One Cool Thing: Virginia Says Goodbye to Clamshells

Despite an uptick in its use during the pandemic, Virginia will soon ban the use of styrofoam containers for food products — Governor Ralph Northam signed the new law on Tuesday — with the bans set to go into effect next year.  Large food sellers (those with 20 or more locations) will not be allowed to package and dispense food in single-use Styrofoam containers beginning in July 2023, and all other sellers have until July 2025 to eliminate them.  Elly Boehmer, state director of Environment Virginia, praised the move, saying “This trash ends up in our open spaces and waterways, where it endangers wildlife.”

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Why this Matters:  These lab-made diamonds are made more sustainably than their mined counterparts. 

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One Shareholder Uprising Thing: Dupont Loses Big Vote on Plastic Pollution

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