Christina Fabiano

Keeping Organic Waste Out of Landfills

20%-30% of the waste that ends up in landfills should have been composted. To many people, this fact doesn’t sound too detrimental because they believe an overused fallacy that organic material just erodes away naturally and works it’s way back into the Earth, just via the landfill. While organic materials do deteriorate much quicker than processed materials like plastics, their place in landfills gives off a potent greenhouse gas called […]

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Charcoal: The New Health Hype

When you think of charcoal, you might think of a barbecue or the stigma of air pollution associated with industrial fuel. Both of these assumptions are fair. Charcoal does come with a history of air pollution and long-term health problems for people who come in close contact with the substance too often. What most people don’t know is that there are many types of charcoal and not all are bad. […]

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Can a Healthy Diet Help Our Earth?

The United States Department of Agriculture provides “leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management” (usda.gov). Every 5 years the USDA amends their suggested guidelines on healthy eating. For the first time in history, advisors of the department proposed updating the report with sustainability in mind. This would entail the administration to consider a food’s […]

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2030 Zero-Waste Goal for Sydney

Many major cities across the world have been adopting zero-waste strategies that they hope to demonstrate within the next few decades. Sydney has embraced a rather bold strategy to push the hub to 90% zero-waste by the year 2030. Officials plan to focus on residential and industrial spaces, along with buildings within the city and larger public spaces. The new approach requires major adjustments including regular food, e-waste, and textile […]

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How to Pack Zero Waste Lunches For Your Kids

Keeping up with a sustainable lifestyle with children can be a difficult feat. Kids make messes, and messes create garbage. Kids want things they believe they need, and sometimes it’s very tough to say no. They probably don’t understand the refrain – reduce – reuse – recycle concept either, but there are things you can do to assure your child is playing their part for the planet, even when they’re […]

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A Mushroom Home: The Future of Zero Waste

While styles of architecture may change every few years, buildings and infrastructure as a whole will always be needed. Your home, local food store, shopping mall, post office, schools, amusement parks, and pretty much every establishment you can think of involves some sort of building. With each of these institutions comes construction waste. Construction waste is made up of unused and unwanted materials such as wood, shingles, nails, bricks, installation, […]

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Australian Landfills: Why Your Waste Counts

Australia committed to stopping the practice of burning trash as a means to get rid of its garbage back in the mid-1900’s. Since then, the majority of waste has been ending up in Australian landfills; both regulated and unregulated. It’s estimated that there are 600 registered landfills in the country with as many as 2,000 small, private, and non-registered landfills. About 40% of Australian waste ends up in these plots […]

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The Truth Behind Your Bio Coffee Cup

Recycling cardboard and plastic material is not as easy as it may seem. Some forms of the material are recyclable, while others are not. Thinking that all these components have the ability to be recycled is a common misconception and ends with trash wrongfully ending up in recycling bins. For example, the plastic bags you’re given at the grocery store are non-recyclable; along with cling wrap, foam trays, some hot […]

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What to do With Your Plastic Once You’ve Become Waste-Free

You’ve finally made the commitment to a zero-waste lifestyle but you’re facing a few dilemmas. Your house is filled with plastic bins for your kid’s off-season clothing, containers for your cereal, and plastic soap pumps in every bathroom. What do you do with all the plastic you previously put to use? While you may think you have to immediately recycle all your plastic products and replace them with their non-plastic, […]

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How Realistic is Going Waste-Free?

When people say they have gone completely waste-free, they’re inaccurate. That’s not to say they’re “lying”; they probably avoid garbage like the plague, carrying totes, eating food with compostable scraps, the whole to-do! They may think they live a zero-waste lifestyle, but the truth of the matter is that the way our world currently works, that statement is just not feasible. While the effort is humbling, there’s so much happening […]

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Zero Waste Lifestyle, No Longer a “Hippie Thing”

If you haven’t heard of the intense concept of a zero waste lifestyle, then you better start paying attention to the world around you. Unless you are one of those who have taken on the challenge, you contribute to the world’s landfill headache each and every day, possibly without even knowing it. Waste adds up quicker than you think and society is beginning to recognize the situation and possible solutions. […]

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The Future of Zero Waste Packaging

Waste-conscious consumers are signs of the times. Nowadays, it’s extremely common to see shoppers at a grocery market carrying around canvas totes rather than the thin plastic bags that cannot be recycled. Sustainability practices have grown in popularity and suppliers and retailers are beginning to respond to the trend. Some companies are making the effort to include recycled materials in their actual products, some are creating packaging with minimal or […]

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