Stories about Sustainability

August 15, 2019

Toxic Blooms Have Energy Potential

We often write about the damaging impacts of algal blooms found in the ocean and in lakes that are fouling beaches and coastal waters, not to mention drinking water in certain areas (see yesterday’s story on how it is poisonous to dogs).  But algae have the...


Plastic Found in Rocky Mountain Rainwater Samples

Scientists for the USGS who were analyzing rainwater in the Rocky Mountains found more than soil and mineral particles, instead, they identified plastics in 90% of the water samples they collected. The particles they found were so tiny that they could only be visible...

August 12, 2019

PFAS Found in “Compostable” Sweetgreen and Chipotle Containers

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel While fast-casual restaurant chains Chipotle and Sweetgreen are praised for their consciously sourced ingredients and vegetarian-friendly options, their compostable containers have come under fire for containing harmful chemicals...

August 7, 2019

Taking Time Off In August? Summer Book Suggestions

If you are taking a few days off this summer or just hoping to do some reading up on environmental issues, there are some great new books to dive into.  Ian Urbina and Tatiana Schlossberg, both of The New York Times, have notable books coming out later this month. ...

August 6, 2019

Major Hotels to Eliminate Travel Size Plastic Bottles

CNN Business reported last week that by 2021, InterContinental Group hotel — which includes Holiday Inns, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton Hotels, will end the use of small-sized toiletries plastic bottles and stock its rooms with bulk-sized instead.  They will take...

August 4, 2019

President Trump’s Sustainable Straws A Big Seller

The Guardian reported last week that President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, boasted that they had raked in almost $500,000 in one week from selling reusable and recyclable (And BPA free for good measure) Trump-branded nine-inch long plastic straws that...

July 14, 2019

One Cool Tennis Thing: Wimbledon “Aces” Sustainability

Wimbledon crowned its new champions over the weekend (congrats to all the winners), but the biggest winner overall was conservation.  This year, the tournament went all in on sustainability — from donating all the 53,000 used tennis balls to schools and selling...