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OSC2 Member and CEO of Sambazon, Ryan Black, featured on the Food Heros Podcast

Sambazon, purple for the planet, climate change, food industry influencer

Love acai berries, the purple hair, and Amazonian rainforest? Check out Ryan Black’s interview on the Food Hero’s Podcast.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Ryan’s first encounter with acai
  • The history and benefits of acai
  • How acai is grown and processed
  • How Ryan brought this superfood to the American market
  • How Sambazon established organic and fairtrade standards for acai
  • Ryan’s other social and eco-preneurship projects
  • Sambazon’s future efforts to be environmentally conscious

Originally posted on the Food Hero’s Podcast

An “eco-preneur” and CEO of Sambazon, Ryan Black starts the conversation by teaching us how to say acai (“ah-sah-YEE”), which was only his first obstacle when introducing the American market to the superfood.…

ReGrained Presents: The UpCyclist

Why You Should Be Optimistic About Compostable Packaging

by Dan Kurzrock April 25, 2019

Original post at: ReGrained Presents: The UpCyclist

Why You Should Be Optimistic About Compostable Packaging

Optimism about packaging in today’s single-use culture can feel hard to reach. Rather than crumple up our dreams of a more sustainable future and toss them out the window, we’ve always felt inspired to find a better way. Cars aren’t going away, but they can become electric.

Inhale. Exhale.

An Expo West Recap from OSC2

For the past few years we have been witnessing a shift in consciousness and intention within the natural products community. The trend continued this year at Expo West. We were blown away by the number of people in attendance at the various workshops and education sessions, in addition to our annual convening on the show floor to see the ever growing variety of progressive natural products.   

ReGrained Presents: The UpCyclist

Our Compostable Packaging Plan

Originally posted on Regrained’s website by CEO and Co-Founder Dan Kurzrock, February 14, 2019

Our Compostable Packaging Plan

It is with both a heavy heart and an optimistic spirit that I share this update on ReGrained’s sustainable packaging program:

Despite a significantly higher cost and other challenges, ReGrained was first to market with and has packed exclusively in compostable wrappers for years.

CARBON NEW NEGATIVE FOR 22 YEARS: HOW DID GUAYAKI DO IT?

Originally posted by the Climate Collaborative on January 04, 2019

In anticipation of the 2019 National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative Awards, we’re talking with the leaders of our 2018 award-winning companies to learn a little bit more about what drives their climate leadership.

Our fourth interview is with Chris Mann, CEO and Chairman of the Gourd at Guayaki, winner of the 2018 Outstanding Company Value Chain Engagement Award (View our previous interviews with Organic ValleyLotus Foods and Community Food Co-op).…

On a high note!

Going Deep: OSC2 Strategic Planning Session at Ahmed’s Ranch in Occidental

Thank you all for an amazing year

What a year!  Lara and I wanted to recognize and appreciate the progress made together as we continue to grow this inspiring community. Thanks to you, OSC2 is a thriving ecosystem. Your contribution of time, energy, and resources this year have helped us come One Step Closer to realizing our collective potential.…

Climate Leaders: An interview with the co-CEOs of Lotus Foods

Highlights from OSC2 Packaging Collaborative Tour of Recology

Author: Lara Dickinson, Executive Director of the OSC2
Date: Oct 24, 2018

While there are certainly challenges to composting packaging at Recology, there’s a surprising amount of encouragement to keep the Packaging Collaborative work going.  We all know that pulling carbon out of the ground vs. putting O2 into the air, when it comes to making packaging, makes a lot more sense. …

Coming to Life! Chris Mann

Founding OSC2 Member and Guayaki’s Chairman of the Gourd for, Chris Mann, on living purpose companies

Chris postulates that wealth and work have become a “proxy” for friends, family, and community, and that building a culture of shared connection will lead us toward not just a more sustainable society, but a much happier one. Chris will be sharing his ideas of how we can learn from the native cultures of Argentina and implement the ideas of mindfulness, building long-term social infrastructures, ritual, and play to evoke a more connected, aware, and empathetic business model.…

GCAS Follow Up from the Climate Collaborative

By Lara Dickinson, Executive Director, OSC2 and Climate Collaborative Co-Founder

This September has been packed on the global climate action landscape—Climate Week NYC is taking place as I write this, two weeks ago we convened an afternoon of climate programming at Expo East for the natural products industry, and bigger than all of this, this month California became the epicenter of the global dialogue on climate change as the state hosted the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) from September 12-14.