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  1. What is Clean Beauty?

    What is Clean Beauty?

    Clean beauty is taking the cosmetic world by storm, but what does it actually mean? We’re moving into a new frontier when it comes to clean beauty standards. Not too long ago, the elimination of testing on animals was groundbreaking enough. Today, consumers demand more than a simple cruelty-free element to their beauty products. Clean beauty takes cosmetics to the next level by promoting sustainability. From sustainably sourced organic ingredients to offsetting the carbon footprint of cosmetics, clean beauty is propelling the beauty industry into the future. What are clean beauty products? Clean beauty products use natural ingredients that are much safer for skin than the harsh chemicals used typically in cosmetics. Without synthetic ingredients, we eliminate a lot of the harmful and toxic elements that irritate skin. Many clean cosmetic products remove all harmful substances such as parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, SLS and silicones. These toxins can cause redness, inflammation and dry skin as well as leading to allergic reactions and congestion. One of the issues with clean cosmetics is that sometimes natural ingredients can lead to poorly performing products. Makeup made without synthetics can wear off easily or isn’t particularly pigmented. Certain designer and high-end beauty brands such as...
  2. Eco News: Renewable Natural Gas Facility Launched in Minnesota

    Eco News: Renewable Natural Gas Facility Launched in Minnesota

    In a push to tackle climate change and increase renewable energy sources in the US, Minnesota has launched its first Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) production facility. The project estimates production of the equivalent of 6.3 million gallons of gasoline in RNG each year. This comes as the oil and gas industry seeks to find ways of lowering carbon emissions for a sustainable future. How do we produce RNG? The Pine Bend RNG Project captures a mixture of gasses, primarily methane, from the landfill it’s based on. As organic matter in the landfill decomposes, it releases methane (a potent greenhouse gas). While this would usually enter the atmosphere and cause damage to the ozone, the facility transforms these biogasses into Renewable Natural Gas. The process involves purifying the landfill gasses to a standard that’s acceptable for use in pipelines. How do we use RNG? We can use Renewable Natural Gas for transportation fuel by purifying it into liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG). Large trucks that we use across the US for transporting goods often run off LNG. Being able to produce LNG from landfill sources means we can prevent the release of harmful gasses into the atmosphere...
  3. Recycle Your Christmas Tree: Tips for a more Eco-Friendly Christmas

    Recycle Your Christmas Tree: Tips for a more Eco-Friendly Christmas

    With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great time to plan making the holidays more eco-friendly. You might already have ideas for being more sustainable over the season, including gifting eco-friendly gifts such as reusable insulated mugs, and cutting down on food waste. There’s nothing like having a real Christmas tree. From family trips to the farm to select one, to the scent of pine gently decorating your home throughout December. However, when the celebrations are all said and done, landfill gets overwhelmed with trees. One way to be more eco-conscious this Christmas is to recycle your Christmas tree. Why is it bad to throw out your Christmas tree? We’re all aware that Christmas trees are biodegradable, but this doesn’t mean they immediately break down in landfill. When trees are surrounded by trash, they start getting broken down by bacteria and release methane - a potent greenhouse gas. Because they’re smothered by everything else in the landfill, a lack of oxygen means trees don’t biodegrade very quickly at all. There are plenty of options to recycle your Christmas tree to be more sustainable. You might think that burning your tree is a good way to avoid polluting the landscape...
  4. Sustainable Christmas: Tips for a more eco-friendly holiday

    Sustainable Christmas: Tips for a more eco-friendly holiday

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Sadly, while we’re enjoying ourselves these holidays, we’ll also be filling landfills and polluting our planet. Every Christmas, the average American household generates 25% more waste than throughout the rest of the year. If you’re looking for ways to have a more sustainable Christmas, we’ve put together a few top tips. Use reusable gift wrap We all love receiving beautiful gifts wrapped elegantly in shiny papers and ribbons, but most wrapping paper is used once and then thrown out. There are plenty of ways to incorporate eco-friendly wrapping into your sustainable Christmas plans. You can cut down on the amount of paper you use at Christmas by giving gifts in reusable tins and boxes. Buying decorated tins that your loved ones can use year-round is not only a sustainable Christmas wrapping option - it’s technically an extra present! Another sustainable Christmas wrapping paper alternative is to use fabric. The Japanese wrapping method, Furoshiki, is becoming increasingly popular in the US. Try wrapping presents in decorative tea towels that will make a lovely addition to someone’s kitchen, or opt for reusable wine bags instead of paper ones. Gift experiences Trying to buy less...
  5. Christmas Marketing Ideas 2022

    Christmas Marketing Ideas 2022

    November is here, sweater weather is fully underway, and Spooky Season has reluctantly handed the reins to Mariah Season. Consumers are getting in the festive mindset, and it’s the perfect time to start kicking off your Christmas marketing campaign. We’re hurtling toward the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s important that your business keeps up. The average American spends around $1000 on Christmas each year. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can make shoppers spend that hard-earned cash in your store rather than in someone else’s with our top Christmas Marketing ideas. Stock up on festive items early Make the most of your shelf space in the run up to Christmas. Customized Christmas marketing products are a great way to get your brand stuck in the minds of shoppers as they prepare to open their wallets. Choosing festive Christmas marketing colors like red, green, gold and white is a fantastic way to stand out. Pair these colors with festive designs - think reindeer, snowflakes and candy canes. The joyful nostalgia that Christmas marketing provokes will have shoppers purchasing these items across November and December. Try a dialed-down festive sweater to give people warm fuzzy...
  6. Is Hunting Sustainable?

