Sustainability

Plastics Industry Oversold Recycling to Americans, Now What?

by Zoey Shipley and Miro Korenha NPR and PBS Frontline recently announced a new joint investigation which has revealed that since the 1980s, “the plastics industry spent tens of millions of dollars promoting recycling through ads, recycling projects, and public relations, telling people plastic could be and should be recycled” all in an effort to […]

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The EPA Plans to Waive Rules Due to Coronavirus – Putting Polluters Ahead of People

The EPA Plans to Waive Rules Due to Coronavirus – Putting Polluters Ahead of People

As a result of the economic hardship caused by the coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Trump Administration plans to waive or loosen health, safety and environmental regulations governing a variety of industries including oil refiners, water utilities and sewage plants. 

Why This Matters: To borrow a phrase from the President, his planned economic “cure” for the virus may be worse than the disease.

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One Smart Thing: In Coronavirus World, How To Decrease Shipping Waste

One Smart Thing: In Coronavirus World, How To Decrease Shipping Waste

With more and more people being encouraged not to go out unless it’s essential, on-line shopping from Amazon and other big retailers may become your best option.  We know — we hate all that plastic packaging too.  Here are some tips for reducing it courtesy of cactiandcoconuts.green. 1.  To request less packaging from Amazon either: […]

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How Top Artists are Greening Their Tours (once we’re past coronavirus of course)

How Top Artists are Greening Their Tours (once we’re past coronavirus of course)

Concerts and music festivals produce a tremendous amount of waste–Coachella alone produces 107 tons of trash for every day of the festival. In fact, live (and especially outdoor) concerts have been described as an environmental nightmare which is why certain artists are beginning to make commitments to go green at their live events: Coldplay announced […]

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EU “Right to Repair” Plan Tackles Source of E-Waste

EU “Right to Repair” Plan Tackles Source of E-Waste

Consumers in the European Union will soon have the ability to have better access to more sustainable electronics. Under a new initiative unveiled by the European Commission, consumers will have an automatic right to have their devices repaired rather than throw them away under a new initiative unveiled by the European Commission today. As Forbes […]

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Starbucks Cups: Testing a New One But Don’t Bring Your Own

Starbucks Cups: Testing a New One But Don’t Bring Your Own

As a result of what they learned in China, Starbucks will not allow people to bring in their own “vessels” to get their cup of joe as a result of the coronavirus outbreak — the “temporary” measure went into effect last week and will remain so for the foreseeable future. 

Why This Matters:  There are times when — particularly with respect to health and safety — single-use plastic items are a necessity.  This coronavirus outbreak is one of those times.

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GM Wants to Dominate EV Market, Takes Aim At “Pain Points”

GM Wants to Dominate EV Market, Takes Aim At “Pain Points”

Last week, the CEO of General Motors rolled out the company’s extensive plans to manufacture electric vehicles across all its brands and vehicle models and it even hopes to rejuvenate its luxury Cadillac brand by offering high-end EVs that will compete with Tesla, according to The New York Times.

Why This Matters:  GM is making a big bet on EVs and looking to leapfrog all the other conventional vehicle companies – and make money on these EVs right from the start.

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Stella McCartney’s Fashion Show Makes a Statement on Animal Cruelty–And Has Some Fun Doing It

Stella McCartney’s Fashion Show Makes a Statement on Animal Cruelty–And Has Some Fun Doing It

Designer Stella McCartney has s been a longtime advocate for animal rights (her brand has worked without leather, fur, skins, feathers or animal glues since its launch in 2001) and has used her status as a top-tier designer to bring attention to issues of animal cruelty–which is a serious issue in the fashion industry. But […]

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One Cool Tweet: #BringNatureBack

Listen. Nature is falling silent. EU must make major changes to our food, farming, and consumption and #BringNatureBack now! sound up🎶 >>https://t.co/3jDwxof9xb#NatureNow @EU_Commission @vonderleyen @TimmermansEU pic.twitter.com/D0tsr6tC3J — Friends of the Earth (@foeeurope) February 27, 2020 It is World Wildlife Day tomorrow.  We could not think of a better way to get you into the spirit […]

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Interview of the Week: Elizabeth Mrema: On A Global Agreement for 30×30 for Nature

Interview of the Week: Elizabeth Mrema: On A Global Agreement for 30×30 for Nature

Elizabeth Mrema is the Acting Executive Secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity and will lead the year-long negotiation by the parties to the Convention on whether and how to set a goal of conserving 30% of the planet for nature by 2030.  ODP:  This is just the first in a series of negotiations […]

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Big Companies Sued for their Contribution to the Plastics Crisis

Big Companies Sued for their Contribution to the Plastics Crisis

Plastic pollution can seem like an insurmountable problem and in large part it’s because we can’t agree on who the culprits of the problem are and who’s responsible for the solution. Yes, manufacturers produce plastic, retailers sell it and consumers buy it as plastic has a lot of useful qualities. Plastic makes our lives convenient […]

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Sustainability Pledges Take Flight in Airline Sector

Sustainability Pledges Take Flight in Airline Sector

Delta Airlines (the world’s largest airline) and jetBlue have recently made big commitments to lower their carbon footprint, with Delta last week pledging to become “carbon neutral,” by 2030 and plan to invest $1 billion in achieving the goal, while JetBlue announced in January that it will be the first U.S. airline to pledge to offset all domestic flights beginning in July and United Airlines had previously committed $40 million to sustainable aviation development. 

Why This Matters:  If governments won’t force emissions to come down through regulation, then the fact that businesses are willing to make these pledges is even more significant.

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