What Do American Consumers Feel Most Guilty About?

From Leaving the Lights On to Eating Meat…Where Do You Fall in the Survey?

Remember all those years our parents spent harping on us to turn off the lights when leaving a room? Those childhood messages must have left a big impression, since the largest share of respondents said leaving lights on is the biggest source of consumer guilt.

They also feel terrible when they throw plastic bottles or other recyclables into the regular trash. And that issue might get even more frustrating, now that China’s stopped accepting U.S. recycling imports — meaning that much of our carefully recycled leftovers could soon end up in landfills instead. 

Although bans on plastic straws in some major cities are getting a lot of press around the world (likely due in part to the startling 8.3 billion of them estimated to be polluting the world’s beaches), those consumers surveyed place plastic straw use squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to worrying about their consumer habits.

The other end of the spectrum tells us — by a wide margin — that Americans love their burgers and steaks. And although people on the left of the political spectrum feel more guilty than conservatives about nearly everything on the list, respondents on both sides of the political aisle were equally unapologetic about eating meat.

There is lots of educational and entertaining results in this survey.  A great read.  Click here to read more. 



Nespresso Launches 'Reviving Origins' Program to Help Revitalize Coffee Regions Under Threat

Nespresso announces the launch of Reviving Origins, a program to help restore high-quality coffee production in coffee farming regions that are under threat due to political conflict, economic hardship or environmental disaster. The company is committed to working with smallholder farmers to help rebuild strong and resilient coffee industries. As part of his fifteen-year relationship with the brand, George Clooney has championed the Nespresso sustainability program and has supported its work with farmers in many coffee regions, travelling most recently to Puerto Rico as part of the Reviving Origins program.

Reviving Origins is grounded in Nespresso's belief that quality coffee presents a strong opportunity for the long-term sustainability and resilience of coffee farming communities. Together with agronomists and organizations on-the-ground, including TechnoServe, Fairtrade International, Fair Trade USA, and the Rainforest Alliance, the company provides farmers with training and materials to help them grow high-quality coffee, creating shared value and making a positive impact locally. It also offers access to new practices and networks that had not previously existed in the regions. Through this work, Nespresso is giving coffee lovers access to some of the world's rarest, highest quality coffees.

The brand is committed to investing 10 million CHF ($9.8 million USD) over the next five years to encourage economic development and bolster high-quality coffee production in regions such as Colombia, Zimbabwe and Puerto Rico. The premiere Reviving Origins coffees, Tamuka mu Zimbabwe and Esperanza de Colombia, from eastern Zimbabwe and Caquetá, Colombia – virtually unknown, rare coffees – are available today. The first Reviving Origins coffee from Puerto Rico will be available in limited quantities in September of this year.

"At Nespresso, we firmly believe that quality coffee has the transformative power to bring lasting stability to farmers, their families and their communities," said Guillaume Le Cunff, President and CEO of Nespresso USA. "For decades, we have worked directly with our partners in coffee growing areas across the globe to help build sustainable coffee sectors. We are proud to enter new regions and help farmers replant their land, one coffee tree at a time, and reclaim their future, while bringing new and exciting coffee experiences to U.S. customers."

In 2018, Nespresso worked with the Hispanic Federation to donate $1 million to help revitalize the coffee sector in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed more than 80 percent of the island's coffee harvest and trees. In January of 2019, Clooney toured farms and met with farmers and their families in Puerto Rico to discuss coffee as catalyst for reviving their land.

"Over the 15 years that I've worked with Nespresso, I have seen firsthand the impact of the company's investments on coffee regions around the world and, more importantly, on generations of families," said Clooney. "Nespresso's involvement in local coffee industries means that the rhythm of life can return to normal after conflict, natural disaster or other hardships."


In the late 1980s, Zimbabwean coffee farmers produced over 15,000 tons of coffee (according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture), but production almost came to a complete halt as a result of climate factors and economic instability in the country. By 2017, production levels were lower than 500 tons.

