Brands say ‘no’ to plastic, amble towards sustainable packaging and products

With the new push for sustainable packaging, manufacturers are walking the tightrope trying to find environment friendly and cost-effective alternatives. Tata Starbucks was perhaps one of the first to act on this in India, across its 163 outlets in 10 cities. Over the years, Starbucks has introduced glass serveware for food and beverages consumed in stores, and compostable wooden cutlery, stirrers, paper cups, straws and lids for takeaway orders. But an overhaul of this kind could be an expensive affair. Recycling has become a big part of cosmetics, skincare and perfume companies. The Body Shop, for example, encourages customers to return empty plastic packaging in stores for recycling — an initiative currently spread across 40 stores. The brand is also supporting the waste pickers’ community locally by purchasing 250 tonnes of community trade recycled plastic to use in 250 ml haircare bottles, shares Shriti Malhotra, CEO, The Body Shop India. Using algorithms, Amazon India is working towards reducing the usage of single-use plastics and optimising boxes/recycling. “The plastic currently used in packaging mailers and bubble bags is made of 20% recycled content. Today, less than ...

The Allure Podcast: The Glow Recipe Founders on the Evolution and Future of K-Beauty

During this episode of The Allure Podcast, editor in chief Michelle Lee sat down with Glow Recipe founders Christine Chang and Sarah Lee to talk skin care, injectables, sustainability, and the seven skin method. Available on iTunes and Spotify. Michelle Lee: Hey, everyone, it’s Michelle. I am so excited to be joined by Christine and Sarah, the amazing founders of Glow Recipe today. It’s a really cold winter day, but you guys look amazing and I am staring at your skin because it’s glowing…of course. [laughs] Michelle Lee: Why, thank you! It’s skin care and pregnancy. [laughs] So I always really like starting these off with talking about childhood and where people grew up. Where did you both grow up? Christine Chang: So I grew up in Louisiana. My dad was doing his graduate studies there at the time, and then I moved back to Korea around 10. Did my middle school years there, and then went to boarding school in Australia. So just all over the place, and then came back to the States for college. Sarah Lee: I grew up in Seoul, but also I went to school in Hong Kong. My dad was an expat there so our whole family moved there. I went to an international scho...

Reusable straws come in various materials — these silicone straws can be cut to size and

Reusable straws come in various materials — these silicone straws can be cut to size and folded into small carrying cases. Plastic straws are bad. We all know that by now, so it’s time to get on board the reusable straw train if you’re not already. From silicone to stainless steel and glass to natural bamboo, here are some eco-friendly straws that don’t suck (well, you know what I mean). They come in different sizes to fit all your reusable water bottles and tumblers. Some are collapsible for easy portability, so you can tell restaurants to hold the straw, please — just try not to be too smug about it. Most come with cleaning brushes and carrying or storage cases. And there are a range of eye-catching colors for those who like to jazz up their day with bright accessories. These reusable straws are also sturdy and dishwasher-safe — except for the two throw-away options, which are at least compostable and biodegradable, so still a better choice than conventional plastic straws that can clog up landfills and oceans. Read more: Go greener with these cool eco-friendly products | Best filtered water bottles in 2019 to remove bacteria, sediment and ...

Around the Sound: King County alone in price drops and big inventory gains • Seattle Bubble Around the Sound: King County alone in price drops and big inventory gains • Seattle Bubble

Get access to the full spreadsheets used to make the charts in this and other posts, and support the ongoing work on this site by becoming a member of Seattle Bubble. I promised an updated look at June data for the outlying counties, so let’s have a look at that. Here’s the latest update to our “Around the Sound” statistics for King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. King County is the only place where prices are declining, and it also has the largest increase in active listings compared to a year ago. On the flip side, pending sales were up the most in King County, and it had one of the smallest declines in closed sales (sales rose in Skagit though). In most of the other Puget Sound counties, sales are declining, and listings are either falling or not increasing by much, and prices are rising. New listings fell everywhere but Skagit County in June. Bad news for buyers hoping to find more selection as we head into the summer. Inventory fell in Thurston and Pierce counties, but increased everywhere else. King and Snohomish saw the biggest gains, but both of those were far smaller than the gains we saw late last year and earlier this year. ...

Charlotte Soccer Gala celebrates sport’s homegrown reach

It returns to Project 658 on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. For nearly a decade, the event has recognized teams, players and coaches in the area—highlighting high school and club level participants. However, it takes place less than a month after Charlotte was awarded the 30th Major League Soccer franchise, which begins play in 2021.  The keynote speaker is Tom Glick, president of the Carolina Panthers, whose owner David Tepper acquired the MLS franchise for a $325 million expansion fee. The gala’s growth reflects that of the region, which hosted 150 people at the inaugural event. It has since grown to a gathering of over 275. Doors open at 6 p.m. “We’re especially excited to have Tom Glick as our keynote speaker this year,” gala Executive Director Luke Williams said. “[He’s] one of the key individuals in bringing MLS to Charlotte.” Williams, who concluded his professional career with the Charlotte Eagles when it was a USL club, played home games at local high schools such as Charlotte Christian High, Charlotte Latin and Waddell, as well as Queens’ sports complex. He is a little envious that MLS did not exist in Charlotte during his playing days but appreciates the standard it will encourage...

