Sustainability
Cities Struggle to Keep Recycling

Cities Struggle to Keep Recycling

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.”

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Coca Cola’s Plastic – It’s The Real Thing

Coca Cola’s Plastic – It’s The Real Thing

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.

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One cool thing: seriously sustainable shoes

One cool thing: seriously sustainable shoes

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 […]

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One Cool Thing: Plug-In Trucks Are On The Way

One Cool Thing: Plug-In Trucks Are On The Way

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 […]

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Trader Joe’s Makes Commitment To Reduce Plastic Packaging

Trader Joe’s Makes Commitment To Reduce Plastic Packaging

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. 

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One Mardi Gras Thing: Biodegradable Beads

One Mardi Gras Thing: Biodegradable Beads

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.

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