If you have a cell phone, the idea of shared economy is made much more simply. You can use your cell phone to share with others to cut down on costs and its effect on the environment. If you’ve watched the news you probably have heard that the climate is in danger. One way to keep the climate moving at a steady pace is to have a ride sharing option. If people share a ride that are going to the same place then you will cut down on the amount of cars that are out on the roads.

Key Takeaways:

  • 5.3 million people in Britain participate in a sharing economy because they want to make more sustainable choices.
  • The goal of everyone in a sharing economy is simply to reduce waste. The issue is that action is needed by the government to make this more frequent.
  • It’s essential that businesses have the right skills and talent to participate in a sharing economy, as they’ll still need to produce a profit to stay in business.

“Now is the time to shape an economy that generates prosperity but also protects our people and planet.”

Read more: https://www.cityam.com/the-sharing-economy-is-about-building-a-sustainable-future/

Rothy’s had launched some sustainable flats that had some success as far as people wanting to purchase them in order to jump on board with the new green movement. More and more people are on the lookout for more sustainable products that can be produced with recyclable materials. With those flat shoes being a success, they decided to make another product in the form of bags. These bags are literally made out of trash and are going to help with the sustainability movement.

Key Takeaways:

  • These bags are flexible, soft and able to be washed in a washing machine. They are also very durable.
  • Rothy’s makes shoes with 100% recycled plastic yarn, but the yarn used for the bags is 100% recycled but it’s mostly marine plastic.
  • The prices of these bags range from as little as 65 dollars to as much as 350 dollars and they’re all worth the price.

“Instead of cutting the plastic-based fabric to fit the bags, the fabric is knit to the bag’s size specifications.”

Read more: https://sports.yahoo.com/2020-03-03-rothys-sustainable-bag-ocean-plastic-23939450.html

Indoor agriculture may not sound like it is the more prominent method of growing cannabis but it is being widely used because of the rich soil that can be provided indoors and out of the elements. The soil in the outside world needs a lot of nourishment and attention and that is why people who are growing cannabis are moving their operation indoors to have better production in that aspect. Growing indoors give you a bit of power of what nature has available.

Key Takeaways:

  • RII had developed a template that is energy efficient and will reduce the energy used to grow cannabis.
  • One of the benefits of growing indoors is that it allows for control of the climate and lighting.
  • Indoor agriculture depends a lot on creativity and technology and as this technology advances, we’ll see more indoor sustainable growing.

“The new regulations will affect lives and cause ripples for countries and states which consider California policies as a model for their own legislation. RII, is a non-profit formed to advance cannabis resource efficiency and has expertise in industry data and policy assessing environmental impacts and best practices associated with cultivation resource issues.”

Read more: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/global-warming-meets-indoor-agriculture-162526718.html

Spring is the traditional season to plant for the growing and harvesting seasons. Home gardening allows for more control over what one grows and eats. It is a way to reduce pollution and contamination from pesticides and save on costs associated with eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. There are several cost-efficient vegetables that one can grow in their home garden like tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, broccoli. These vegetables tend to require minimal effort to grow and can handle a variety of conditions. They tend to produce large amounts of product for the planting effort.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tomatoes are one of the best vegetables to grow as they don’t take up much space and a harvest of tomatoes can grow 1 tomato a day for up to 6 years.
  • Lettuce is very easy to grow as it will grow wherever grass is located and it’s a great addition to salads.
  • Broccoli can be grown in both the spring and autumn and the seeds of broccoli are extremely cheap to buy.

“One other factor for home gardening is to ensure that no harmful pesticides get consumed by you or your family while eating a meal.”

Read more: https://www.republicworld.com/lifestyle/home/home-gardening-which-are-the-cost-efficient-vegetables-to-grow.html

Rothy’s just launched makeup bags that are sustainable as they are made entirely of 100% recycled marine plastic. The bags are available in three different sizes and they have partnered with the Envira Amazonia Project to offset carbon emissions when making the bags. These bags are also machine washable so they will be easy to clean. The mini bag will cost 65 dollars, the mid bag will cost 95 dollars and the large bag will cost 125 dollars. Each bag will also be available in 3 different colors.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rothy’s makeup bags come in 3 sizes, large, mid and mini and all sizes will fit within a tote bag or a backpack.
  • The bags vary in price with the mini costing 65 dollars, the mid costing 95 dollars and the large costing 125 dollars.
  • The bags come in three different colors and are machine washable so you can keep them clean at all times.

