even close to being free of these products. Even the most dedicated Zero Waster finds themselves in possession of the occasional plastic bag. While we work to eliminate them totally, these are great items to reuse!
Why Disposable Hot Cups Have Got To Go
May 29 2020
It's time to blow off the lid on paper coffee cups. We hopefully all know plastic water bottles are a bad option by now, but paper coffee cups are their equally common, slightly less harmful sisters. While many of us may at first think that these disposable hot cups are better since they are made with plastic, this is unfortunately not...