    Is Hunting Sustainable?

    As people are becoming more eco-conscious about where their food comes from, many are looking to hunting as a possible sustainable alternative to farmed meat. However, hunting remains a controversial topic within the sustainability movement. What are the key points to consider when looking at the sustainability of hunting? A more eco-friendly source of meat Problems with farming meat Many groups today call for us as a society to move away from meat eating altogether in order to benefit the planet. Veganism has risen dramatically, and more eco-friendly meat alternatives are being developed. Intensive meat farming, especially factory farming, is known for its negative environmental impact. With the high levels of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) that cows and sheep release, the water and energy usage for large facilities to store animals in, and the clearing of land to grow monocrop grains for animal feed, it’s widely agreed that this method of farming is destructive. Hunting as a more sustainable option When we look at buying meat, opting for organic produce is a great way to support earth-friendly farming. Local, grass-fed meat has become increasingly popular in recent years. But many are starting to look at hunting as a way...
  7. Fall Themed Promo Items

    Fall Themed Promo Items

    Make a memorable impression this season with these fall themed promo items. As the temperature drops, it’s the perfect time to refresh your marketing to maintain brand exposure. Check out our 3 favorite picks for fall! 1. Personalized Umbrellas Don’t let your company get caught out in the rain when it comes to advertising this season. Umbrellas are an ideal fall themed promo item, especially if you live in an area prone to wet weather. Your customers will be whipping out your umbrellas every time it starts to drizzle, and this is a great opportunity to increase your brand awareness. Choose a bright color to make your logo or company name pop, ensuring it’ll be visible even through the downpour. Large golf umbrellas are best for making the biggest impression. We’ve all been out in the rain with a compact umbrella, only to have it snap and bend inside out with a strong gust of wind, leaving us wet and flushed with embarrassment. In these moments, the person walking past carrying a sturdy golf umbrella becomes the envy of everyone around. Make the most of this by having a contrasting logo printed on the side, and your company name will...
  8. Sustainable Thanksgiving Tips

    Sustainable Thanksgiving Tips

    One of the best ways to have a sustainable Thanksgiving is to reduce the amount of food that you let go to waste. Food waste is already a big enough problem in the US without the added strain on the environment that comes around the holidays. Every year, the average household of 4 wastes around $1,500 worth of food. At Thanksgiving, we see an increase of food waste up to 25 percent. Why is food waste a problem? As food lies in landfill, decomposing, it releases a huge amount of methane. Methane is a harmful greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. In addition to this, food waste takes up a lot of space, polluting our planet. It’s also important to remember that it’s not only the food that is going to waste when we throw scraps in the trash; the water and energy used to produce that food is also wasted. For more information about the environmental impact of food waste, see our blog post here. Tips for having a sustainable Thanksgiving feast Plan who’s bringing what If you have guests or family members bringing dishes to Thanksgiving, make sure you know exactly who’s bringing what. This way, you can...
  9. Food Industry Sustainability News: Paris SIAL Trade Show

    Food Industry Sustainability News: Paris SIAL Trade Show

    Food and beverage professionals are meeting in Paris this October to share the latest in food industry sustainability. Salon International de l’Alimentation (SIAL) is one of the biggest food trade shows in the world, and members of the U.S. Sustainability Alliance are attending to show their developments. Who's Exhibiting? There’s a whole section of the SIAL show dedicated to food industry sustainability in the United States, known as the USA General Food Pavilion and Lounge. The U.S. Sustainability Alliance organizations who are exhibiting at the show are: USA Poultry & Egg Export CouncilFood Export USA - Midwest & NortheastUSA Dry Pea & Lentil CouncilOrganic Trade AssociationUS Soybean Export CouncilUS Dairy Export CouncilUS Meat Export FederationUS Dry Bean Council Interesting food industry sustainability topics being discussed over the event include ethical food sourcing, innovative food and drinks packaging, and new plant-based food products. Some exciting new plant-based innovations include Austrian company Revo Foods’ plant-based seafood products and consumer brand AcreMade’s new plant-based egg. Ideas for your next trade show In-keeping with the hype surrounding this food industry sustainability rendez-vous in Paris, it’s a great time to consider how best to present your own business at food and beverage trade shows. As...
  10. Eco-Friendly Resorts: Travelling Toward a Sustainable Future

    Eco-Friendly Resorts: Travelling Toward a Sustainable Future

    Discover the retreats seeking sustainable change and giving our planet a much deserved break from environmental damage. From hotels harnessing renewable energy to in-house apiaries, these innovative eco-friendly resorts are leading the tourism sector in sustainability. The Environmental Impact of Hotels With hundreds of thousands of travelers each year, hotels have a huge carbon footprint. All eco-conscious vacationers will know that even travel to resorts is heavy on the environment. Flying or driving long distances generates greenhouse gasses before guests even step foot on the resort. Hotels use a lot of energy and water in their everyday operations. From powering rooms, to the huge amount of laundry involved in replacing bedding. Many resorts work around the clock, and have power-draining entertainment venues. Restaurants serve a lot of meat and fish year-round, and pools require massive amounts of water and heating. We burn fossil fuels for most of our energy, contributing to climate change through greenhouse gas. Oil and gas are non-renewable resources and will eventually run out, making them an unsustainable energy source in the long-term. Thankfully, some hoteliers are developing eco-friendly resorts and at least minimizing the impact a vacation has on the environment.  Top 3 Eco-Friendly Resorts in...

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