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Organic Food is Normal Food

by Gage Mitchell | Jun 5, 2017

For those of you who love food as much as I do, you've probably noticed that their are a lot of different labels for “healthy” food. There’s the vegetarian, gluten free, and paleo varieties; low-carb and diet; processed vs. fresh; local, non-GMO, and a million more.

Sustainability

Protect the Planet, Save Ourselves: 5 Things You Should Know About Climate Refugees

by Kellie Komorita | Dec 6, 2016

1] “Climate Refugees” isn’t a new concept.

To paint with a broad brush, a climate refugee is anyone who has to relocate due to climate related complications. The term was first popularized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1985. That’s 31 years ago. Hell, it’s older than some of us millenials. [1] I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never heard of the plight of climate refugees until a few months ago. As much as it seems like a painfully obvious byproduct of climate change, I feel quite ashamed that I've been so uninformed. If you're in the same boat as me, let’s talk about this.

Sustainability

What Will You Sacrifice for Sustainability?

by Jennifer Stewart | Jun 24, 2016

Today I watched a short video about what the world would be like without packaging. It was supposed to be funny, showing a guy visiting a farm and carrying milk in his hands in order to put it on his cereal (apparently a bowl is now considered a package), but instead it made me sad. Sad because we used to live in a world without so much packaging waste, and sad because that world is one that even the greenest buyer doesn’t want to return to.

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Protect the Planet, Save Ourselves: Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue

by Kellie Komorita | May 26, 2016

It’s frequently been said that,

“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.”

I believe that to be true.

Packaging

Alter Eco’s Gone4Good Packaging Wins a Nexty Award!

by Gage Mitchell | Mar 15, 2016

Every year at the Natural Product’s Expo West, a group of people review and evaluate all the new products at the show in order to curate a list of what they deem the most exciting innovations of the year. For the last three or four years we’ve had the privilege of working on projects that made this coveted Nexty finalist list, which is always an honor, but this year we’re super excited to announce that one of our projects won the Best New Packaging Award!

Sustainability

How to Plan an Eco Event - Part 2

by Carla Williamson-Britt | Mar 2, 2016

Whether you’re planning an office party, a brand launch, or an annual meeting of your co-op members, all event planners have one thing in common – you want the event to be a success. So imagine hosting a killer event with every seat in the house taken, the audio/visual components working smoothly, the attendees are excited and engaged, the refreshments work out just right, and then, in the closing remarks, you get to tell everyone that entire event was also hosted with zero waste. Not only did you crush the event, but you also did it in a way that aligns perfectly with your brand and also makes mother earth smile a little brighter. Sounds nice, right?

Well your friends at Modern Species have put together a bunch of tips on how to keep your next event Eco. So many we decide to make it into a 2 part series.
 

Sustainability

How to Plan an Eco Event - Part 1

by Carla Williamson-Britt | Feb 18, 2016

Whether you’re planning an office party, a brand launch, or an annual meeting of your co-op members, all event planners have one thing in common – you want the event to be a success. So imagine hosting a killer event with every seat in the house taken, the audio/visual components working smoothly, the attendees are excited and engaged, the refreshments work out just right, and then, in the closing remarks, you get to tell everyone that entire event was also hosted with zero waste. Not only did you crush the event, but you also did it in a way that aligns perfectly with your brand and also makes mother earth smile a little brighter. Sounds nice, right?

Well your friends at Modern Species have put together a bunch of tips on how to keep your next event Eco. So many we decide to make it into a 2 part series.
 

Advice

Book Report: The Green Design and Print Production Handbook

by Kellie Komorita | Feb 5, 2016

Perhaps the best way to introduce “The Green Design & Print Production Handbook” is through an excerpt from the book itself:

“The intention behind this book is to turn that feeling of alienation, of powerlessness, into one in which you feel not only connected with what is happening and why, but you understand the practical part you can play in reducing your impact on the environment through your role as a publisher, printer, or author.”

Do not make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both, do not hesitate to make it beautiful.- Shaker proverb