News & Updates
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...
Quick and Easy Ways to Stop Junk Mail!
May 29 2020
Reducing waste is easiest when we're cutting back on stuff we've already all decided we don't want. One good example is Junk Mail. More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year, which comes out to 848 pieces per household. The production, distribution, and disposal of all that junk mail creates...
5 Tips to Set Up Your Home for Recycling Success
May 27 2020
Looking to improve your family’s recycling habits? We’ve found that the key to recycling as much as possible is to make your setup at home efficient. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help improve your recycling game. Have your trash can and recycle bin right next to each other. Having a designated spot for recyclables inside the...
Are Compost and Soil the Same Thing?
May 25 2020
Have you ever found yourself wondering if compost and soil are the same thing? While they are both beneficial, they are not quite the same. We'll tell you why! Compost is a small but important part of soil. Compost is made from your decomposed kitchen and yard waste and becomes the living part of soil. Soil is the top layer of earth and...
Is it Compostable? A Reference List of Compostable Items Often Asked About
May 25 2020
Question: What items can I safely put in my compost bin? Answer: This is a list of items that the average backyard composter can feel comfortable adding to their compost bin. We will address materials for the adventurous or more experienced composter in a future blog post.
Supporting the Community with a Pivot to Online Learning
May 17 2020
In this unprecedented time, it has been inspiring to see our community come together. From shifts in supply chains to get food to those in need while preventing waste to new socially-distant shopping directly from local farms, artisans, and small businesses - San Diego has shone resilient. Solana Center is proud to continue to provide...
Zero Waste Tip: How to Recycle Your Plastic Bags
May 15 2020
We're all about banning the bag and using reusable options where possible. But even those leading a dedicated zero waste lifestyle run into instances where products come in a plastic film - such as the wrapper around toilet paper. When you are faced with a situation where you can't avoid plastic packaging, what do you do to prevent...