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Hiballin’: It’s All About the Glass

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Hiball Energy Water Found at Fresh Market in Kenwood, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Most discussions about Hiball sparkling energy drinks focus on the caffeine content of the beverage. (With 7.5 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, a 10 oz. bottle has 75 mg total and, per ounce, it has less caffeine than a Starbucks Double Shot, but, per item, more than a can of Coca-Cola Classic or a Hershey’s Special Dark Bar.)

What’s more compelling about this product is its bottle. It’s glass. And Hiball is proud of choosing glass instead of plastic. On the “About” page of their popping website (click on “Why glass?” on the bottom left), designed by Steve Holmes of Energi Design, they’ve included a link to a list of reasons why glass is more sustainable and healthier than PET. This is a message other brands might want to note. Not only is glass more sustainable, it’s also nontoxic, impermeable, nonporous, has a longer shelf life, more attractive, and it’s retro. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Sarah Froelich

August 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Enamored with Berkeley Bowl + Cultivated by the Bay

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Berkeley Bowl Pasta!

Like many I feel it is important to practice sustainability as much as possible. I know I’m not perfect. I sometimes make mistakes like forgetting to bring my reusable coffee cup with me to the coffee shop so I don’t need a disposable one. Or throwing away a plastic bottle when I’m in a place where recycling bins aren’t present. And, yes, I feel guilty about such acts and I try not to repeat them.

This past weekend I visited San Francisco and the Bay area for the first time and I am definitely a convert to acting even more sustainably responsible. Instead of staying in a downtown hotel, I stayed with a good friend who lives in a communal household in Oakland, very near the border of Berkeley. Although there was only one shower for the nine (!) housemates plus their various guests, I found the reliance on the garden for edible pleasure (they have a pomegranate tree!), the grey water system, the constant categorizing of compost, recyclables, and other trash, and the shared food systems awakened an even greater awareness in me.

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Written by Sarah Froelich

October 7, 2009 at 12:17 am