when beautiful seasons join hands
early morning, late april, michigan, usa, earth
“the poetry of earth is never dead.”
-john keats, from ‘on the grasshopper and cricket.’
by following the grandies through the rows and fields
then found hot air balloons
followed their colors
past the moon and the trees
saw their beautiful flight and landing
all on an afternoon spent among things raised from the earth.
“imagination is to love what gas is to the balloon-that which raises it from earth.”
– letitia elizabeth landon
it’s important we each do our part to help Mother Earth
and here is a way we can all pitch in,
with two of my favorite things on this earth,
paper and chocolate.
you are welcome.
Japanese KitKats Are Replacing Plastic Packaging
with Origami Paper You Can Turn into Cranes!
From plant-based, bio-plastic Lego to Adidas’s first fully recyclable running shoe, companies worldwide are working hard to make their products and packaging more sustainable. Last year, food and drink manufacturer Nestle announced that it plans to use 100% recyclable packaging for its products by 2025. As part of that goal, nestle Japan recently released new packaging for its popular miniature KitKat chocolate bars, which will now be wrapped in origami paper instead of plastic.
“Plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world is facing today,” Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider says “Tackling it requires a collective approach. We are committed to finding improved solutions to reduce, re-use and recycle.” Japan is the biggest market for KitKats, with 4 million being sold every day. By swapping out the candy bar’s shiny plastic wrap for eco-friendly matte paper, Nestlé expects to cut down on roughly 380 tons of plastic each year.
The new packaging is not only good for the environment, but it’s fun too! Each KitKat bar will include instructions on how to fold a traditional origami crane—a symbol of hope and healing. Customers are encouraged to turn their trash into art, with the hope that the paper will remain in use for longer.
The environmentally-friendly packaging debuts with the most popular KitKat Mini flavors—original, matcha, and dark chocolate—but the positive change is just the beginning. Next year, Nestlé Japan plans to release paper bags for its normal-sized KitKat multipacks, and will roll out single-layer paper wrappers for individual KitKats in 2021.
“the visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.”
credits: mymodernmet.com, atlas obscure, emma taggart, nestles japan