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Mind-blowing Ways to Spark Sustainability


Mind-blowing Ways to Spark Sustainability

Quick! What do old denim jeans, wine corks and ice cream have in common? Nope—not a funky picnic! Not answers to crossword puzzles or items to wear and eat during a Covid lockdown.


The answer: Sustainability!

It blew me away to discover that more than 11 million tons of textiles end up in U.S. landfills a year. Now retailers like Levi’s and Madewell are collecting used denim and turning it into—Ta DUH—building insulation!!! Check it out at www.bluejeansgogreen.org. AWESOME!

As for wine corks, no need to throw them in a garbage bin. Recork.com has collected more than 110 million natural corks to reuse as shoe soles and other items. Imagine, that sandal with a cork sole might have been from a bottle of Chardonnay. Yummy.

And speaking of yummy, how about reusable containers filled with ice-cream. Check out www.loopstore.com It’s an online store that sells not just ice-cream but bath and body items, cleaning products, oral care, and more. All in packaging you send back for refills. Kroger and Walgreens have joined Loop to work on zero waste!!! You must visit the site to believe it.


Now that’s positive news for the week.