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Climate Action in 2024

Change is in the air as we start 2024 with resolutions, good intentions, and goals. For some who are concerned about the state of the environment, sustainability is playing a role in New Year resolutions.  […]

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Refilling Hope in Boston

UVIDA began as a passion for using less plastic. Founder Maria Vasco was a junior at the University of Massachusetts when she was awarded a university scholarship that would propel her toward her goal of […]

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Red Rock Tileworks

It’s a warm late-September morning in Nashville, and I’m standing outside the brightly painted facade of Red Rock Tileworks. I’m waiting for my indie interior design friend Kimberly. Kimberly is the principal and designer at […]

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Circular Living

Circularity as an approach to consumption is rooted in observation of the functionality of the Earth’s ecosystem. The underling principal of a circular approach is zero waste. In nature, the by-product of a process is […]

The Beauty of Cork

Natural cork is a renewable resource harvested from a specific species of Oak tree called the Quercus Suber, also known as the cork tree. These trees are mainly found in the Mediterranean, with Portugal being […]

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Food, Farms & Families

Middle Tennessee is home to country music, civil war history, and perhaps unexpectedly, a community of small farms. Locally owned, regenerative farms dot the landscape of Nashville’s pop culture and rolling hills. You see their […]

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Holiday Gathering Gifts

The holiday season here! It’s a time to slow down, spend time with family and friends and make memories that will last a lifetime. As you make plans to partake in holiday festivities, consider these […]

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Service Spotlight: Hot Poppy

Why should you download the Hot Poppy app and start using it today?  When the pandemic started, home delivery for everything from take-out to groceries became the new normal.  Instacart and Amazon dominated the space, […]

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The Anatomy of a To-Go Coffee Cup

The paper to-go coffee cup became mainstream in 1987 thanks to one man’s decision — Howard Schultz. Then CEO of Starbucks, Schultz chose paper over styrofoam cups for the expanding brand’s beverage vessel.  According to […]

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Nature at Home

Mother Nature and Snow White are a couple of the nicknames given to me by family members who know my relationship with nature. I once returned a baby bunny to its mother after it was […]

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Women Shaping Our World

March is Women’s History month. What better way to honor the women who came before us, and those who walk among us, who’ve dedicated their lives and voices to keeping the world a safe and […]

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Grow Wild

The last couple of years, people have been trading life in dense urban areas for the slower pace of mid-sized American cities.  Affordable living, spaciousness and close knit communities have drawn companies and families alike […]

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Circular Ideas for Business

We are living through a time of an unprecedented amount of waste. Instant gratification coupled with poor quality and single use products has created a huge problem. Small businesses are in a perfect position to […]

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Give Greener

The holiday season is here and it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the festiveness, time with friends and family, and the warmth of the season.  We put so much effort […]

Embracing Locally Grown

We live in a time where our culture of convenience has created an environment of seemingly endless and instant food availability.  According to the New York Times, half of all the fruit and a third […]

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Changing Climate Change

Carbon.  You can’t have a conversation about planet health without talking about carbon.  Our world is powered by greenhouse gas emitting processes; raising animals for meat, driving cars, heating homes, and traveling are some ways […]

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A Better Picker-Upper

I start every morning with a scroll through my Apple News feed.  Of course I have favorited topics pertaining to the environment and sustainability to keep up-to-date so I can share insights and positive news […]

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Living With Less Plastic

Plastic Free July is a campaign that encourages us to look at our relationship with plastic. How much plastic do we use on a daily basis?  Where can we make adjustments to switch to reusable […]

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Natural & Organic, What’s the Difference?

A common misconception exists amongst shoppers when it comes to the labels ‘natural’ and ‘organic’. Most people think that the two are equally safe, healthy and environmentally sound; in reality, they’re vastly different. This common […]

The Love Local Shop

Love Local expands it’s small business directory to include an online shop.  Caring for the environment is an integral part of the Love Local mission, as is supporting small businesses. Love Local married the two […]

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Bye-Bye Ziploc®: Plastic-Free Lunch

Did you know the average American uses around 500 single use plastic baggies a year?  Only a small portion of those baggies will ever be recycled, the majority instead ending up in landfills and waterways […]

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Behind the Farmer’s Market

Green leaf buds, cherry blossoms and tulips are the beautiful visual cues that spring has arrived. Spring also ushers in the return of farmer’s markets as farmers start sowing seeds and producing produce for markets […]