Hero of the Week: Nattapong Nithi-Uthai and Thailand’s Trash Heroes click button

Hero of the Week: Nattapong Nithi-Uthai and Thailand’s Trash Heroes

Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, a lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Technology of Prince of Songkla University in Thailand was shocked five years ago to realize the sheer amount of ocean debris that washes up on the beaches in his country. Thailand has a serious problem with ocean plastic —  it is the fifth biggest contributor […]

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New Science on Carbon Capture Highlights Its Potential

New Science on Carbon Capture Highlights Its Potential

New technology developed in Japan provides a much-needed breakthrough for capturing carbon released from a concentrated source like a thermal power plant and “recycling” it to create other gas fuels like methane, methanol, and gasoline.  And scientists from the U.K. have discovered that green algae known as “green snow” on the Antarctic Peninsula are a significant carbon sink for the continent, absorbing approximately 479 tons of carbon a year through photosynthesis.

Why This Matters: Carbon recycling will help reduce global warming by re-using the CO2, which would otherwise be let go into the atmosphere.

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Starbucks Cups: Testing a New One But Don’t Bring Your Own

Starbucks Cups: Testing a New One But Don’t Bring Your Own

As a result of what they learned in China, Starbucks will not allow people to bring in their own “vessels” to get their cup of joe as a result of the coronavirus outbreak — the “temporary” measure went into effect last week and will remain so for the foreseeable future. 

Why This Matters:  There are times when — particularly with respect to health and safety — single-use plastic items are a necessity.  This coronavirus outbreak is one of those times.

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Recycling Is Becoming More Difficult, But Some Retailers Are Stepping Up To Help

Recycling Is Becoming More Difficult, But Some Retailers Are Stepping Up To Help

Forbes reported this week on retail giant Walmart’s efforts to work with consumers and suppliers on improving sustainable packaging to reduce the amount of “wish-cycling” — people tossing things into recycling bins on the hope that they can be recycled – and to improve packaging design with its end of life in mind. 

Why This Matters:  Consumers produced over 80 million tons of container and packaging waste in 2017, and only 50.1% was recycled, with the rest ending up in landfills or incinerated for energy.

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One Cool Olympic Thing:  Recyclable Beds for the Athletes

One Cool Olympic Thing: Recyclable Beds for the Athletes

If you are like us, you are really looking forward to the summer Olympics!  The Tokyo games are going to be the greenest ever — and that goes even for the beds that the athletes will sleep in.  According to the Associated Press, the athletes’ bed frames will be made of super-strong cardboard that is […]

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One Cool Thing: Tailgating Goes Sustainable

One Cool Thing: Tailgating Goes Sustainable

With fall around the corner and campuses across the country bustling again, it is time for college football season and that means one fun thing — tailgates!  The plastic cup has long been a staple of pre-game parties and post-game celebrations, but Ball Corporation is hoping to change that and make all the fun much […]

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