In addition to the weekly Green Challenge posts, I’ll be posting other green things that I come upon.
Yesterday, one of my friends was visiting Milwaukee and we decided to do a brewery tour. With a few other friends, we went to the Milwaukee Brewing Company expecting to have some beers and see the brewery. We had no idea what a sustainable operation they run. I was very impressed to hear about their second-hand boilers and how they use oil from Milwaukee area restaurants for energy. They do lots of other things to make their business as sustainable as possible- go here to see their green initiatives: http://mkebrewing.com/brewery/ . Also, I learned that aluminum is a much more eco-friendly package compared to glass. Contrary to my original belief, almost all glass beverage bottles are single-use. Glass is more difficult to recycle than aluminum, and aluminum is lighter in weight so it reduces carbon emissions associated with shipping.
For my week 2 change- I am debating between two ideas (biodegradable soap or composting my Christmas tree). Eventually I’ll do both changes, it’s just a matter of which one I’ll do first and if I can find any soap that is green enough for me this week. I’ll post again when I’ve made the decision and the change.