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 the case. A few...
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 over 51 million metric...
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 house rather than...
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 consists of varying...
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 environmental...
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 sending less to the...
International Composting Awareness Week | May 3 - 9
May 3 2020
Today marks the start of International Composting Awareness Week! Organized by the US Council for Composting, this is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry and has been celebrated nationwide each year during the first full week of May for 25 years. This year's theme for 2020 is Soil Loves Compost. This at Solana...
What Do Expiration Dates On Food Really Mean?
Apr 20 2020
Have you ever found your self wondering about the “best by” date on food items? Are they still safe to eat even though the date has passed? How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe? Surprisingly, the answer is not on the date label. Most date labels tell you about food quality, not safety. We suggest using your senses and own judgment to...
Earth Day - 50 Years And Counting!
Apr 18 2020
It hardly seems feasible that it’s been 50 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated. And today, even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, its scope and importance continues to grow. Earth Day History In 1970, the inspiration for Earth Day began right here in California, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the damage from a massive oil...