Composting Key to Soil Health and Climate Protection, According to Two New Reports
Washington, DC — Composting reduces waste and builds healthy soil to support local food production and protect against the impacts of extreme weather, from droughts to heavy rainfall. That’s the message of two new reports from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR): State of Composting in the U.S.: What, Why, Where & How and Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting.
Solar powered smart benches
We’ve got smartphones, smart watches, and smart homes, and soon, at least if you live in Boston, smart benches.
A new initiative in Boston is bringing Soofas, solar powered benches that can not only charge your gadgets, but also monitor air quality and sound levels, to several city parks in a pilot program funded by Cisco.
The Soofas, called “smart urban furniture, were developed by Changing Environments, a spinoff of MIT...
A “return and reuse” packaging system to help online retailers reduce waste
After watching his wife throw out perfectly useable packaging from her online shopping purchases, Yu-Chang Chou was inspired to develop a sustainable alternative, using a similar model to the bottle-return system used in many European countries.
The Repack bags are made of two parts – an outer bag and an inner cushioning. The external layer is constructed with durable polyester fabric made from recycled PET bottles, which is...