Turning Food Scraps into Compost During COVID-19

Turning Food Scraps into Compost During COVID-19

Photo credit Julia Simon for NPR (www.juliaradio.com) The second week of March marked a turning point in America. California issued the first mandatory shelter-in-place order, non-perishable food items flew off grocery store shelves, and people across the country started working from home due to the

Keeping Small Businesses Alive During COVID-19

Keeping Small Businesses Alive During COVID-19

Soapwalla’s citrus deodorant cream, a best seller from the skincare brand. (The packaging as been updated since this photo) BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Rachel Winard is the founder of the small-batch skincare brand Soapwalla, based in Brooklyn. Walla means “master” in Hindi, and the name stuck after a

Ways to Decrease Waste According to a Recycling Expert

Ways to Decrease Waste According to a Recycling Expert

https://youtu.be/t7AihSSbmB4 Amy Hammes is fighting to decrease the average American’s 102-ton lifetime waste legacy. Hammes is a recycling specialist for the Burbank Recycle Center who educates residents and businesses in Burbank, Calif. on sustainable lifestyle habits. She runs the Waste Warriors program, which helps increase

Re-inventing How People Live in Inner-City L.A.

Re-inventing How People Live in Inner-City L.A.

Lois Arkin takes visitors of the L.A. Eco-Village around the community garden. (Photo by Jourdan Arnaud) Lois Arkin aspires to be buried in the verdant courtyard at the Los Angeles Eco-Village, where she has lived for the past 40 years. At 83 years old, Arkin

Waste Warriors in Burbank Tackle Plastic Crisis

Waste Warriors in Burbank Tackle Plastic Crisis

A group of 25 volunteers, mostly women, met at the Burbank Recycling Center for a bi-monthly Waste Warriors training class. Amy Hammes, a recycling specialist, is one of the two leaders who runs this community program in Burbank, Calif. The Waste Warriors, formerly known as

GoSpiral Grows its Raw Spirulina Business in SoCal

GoSpiral Grows its Raw Spirulina Business in SoCal

LOS ANGELES—On a chilly February morning in Studio City, Manny Perez sells cold-pressed green juice at the farmers market. Perez works for GoSpiral Farms, which produces the green juices’ star ingredient, raw spirulina. GoSpiral Farms went on a brief winter hiatus from selling at the

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