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Wrap it up— Even if you’ve been tossing candy bar wrappers into the recycling with the rest of the plastic, they don’t always end up where you’d hope; that is, actually being recycled. Turns out, candy bar wrappers are made of multiple materials; plastic, aluminum, and paper are mixed together making the recycling process difficult and expensive. Nestlé has a plan for that. They’re committed to making all of their packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, and they’re starting by relaunching their line of Yes! snack bars, (not currently sold in US) which will be “packaged in paper using a high-speed flow wrap technology.” No word yet on when this will hit the states. Lightning Strikes— Two Jim Beam warehouses in Kentucky burned down after an apparent lightning strike on July 3rd. While no employees were injured, it’s estimated that 45,000 barrels of whiskey were destroyed in the fire. And unfortunately, it seems a lot of it ended up in the Kentucky River. Residents are being warned not to consume fish from the river. The incident is not expected to have any impact on product supply. No Beans— Coffee alternatives have been on the market for a while now; made from mushrooms, or even roasted pieces of chicory root. But with the expectation that the amount of land suitable for growing coffee could shrink by as much as 50% by 2050, scientists are searching for the perfect cup of joe, sans beans. And they may have found it; introducing molecular coffee, Atomo. Finally— Always bring mashed potatoes