Jul 16, 2018
What does it mean to be biobased?
Is wood biobased?
What about Sun Chips?
Or, how about dish soap?
It turns out all of these things can be biobased, in that they’re made from renewable materials. You just have to know where to look. And knowing where to look can help you make choices that promote a more sustainable future.
Jun 26, 2018
Summer and music festivals go hand-in-hand. And while fun, music festivals are notorious for producing large amounts of waste. For example, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival produced more than 679 tons of waste over four days in 2015. Coachella Music Festival was found to generate 107 tons of solid waste each day according to an environmental impact report from Indio, California.
Jun 25, 2018
Biobased products are more readily available than you think. That’s the message 30 Ohio middle school students recently received during the 2018 Soy Smarts Summer Camp. In association with the Ohio Soybean Council, OBIC developed and delivered soy-based interactive educational activities to promote sustainable choices in younger generations.
Jun 22, 2018
The second stop on the Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer (OSSS) was the Pickaway County Fair. It was a beautiful day – full of sunshine and a slight breeze to cool the fairgoers, and OBIC Student Assistant, Brad Collins and I. This time, we set up near the fair’s entrance, alongside other booths such as the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Pickaway County Health Department. Being near the fair’s entrance allowed us an opportunity to speak with people entering and exiting the fair throughout the day.
Jun 17, 2018
The Ohio Soy Sustainable Summer is in full swing as OBIC student assistants, Brad Collins and Shivani Patel, visited the Paulding County Fair recently. Pulling into the Paulding County fairgrounds, we were greeted by Sarah Noggle, an OSU Extension Educator. She was extremely enthusiastic about our program and helped us feel as if we were at home in Paulding County. We set up the Sustainable World Tour (SWT) van outside of Acres of Fun – an indoor entertainment area filled with fun and educational booths for people to check out at their leisure.
Jun 4, 2018
In collaboration with the Ohio Soybean Council, the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center will be hitting the road this summer to attend 22 different Ohio county fairs, as well as all five sessions of Ohio FFA Camp, Muskingum.
May 30, 2018
Recently, OBIC had the chance to participate in WestFest, a West Campus Sustainability and Outreach Festival on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. This is WestFest’s second year, showcasing Ohio State departments and organizations on west campus, such as the Center for Applied Plant Sciences, Center for Automotive Research, Office of Energy and Environment, and more. Ohio State Energy Partners, including ENGIE and Axium Infrastructure sponsored the event. Their partnership with Ohio State is dedicated to reducing campus energy consumption by at least 25% in the next 10 years.
May 23, 2018
Recently, there has been a shift in the personal care industry towards being more sustainable. This could be attributed to a number of things, but one of the most important, is likely the influence of social media – resulting in consumers making more environmentally-friendly choices. With information easily accessible at their fingertips, consumers are honing in on brands that promise to be sustainable, eco friendly, and free of potentially dangerous chemicals. Customers want less artificial chemicals in products, and want more ingredients found in nature.
May 11, 2018
“I can. We will.” Everywhere you look around the 90th annual Ohio FFA Convention, you will see these words posted. This is the theme for the National FFA Organization, but this statement also describes the way Ohio FFA members take on new challenges. Every year in May, FFA members from all across Ohio travel to Columbus to represent their high school chapters, compete in Career Development Events, and receive recognition for all of their efforts that year.
May 9, 2018
The first official social media platform was launched in 1997. Back then, if a person told you that they were going to work in the social media industry, you would probably look at them like they were crazy. Flash-forward 20 years, social media has infiltrated every part of our lives and has proven to be a lucrative industry. It’s hard to say what trends will influence industry careers 20 years from now, but there is no doubt that the bioeconomy will have a significant role to play.