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Reusable Meal Kits…Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Talk about a society of convenience…Meal Kits to the home are now multiplying in number, quality and diversity. Finally, at least one company, FreshRealm, has determined that it should not produce waste as a product of the packaging used for these kits. Good for them.

Reusable Meal Kits Grilled SalmonThey have developed completely Reusable Meal Kits. The kit is sent back to them for sterilization and reuse. Now other companies are ordering these packages from them. Hmmm, didn’t we used to refill containers all the time? Soda, beer, etc? Well, it seems that were are coming full circle.

This does not make meal kits a sustainable resource. After all, we are requiring that individual meals and packaging be shipped to and from different addresses. That consumes fuel, and utilizes natural resources. But it is a start.

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A Tantalizing Offering From a Meal Kit Service: The Box
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Lake Mead Drops to Record Low

Maybe its time to do away with the idea that dams can be built to provide enough water for desert cities.

Maybe its time to remove at least one dam so that we can move water to another lake?

Whether or not we remove dams, create tunnels or simply move out of the desert, it is clearly time to do something drastic when it comes to water. The concept of sustainable water supplies has been pushed over the limit by committing more than 100% of the Colorado River’s water.

Lake Mead Dam

This simply cannot continue. I rather like the idea of taking down a dam or two…or at least opening them up so that less water is wasted via evaporation. Of course, maybe the excess of cities like Las Vegas, where fountains splash and canals are built to resemble Venice has lived out its useful life?

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Lake Mead drops to record low: What’s next?

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Not all recycling is sustainable…Yes, I said that

First, let me say that I am a bit of a coffee snob. I like coffee that is fresh and not made in plastic cups.

Second, yes, I said that not all recycling is sustainable.

Recycling K-CupKeurig’s newly designed K-Cup is designed to be more recyclable than before. But as David Gelles points out in his article, there is more to recycling than just the ability to take a product and actually recycle it.

In most cases, recycling is a net energy saver. In the case of the K-cup, a solution in search of a problem that never existed, the net effect of making the cup, transporting it and then recycling it yields a net energy loss. Simply put, this is a product that is simply the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig.

In reality, the term is greenwashing…and truth be told, there is no way to make this product environmentally sound.

How about making coffee and not pods?

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Keurig’s New K-Cup Coffee Is Recyclable, but Hardly Green
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Abandoned Commercial Office Space should be transformed into Sustainable Farms

Office parks and dinosaurs.

What a great tag line for the article…it is so clear that the suburban office park was, and has, become a dinosaur. The Merck headquarters is now vacant. This huge piece of property has no one to use it.

This type of office park was never sustainable. It was away from transportation and urged us to use cars. It fostered sprawl and farmland destruction. It harmed cities and caused local politicians to encourage subsidized raid building for the land owners.

Now we are paying the price. Hollowed out buildings with no one that wants them.

Maybe, in light of the California drought, and the possible harm to western agriculture, we should take these properties and turn them into sustainable farms. In that way we can remove the vacant buildings, tear up the impermeable parking surfaces and make farm fields that grow local produce.

sustainable-farms

In other words, take what is not sustainable and work to put what is sustainable in its place…

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How office parks are dragging down N.J.’s recovery

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