“Rothy’s makeup bag is available in three sizes and here’s the kicker: It’s made from 100 percent recycled marine plastic.”

Read more: https://www.allure.com/story/rothys-sustainable-makeup-bags-meghan-markle

On March 3, 2020 several world-class cities will take part in the United Nations World Wildlife Day. The mission is to sustain life on earth which promotes the need to secure every element of flora and fauana against extinction. This loss of species leads to a decline in biodiversity which can threaten the planet’s ecosystems. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered the annual message. Several prominent members of of the international community and figure in environmental and conservation movements attended. Events were held around the world in the headquarters in New York to cities like Geneva, Accra, and Montreal.

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the most important things that we can do is preserve and sustainable use all the different types of life on our planet.
  • World Wildlife Day worked with Jackson Wild to have a type of film festival that got about 350 entries and saw many different passionate filmmakers put their passion of wildlife onto camera.
  • Children were also encouraged to participate, as a youth art contest was ran for children to illustrate a theme based off of World Wildlife Day.

“Our planet is currently facing the urgent challenge that is the loss of biodiversity: research by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) says up to a million species could disappear in the coming decades if unsustainable human activity, climate change and habitat degradation are left unchecked.”

Read more: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/world-wildlife-day-highlights-importance-sustainable-use-wildlife

Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit that provides tools and training to communities that want to get involved with sustainable programs. Allentown’s governing body met with Sustainable Jersey and they came up with a resolution that defines a sustainable community as one that looks to optimize the quality of life of it’s residents by ensuring that it’s environmental, economic, and social objectives are balanced. Allentown even has a green team, and the members of this team must be a resident of the borough or own a business within it.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit that provides training and tools to pursue sustainable programs.
  • Sustainable Jersey wants a model of government that will support current residents but will also make the environment better for future residents.
  • To be appointed to the Green team you must be a borough residents or an owner of a business located within the borough.

“The borough’s elected officials pledged to educate themselves and community members about sustainable activities and to develop initiatives supporting sustainable local government practices.”

Read more: https://centraljersey.com/2020/03/03/allentown-sustainable-jersey/

Are you a consumer-level grower or an industrial level grower? It is one of the first questions that should always be asked before you start shopping for supplies and/or equipment. If you are searching for cannabis grower racks then you will find that there are a lot of consumer-level products in the marketplace. This could be extremely frustrating for a person who needs industrial level growing supplies. A person who needs industrial growing supplies will be forced to sort and sift through the high amount of consumer-level products before finding anything that may be useful for them. If they get lucky enough to find a product then they will have to be conscientious enough to note what the name of the product is so that they can find it again later.

The problem is the technical jargon in both industries. As a grower, you have your own terminology that is accepted within your industry. For example, you could be searching for something like cannabis grower racks and have that be an acceptable term in your industry. However, that will trigger a local grow shop or search engines to deliver you consumer-grade products first. You will likely have to modify the term in order to get to the products you need. If you need industrial level products then you are more likely to find them under their industry name which is pallet rack. The introduction of “pallet” into your keyword, which happens to be those cannabis grower racks, can help you get to the industrial versions quicker.

What is a pallet rack and why is it called a pallet rack? Pallet rack is what it sounds like it is when you hear the name. It is a shelving system designed to hold pallets of products. However, over time that has changed in order to support various types of products as well. Your product, cannabis, can be grown in trays that are specially made to fit in pallet racks. In fact, that is what most professional growers do. They grow within pallet racks because it gives them more space than the consumer level products. It also gives them the ability to stack their products vertically to the ceiling, or, at least, to the limit that is allowed by your local government.

