5 Things to Know Today: January 19, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, both individual families and large corporations are stepping up their sustainability game. Earlier this week, Unilever announced plans to make all of their plastic packaging recyclable or compostable, and Procter & Gamble is creating a recyclable shampoo bottle that’s made out of recycled beach plastic. Meanwhile, a family in LA has created a zero-waste homestead in their backyard, asserting that change has to start at the basic level.
1. Triple Pundit: Unilever commits to a huge reduction in plastic waste.
Earlier this week, Unilever said they plan to make all of their plastic packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025. This is huge news for a company that buys over 2 million tons of packaging every year. Unilever also vowed to create a plastic protocol for the consumer packaged goods industry, and invest in a technical solution that would allow multi-layered plastic packaging to be recycled.
2. US News: How to take an unpaid maternity leave.
Though many parents are entitled to up to 12 weeks of time off to bond with new babies, a company isn’t obligated to pay for it. Only 12 percent of private workers get paid parental leave, and that can put serious stress on your budget at a time when money might already be tight. By taking matters into their own hands and maximizing other company benefits, rethinking household budgets, and advocating for flexible work schedules, new moms and dads can create an adequate parental leave even if their companies don't provide that benefit.
3. LA Times: There’s a family in Southern California that’s creating a zero-waste homestead, complete with goats and bees.
Choi Chatterjee and her husband, Omer Sayeed, settled in Altadena, California in 2006 with their daughters, and have since worked to create a zero-waste homestead. They currently own two goats, eight chickens, a pair of rabbits, and a beehive, and grow fruit and veggies in their outdoor garden. The family generates very little trash, and they’re inspiring their neighbors to do the same.
4. Huffington Post: This summer, Head & Shoulders shampoo bottles will be made with recycled beach plastic.
Procter & Gamble announced a partnership with TerraCycle and SUEZ to create the first ever fully recyclable shampoo bottle made from recycled beach plastic. The first 150,000 bottles will be distributed in France this summer.
5. The Kitchn: The USDA is making it easier for farmers to go organic.
Organic produce can cost consumers 47 percent more than conventional produce, yet many farmers continue to use traditional farming methods. That’s a financial conundrum for many farmers, as current national law mandates any farmers wanting to go organic put in three years of transition time before being able to sell their produce with the coveted organic label. However, the USDA recently approved a proposal creating a new label for produce grown during this transitional period, meaning it could likely be sold at a higher price than conventional produce, but less than USDA certified organic.