In collaboration with the global non-profit TechnoServe, Nespresso works with the local coffee farming community in the Manicaland Province, located in eastern Zimbabwe, to establish sustainable farming practices, bringing in expert trainers and new techniques for coffee processing and tree management. This investment has helped to produce an even higher quality Arabica coffee.

"This project is not only helping to bring back some of the world's best coffee. It is also providing economic opportunities for Zimbabwe's hard-hit rural areas," said William Warshauer, President and CEO of TechnoServe. "As a non-profit that takes a business approach to reducing poverty, TechnoServe is excited to partner with Nespresso and the farmers of Zimbabwe to build a brighter and more prosperous future."

Reviving Origins Tamuka mu Zimbabwe is bursting with complex fruitiness and zesty acidity, with notes from cranberry to red berries, and currant to grape. It has a creamy, smooth texture when combined with milk, making it an ideal coffee for a Latte Macchiato. Intensity: 5 (for Original and Vertuo range)


Coffee risked extinction in Caquetá, Colombia following 50 years of conflict. Since 2017, Nespresso has collaborated with local farmers and the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) to support the rebuilding of the country's industry. Through the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, the brand's agronomists have provided training in and expertise on sustainable farming, quality development, and environmental and water management.

"For many years Nespresso has been a great partner of the FNC in implementing sustainable agricultural practices and improving the quality of coffee in many areas of Colombia. The Caquetá region is no exception," said Juan Esteban Orduz, President of Colombian Coffee Federation, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Colombian Coffee Growers Federation. "We have been able to support the livelihoods of our farmers and make a positive social and economic impact on the coffee growing communities of San Vicente del Caguán and Florencia."

Reviving Origins Esperanza de Colombia is a mild coffee that is very light in acidity. It is beautifully balanced and rounded, and has aromas of yellow fruits, with a hint of a cereal note. Intensity: 5 (for Original range) and 3 (for Vertuo range)

Reviving Origins Tamuka mu Zimbabwe and Reviving Origins Esperanza de Colombia are now available for a limited time at Nespresso Boutiques and Nespresso Boutique-in-Shop locations, through the Nespresso Club (Original: 1-800-562-1465 and Vertuo: 1-877-964-6299), and on For the Original range, sleeves of Reviving Origins Tamuka mu Zimbabwe and Esperanza de Colombia are priced at $11. For the Vertuo range, sleeves of Reviving Origins Tamuka mu Zimbabwe are priced at $12, and sleeves of Esperanza de Colombia are priced at $15.

Nespresso coffees are packaged in aluminum, a material that preserves the quality and freshness of the coffee and can be recycled again and again. The company is committed to making recycling as easy as possible and offers customers several ways to recycle. It provides pre-paid UPS recycling bags in 48 states so that customers can mail back used capsules or deposit them at one of more than 88,000 drop-off locations. Customers can also recycle used capsules at over 500 collection points, which are located in Nespresso Boutiques and select retail partners across the country. 


Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project

Earlier this year, Adventure Aquarium partnered with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for the Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project. The Florida coral reef system is experiencing a crisis of a multi-year disease resulting in mortalities of multiple coral species. The aquarium will hold non-diseased corals for 2-3 years to eventually be replanted out on the Florida coral reefs after the outbreak of disease has ceased.

“The Florida Reef system is the only reef system within the continental United States and the third largest reef tract in the world,” said Nikki Grandinetti, General Curator of Adventure Aquarium. “Once a coral is affected by this disease and begins to lose tissue, it is almost certain the entire colony will die within a matter of weeks or months. It is important for us to be part of this conservation effort and to help prevent ecological extinction.”

The Florida Reef Tract stretches approximately 360 linear miles from Dry Tortugas National Park west of the Florida Keys to just north of Port St. Lucie, Florida. It contains more than 80 species of corals, with 21 species suffering from multiple diseases, including species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The reef protects our coast by buffering wave energy during storms and hurricanes. The Florida Reef Tract is also an important habitat for sport fish species, where they spend significant parts of their lives on or around coral reef ecosystems.

The unidentified coral tissue loss disease was first observed in Miami-Dade County in 2014. Adventure Aquarium is 1 of 64 AZA-accredited facilities who has committed to assist in this important conservation effort. The aquarium has even built a new coral holding system to house the rescued Florida corals and partake in this one-of-a-kind coral reef rescue project.

