Sustainability
Amazon Under Fire for Increasing Plastic Packaging

Amazon Under Fire for Increasing Plastic Packaging

Reducing plastic has been a hot topic for corporate sustainability officers around the world. Our planet is literally drowning in plastic and with China’s recent policy to stop imports of plastic trash, there’s growing public pressure for retailers to drastically cut down on plastic packaging and to support recycling infrastructure. However, Amazon has made little […]

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Toxic Blooms Have Energy Potential

Toxic Blooms Have Energy Potential

We often write about the damaging impacts of algal blooms found in the ocean and in lakes that are fouling beaches and coastal waters, not to mention drinking water in certain areas.   But algae have the potential to be used as fuel for everything from delivery trucks to warplanes and ships, according to author Ruth Kassinger in an opinion piece in The Boston Globe. –

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Plastic Found in Rocky Mountain Rainwater Samples

Plastic Found in Rocky Mountain Rainwater Samples


Scientists for the USGS who were analyzing rainwater in the Rocky Mountains found more than soil and mineral particles, instead, they identified plastics in 90% of the water samples they collected. The particles they found were so tiny that they could only be visible with magnification and included plastic fibers, as well as beads and […]

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PFAS Found in “Compostable” Sweetgreen and Chipotle Containers

PFAS Found in “Compostable” Sweetgreen and Chipotle Containers

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel While fast-casual restaurant chains Chipotle and Sweetgreen are praised for their consciously sourced ingredients and vegetarian-friendly options, their compostable containers have come under fire for containing harmful chemicals despite otherwise being seen as a more sustainable alternative to plastic and styrofoam. A recently-released report from the New Food Economy revealed […]

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Taking Time Off In August?  Summer Book Suggestions

Taking Time Off In August? Summer Book Suggestions

If you are taking a few days off this summer or just hoping to do some reading up on environmental issues, there are some great new books to dive into.  Ian Urbina and Tatiana Schlossberg, both of The New York Times, have notable books coming out later this month. 

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Major Hotels to Eliminate Travel Size Plastic Bottles

Major Hotels to Eliminate Travel Size Plastic Bottles

CNN Business reported last week that by 2021, InterContinental Group hotel — which includes Holiday Inns, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton Hotels, will end the use of small-sized toiletries plastic bottles and stock its rooms with bulk-sized instead. 

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