Sustainability Roundup: June
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This month in sustainability news: the brewery that created edible 6-pack packaging, the restaurant that only serves food waste, and the heart-warming tale of a little seahorse that showed plastic pollution who’s boss.
Saltwater Brewery is saving marine life from ingesting plastic with a new safe-to-eat alternative. The Florida-based beer peddlers were sick of seeing plastic packaging end up in the ocean, so they crafted a completely biodegradable and compostable alternative. Currently, it is estimated that 90% of seabirds have ingested plastic from ocean pollution, according a report published by PNAS, but the threat spans to other species as well. Learn more here.
In response to more frequent and severe drought conditions, gardeners are turning to xeriscaping, a landscaping technique featuring rocks, bark, and low-water plants. The effect is equally as lush and lovely to bask in as your traditional garden, but requires way less maintenance and is much easier to keep thriving all season long. Learn how to create your own no-water oasis here.
But you’d never guess it. With three locations in Amsterdam and a menu filled with foodie-approved delicacies, like tomato gazpacho, seaweed gnocchi, and artisanal granola (made from local breweries’ leftover grains!), Instock is seriously shaking up the green eating game. The Instock team has been rescuing landfill-bound food from local grocery stores since 2014 and shows no signs of slowing down. Check our their current dishes here and start planning your Amsterdam escape.
The now-famous little Frito was found on June 10th tangled up in a mess of fishing line and plastic debris near Redington Shores, Florida. A pair of snorkelers found the tiny seahorse and rushed her off to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where the sea-creature rescue team nursed her back to health. Two weeks later and Frito was happily released to a particularly lush patch of seagrass nearby and is happy as a clam, er, seahorse. Full tear-jerking story here.
The University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences recently conducted a study to determine what types of seafood and meat have the biggest impact on the environment. As lead author Ray Hilborn stated, “If you’re an environmentalist, what you eat makes a difference. We found there are obvious good choices, and really obvious bad choices.” See what to cross off your summer menu here.