To help with this initiative, donations can be made to the Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project to 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 710, Silver Spring, MD 20910.


Sensational Summer Seasonals: Blueberries

1. Blueberries can protect against memory loss.
2. Maine produces more blueberries than anywhere else in the world (according to Maine).
3. Blueberries can be used as a natural food dye. And early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.
4. The perfect blueberry should be dusty in color. But don't wash that "dust" off until you're ready to use them!
5. The blueberry is the official berry of Nova Scotia and in 1991, Maine designated the Wild Blueberry as the official state berry.

Blueberries are in season right now and it's a great time to try your hand at making an award-winning blueberry pie, using a recipe that was recognized as the nation's best at the 2019 APC National Pie Championships earlier this year.

The 25th annual competition, hosted by the American Pie Council, brought together amateur, professional and commercial bakers from all over the country and Canada. They pulled fresh ingredients together in their own unique ways in hopes of being judged above the rest.

The "I'm So Blueberry" pie recipe submitted by Rhonda Hull certainly didn't make the amateur baker "blue" at the competition. The Little Rock, Ark., resident placed first in the blueberry category, one of six amateur awards she earned this year, including Best of Show.

Her award-winning recipe is a cheesecake base with blueberry filling and topped with a choice of whipped cream or pre-baked pie crust cutouts. The full recipe can be found at

Hull said her legacy of pie making is being carried on through her sons and grandchildren. "All of my children help their children learn to bake," she said.

Home bakers who are up for another level of challenge can look to the award-winning recipe created by Lisa Sparks, of Lisa's Pie Shop in Indiana. Her "Razzle up Your Blue Ball" pie recipe came out on top of those submitted in the Professionals division.

Sparks wasn't a pie lover when she opened her shop and, rather than taste them herself, she prefers to take her lead from customers as to how to change a recipe. But this baker, who has earned awards at the NPC for many years, definitely knows her way around a pie crust.

Her blueberry pie recipe is cheesecake based and consists of layers that includes raspberry compote, chocolate and almonds, blueberry cream cheese and blueberry jam, and the whole thing is topped with fresh blueberries. The recipe can be found at

The 2020 National Pie Championship event is scheduled for April 23-25, at the Renaissance SeaWorld Orlando hotel in Orlando. If you are inspired to submit your own recipe to be judged with the best in the country, registration will open this fall at


United Airlines Makes History Flying the Most Eco-Friendly Commercial Flight of its Kind

United Airlines, a longstanding leader among all global carriers in environmental sustainability, made history earlier this month with the departure of the Flight for the Planet, the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. On the Flight for the Planet, United became the first known airline to demonstrate all of the following key actions on a single commercial flight: utilization of sustainable aviation biofuel; zero cabin waste efforts; carbon offsetting; and operational efficiencies.

United is using the Flight for the Planet to evaluate key measures of flying as sustainably as possible using the airline's current technology, resources and fuel-saving procedures. The flight departed from gate B12 at United's hometown hub of Chicago O'Hare for its "eco-hub" in Los Angeles, where sustainable aviation biofuel has helped power all the airline's flights from the Southern California hub since 2016.

"The historic Flight for the Planet showcases United's philosophy of working together to find new and innovative ways to lead us into a more sustainable future," said Scott Kirby, United's president. "As an airline, we see our environment from a unique perspective every day and we know we must do our part to protect our planet and our skies."
The Flight for the Planet further illustrates United's commitment to its bold pledge to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2050.


Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

United is powering the Flight for the Planet using a 30/70 blend of low-carbon, sustainable aviation fuel provided by Boston-based World Energy, and traditional jet fuel. The biofuel alone achieves a greater than 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to traditional jet fuel, and using biofuel is one of the most effective ways an airline can reduce its impact on the environment.
United recently renewed its contract with World Energy, agreeing to purchase up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive, sustainable aviation biofuel over the next two years. United was the first airline globally to use sustainable aviation biofuel on a continuous basis and the only airline in the United States to currently do so.

