Grow a Reusable Bag Habit This Earth Day

Reusable bags are beautiful, functional, and a really impactful way to help halt plastic pollution. So why don’t we all use ‘em? The EarthWays Center staff poses this question whenever we educate companies, classes, or visitors about recycling. The #1 answer we hear is: I can’t remember to take my bags when I go to…

Journey to the Galápagos | Part 2

“I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.” -Sir Ernest Shackleton We all have our version of the unknown; the uncomfortable ignorance that lies just beyond our comfort zones. As kids, most dream of becoming explorers but few dare to take that leap; to reach out to all…

Journey to the Galápagos | Part 1

“I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.” Sir Ernest Shackleton We all have our version of the unknown; the uncomfortable ignorance that lies just beyond our comfort zones. As kids, most dream of becoming explorers but few dare to take that leap; to reach out to all…

Sweet and Sustainable Treats

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means that many people will be seeking out chocolates and other candies for their loved ones. This is a great opportunity to shop sustainably! Check out some recommendations for sustainable chocolate from the EarthWays Center. Where Does Your Chocolate Come From? Chocolate is derived from the seeds…

Veg Out for the Holidays

With the holidays upon us, many families and friends are planning gatherings and celebratory meals—most of them likely centering on meat. To help make this holiday season more sustainable, the EarthWays Center suggests adding some vegetarian and vegan alternatives to your dinner table. Why Eat Less Meat? Vegetarians and vegans are familiar with the question—why…

Recycle Responsibly

An Update You Can Use from the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden Many of us recycle—a good habit that keeps getting better. But while recycling is geared to handle a wide range of materials, your recycling bin is not a catch-all. The Garden’s EarthWays Center joins with OneSTL recycling partners all over St….

Bloomsday: The Sunflower+ Project: STL

This summer welcomes the sixth consecutive season of blooming sunflowers to the corner of Warren and 14th Streets in Old North St. Louis, a plot of land that until not long ago was nothing more than a weedy, vacant lot. Today the site not only offers a stunning seasonal display, but also a striking example…

Getting the Most from the Green Living Festival

What energy-saving actions will work best where you live? How can you waste less by reusing, recycling and composting? How can plants help you and our environment be healthier? The Green Living Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden offers sustainable solutions to these questions and more.       A Day of Hands-on Learning Each…

Making Sustainability Work | The Green Business Challenge

Experts from the Garden’s EarthWays Center are cultivating a culture of sustainable thinking and practice across the St. Louis region’s business sector through its leadership of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge. Launched in 2010 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Challenge was delivered as a Chamber-Garden partnership through 2017, and is now managed…

Answers to Your Recycling Questions

If the approach of Earth Day has recycling on your mind, you may be pondering some common questions. What exactly can be recycled? What do I do with items that can’t be recycled? Do I need to take any steps before recycling an item? Here are a few answers from the Garden’s EarthWays Center that…

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day—And Every Day

This year, don’t just wear green; take your St. Patrick’s Day spirit a little further by being green. Being “green” means looking for ways to lessen potentially harmful effects on the environment by altering your everyday life. That may sound like a big commitment, but being green can be easy, despite what you might have…

Ever-greener Garden Events

In 2011, Garden events went super-green, adding food waste composting to our garden-variety recycling. This fall’s Best of Missouri Market® will mark seven years of evolving our sustainability efforts, as we host tens of thousands of guests. Recycling has long been standard practice for Garden signature events, including Chinese Culture Days, Green Homes Festival, Japanese…