Sustainability
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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