Monthly Archives: August 2011
This piece originally ran on Huffington Post. By Kathleen Hale For those of you who've been feeling morose about my generation's ability to handle ourselves in an ever-mutating social and political climate, you should really know about a young South African man named Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh. It's hard not to feel optimistic when you talk to Sizwe. At 22, he's already founded a youth leadership training company, formed a hip-hop group that was nominated for an All African Music Award, and served as tournament director of the African Schools' debating Championships. That's right, he can out rap you and out debate you--probably at the same time.
Did you know plastic accounts for 12 percent of total waste in the United States? That's around 30 tons of waste a year. Until now, there were no good packaging alternatives for certain products, but that's beginning to change. After four years of work, Ecologic Brands has come up with a bottle made entirely of recycled cardboard. And, though it's lined with a plastic pouch, it uses 70 percent less plastic than a traditional plastic jug and is fully recyclable. You may see it on shelves soon, holding Seventh Generation laundry detergent.You can learn more about this packaging innovation at FastCoDesign.