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Consumers demanding more sustainable packaging
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Companies can turn to recycled materials, or reduced packaging to meet their sustainability goals. Food and beverage consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, along with their suppliers, long ago embraced a commitment to delivering high-quality products to customers and end-use consumers while pursuing more sustainable packaging solutions. Specifically, millennials will help to push this trend further for the foreseeable future as they purposefully seek out products with recyclable or renewable packaging. Consumers are increasingly conscious and vocal about their desire to know the origins and fates of the products they buy. Today’s educated consumers also understand the connection between consumption and environmental and social impact. One example, Amazon, is working directly with manufacturers to reduce overall packaging with its Certified Frustration-Free Packaging Program. Amazon promises its customers that any item ordered with the certification will be recyclable without excessive use of materials.The use of recycled materials also presents additional challenges to machine builders. While non-recycled products such as paperboard have a very consistent thickness and behavior, recycled materials have less uniformity.

Read more: https://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/97269-consumers-demanding-more-sustainable-packaging

 
Bird Watching....Good for Your Health?
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A study, conducted at the University of Exeter, involving hundreds of people, found benefits for mental health of being able to see birds, shrubs and trees around the home, whether people lived in urban or more leafy suburban neighborhoods. It surveyed the mental health in over 270 people from different ages, incomes and ethnic groups, and found that those who spent less time out of doors than usual in the previous week were more likely to report they were anxious or depressed. It showed that people living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs, and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. After conducting extensive surveys of the number of birds in the morning and afternoon in Milton Keynes, Bedford, and Luton, the study found that lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon. The academics studied afternoon bird numbers – which tend to be lower than birds generally seen in the morning – because are more in keeping with the number of birds that people are likely to see in their neighborhood on a daily basis. The study did not find a relationship between the species of birds and mental health, but rather the number of birds they could see from their windows, in the garden or in their neighborhood.  Previous studies have found that the ability of most people to identify different species is low, suggesting that for most people it is interacting with birds, not just specific birds, that provides well-being. Birds around the home, and nature in general, show great promise in preventative health care, making cities healthier, happier places to live. The conclusion: There was positive association between birds, shrubs and trees and better mental health.

 
Displaced Coal Miners Are Learning A New Skill That Could End Up Saving Us All: Beekeeping!
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It's no surprise that the coal industry is in decline, as it's faced with the increasing abundance of cheaper, somewhat cleaner, U.S.-produced natural gas, as well as increasing global environmental awareness and access to renewable sources of energy. The problem that can't be ignored, however, is the unemployment and poverty that has resulted from lost jobs in former coal towns. Many argue that there needs to be new work to replace coal mining for coal industry-dependent workers and their families in places throughout Appalachia, like West Virginia, where coal was once king. Read More: https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/coal-miner-beekeeping

 
Hospital goes holistic with $200 million donation
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Don’t you just love it when reporters are non-biased? Me too, however, finding that is harder and harder. So it’s not a surprise that the LA Times is less than happy about the enormously generous gift, recently given to UC Irvine by Henry and Susan Samueli- who happen to believe in integrative medicine. On Sept. 18 a $200-million gift was given the couple, making it the seventh-largest ever to a single public university. The money will be used “for a new building on campus to house the Samueli College of Health Sciences, which will incorporate UCI’s medical and nursing schools and planned schools of pharmacy and “population health” (that is, public health). But most of the money will be devoted to an endowment for up to 15 chairs for world-class faculty with “expertise in integrative health” and for the training of students in that curriculum.” Read more: https://www.healthnutnews.com/hospital-goes-holistic-with-200-million-donation/

 
Vegan Deep Dish Pizza.......YUM!
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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake.......:)
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KINDNESS..........Thank You!
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Catholic Church to Make Record Divestment From Fossil Fuels
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In a groundbreaking stance against climate change, over 40 different Catholic institutions have announced a collective divestment of oil, coal, and fossil fuels. Some of the institutions, including the Archdiocese of Cape Town, the Episcopal Conference of Belgium, and the diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, made the pledge on the anniversary of St Francis of Assisi’s death.

While the amount of money to be divested is still unclear, Carnitas, the Catholic church bank and charity participating in the divestment, is worth $5.2 billion (€4.5 billion) alone. Additionally, the number of Catholic groups who have joined the environmentally-driven initiative has broken the previous record for Catholic institutions banding together against climate change, says the Guardian.

More: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/catholic-church-make-record-divestment-fossil-fuels/

 
Another Hurricane Harvey Rescue...thank you!
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