How To Feel The Plastic Free July Spirit All Year Long

Plastic Free July has come to an end, but the spirit of reducing single-use plastics doesn’t have to stop with August! Though a zero-waste lifestyle may only be possible for one month of the year for some, there are plenty of simple ways to take action to reduce, reuse and recycle until next July!

Farmers Market

Buy Local = Less Waste

By Frances Bernards, URA Board Member

Summer has arrived which means that locally grown fruit and veggies will be available either at farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) farms, or in your own garden! While winter markets exist on the Wasatch Front, summer and fall is when you will find the greatest variety of local produce. Shopping at local markets provides an opportunity to reduce food, as well as packaging waste.

Zero Waste Summer Hacks

Summer is here and so are the picnics, baseball games, and barbecues. Spending time with family and friends during summer vacation is always a great time, but it’s also the season where paper plates, plastic water bottles, and long trips in the car make a big comeback.  From skipping the straw to a plastic-free picnic, …

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What an Anaerobic Digester Means for Utah

Morgan Bowerman, URA Board Member

In America today, 40% of the food produced is wasted – that’s enough food to fill two football stadiums daily. While one in six Americans are food insecure, collectively we are throwing away 1,200 calories per person, per day.

Connect With Nature

Bringing ‘Nature’ Nearer

David Johnston, URA Board Member

Feeling disconnected? You’re not alone. Humanity’s isolation from wild places can be detrimental to our health – both physical and mental – and, unfortunately, too frequently, this isolation feeds into other ill-habits and frames of thought, which can wind up hurting our natural world further and pushing ‘us’ and ‘it’ further apart.

Here Comes Spring, and the Kick-off of the 2019 Master Recycler Program!

Jennifer Farrell, URA board member

Spring is naturally an exciting time of the year. As much as I love the winter season—watching snow fall, drinking copious amounts of hot beverages and donning my most colorful scarves—like most people I am ready for a new season. For me, this new season also brings the start of the year’s Master Recycler program.

”We’re listening to the quiet’*

By Sarah Bateman, URA board president

My focus for 2018 was simple: Go outside.  It seems like the simplest of statements. Two words. And seemingly unnecessary. My grandparents would have been puzzled by a “goal” to “go outside.”  It was Florence Williams’ recent book that inspired my focus. “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More…