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Food Waste: Creative Solutions to a Big Problem

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Did you know that about 40% of the food produced in the US goes uneaten? Food waste is a serious issue.

I was happy to contribute a piece to one of my favorite food sites Civil Eats on the topic, profiling different businesses and organizations that are putting food waste to use in interesting ways. My favorite? A company using beer grains to make granola bars and another making brownies out of leftover grapes from the winemaking process:

4. If you’ve ever brewed your own beer, you know that it takes a lot of grain. And what happens to that grain once the beer is done? Some brewers compost with it, some (of the very committed) bake with it, but most often it gets thrown out. That’s why Dan Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz launched Regrained, a business that makes granola bars out of spent malted barley. According to the pair, “only 10 percent of the ingredients used to brew end up in your glass.”

5. In winemaking, all the leftover stuff that comes after the grapes have been crushed is called pomace. More often than not, it’s destined for the compost or the dump. But Whole Vine Products takes a different route, using this byproduct in baked goods. In fact, they work with a local mill to turn the pomace into a gluten-free flour. They also make culinary oils from the grape seeds. Anyone care for a Cabernet brownie?

Read the full article and learn about the other projects, including making jam from food waste, here.

Image: Regrained

Written by Anna Brones

February 20, 2014 at 09:00

Environmentalism = Good Business

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“It is good business, common sense, and competitive advantage to lower your environmental impact.” – Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz.


Written by Anna Brones

July 23, 2010 at 11:36

How to Work From Anywhere

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Three years ago I didn’t think I would ever be writing an article entitled “How to Work From Anywhere.” But one thing led to another, and soon I had gone from teaching English abroad to working at a magazine to co-founding a business. It’s interesting how important small choices can be, and how much of an impact even negative experiences can have on positive outcomes.

In any event, Matador Life published an article of mine this week to give others a little look into just what it takes to run a business from anywhere. Nothing too out of the ordinary — buy a good computer, remember to back up, etc. — but hopefully it provides for some inspiration and useful help.

Here’s an excerpt:

Working remotely is on the dream list for a lot of people with a sense of wanderlust. Even if your work isn’t travel related, having a job that lets you move around certainly makes life more enjoyable. So how do you run your business from anywhere? Here’s a quick guide to the essential tools you’ll need if you want to pick up and run your business from all corners of the globe.

Invest in a good computer

This may sound like a no-brainer, but if you’re serious about running a business that can be executed from anywhere, your computer is going to be one of your main investments. Some businesses are obviously more computer dependent than others, but at a bare minimum you’re going to need it to do business transactions via the Internet, keep track of your finances, etc. So don’t skimp! Make a list of everything you are going to need your computer to do, and buy accordingly. Invest in insurance for your technology as well; dealing with a computer crash on your own is no business owners dream.

Read the whole article here.

Written by Anna Brones

January 9, 2010 at 17:04

Bikes Power People and Businesses

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A little over a month ago I wrote a story called “Pedaling to Profit: The Upswing of Bike Powered Business.” It got picked up by the Huffington Post, and then today none other than Boing Boing decided to give it a mention. Needless to say, I’m stoked.

This can only mean one thing: bikes are hot. And if businesses are running their operations on two wheels, you can too. Even fair-weather cyclists no longer have an excuse, it’s finally spring! So pump up your wheels and take your classy ride out for a spin. Need help? Read this great article on Chelsea Green called “Spring Has Sprung: Now Get Off Your Fat Ass and Bike to Work.”

What can bike commuting do for you? Apparently:

* add over 2 years to their life expectancy
* have the general fitness and health of someone 10 years younger
* are 50% less likely to experience depression

Go get on it!

Written by Anna Brones

April 10, 2009 at 14:48