As the Huffington Post reported, Maryland could soon be the first state to completely ban polystyrene food containers. Last week, the state House of Delegates passed a measure to outlaw the disposable foam products, following up on a bill passed by the state Senate earlier this month. The legislation now heads to Gov. Larry Hogan […]Continue Reading 389 words
As we have reported, China has stopped accepting U.S. trash for recycling, which leaves cities in a bind and many have had to cut back or stop recycling altogether. According to The New York Times, hundreds of cities across the country have had to drastically alter their recycling programs or cancel their programs amid increasing turmoil in global scrap markets. Fiona Ma, the Treasurer of the State of California, put it bluntly, telling The Times, “We are in a crisis moment in the recycling movement right now.”Continue Reading 411 words
The Coca-Cola Company, in an effort to be more transparent and decrease its environmental footprint, reported that it produced more than 3 million tons of plastic packaging in 2017, and also announced that it will donate $5.4 million to a number of environmental organizations aimed at reducing plastic waste.Continue Reading 391 words
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The footwear industry manufactures approx 23 billion pairs of shoes a year, 95% of which end up in landfills and most of them won’t break down over time. Recently, Canadian footwear manufacturer SOLE along with American apparel company United By Blue introduced a pair of shoes made with recycled corks, bison fiber, merino wool, algae bloom foam, and rice husks […]Continue Reading 218 words
Trucks are the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. but they have been completely absent from the plug-in electric vehicles market so far, but that is about to change. There are five pickup truck models vying to be the first one to hit the showroom. The most anticipated and likely first one out of the blocks […]Continue Reading 205 words
As a result of a very public petition drive led by Greenpeace, Trader Joe’s announced that it will take various steps to reduce its use of plastic in its stores such as it will stop offering single-use carryout bags nationwide, replace its produce bags with biodegradable and compostable options, replace styrofoam trays used in produce packaging, and sell more loose produce rather than wrapping it in plastic.Continue Reading 445 words
What’s Mardi Gras without the beads? They are the symbol of the event — a “must have” if you are there for the celebration. Last year, Huffington Post reports that almost 1,200 tons of trash were collected after the Mardi Gras parade — and much of it was in the form of plastic beads — indeed, in 2017 workers cleaned out 93,000 pounds of beads from storm drains in historic downtown New Orleans.Continue Reading 184 words
by Madison Pravecek A worldwide staple of childhood play, LEGO has announced that they are laying the bricks for a sustainable future and committing to use sustainable materials in their core products and packaging by 2030. Already in 2018, LEGO introduced a line of botanical pieces made out of plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane. “At […]Continue Reading 641 words
Plastic pollution is a global crisis that affects just about every ecosystem on Earth: from the Arctic to the deepest depths of the ocean. As National Geographic recently reported as part of their “Planet or Plastic” series, “a British research team captured amphipods, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that scavenge on the seabed, from six of the […]Continue Reading 386 words
As Greenbiz recently reported, SC Johnson has unveiled plans to start producing one of its top home cleaning products in bottles made entirely from recycled plastics collected from the world’s oceans. The 100% recycled ocean plastic bottle will hold Windex Vinegar home cleaning products, with as many as 8 million units set to hit the […]Continue Reading 374 words
In a global first, a new waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen doubles as an artificial ski slope! When it is finished in May, it will be a full fledged outdoor park with year round ski runs and chairlifts, hiking trails that wind up at the top of the “mountain” and a 264-foot climbing wall. From the […]Continue Reading 187 words
Warning – we are going fashionista for a moment! Who knew that beautiful robins egg blue dress was gorgeous and sustainable!?!? And so was the red, off the shoulder stunner! The organization Red Carpet Green Dress has for the last ten years worked to raise awareness about the importance of more sustainable practices in fashion.Continue Reading 170 words