Sustainability
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

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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