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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Taking on Textile Waste 2024

The Taking on Textiles event was held on March 23, 2024 at Solana Center for Environmental Innovation in Encinitas, CA. It was open to the public. We were grateful for recognition from California Assemblymember Tasha Boerner’s office. District Director Janet Chin spoke to the importance of the event as an early beacon to the increasing…

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Plastic Recycling Program – Thanks to Plastic Beach!

Tell a friend; we’ve got a plastic bag and wrap recycling program at Solana Center! Thanks to our partner Plastic Beach for making recycling easier for plastic materials that can’t go in the standard blue bin. They work to ensure all of the plastic bags and film are staying in the U.S. and being recycled nearby,…

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Support E-waste Recycling

earth in hands with green background

This April consider a gift that will make a sustainable impact long after Earth Month is over! Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing solid waste stream in the world, increasing 3 times faster than the world’s population. Although e-waste makes up just 2% of what’s goes to our landfills, it accounts for 70% of the…

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How to Keep Your Kitchen Food Scraps Caddy Fresh

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation supports California’s SB 1383 legislation, to divert organic materials such as food and nourish soils through compost production in order to feed future generations. One of the ways we offer support is through our Climate Solutions Resource Center. Did you know we offer products to support your environmental journey? Are…

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Climate Solutions: What should I do with my worms while on a trip? 

Question: “What should I do with my worms while on a trip?” Answer: Depending on the length of your trip, you will likely not need to do anything at all. Even a new population of worms only needs to be monitored every few days to assess how much food was eaten, moisture levels, and whether they need…

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How Can Cutting Your Food Waste Help the Climate?

Food waste is a common problem many households and food establishments are faced with. Throwing away food scraps and leftovers that could have been eaten seems like an easy solution but in reality has devastating outcomes. When food waste enters a landfill, it begins contributing to greenhouse gas emissions due to the anaerobic environment. When food…

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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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