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ways along the food supply chain , from air pollution to waste to energy consumption . By choosing ingredients and foods that minimize the impact on the environment , you can show food manufacturers that consumers want products sourced and produced responsibly .
One example is Airly Oat Cloud crackers ; each box explains how many grams of carbon dioxide you are helping remove from the air by supporting an innovative farming technique , which makes agriculture a solution , not a contributor , to climate change . Sustainable can be tasty , too . Made with real , wholesome and 100 % delicious ingredients , all four flavor varieties ( Cheddar , Sea Salt , Chocolate and Salted Caramel ) make for satisfying , convenient anytime snacks .
Support Local Businesses Particularly over the past couple of years , local businesses have fought hard to stay open , modifying their services , adapting to the times and generally trying to keep themselves and their local employees afloat . Rewarding those efforts by shopping in their stores and hiring their services keeps your money within the local community while keeping your friends and neighbors employed .
Those benefits aside , there are practical advantages to doing your shopping locally , such as lower emissions and energy consumption for transportation to and from the store or business . What ’ s more , businesses that are thriving tend to be stronger corporate citizens , supporting the community ’ s develop-ment and philanthropic needs for a true domino effect .
Clean Up Public Spaces Beautification projects not only make your community a more inviting place to be , they can actually be good for the earth . Removing litter allows natural vegetation and wildlife to thrive , reduces health risks and promotes safety by sending a clear message that the community cares about its space .
Litter management can spur tourism and economic benefits , as well , since more attractive places attract more people . What ’ s more , clean-up initiatives bring neighbors together for a shared cause , and that goodwill generally transcends the one-time event to create a greater sense of connectivity among residents . n
You can learn more about ways to take personal action to promote a better world at www . AirlyFoods . com

A Recipe That Tastes Good While Doing Good

Even the best-tasting desserts can be prepared with thoughtful ingredients and habits that promote sustainability . This Better Than Mama ’ s Banana Pudding recipe features responsibly sourced products , compostable ingredients and other options to be earth-friendly , including recyclable packaging .


• 1cup sugar
• 1 / 4 cup brown sugar
• 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
• 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 can evaporated milk
• 1 / 2 cup milk
• 1 / 2 stick butter , cut into 4 tablespoons
• 2 eggs
• 3 tablespoons vanilla
• 1 box Airly Chocolate or Salted Caramel Crackers
• 4 medium bananas , sliced
• whipped topping ( optional )
In medium saucepan over medium heat , whisk sugar , brown sugar , salt , flour , evaporated milk , milk , butter and eggs continuously until mixture begins to simmer and thicken , 8-10 minutes .
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla . Cover with plastic wrap touching pudding . Let rest 1 hour in refrigerator .
Layer 8-by-8-inch pan with crackers , reserving some for topping ; sliced bananas ; and pudding . Repeat layers then top with whipped top-ping , if desired , and sprinkle with crushed crackers .
Tips : Banana peels and eggshells can be composted . Evaporated milk can and cracker box can be recycled .