Sustainability
More Refillable Bottles, Less Ocean Plastic

More Refillable Bottles, Less Ocean Plastic

It’s not news that we’re in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis. As consumers become more conscious and cities try to tackle mounting piles of waste, plastics manufacturers are making no plans to slow down the production of virgin plastic. That’s a big problem and one outlined in Oceana’s most recent report on ocean […]

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One Cool Thing: Cute Sustainable Gifts

One Cool Thing: Cute Sustainable Gifts


Two years ago we featured Wendy Barnes Designs in our annual gift guide and had a super enthusiastic response from readers. Wendy creates adorable reusable straw/silverware bags (bc who wants their utensils to collect purse lint?) that are made from her original pen and ink print designs. Since we have many new readers we wanted […]

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One Cool Thing: A Big Week for Corporate Sustainability as Starbucks, Taco Bell Step Up

One Cool Thing: A Big Week for Corporate Sustainability as Starbucks, Taco Bell Step Up

After the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock announced that climate change and sustainability are now its core principles, one more corporate giant is stepping up its climate commitments. Starbucks announced today that it wants to become “resource-positive”: Storing more carbon than it emits, eliminating waste, and providing more clean freshwater than it uses in coffee-growing […]

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Volkswagen Will Lead BEV Market By 2030

Volkswagen Will Lead BEV Market By 2030

A new analysis by energy industry experts predicts that Volkswagen will produce 14 million electric vehicles by 2028 and will leap from 10th place to the largest producer of BEVs, grabbing more than a quarter of all sales globally. 

Why This Matters:  Making the switch globally to BEVs is one of the key ways to drive down CO2 emissions in the next 10 years.

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Blackrock Announces Climate Change/Sustainability Are Now Its Core Principles For Investing

Blackrock Announces Climate Change/Sustainability Are Now Its Core Principles For Investing

In a stunning and groundbreaking turnaround, the CEO of the world’s largest asset manager with $7T under its control, BlackRock, announced that from now on the company will make its investment decisions with environmental sustainability as a core goal and will take climate change into account.

Why This Matters:  This is HUGE.  BlackRock is the single largest investor in fossil fuels in the world.  And they are getting out of that business.  

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Could Post Disaster Aid Make Climate Impacts Worse?  In India’s Case, Yes.

Could Post Disaster Aid Make Climate Impacts Worse? In India’s Case, Yes.

The deadly Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 killed 230,000 people in 14 countries and in response people across the world donated almost $6.25 billion in relief money.  Thousands of fishermen lost their boats.  In response, relief funds triggered an unsustainable investment in better boats, higher-tech “ring seine” nets, and that led to overcapacity in fisheries […]

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One Cool Olympic Thing:  Recyclable Beds for the Athletes

One Cool Olympic Thing: Recyclable Beds for the Athletes

If you are like us, you are really looking forward to the summer Olympics!  The Tokyo games are going to be the greenest ever — and that goes even for the beds that the athletes will sleep in.  According to the Associated Press, the athletes’ bed frames will be made of super-strong cardboard that is […]

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NYC Nowhere Near Zero-Waste, Despite Mayor’s Pledge

NYC Nowhere Near Zero-Waste, Despite Mayor’s Pledge

Nearly 5 years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged New York City would send zero waste to landfills by 2030, in part by scaling up an aggressive composting program to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich soil. It’s now 2020 and the city is nowhere near meeting the mayor’s stated goals. 

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More Green Giving This Year? The Trend Is Good

More Green Giving This Year? The Trend Is Good

According to a recent report by the Conservation Finance Network, charitable giving to environmental causes last year $12.7 billion — which is only 3% of charitable giving in the U.S. — including donations to animal welfare organizations like local animal shelters. 

Why This Matters: These organizations are working harder than ever to beat back the assault by the Trump Administration on our environmental laws and public lands, but it is tough going.

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Alaska’s Temps Are Rising At Much Higher Rates Than The Rest of the Planet

Each year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues an Arctic Report Card, and this year’s warns that Arctic ecosystems and communities are increasingly at risk and draws particular attention to the Bering Sea region, where declining winter sea ice exemplifies the potential for sudden and extreme change.

Why This Matters:  The Arctic is changing more rapidly than the rest of the planet.  And what happens in the Arctic does not just stay in the Arctic.

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Green Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Green Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Hey #FriendsOfThePlanet, if you’ve been reading the email all week then you will have seen our picks for meaningful green gifts for you and your loved ones. We’ve compiled all of our recs into this handy guide and hope that if you’re looking for gifts, that you love all of these items and experiences as […]

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Holiday Gift Guide:  Give the Gift of Carbon Offsets

Holiday Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Carbon Offsets

This year, that climate guilt in the form of “flight shaming” set in.  Many people started thinking hard about their own carbon footprints after climate activist Greta Thunberg made headlines by sailing to the large UN climate meetings in a solar-powered boat rather than flying to them and by taking trains to events around Europe.  […]

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