Sustainability
Flushable Wipes Causing “Fatbergs” In City Sewer Systems

Flushable Wipes Causing “Fatbergs” In City Sewer Systems

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer To disinfect surfaces during the pandemic, Americans have been using more sanitary wipes than ever before. In the twelve months through late January, sanitary wipe purchases have increased by a whopping 75%.  But while these wipes are often labeled “flushable” by manufacturers, they are anything but and are clogging […]

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Ford and HP Team Up to Recycle 3D Printing Waste into Auto Parts

Ford and HP Team Up to Recycle 3D Printing Waste into Auto Parts

Ford has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to turn spent 3D-printed powder and parts into stronger, lighter, and more cost-effective vehicle parts. The recycled, injection-molded parts will first be used on Ford’s Super Duty F-250 trucks and have better chemical and moisture resistance than conventional versions. 

Why This Matters: 3D printing makes use of plastic and metal powders that, when disposed of in landfills, can contaminate groundwater and end up in the air, harming human health.

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One Cool Thing: Virginia Says Goodbye to Clamshells

One Cool Thing: Virginia Says Goodbye to Clamshells

Despite an uptick in its use during the pandemic, Virginia will soon ban the use of styrofoam containers for food products — Governor Ralph Northam signed the new law on Tuesday — with the bans set to go into effect next year.  Large food sellers (those with 20 or more locations) will not be allowed […]

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Railroad Merger Could Link All of North America and Lower Emissions

Railroad Merger Could Link All of North America and Lower Emissions

A $29 billion merger between two of North America’s biggest railroad companies could connect Canada, the U.S., and Mexico by rail for the first time. Canadian Pacific is buying Kansas City Southern, creating about 20,000 miles of continent-spanning tracks.

Why this Matters: Increasing the connectivity of rail networks is a “compelling opportunity to take trucks off the road,” as Canadian Pacific’s chief executive told the New York Times.

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Special Interests Are Preventing the Expansion of Sustainable Building Codes

Special Interests Are Preventing the Expansion of Sustainable Building Codes

by Brynn Furey As many government officials look for opportunities to make our buildings greener, special interest groups want to put up blockades. Recently, construction and gas industry associations succeeded in erecting a new barrier to sideline city leaders from influencing codes that determine the health and safety of our buildings — and have a […]

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A Delicate Balance: Building Back Tourism In Ways That Support Nature and Communities

A Delicate Balance: Building Back Tourism In Ways That Support Nature and Communities

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer “Nature is healing” memes aside, the past year of paused travel has had an unexpected downside for wildlife worldwide. In some countries, fewer tourists and cruise ships have given animals a reprieve, like whales off the coast of Alaska no longer subjected to five months of constant cruise ship […]

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