Dad’s nail biting leads to deadly infection and leaves him fighting for life

A dad was left fighting for his life thanks to a severe infection caused by his life-long nail biting habit. Steven MacDonald, 48, was rushed to hospital just days after noticing his left index finger had become infected. The former postman – who has bitten his nails all his life – was initially given magnesium sulphate by a pharmacist in an attempt to cure it.  Four days later his fiancée, Karen Peat, 47, spotted a rash on her partner, which ran from his finger up his forearm. Steven was rushed to University Monklands Hospital, North Lanarkshire, where he was found to have an extreme case of paronychia – an infection of the skin around the fingernail. Doctors were concerned the infection was spreading, so sent him straight to the Glasgow Royal infirmary where he had emergency surgery to save his life.  Recalling discovering the seriousness of the situation mum-of-two Karen, a care worker, from Coatbridge, near Glasgow, Scotland, said: “At first we weren’t that worried as he’d had little swellings before where he’d been nail biting, but when it kept getting worse and then he showed me the rash, I really started to panic. “I knew it was quite seriou...

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The drinking water in Hamilton, Ohio, has taken home top tap honors three times in the last 10 years for its tasteless, clean and pure qualities. The city of 62,000 won first place for best in the country at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition in 2009. Judges for the largest water-tasting competition in the world also dubbed Hamilton’s water the best in the world in 2010 and 2015. City officials have attributed the accolades for their municipal water to using chlorine dioxide as a disinfectant going back to 1972. The powerful chemical compound improves the taste, smell and color of water, and renders inactive pathogen agents like viruses, bacteria and protozoa, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, chlorine dioxide has also made the high density polyethylene pipes in the water distribution system brittle just 20 years into what city officials expected to be an 80-year service life. Some 21 miles of HDPE pipe that have been cracking and “catastrophically failing” will be replaced at a cost of about $3.5 million in spring 2020. “We started to see premature aging and failures in HDPE service lines around 200...

If there’s one thing that brings hackers together, it’s the ability to build something for less

If there’s one thing that brings hackers together, it’s the ability to build something for less money than it takes to buy it. It’s an exercise [Great Scott Gadgets] put to the test because he was playing around with some 18650 lithium cells, and had a huge need to put some tabs on batteries. This can be done by soldering, but to do it right you should really use a spot welder. Here’s the rub: you can buy a spot welder for about $250, and you can build one for a little less. So, the question: should [Great Scott] build or buy a spot welder? This wouldn’t be worth reading if he started off with an eBay order. [Great Scott] designed this spot welder around a half-dozen supercaps, all securely held together with Kapton tape. This goes through a set of MOSFETs, and everything is controlled through an Arduino, a rotary encoder, and a dirt-cheap OLED display. It’s a simple enough circuit but a bit too much for perfboard, so [Great Scott] laid out a PCB and got a few boards for under $40. A bit of solder and some debugging later, and theoretically a spot welder was created. After all that work, how did the spot welder work? Well, it didn’t. A slight misstep in the schematic meant this ...

Businesses pledged 27,000 more jobs, $8.44 billion in investment in Indiana last year | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

Businesses pledged to create up to 27,137 news jobs and invest up to $8.44 billion in Indiana last year, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The state economic agency, formerly the Indiana Department of Commerce, said companies made 296 commitments in exchange for tax incentives in 2019 to expand in or relocate to Indiana, pledging average wages of $28.60 an hour or $59,500 a year. The Indiana Department of Economic Development said 2019 marked the highest average wage and the most capital investment promised by businesses since it was created by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2005. “As a state, we have worked tirelessly to create a nationally ranked, pro-growth business climate, and the results have solidified Indiana’s reputation as a global destination for business, creating high-quality career opportunities for Hoosiers in the process,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. About 80 businesses, including 18 startups, committed in 2019 to base new operations in Indiana, promising to invest $2 billion and create up to 9,141 jobs in the coming years, according to the Indiana Department of Economic Development. A total of 38 foreign-owned firms said last year the...

Find San Antonio’s Veteran-Led Bars and Restaurants with Google’s New Feature

Rivard Report (https://therivardreport.com/find-san-antonios-veteran-led-bars-and-restaurants-with-googles-new-feature/) Open a custom Google map of all the veteran-led businesses in the United States, zoom in on San Antonio, and you’ll find more than 100 small businesses peppering the area in and around Military City, USA. In time for National Veterans Small Business Week and ahead of Veterans Day, Google has added a new feature that allows businesses to identify as veteran-owned. Businesses that opt into the designation receive a “veteran-led” checkmark in the highlights section of their Google Maps listing along with other attributes about the business, such as women-led or outdoor seating. Dr. Suzana Gjekaj is among the first local business owners to take advantage of the new feature. A dental surgeon and active-duty officer in the U.S. Air Force, Gjekaj owns JUICEssential near La Cantera and hopes other veterans see the veteran-led attribute as a commitment to quality. “My business is rooted in helping to make and keep a community healthy, as we do for our fellow service members,” she said. “This initiative will help bring exposure to a small business that gives back to the...

10 TOP TIPS: Choosing the right ice machine to avoid a summer meltdown

Commercial ice machines are the silent heroes of F&B operations, especially in the warmer months. So ensuring you have the right equipment to suit your requirements is absolutely essential. FEJ asked the market’s top experts how operators can get it right first time. Reliability and ease of cleaning are key factors for operators to consider when purchasing ice machines. “Everyone is aware how difficult things become when an ice maker fails to produce ice on hot days,” says Andy Threlfall, group technical and compliance manager at Pentland Wholesale. “It is important that a reliable, reputable machine is purchased from the offset, in order to ensure a high level of reliability can be achieved and also in the event of failure that parts are readily available to provide a swift and efficient repair.” Pentland Wholesale offers a wide range of ice makers under the Simag brand, which Threlfall says are produced in a leading Italian factory renowned for reliability and quality. “These are also supported by a large stock of spare parts held in the UK ready for next-day delivery should the need arise,” he adds. With summer upon us, it’s vital that ice machines can meet the additiona...

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