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This company is out to save our oceans by reprogramming microbes to eat CO2

In our complex, interconnected world, solutions to our biggest problems can come from the most unexpected places—such as a company that makes fish food for fish farms. The feed used for fish farms is made up of the ground-up bodies of tiny fish such as anchovies, and it’s the biggest cost of fish farming, a $232 billion global industry. The cost of fish feed is only getting more expensive as the output of the world’s overexploited oceans continues to decline. That’s where NovoNutrients comes in. NovoNutrients is a Silicon Valley-based company that has created a nutritionally complete substitute for fishmeal…

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  • Inc.
  • Date:04/23/2019

Patagonia to cut ties with businesses that don’t share same climate commitment

The environmentally conscious outdoor retailer Patagonia has long been praised for its company ethos, which promotes fair labor practices and environmental responsibility across its entire chain. Now the company has decided to pump the brakes on its popular corporate branding program and no longer produce co-branded garments for corporations that don’t share the same climate-conscious ethos. That means that from now on Patagonia won’t co-brand with oil, drilling, mining, dam construction, or any other companies that they view to be ecologically damaging. The retailer’s move matches with other steps it has taken as part of its heightened corporate activism. Last…

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  • HuffPost
  • Date:04/22/2019

Guinness is ditching plastic packaging in favor of 100% recyclable cardboard

As you may have noticed, more and more companies are ditching single-use plastics in favor of, well, not destroying the planet we live on. The latest company to join the trend is Guinness, the beer giant from Ireland. Looks like green beer isn’t just for St. Patricks day! Diageo, the manufacture of Guinness announced they are replacing plastic beer packaging with 100 percent biodegradable or recyclable cardboard. By ditching plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap, they’ll be removing the equivalent of 40 million plastic bottles from polluting the planet—a testament to how much impact one company can have on the…

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  • The Guardian
  • Date:04/19/2019

London is subsidizing cargo bikes to get delivery trucks off the streets

In London, lorries and vans account for around a fifth of London’s road traffic with the rise in large part driven by online sales. With the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London yesterday, those transportation vehicles are going to be charged £24 a day to drive through central London, unless those vehicles run on clean sources. To help businesses transport their goods without using gas-powered vehicles, a new program has been set up called Bikes for Business that offers firms in the area a subsidy to encourage them to use cargo bikes for deliveries. Cargo bikes are…

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  • Road.cc
  • Date:04/09/2019

Patagonia is showing the beer industry how to brew a sustainable beer

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business. So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, too much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit. What makes these beers unique is…

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  • Treehugger
  • Date:04/03/2019

70% of IKEA’s products in 2018 were either renewable or recycled

IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, has revealed that 70 percent of its production materials in 2018 were either repurposed or recycled. The progress was posted in the retailer’s latest sustainability report, which also documents the actions the furniture giant has taken to date to achieve its visions of becoming “climate positive”, free from single-use plastic and 100 percent renewable. The multinational is also targeting an 80 percent climate footprint reduction from its stores and operations in absolute terms by 2030. On top of that, IKEA is attempting to convert all of its transportation vehicles to electric. If we want…

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  • edie.net
  • Date:04/02/2019

A couple finally came up with a sustainable solution to elastic hair ties

People around the world lose hair ties on a daily basis. It happens to the best of us, but the problem is most of these end up in the trash or litter the environment which is why a couple out of Canada founded a company by the name of Kooshoo that makes hair ties that are completely biodegradable. The hair ties only contain two ingredients: natural rubber and cotton. This includes the thread used to keep the ties together. The dying and manufacturing process of these ties are also done in a careful, sustainable manner. Best of all, Kooshoo donates…

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  • Inhabitat
  • Date:03/29/2019

This company wants to clean up the household cleaner industry

The household cleaning aisle at the store features dozens of spray cleaners for different surfaces, and the ingredient lists are a mile long with chemical names that are impossible to pronounce. While many of those cleaners are effective for getting rid of dirt and germs, some of the chemicals inside are environmental hazards. Then, there are the plastic bottles, which get thrown into the trash once they are empty, adding to the plastic pollution problem. As the marketplace shifts to products with more sustainable packaging and more eco-friendly ingredients, a new company, Truman’s, is attempting to change the game in the household cleaner industry.…

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  • Inhabitat
  • Date:03/25/2019

For every product sold, P&G donates one liter of clean water to areas in need

Clean water is a pressing need in many areas of the world and delivering services that can mitigate the issue is a big challenge. That’s why, in collaboration with Walmart International, P&G has set out a project that allows consumers to help bring clean drinking water to children, families, and communities that desperately need it. The campaign, called the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, uses the simple premise, “1 purchase = 1 liter of clean water”, to enable shoppers to contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6, which aims to ensure clean water and sanitation for all. For…

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  • National Geographic
  • Date:03/21/2019

Panda Express is finally introducing vegan options thanks to petition

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has long been chipping away at Panda Express’ resistance to offering any dishes sans chicken broth or animal-derived seasoning. In fact, supporters of the animal right group contacted Panda Express 234,000 times about adding vegan menu entrees. But ultimately it was Vegan Outreach’s 5,000-signature petition that coaxed the fast-food chain into taking the chicken broth out of the chow mein. Now Panda Express is getting set to offer a whole range of vegan options joining a growing list of fast-food chains adding vegan options, including Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr. What this…

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  • Inhabitat
  • Date:03/19/2019
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