compost http://michiganradio.org en Lessons on life and compost at the Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival http://michiganradio.org/post/lessons-life-and-compost-ann-arbor-reskilling-festival <p>Long ago, before iPads and Wifi, it wasn&rsquo;t &ldquo;cool&rdquo; or trendy to know how to do things such as mend your own clothes, can fruit or turn old food into compost&mdash;it was imperative. And just as valuable as the skills themselves, were the people from whom you learned them.</p><p>Now, face-to-face social interaction is often limited to the times when we look up from whatever screen we&rsquo;re lost in while we wait for the next text message or email to arrive.</p><p>Some people in Ann Arbor are hoping to break this cycle by regaining valuable yet forgotten skills and reclaiming community bonds.</p><p>The movement takes shape in the form of the <a href="http://a2reskilling.com/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival</a>. According to the festival website, &quot;reskilling&quot; is all about sharing often abandoned skills for &ldquo;resilient, low-energy living,&rdquo; in a face-to-face community setting. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:34:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6107 at http://michiganradio.org Lessons on life and compost at the Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival It's not so easy to get rid of that potato fork http://michiganradio.org/post/its-not-so-easy-get-rid-potato-fork <p>Have you ever seen those plastic forks or spoons made from corn or potatoes? It&rsquo;s a big trend right now.</p><p>They&rsquo;re compostable. So in theory... this tableware breaks down into a dark, rich material that&rsquo;s really good for gardening.</p><p>So you get the convenience of disposable plastic... without adding to the big pile of plastic trash.</p><p>But here&rsquo;s where things get tricky.</p><p>Liz Shoch is with the <a href="http://www.sustainablepackaging.org/">Sustainable Packaging Coalition</a>. She&#39;s working with companies to rethink the way they package their products.</p><blockquote><p><br />&ldquo;One of the things we say a lot currently is there is no sustainable package and that goes for compostable packaging too. There&rsquo;s always tradeoffs.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 03 May 2011 15:06:59 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2323 at http://michiganradio.org It's not so easy to get rid of that potato fork