Sustainability
One Valentines Day Thing:  Sustainable Expressions of Love

One Valentines Day Thing: Sustainable Expressions of Love

Looking for something original and sustainable for your favorite Valentine?  Look no further!  According to Vox, the impact of the shipping of cut flowers from South America for the U.S. Valentines Day market is huge — causing 360 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions alone.  Last year 15,000 tons of flowers were shipped to the U.S. […]

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One cool thing: start a compost pile this spring!

One cool thing: start a compost pile this spring!

Spring is (hopefully) around the corner and that might mean you’re planning your spring garden. Perhaps this year you also might be compelled to start a compost pile? While they take a bit of effort, once you get the hang of it, compost piles can be a great source of soil for the rest of […]

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Mexican startup creates bioplastics from avocado waste

Our world is drowning in plastic yet we’re so dependent on it, that despite the urgency to avoid it, we don’t have very many alternatives. For food packaging especially, plastic is king and Americans are using a lot of plastic every day probably without realizing it. While biodegradable plastic does exist, it’s often far more expensive, […]

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Oregon’s bottle recovery program a smashing success

Oregon’s bottle recovery program a smashing success

NPR reported that Oregon’s bottle deposit system is recycling more containers than ever before despite major disruptions in global recycling markets. Last year, Oregon recycled 90 percent of the beverage containers covered by its bottle deposit system. The rate has jumped from 64 percent just two years ago, and the total number of bottles recycled reached […]

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Patriots win Super Bowl in world’s most sustainable sports venue

Patriots win Super Bowl in world’s most sustainable sports venue

Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their 6th Super Bowl win last night! While this is a huge achievement for Tom Brady, the real star of the show may have been the stadium in which the game was played. Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz stadium is the world’s most sustainable sporting venue and has the highest LEED […]

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A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

There is a call for another “new deal” growing globally — this one a New Deal for Nature — and twelve of the largest international environmental groups are united behind it.  They launched their campaign yesterday, with a powerful message — “Securing Earth’s biological diversity is a moral obligation. It is also critical in averting catastrophic climate change and ecosystem collapse.” They believe that we need to conserve 30 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 30 percent of oceans (dubbed “30 by 30”) through an effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative, well-connected systems of highly protected areas.  Scientists argue that protected areas are much more resilient to damage from climate change or other human impacts.

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One (sports) entertaining thing: new WWE belt made of sustainable materials

THIS is the new symbol of excellence. Say hello to the new 100% SUSTAINABLE HEMP #WWEChampionship! #SDLive @WWEDanielBryan pic.twitter.com/2C8yszzAko — WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2019 Generally, we don’t associate sports entertainment wrestling with sustainability but it seems as if the league’s younger stars are making a pledge to the planet. This week WWE star Daniel […]

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Pepsi and Coca-Cola CEOs address plastic waste, but are they doing enough?

Pepsi and Coca-Cola CEOs address plastic waste, but are they doing enough?

Plastic bottles from beverage giants Pepsi and Coca-Cola top the list of Greenpeace’s global audit of most commonly found plastic waste items. Coca-Cola alone made 110 billion plastic bottles in 2016 which is roughly 14 bottles for every person living on the planet. In an effort to respond to mounting pressure to better their practices, […]

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Electric Vehicle Experiments Abound – Not Just For the Wealthy

Electric Vehicle Experiments Abound – Not Just For the Wealthy

After admitting in 2016 to lying about excessive diesel emissions, Volkswagen (VW) agreed to pay $14.7b in penalties of which $2b will be invested by a VW subsidiary called Electrify America to boost electric vehicle use. Of that, $800m goes to California where the state is requiring nearly $300m be spent to help low-income and disadvantaged communities gain access to electric vehicles, according to The New York Times. As a result, Sacramento is a hub for numerous electric vehicle pilot programs and the only controversy is whether more areas of California should get to have similar pilots.

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Sustainability Innovation: Deliver Products the Old Fashioned Way In Re-usable Containers

Sustainability Innovation: Deliver Products the Old Fashioned Way In Re-usable Containers

Some of the world’s biggest consumer product brands — Pepsi, Nestlé, Unilever, and Proctor & Gamble — announced yesterday at the World Economic Forum that they have teamed with N.J. based company, TerraCycle, to deliver sustainability the old fashioned way, in re-usable containers.  The company will bring back the “milkman model,” where the company owns the package and delivers it to consumers at the same time it picks up empty containers, and then those containers will be washed, refilled and restocked for delivery to another customer.

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Confusion Over Compostables Is Landing Them In Landfills

Confusion Over Compostables Is Landing Them In Landfills

Compostable cups, bags and cutlery were supposed to be the answer to single-use plastic products, but recent news reports say that instead they are causing problems for recycling plants and also ending up in landfills where the conditions are not right for them to decompose.  According to The Wall Street Journal and the Daily Caller, in order to decompose, compostables need high heat and moisture — they were actually intended to be sent to specially designed disposal sites, where they will break down properly and can add nutrients to the soil. 

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UN forms formal alliance to address sustainable fashion

UN forms formal alliance to address sustainable fashion

The fashion industry is one of the most resource-intensive and polluting industries in the world. According to a report published in the journal Nature Climate Change last year, textile production produces 1.2 billion tons of CO2 equivalent per year, which is more emissions than international flights and maritime shipping. There hasn’t yet been a global governing body that tackled the issue of fashion sustainability in a coordinated manner and that’s why this week the United Nations announced that it will officially launch the UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion on March 14th, during a media event of the 4th U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

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