Chicago Sandwich Restaurant Goes Two Full Years Without Creating Any Garbage

Owner and head chef Justin Vrany opened Chicago-based sustainability in mind, collecting old chairs from a closed down KFC, utilizing only local meat and produce and running the business on renewable energy. Most impressive of all is how the restaurant has managed to cut down on its trash output through composting, recycling and other methods. According to Vrany, the shop went a full two years without creating any waste, as documented in the short video Sandwich Me with “The Garbageless Restaurant” produced by NationSwell.

In a typical restaurant, about eight gallons of garbage is consumed in and thrown out into a dumpster in an hour. We did it in almost two years. And we just had an artist come in and pick up the eight gallons of garbage to make a sculpture out of, so we are now officially a zero-waste restaurant.

For those in the Chicago area, Vrany has started a free composting program through the restaurant.

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The Best Pictures Of This Year’s Japanese Cherry Blossoms

The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.

The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.

Source: Demilked Magazine

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Great Crested Grebes nesting in the campus of York University. There are three chicks, which are approximately ten days old, nestling on the back of their parents, safely tucked under feathers. Once hatched the chicks climb straight onto the back of their parents and ride around with them, in order to be protected from predators.

Picture: Ben Andrew/REX (via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)

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Shoni Schimmel Represents What is Right with American Indian Youth
It is not every day an American Indian enters the WNBA, the women’s professional basketball league, as Shoni Schimmel did this past Monday. As a matter of fact, no American Indian woman has ever been drafted in the first round of the WBNA as Shoni was when the Atlanta Dream selected her. Schimmel represents what is right with American Indian youth across Indian country.

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Shoni Schimmel Represents What is Right with American Indian Youth

It is not every day an American Indian enters the WNBA, the women’s professional basketball league, as Shoni Schimmel did this past Monday. As a matter of fact, no American Indian woman has ever been drafted in the first round of the WBNA as Shoni was when the Atlanta Dream selected her. Schimmel represents what is right with American Indian youth across Indian country.

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Five-month-old grizzly bear Bam Bam and 16-month-old chimpanzee Vali are the most unlikely friends. For while together they resemble a pair of cuddly toys, they would normally live on different continents. And when they grow up, Bam Bam is likely to be about nine times the size of his chimp pal. But the young males have been inseparable since being introduced at the Myrtle Beach Safari park in South Carolina, where they were born. In the wild, Bam Bam would live in the wilds of North America, while Vali’s natural home is the jungle of central Africa. Whether the two stay friends when they grow up will only be determined by time.

Photos: Barry Bland [Article Source]