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Onsite Worm Composting

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Idaho lounge becomes first restaurant in continental US to practice vermicomposting.

Vermicomposting, or worm composting, is a very good idea for restaurants who want to reduce their waste and turn it into a valuable resource. It's especially useful because, unlike traditional composting methods, the process is completely odorless and therefore very practical in a restaurant setting. In Boise, Idaho, eco-restaurateur Dave Krick feeds 200,000 extra diners living in his......read more

5 SHFTs For a More Sustainable Year

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Take the first steps down a more environmentally-conscious road

With 2012 in full swing and resolutions made, allow us to suggest 5 SHFTS to help you become a more sustainable version of yourself: 1. Optimize your energy use There are many small ways you can reduce your consumption of energy. A few we would suggest are unplugging any chargers and turning off monitors when not in use. Also, replace old appliances in favor of more efficient Energy Star grade......read more

Seattle Takes On Fast Food Packaging

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Progressive regulations will eliminate most fast food packaging from the landfill.

Never mind, for now, fast food's negative nutritional value and its contribution to America's obesity problem; the one thing that really irks us about the industry is all the garbage it generates. If you're wondering where all those boxes, wrappers and cups end up when you're through, look no further than your local landfill, where they sit, for all intents and purposes,......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-15-11

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Concentrated solar gets a boost from Google, recycled flip-flops make colorful housewares, marijuana isn't so green, and more.

Grab Your Shades: The future looks bright for concentrated solar power. Google announced a $168 million investment in Brightsource Energy's Ivanpah Solar Plant in the Mojave Desert, which will be the largest concentrated solar plant in the world. (via GOOD) Fancy Footwork: Dutch designer Diederik Schneemann crafted a colorful collection of vases and lamps made from recycled flip-flops found......read more

NYC Recycling Project Aims to Separate Organic Waste

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Food scraps diverted from landfill to composting sites

Constance Rosenblum for The New York Times: They aren’t what you might think of as typical sanitation workers, but Haley Rogers and Lisa Brunie-McDermott, two Sanitation Department employees, are women with a mission: to persuade New Yorkers to separate orange peels, eggshells and other organic waste from the rest of their trash. Ms. Rogers and Ms. Brunie-McDermott, both on the cusp of......read more

Footwear Fertilizer: OAT's Compostable Kicks

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Just bury 'em and watch 'em bloom.

Worn out sneakers are some fairly nasty business, and not just 'cause they stink. Rubber, leather, and ink aren't the most compostable things on the planet. There's not a ton of options for recycling shoes either. Enter Dutch footwear brand OAT Shoes, which recently dropped a 100% biodegradable series of kicks that rightfully won the company a green design award at Amsterdam Fashion Week. Called......read more

Repurpose This!

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Our friends at Repurpose Compostables asked people to submit their best ideas for refashioning old stuff. Here are your winners!

The good peeps at Repurpose Compostables are on a mission to replace single-use, petroleum-based plastic cups with greener, plant-based alternatives. Needless to say, we're down for their cause. The company's Repurpose This! campaign asked people to show off their creative repurposing ideas, with sweet prizes for the best projects. SHFT was approached by Repurpose to judge the contestants and......read more

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