Your local government is going to try to get involved in your business via permitting for this type of storage system. The classification of a pallet rack, as far as the government is concerned, a storage system, therefore you could be, depending on your local government, beholden to the same roles as anyone else who uses a pallet rack to store their product. Vertical storage may be controlled, depending on your local government, because it could be a fire hazard and your sprinkler system has to be able to reach the lower levels of your product in order to suppress a fire. If you have not dealt with a pallet rack permit process then it is smart to get help from someone who knows how the system works and has done it successfully before.

If this all sounds confusing then you can shortcut the problem by talking to someone who is well versed in all of this by giving us a call at 503 878-7543. You can also have a look at these vertical grow racks or mobile grow racks for your business if you feel like you do not need to talk to anyone.

People are trying to socially distance from each other which means that we might be spending more time indoors in our homes. We need to find ways of passing the time and why not start an indoor/outdoor garden which we can eat. The reporter runs down 9 to 10 plants that can be grown relatively quickly.

Key Takeaways:

  • People are stocking up on items because of the quarantine efforts. One reporter is suggesting that adding another item might be prudent and that item is seeds.
  • The article gives 9 to 10 things that people can grow indoors and outdoors on their properties.
  • It may help pass some time and also make food last longer.

Quote: “If the coronavirus has you heading out to stock up on milk, eggs or toilet paper, maybe add one more thing to your list: seeds.” (Schipani, 2020)

Link to article:

If you are trying to make a mobile hydroponic farm then wood is a major concern for you. A lot of companies want to use wood-based products for a variety of reasons. Whatever the case may be it is not a good idea for your product. The reason why is that wood can attract a lot of pests. The pass can come in the form of insects or they can come in the form of fungi and bacteria. Any of those three will be a problem for your mobile hydroponic farm because those are the types of things that people do not want in their product. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to avoid them as much as possible.

The other problem with using what it is that wood absorbs water. It is even true of wood that is pressure-treated. An article by the University of Massachusetts 1 says that these treatments are good at resisting pests that are attracted to wet wood. What it does not protect against is the absorption of wood as it relates to water. Wood expands and contracts as it gains and loses water over time. It is the reason that pressure-treated decks do not last the number of years that some of the products claim they will. There have been many projects, like porch decks, where treated wood was used, that do not last more than a couple of years. It is because of what the University of Massachusetts said in their article. It means that you, as a hydroponic farmer, will have problems using wood as your structural component for your main growing apparatus. It will weaken over time and cost you more money then a metal-based structure would over time.

Of course, metal does not absorb water as wood does. In fact, if you get galvanized metal then it is mixed with zinc which is known to react faster than the metal with water. Therefore, the zinc oxidizes before the metal which leaves the metal structurally strong. We also have to mention that metal tends to be stronger than wood. Therefore, a pallet rack or decking made of metal lasts longer and is stronger than wood-based products.

We do have to talk about the fact that you want a mobile hydroponic growing apparatus based on what you are looking for right now. You may be thinking that the non-industrial versions of growing racks feature the wheels that make products mobile. However, you can add wheels to a pallet rack or growing rack to make it just as mobile as their consumer counterparts. In fact, you can get the full 360° of movement that the smaller consumer-level products have with their wheels. You still get the full 2500 pounds of uniform distributed weight possible from a larger industrial growing solution like a pallet rack. What you do need to keep in mind is that you should not grow any higher than two or three levels for stability’s sake. You do not want a load of product coming down on you or your employees.

Finally, you may want to consider where you are taking your mobile rack. If you have to cross some rugged round to get to where you are going then you may not like how unstable the more consumer versions of mobile rack are going to feel. The truth is that you can look on Amazon for these chrome looking mobile racks to see that most people feel that they are very unsteady. However, if you take a look at a pallet rack used as a growing rack then you can see that they look and feel very stable. They also are stable when they are mobile depending on what kind of bump you encounter. Obviously, if the bumps are big enough anything will feel unstable because the ground is unstable. You will have to use your common sense but you also have to remember that the industrial versions of growing racks can hold more and be just as mobile as the more consumer versions of the products.

If you are looking for a mobile growing rack or a vertical growing rack then you can click those links otherwise you can call us and we will help you figure out what you need. Call us by dialing 503-536-7218.


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