Climate Solutions: How Do I Add Compost to Container Plants?

Container gardening is an incredible solution to a variety of growing woes, especially when it comes to the creative and economical use of space. Gardeners lacking backyards or yards with full sun exposure, gardeners working with truly difficult soil, and new gardeners looking to gain confidence in the craft are common beneficiaries of the practice.…

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Sustainable Food Storage Options

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 unavoidable. But we’ve gathered a few…

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Climate Solutions: Is Ink Bad for Worms?

Question: May I add shredded mail and computer paper to my worm and garden compost bins? Are the inks toxic?  Answer: That is a frequently asked question, thanks for bringing it to the blog!  The inks used today in newspapers, boxes etc. are non-toxic and are readily broken down through composting. However, the see-through address…

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Food Waste Warrior: Liz Murphy of Santosha Nutrition 🍓

Liz Murphy, founder of Santosha Nutrition, speaks on how food waste prevention impacts her San Diego business: “Santosha was founded on the principles of supporting local farmers and lowering waste. When I purchase produce from the market it is really important to me that I use as much of the product as possible. It respects the…

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Spring Quarterly Newsletter – 2024

Dear neighbor, Young eco-stewards are finding ways to transform our use-it and lose-it culture into one of greater respect for our planet. The Solana Beach School District has a waste sorting program, initiated through Solana Center and EDCO consultations, in which older students teach younger ones how to divert food from the landfill. In addition, 30 San…

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Dr. Bronner’s Is Reducing Its Plastic Use

🌎 Dr. Bronner’s is taking bold steps to reduce plastic production and pollution. 🌎 How? 🌈 All of Dr. Bronner’s plastic bottles are 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, reducing new plastic production 🧴 🌈 The B Corp recently introduced a new paper soap refill carton. This carton is made with 80% less plastic and uses fewer…

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Climate Solutions: How to Recycle Your Coffee Pods

Sustainability and equity in coffee are multilayered. Growing the crop is a water- and often land-intensive process, and plenty of conventional farmers use pesticides and underpay workers to create cheap coffee. By buying that coffee, we as consumers incentivize exploitation. We may also be risking more expensive coffee in the future, as climate change is…

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How are local governments implementing climate resilience plans, and how can you help?

Local governments are addressing the issue of climate-intensified flooding, as well as wildfire and heat risks, through a combination of: 1) Climate change mitigation, or reducing the emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in our atmosphere; and 2) Climate change adaptation, or responding to climate change that’s already in the pipeline. The City of San Diego’s 2022…

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SB 1383 Update: Organics Recycling Compliance Enforcement Changes in 2024

Senate Bill 1383, or the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction law, requires that businesses implement programs to ensure organic materials are no longer put in the trash, with edible food being donated and the rest sorted for organic waste recycling. Before the start of 2024, jurisdictions were required to visit Tier One and Tier Two (see…

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