ALDI Announces They Are Turning To 100% Sustainable Packaging

By Mayukh Saha

The end of non-biodegradable plastic seems to be very near! With big corporations and supermarkets starting to make changes in their policies, it seems that we are looking forward to a bright future for our planet. It has been a long fight and the struggle continues, but now that we have corporations on our side, we can be positive about our victory and have it much earlier than expected.

This time, the supermarket chain ALDI has claimed that it will offer 100 percent recyclable, compostable, and reusable packaging for all the products by the year 2025. The company has put out some specific goals in a press release and the company has particularly said that they would be reducing their plastic packaging within five years.

The reason that this can be termed as a major win is because ALDI, as a grocery chain, has a major influence. It has about 1,800 stores in 35 states. They have a major impact on the lives of the American public. The problem until now was with the packaging that they received, which was just thrown out.

However, the giant had wanted to go down the sustainability route for quite some time and Jason Hart, their CEO, chose to speed up the process. They are aware of the global plastic crisis and are willing to do their best to prevent contributing to it.

ALDI has been a responsible grocery chain for quite some time now. They did not provide single-use plastic bags and have also assisted in keeping plastic grocery bags out of oceans and landfills. However, they are not satisfied. Keeping in mind how plastic continues to plague the world even now, it was important for them to do something more about this issue.

Hence, they committed to bring about a reduction in plastic packaging waste as a whole so that this menace can be stopped. They are all set to develop a future that they and all of us could be proud of. A future that is suitable for the next generation.

In the press release, ALDI claims that they have recycled over 250,000 tons of materials which include plastic, metal, cardboard, and paper. And this recycling process came with more benefits too. Due to this process, ALDI was able to avoid the creation of greenhouse gas which could have been equal to about 8,094,533 gallons.

As of now, about 90 percent of products which are sold in ALDI are packaged and produced for ALDI. This gives them the ability to initiate this step that is both ambitious and important, by doing this they will be setting a benchmark for all other corporations to achieve.

However, while the company may be producing recyclable packaging, our responsibility does not end there. It is our duty to support them, create awareness, and actually recycle these plastics so that more wastes are not produced. It is only by proper teamwork that we can achieve something.

ALDI shows the courage and responsibility to do something for the world. All it asks is your help and participation in it. So, are you willing to be a team member for a better tomorrow?


Hey! Message me. I am Mayukh. I help people and websites with content, design and social media management. I am an avid traveler and want to go full digital nomadic by summer 2019. I am currently working on www.noetbook.com – a creative media company. You can reach out to me anytime: [email protected]com Read More stories by Mayukh Saha

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School Replaced Detention With Meditation And It Created Incredible Results

By Mayukh Saha

We have all been through those terrible detentions back in school. But it’s really debatable whether detention actually results in any proper productive development in children. While many of us may have been told to step outside the class or stand while others are sitting, in a method to shame us, it always affects us negatively. Rather, we need to find a new way that will actually help students become better than they are without impacting their self-esteem.

In Baltimore, the Robert W. Coleman School brought about a change in their ‘detention’ method and it was a grand success. Taking help of the ancient Hindu practice of meditation, the school introduced the Mindful Meditation Room in February 2016, as reported by Uproxx. Here, meditation was used to calm and help students deal with anxiety and stress – thereby disciplining their mental thoughts. This method was introduced through a wonderful partnership with the Holistic Life Foundation. The school chose to break tradition and it seemed like a risky move. The question was – will it work?

Turns out – it did. The suspension rates in the school lowered significantly. Some of the students have mentioned how the program changed their lives. For example, if they were taking a test, they would just start taking deep breaths. In the midst of noise, they would meditate to tune out all the noise and become one with themselves. And the best part – it actually helped them to build their character. One of the students recalled that in the middle of a conflict with their parents, they were about to lose their cool when they remembered the breathing techniques. After breathing in and out – the anger was gone. That might actually be the best conflict resolution ever. Here are some of the kids practicing meditation:

√HLF uses a reciprocal teaching model so that the kids will go home and teach their families.

