Sustainability
Top Ten Stories of 2020: Trump Showers US With Rollbacks

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Trump Showers US With Rollbacks

President Trump will go down in history as having engaged in a fast and furious attempt to roll back decades of progress on environmental laws, particularly in his final few months in office.  Nothing epitomizes these relentlessly punitive rollbacks more than the absurdity of his obsession with undoing water efficiency requirements for toilets, dishwashers, showerheads, and washing machines.

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Study Finds that Amazon Generates Enough Plastic to Circle Globe 500 Times

Study Finds that Amazon Generates Enough Plastic to Circle Globe 500 Times

A new report from the environmental nonprofit Oceana finds that Amazon has increased the amount of plastic packaging it uses every year.  Last year, according to Oceana’s estimates, the company generated enough plastic packaging to circle the globe 500 times.  

Why this Matters: Oceana also found that less than 1% of Amazon’s plastic waste ended up in rivers, lakes, and oceans.  But it’s 1% of a huge number —  that amounts to the equivalent of dumping one delivery van full of plastic into marine ecosystems every 70 minutes.

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14 Cool Things: ODP-Approved Gifts for Everyone on Your List This Year

14 Cool Things: ODP-Approved Gifts for Everyone on Your List This Year

  By Zoe Hawryluk, ODP Director of Digital Content As the holidays are here, we’re all doing a virtual mad dash to make sure we take care of everyone on our gift lists. This year looks a little different from previous years, and many small businesses are struggling. We believe that supporting these businesses strengthen […]

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Latest Zero-Waste Store Bringing Sustainability to DMV

Latest Zero-Waste Store Bringing Sustainability to DMV

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer The D.C. Metro area is now the latest region to welcome a “zero-waste” store. Mason & Greens in Alexandria, VA sells toiletries, groceries, and more, all without any disposable packaging. Many similar stores have opened up across the country, and are making it easier for more people to reduce […]

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New Study Shows Plastic Bags and Packaging Most Lethal to Marine Wildlife

New Study Shows Plastic Bags and Packaging Most Lethal to Marine Wildlife

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A new study published in the journal Conservation Letters has found that plastic bags and flexible packaging are the most deadly bits of plastic waste in the world’s oceans. From a review of hundreds of scientific articles, the agency found that plastic ingestion was responsible for the deaths of […]

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Ensuring Our Natural Security

Ensuring Our Natural Security

by Alejandro Perez, Sr Vice President, Policy and US Government Affairs at WWF-US Over the last year, a previously unknown pathogen jumped from an animal to a person, spread across the globe, claimed well over a million lives and brought national economies to their knees. And yet, as devastating as the pandemic has been, the world […]

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