Field Notes

Let's Protect What Matters
Let's Protect What Matters
What do you value?  Wait -- try this instead: when was the last time you asked yourself what you truly value? My guess is it's been a minute...so go on...sit with that question for a second. Separate your needs from your wants. Is your work/life balance working? What are the physical and...
Chris Mauro • May 24, 2022
Ranpak's Huge Role in Delivering a Better Future
Ranpak's Huge Role in Delivering a Better Future
While global awareness of plastic pollution problem seems to be reaching a tipping-point, we know the war we’re fighting against single-use plastic will be a protracted one. Beyond tackling the existing mess in our oceans, rivers and streams is the larger issue of turning off the giant tap -- the source of...
Chris Mauro • May 17, 2022
The Growing Volume of Plastic Production: Visualized
The Growing Volume of Plastic Production: Visualized
Just in case you didn't know that the plastic problem is getting worse, not better, let the following graphics sink in... Plastic production is swelling, not receding. That includes single-use plastics. The time has come to do something about it. 
Chris Mauro • May 17, 2022
Meet the Biggest Purveyors of Single Use Plastics
Meet the Biggest Purveyors of Single Use Plastics
We all know single-use plastics are the scourge of the planet right now, but most don't realize the problem is only getting worse. In the next five years, our global capacity to produce virgin polymers (as opposed to recycled) is forecasted to rise by 30 percent. And that's apparently still...
Chris Mauro • May 04, 2022
Question: How Much of Your Plastic Will Outlive You?
Question: How Much of Your Plastic Will Outlive You?
Answer: Way too much.  If you're anything like me crunching numbers makes your head hurt. Have you ever taken an accounting class? Jeesh, they're tough. And the more honest the accounting, the tougher it can be on your mental health. Let's face it, some of us don't like to know...
Chris Mauro • Apr 28, 2022
Vipe Desai, SIMA's New Executive Director, Talks Shop and Sustainability
Vipe Desai, SIMA's New Executive Director, Talks Shop and Sustainability
Vipe Desai has been involved in the surf and outdoor industries since the early 1990s, when he opened H20, one of the first surf & snowboard shops on the Southern California coast. Snowboarders were considered outcasts at the time, and weren't even allowed at most resorts in the nation. But...
Chris Mauro • Apr 26, 2022