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Protecting Planet Earth is the bottom line for these businesses and nonprofits around Kansas City

As a zero-waste store, The Greener Home supplies many bulk refill products, such as the dish soap found in these jugs.
Kristen Edwards
As a zero-waste store, The Greener Home supplies many bulk refill products, such as these jugs of dish soap.

Fifty-four years after the first annual Earth Day, many people are making environmental sustainability their business. KCUR's Up To Date spoke with Kansas Citians whose livelihood is saving the planet.

When Kristen Edwards says her business in Parkville, Missouri, is flourishing, her definition of success is not what everyone would expect.

"We've managed to keep 7,000 plastic containers out of the landfills here in Kansas City — just north of the river alone," Edwards told Up To Date.

Small businesses and nonprofits dedicated to passing on an environmentally sustainable world to the next generation are dotted throughout the Kansas City area. Edwards' business is The Greener Home, a zero-waste store that sells eco-friendly household cleaners and personal care products and reduces waste by selling products in reusable plastic containers.

Edwards' main motivation? Her kids' welfare.

"I wanted to make sure I was giving them the best start possible," she said.

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Gabby Martinez is Up To Date's UMKC student intern for the 2024 spring semester. She is graduating from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in May 2024 with a major in strategic and professional communication. She is a big fan of traveling, pickles, and the color pink. You can reach her at gabby.martinez@kcur.org.
As Up To Date’s senior producer, I construct daily conversations that give our listeners context to the issues of our time. I strive to provide a platform that holds those in power accountable, while also spotlighting the voices of Kansas City’s creatives and visionaries that may otherwise go unheard. Email me at zach@kcur.org.
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