I want to live in a world where finding out the true life cycle of the products I use isn’t a full time job. If you don’t know what I mean, take a look at the 7 sins of greenwashing. A 2010 TerraChoice report showed that 95% of companies claiming to be environmentally friendly actually exhibited at… Read More Hidden Greenwashing May Influence Your Decisions
New York City is considering implementing a $0.05 fee on plastic bags. This bit of legislation has the majority support by one vote, and could be signed on May 5th. Should they do it? You decide. The Facts Every year, less than 5% of the 100 billion discarded plastic bags are recycled in the US. These bags litter land and water, causing harm to marine… Read More Do Plastic Bag Fees Work?
Recently, a New Jersey General Assembly committee voted in favor of the”Smart Container Act,” which has been hotly debated in the state for decades. This Act would impose a $0.10 deposit on juice, soda, sports drinks, water, beer, and wine containers 24 oz and smaller and a $0.20 deposit on larger ones. This fee is imposed at time… Read More Should NJ Implement a Beverage Container Redemption Law?
Since February, a mystery man has hung up 22 birdhouses on trees in the Upper East Side, New York City.The birdhouses line East 83rd Street between York and East End Avenues. According to the New York Post, the birdhouses are built of driftwood from local beaches. This reminded me of a project called Happy City Birds started in 2006… Read More Upcycled Urban Birdhouses Give City Birds an Addresses
Researchers have discovered a bacterium that can break down PET plastic!… Read More Plastic-Eating Bacterium Has the Potential to Reduce Waste
Plastic is everywhere. Most of the products that we buy are made of or packaged in petroleum plastic, a material that is made to last forever, but used to throw away. The draw of plastic rather than conventional materials (e.g., glass, metal, wood, and paper) over the past decade is obvious- plastic is light weight, extremely durable,… Read More Our Plastic Oceans: The Problem and Its Solutions
Among the streams of wasted food in the U.S. is produce that doesn’t make it to market because of cosmetic imperfections. Two new companies, Imperfect and Hungry Harvest, have developed businesses around purchasing and distributing “ugly” produce. In Emeryville, California, Imperfect’s founders Ben Chesler, Ron Clark and Ben Simon, purchase ugly produce from California farms… Read More Imperfect Produce is Really Pretty Perfect