Young yogi in the making:

We need a change in our detention system so that we can actually help these students become good human beings in the future. Robert W. Coleman School has set up a wonderful example. Now, we can only hope that the other schools may follow through.

Image credits: Holistic Life Foundation / Facebook


Hey! Message me. I am Mayukh. I help people and websites with content, design and social media management. I am an avid traveler and want to go full digital nomadic by summer 2019. I am currently working on www.noetbook.com – a creative media company. You can reach out to me anytime: [email protected]com Read More stories by Mayukh Saha

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Artist Uses Everyday Organic Objects To Make Wonderful Patterns

By Mayukh Saha

Kristen Meyer, a designer and prop stylist based in Connecticut has found her unique art form. She makes wonderful geometric flat lay art by just using organic material she finds. By using common things like egg shells, petals, pebbles, etc., she has been able to create stunning patterns. Kristen puts the objects is such a meticulous fashion that they look perfect and whole.

But just placing objects is not art – you have to judge your surroundings properly and utilize the available materials in a specific manner to actually develop something into art. Kristen is able to do just that. She generally matches her work with light backgrounds which are pastel-colored and uses negative spaces so wonderfully that it brings out the art and the messages quite clearly. It’s almost like her art is going through a process of deconstruction. She describes it as “nature meets scissors”. Sometimes she uses the object as it is and sometimes she shapes it to make it perfect – just like her vision.

In one of her pieces, she has lines of different lengths made out of dry spaghetti sticks which are placed in a way that forms a circle. It actually resembles a gold coin. In another one, she has used autumn leaves to show that there is beauty in imperfections. That’s probably the motto of this artist. Whatever people throw away – maybe into a compost pile or in the garbage – are collected by her. Even if she goes out for a short walk, she would collect two to three leaves.

Her work is showcased in her  Instagram handle as well as her website. They are just so wonderful. Here are a few of her works:

Credit: Kristen Meyer: Website | Instagram

That’s just art – finding beauty where no one else sees it. Meyer shows that you can make art out of anything. You just need to have the vision to do so.

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Thailand Supermarket Uses Innovative Banana Leaves Packaging To Avoid Unnecessary Plastic Waste

By Mayukh Saha

Plastic Plastic Plastic!

The world is slowing getting overwhelmed with the rampant use of plastic. You walk into a supermarket and all you see is heaps of plastic. Even single pieces of fruits and veggies these days are wrapped all around by plastic.

You might very well ignore this issue altogether but very soon we might be living in a sea full of plastics and would have no place to go unless of course Mr. Elon Musk lands us into Mars, eh?

Welcome to Rimping. You guys have definitely heard of Chiang Mai, Thailand right? It is the new hub of startups. And Digital Nomads, like me, hover to this place like bees.

Rimping is the supermarket that is trying to break out of this norm of using single-use plastic and trying to find an innovative and alternative solution to this growing problem.

This alternative is an interesting way to use a packaging material that can very well replace plastic.

Enter banana leaves. Being situated near the equator, Thailand is a haven for banana plantations. So, this new method is using banana leaves to wrap up the packaging and prevent the use of excess plastic.

It is definitely not a completely foolproof method just yet, as a very small amount of plastic is still required in this new technique of packaging. But this is definitely a very viable and efficient first step in the reduction of plastic waste and plastic packaging.

Let’s hope that more and more people can come up with more innovative and newer solutions to replace plastic. This surely is an amazing first step.

Kudos to the brains behind this idea who are surely making the world a better place for our future generations, and making our oceans a safer place for all the endangered species of marine life.

Following is a list of pictures taken by Simon from Perfect Homes Chiang Mai Limited. This is what he had to say about the idea:

These were simple pictures taken off my mobile phone of a what I thought was a great idea. I certainly was amazed when they went viral.

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