Zero Cabin Waste and Industry-First, Recyclable-Paper Cup

In the Economy cabin, United is swapping traditional snack options with a complimentary plated service featuring fully recyclable or compostable serviceware, including a test of an industry-first, recyclable-paper, hot beverage cup.
In the premium cabin, United is continuing to use reusable service ware and swap plastic lids for beeswax food wrappers. The airline is also removing the paper wrapping from silverware roll-ups. United has already eliminated non-recyclable stirring sticks and cocktail picks on aircraft systemwide and replaced them with an environmentally-friendly product made of 100% bamboo.

Carbon Offsetting

United is offsetting the remainder of the flight's emissions via the airline's new carbon offset provider, Conservation International. Conservation International now partners with United on the airline's consumer carbon offset program – Eco-Skies CarbonChoice – and together the two allies will focus on CI's mission to promote nature-based solutions to climate change.


Operational Efficiencies

United has made significant investments in a modern, fuel-efficient fleet while implementing operational and procedural changes to drive fuel conservation. The Flight for the Planet is demonstrating single-engine taxiing, Air Traffic Control prioritization and a continuous descent approach into Los Angeles, which saves fuel while also reducing noise impact to the city. United is operating the flight using its Eco-Skies livery Boeing 737-900ER, which on average carries passengers 77 miles on a single gallon of fuel.
Additionally, 40% of United's eligible ground service equipment (GSE) is electric-powered, with more than 70% of the airline's ground operation at its Los Angeles eco-hub utilizing electric GSE equipment. United is the first airline to use new ITW 7400 electric ground power units that drastically reduce workplace noise pollution and cut carbon emissions by 90%. United is also using electric-powered ground equipment to service the Flight for the Planet at the departure and arrival gates.

United's Commitment to the Environment

United's Flight for the Planet represents yet another innovative initiative the airline has undertaken to reduce its overall footprint and further ensure its reputation as the world's most environmentally conscious airlines. Several of United's most significant environmental achievements include:

  • Becoming the first airline globally to use sustainable aviation biofuel on a continuous basis, marking a significant milestone in the industry by moving beyond test programs and demonstrations to the everyday use of low-carbon fuel in ongoing operations.
  • Investing more than $30 million in California-based sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy, which remains the single largest investment by any airline globally in sustainable fuels. United's agreement to purchase nearly 1 billion gallons from Fulcrum BioEnergy is the largest offtake agreement for biofuel in the airline industry.
  • Becoming the first airline to fly with Boeing's Split Scimitar winglets, which reduce fuel consumption by an additional 2 percent versus standard winglets; United is the largest Scimitar winglet operator today, with nearly 400 aircraft equipped with these winglets.
  • Becoming the first U.S. airline to repurpose items from the carrier's international premium cabin amenity kits and partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.
  • Partnering with Audubon International to protect raptors – including hawks, owls and kestrels – in and around United's hubs and resettle the birds of prey at habitats where the species are more likely to thrive.

For more information on United's commitment to environmental sustainability, visit



Green Your Yard Sale

Garage sales and yard sales are a great (and green) way to relinquish items which we once held dear and for which we had great use, but no longer need. offers you these tips for hosting a green garage sale this summer:

Signs are important as they’ll inform those in your community about the date, time and location of your sale. Make your signs on repurposed paper, cardboard, or poster board—try a pizza box top, the side of an empty carton, or a brown paper bag.

  • Make sure you pack purchases in paper not plastic bags.
  • Be realistic and reasonable when setting prices—you’ll move more merchandise, find new homes for some of your most treasured items, and you’ll keep items out of the local landfill.
  • Remove batteries from old electronics. This will ensure that they are disposed of properly and not just discarded by the new owner.
  • Instead of the time-consuming task of tagging each item at your sale, create pay-one-price sections. If an item doesn’t sell at one price, you can move it to another area.
  • Consider involving the kids. Have them sell homemade lemonade or organic iced tea to thirsty browsers. (Serve in paper cups, not plastic or styrofoam).
  • Involve your neighbors! If you can get some of your neighbors to schedule a yard sale on the same day, your block can be a true destination for thrifty shoppers.