Sustainability
COVID-19 Pandemic Blows a Major Setback for Efforts to Curb Plastic Waste

COVID-19 Pandemic Blows a Major Setback for Efforts to Curb Plastic Waste

As the world is grappling to adjust to coronavirus, the need for disposable protective equipment and food containers has grown exponentially. It’s a necessary precaution, but without a circular system for our waste (and plastic waste especially) mismanaged waste has its own set of human and environmental health impacts. And as CNN explained, “all that […]

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Why is Our Recycling System So Broken? How Do We Fix It?

Why is Our Recycling System So Broken? How Do We Fix It?

In 1960, Americans generated 2.68 pounds of garbage per day and by 2017, it had grown to an average of 4.51 pounds. While many people dutifully put items into their recycling bins, much of it does not actually end up being recycled. There are several reasons why our recycling system isn’t working well: 40% of […]

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One Cool Thing: Adidas Teams Up With Allbirds To Create a Low Carbon Tennis Shoe

One Cool Thing: Adidas Teams Up With Allbirds To Create a Low Carbon Tennis Shoe

Two companies that are committed to making environmentally friendly sneakers — Adidas and Allbirds — are teaming up to pool their best technologies to create a super environmental shoe.  The two companies will take advantage of Allbirds’ lifecycle assessment tools as well as Adidas’ carbon footprint analyses and determine how to best reduce carbon dioxide […]

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How to Help Companies Meet Plastic Waste Commitments

How to Help Companies Meet Plastic Waste Commitments

Plastic pollution is a pervasive problem and since the world’s recycling systems are in chaos after China stopped accepting their waste there’s an urgent need for companies to step up their efforts to keep plastic out of landfills and natural environments. WWF estimates as few as 100 companies have the potential to help prevent roughly 10 million metric tons […]

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One Green Thing: Lessons From the Garden

One Green Thing: Lessons From the Garden

The pandemic has upended most of our lives, but it has also made us more aware of our environment — clean air, birds in our neighborhood, and how much we love being outdoors.  We are also appreciative more appreciative of the green spaces in and around our homes — whether it’s indoor plants, the tree […]

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Our Oceans Are Spitting Up Microplastics Back at Us

Our Oceans Are Spitting Up Microplastics Back at Us

As the Ocean Conservancy explained, every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments. Many of these plastics are microscopic (smaller than 5 millimeters long) and are readily consumed by marine life as well as humans. Unfortunately, we […]

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Europe Making Way For More Bike Lanes

Europe Making Way For More Bike Lanes

May is national bike month when usually there is a big push to get more people in the U.S. to bike to work and shop due to its environmental and health benefits – even during a global pandemic, the popularity of biking continues to rise.

Why This Matters:  Leaders and urban planners in Europe believe that people there are now appreciative of the lack of air pollution and will want to keep the air clear, in addition to the benefits from a health and safety standpoint.

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Reimagining Our Greener Cites Post COVID-19

Reimagining Our Greener Cites Post COVID-19

by Zoey Shipley How Cities Will Change in the Future after COVID-19 In densely-populated, car-centric cities around the world, COVID-19 is a nightmare. The virus has been able to spread rapidly and quarantined city dwellers are desperate to enjoy the outdoors–creating added danger by congregating. What’s become most evident is that modern cities are part […]

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The USPS Is in a Crisis, But Switching to EVs Could Help Them

The USPS Is in a Crisis, But Switching to EVs Could Help Them

Over the last few weeks, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been in the news — berated by President Trump for losing money and struggling financially due to a drop in the volume of mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why This Matters:   There is no more basic government service than mail delivery.  And it is affordable and available to every American.

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Earth Day at 50: Pathways to a Sustainable Future

Earth Day at 50: Pathways to a Sustainable Future

By Daniel C. Esty Tens of millions of Americans took to the streets 50 years ago this week to demand ramped-up environmental protection in the face of choking smog in cities across the country, fouled waterways (including the drama of Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River catching on fire), and a terrible oil spill that blackened the California […]

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It’s Earth Day — Here Are Some Ways To Participate and Make It Count From Home!

It’s Earth Day — Here Are Some Ways To Participate and Make It Count From Home!

It’s Earth Day and many of us are working from home, while others are on the front lines keeping our health care and essential services going. No big marches or demonstrations are possible. So how can we all make the day meaningful?  Here are some ideas of things you can do to make a difference today. 

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New Mutant Enzyme Breaks Down Plastic Fast – Could Solve Recycling Problems

Researchers at Carbios, a French company, report in the Journal Nature that they’ve “engineered an enzyme that can convert 90% of that same plastic back to its pristine starting materials” and they are working to open a demonstration plant next year.  The enzyme breaks down plastic all the way into a recyclable form — the company, in collaboration with Pepsi and L’Oréal, hopes to have market scale production within 5 years.

Why This Matters: 70 million tons of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is produced annually.

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