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Gail Barnes, PhD

Gail Barnes, PhD

Gail Barnes, PhD, is a technology and sustainability expert who has consulted with companies worldwide on product sustainability innovation with composting and recycling strategies, as well as navigating food safety and regulatory processes and procedures and advising on consumer insights and evolving trends. She began her career as a high school teacher, and her corporate career with Unilever in South Africa.

Barnes’ passion for sustainability and the environment has led to her work in several global environmental initiatives including the development of packaging to protect the nutritional value and taste of food. Her career has helped her gain insight on industry technology issues and consumer trends and education practices.

South African born and educated, Barnes is multilingual and has a Master of Science degree in biology and a Ph.D. in applied chemistry - food science from the University of Natal. She earned her master of business leadership from the School of Business Leadership at the University of South Africa. Barnes also volunteers for the U.S. Composting Council.
3 Steps to Becoming an Effortless Environmentalist this Earth Day

Remember those moonshot earth-friendly resolutions you made last Earth Day? How many did you keep up with? 

Don’t feel bad; many of us are in the same boat. Turns out big changes are easier to make with many small changes –- changes that almost seem effortless. Because they are effortless, small changes are so much likelier to be kept!

Going green can be especially overwhelming. One of the biggest obstacles to improving environmental conditions is our daily habits. 

However, if we can start by making a few minor shifts in our daily routines, it can add up to making a big difference.