Sustainability
President Trump’s Sustainable Straws A Big Seller

President Trump’s Sustainable Straws A Big Seller

The Guardian reported last week that President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, boasted that they had raked in almost $500,000 in one week from selling reusable and recyclable Trump-branded nine-inch long plastic straws that sold out within hours.  The straw is nothing more than a gimmick — the idea for it grew out of Parscale’s bad experience with a paper straw — several cities like Seattle and Washington, D.C. have outlawed the single-use plastic straw. 

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Denim Brands Sign onto New “Jeans Redesign” for More Sustainable Denim

Denim Brands Sign onto New “Jeans Redesign” for More Sustainable Denim

Yesterday the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (known for their efforts to make apparel more sustainable) announced new guidelines to make denim more sustainable with the goal of making jeans last longer, ensuring that they can be remade into new jeans at the end of their use, and are made in ways which are better for the […]

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One Cool Tennis Thing: Wimbledon “Aces” Sustainability

One Cool Tennis Thing: Wimbledon “Aces” Sustainability

Wimbledon crowned its new champions over the weekend (congrats to all the winners), but the biggest winner overall was conservation.  This year, the tournament went all in on sustainability — from donating all the 53,000 used tennis balls to schools and selling them with player signatures rather than throwing them away, to strongly encouraging the […]

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One Happy Meal Thing: McDonald’s Plastic Toys Causing a Stir In Britain

One Happy Meal Thing: McDonald’s Plastic Toys Causing a Stir In Britain

More than 300,000 people in the U.K. signed a petition causing McDonald’s to nix the plastic toys in Happy Meals because they generally cannot be recycled and usually end up in the trash.  As one mom put it, “You open a plastic bag to get another plastic item, which is played with for five minutes […]

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One Funny Thing: Grocery Store’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Bags Backfires

One Funny Thing: Grocery Store’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Bags Backfires

When East West Market in Vancouver, British Columbia attempted to get their customers to bring reusable bags and say no to plastic ones, they never knew that their big plan would backfire. The market began offering single-use plastic bags with embarrassing slogans that read “Wart Ointment Wholesale,” “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium” or “The […]

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Prada’s New Line of Eco-Vinyl, Sustainable and Stylish

Prada’s New Line of Eco-Vinyl, Sustainable and Stylish

By Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel Fashion house Prada is transforming the material used to make its iconic nylon bags and accessories, which have been a brand staple since 1984, into something more sustainable. The company is partnering with Aquafil, an Italian textile producer, to produce sustainable nylon, Econyl. This material can be continuously recycled, […]

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One Cool Thing: Three States Ban Plastic Bags

One Cool Thing: Three States Ban Plastic Bags

The Governor of Oregon just signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags that will go into effect in January of next year.  The law also requires retailers to charge at least five cents for paper bags (with 40% post-consumer recycled content or more).  Oregon joins Maine and Vermont, whose Governors signed similar bills […]

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Greening Your Fourth

Greening Your Fourth

Happy Fourth of July tomorrow!  We know lots of you are looking for ways to make your celebration more sustainable.  We looked at all the stories and here are the best suggestions.  

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Barbie’s Green Career

Barbie’s Green Career

by Madison Pravecek and Miro Korenha We reported in March about iconic toy brand LEGO’s commitment to using sustainable materials. And now, Barbie-maker Mattel and National Geographic have partnered together to create a line of dolls with nature-related careers. Barbie will now be featured as a wildlife conservationist, an astrophysicist, a polar marine biologist, a […]

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Summer Music Festivals Working to Be Green Even in Record Heat

Summer Music Festivals Working to Be Green Even in Record Heat

Hundreds of thousands of people will attend music festivals all over the world this summer, and some of those events are making a concerted effort to lower their carbon footprint and encourage sustainability by the music fans attending.  When a festival comes to town, it brings an entire city of people — Coachella in the California desert has 750,000 […]

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Company Founded By Millennials Is Popping the Plastic Bubble

Company Founded By Millennials Is Popping the Plastic Bubble

TemperPack, a company founded by three Millennials in Richmond, Virginia is changing the packaging business by setting for their business not only financial goals but also CO2 reduction goals achieved through the use by their customers of their revolutionary packaging.

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Millennials Opt to Rent Their Clothes, Forcing Change in the Fashion Industry

Millennials Opt to Rent Their Clothes, Forcing Change in the Fashion Industry

Clothing rental services like Rent the Runway and Le Tote are growing in popularity and an increasing number of retailers are introducing these options to reflect the way Millennials and GenZ customers are choosing to purchase (or not purchase) clothes. Rather than owning clothing that goes out of style in a season or two, renting […]

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