A new shopping platform called Loop — brought to life by Tom Szaky, the CEO of recycling firm TerraCycle — plans to offer reusable containers for some 300 household products in partnership with some of the world’s largest consumer brands.
“The general idea with Loop is that instead of the consumer owning their packages at the end when they’re empty, it’s always owned by the manufacturer. Instead of it going to waste or recycling, we simply pick it back up from the consumer, clean it and around it goes again — sort of like the way milk used to be delivered back in the 1950’s,” Szaky tells Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.
Szaky says the vision behind Loop is “to solve waste at the root cause, which we think really is this idea of using something once or disposability.”
He says the circular shopping platform will —-
READ AND LEARN MORE HERE – https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/03/05/loop-environment-recycling
Governor Whitmer and Dan Gilmartin
Below is a statement the Michigan Municipal League just released about Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal announced today. It’s also posted on the League’s press release page here. The Governor also shared with us last night that she has accepted our invitation for her to speak at our Capital Conference on March 19. Details on that are forthcoming.
League statement on budget:
EDITOR’s NOTE: Mark Ludwig of Fennville, Democratic candidate for 80th District State Representative in 2018, is Rural Caucus Chair for the MI Democratic Party and Vice Chair of the Allegan Conservation District.
by Mark Ludwig
Farm commodity prices have been down for some years, depressed by a hyper-competitive global market, domestic overproduction and recently by a disastrous trade war with our best overseas customers.
Farm financial indicators are flirting with numbers not seen since the crisis of the 1980s. Wild weather driven by climate disruption is also hammering farmers with droughts, unfriendly temperatures and unprecedented rain events. USDA backed crop insurance set records in Allegan County in 2018 with more than 7,000 acres of prevented planting claims, ground so wet it could not be planted.
Meanwhile in Washington D.C. … read more at the link below…
Education Week’s blogs > Rules for Engagement
By March 4, 2019
As policymakers call for more school police in response to safety concerns, a new analysis of federal data shows that many students don’t have access to other kinds of staff necessary for safety and support—staff like school nurses, social workers, and psychologists.
As a result of safety discussions that focus on shootings, rather than the broader range of safety concerns and student needs, “schools are under-resourced and students are over-criminalized,” says the report, released Monday by the ACLU. The analysis also found that disproportionately high arrest rates for students of color and students with disabilities are continuing, while there was a 17 percent growth in school-based referrals to law enforcement from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
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An open house for the new carpenters and millwrights training center on Reno Drive in Wayland will be held Monday, April 29. Councilman Abe Garcia told colleagues at the Wayland City Council meeting Monday evening that he recently was treated to a tour of the facility… read more here: http://townbroadcast.com/?p=27584
via Solving the Immigration Crisis
The recent news coverage of the crisis on our southern border has driven many Americans to tears, outrage, and action. The calls for a legislative solution to a decades-old problem are louder than ever, but the likelihood of a political…Continue Reading →