Business:

If climate change can’t stop restaurants from wasting food, this study might

By one estimate, restaurants in the US alone throw out somewhere between 22 billion to 33 billion pounds of food—a jaw-dropping amount to say the least. And while the environmental impact that food waste causes isn’t stopping restaurants from throwing food into the dumpster, the results of a new study might just provide a financial incentive for restaurants. The study, which took financial data from 114 restaurants in 12 countries that took actions to reduce food waste, found that for each dollar invested, restaurants saved an average of $7. The restaurants that saved the most food and money usually started…

read more
  • Fast Company
  • Date:02/15/2019

These entrepreneurs are turning slums into safer places to live

Slums have long represented a great development challenge as they are by definition areas in which the inhabitants lack fundamental resources such as adequate sanitation, improved water supply, durable housing or adequate living space. For centuries, demolishing these settlements was seen as the right thing to do, but most often such action resulted in thousands of people remaining without a roof over their heads. Now, businesses are stepping in and are seeking to take an alternative road, one that involves investing in the poorest neighborhoods instead of destroying them. An increasing number of entrepreneurs are lining up in places like…

read more
  • BBC
  • Date:02/14/2019

Popular sandwich chain opens hostel for the homeless in London

Being homeless is a vicious cycle, especially when you live on the streets of some of the most expensive cities in the world. Once you’ve lost your home and a stable income, the opportunities to find employment, let alone a place to sleep, can be scarce, making it more than likely that you will remain without a home. To help the homeless in London get back on their feet, a popular sandwich chain is taking matters into their own hands by launching a hostel where people affected by homelessness can live. Residents of the hostel will not only be able…

read more
  • Global Citizen
  • Date:02/12/2019

The majority of American companies plan to transition to a circular economy

If we want an economic system that works with the environment rather than pollute it like our current one does, then the world’s biggest companies need to step up and make a change. Instead of selling products that will quickly become waste after consumption, we need products that are built to last, and that can easily be recycled in a closed loop. We’re still a ways away from the circular economy, as it’s known, but there are companies that are leading by example when it comes to using circular economic principles. Just look at Dell, which is designing modular technology…

read more
  • Fast Company
  • Date:02/07/2019

Why US postal workers deserve a little more love

While reality TV stars, politicians, and sports athletes get the bulk of media attention, there’s a worthy group of workers who deserve a little more stardom in America: The men and women of the US Postal Service. That’s right, at times when natural disaster brings chaos to communities, courier services such as USPS and UPS are the ones who help return a sense of normalcy. When the deadly wildfire in 2017 ran through Santa Rosa, California, USPS workers continued to drive through the area to find any outgoing mail and make sure it gets to its destination. When disaster-struck areas…

read more
  • The Atlantic
  • Date:02/07/2019

Wealthy investors are demanding fast food giants to act on climate change

A group of investors worth more than $6.5 trillion is putting massive pressure on fast food suppliers such as McDonalds, KFC, and other chains to change their ways in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. The investors are calling for public, time-limited targets for reducing the impacts fast food chains have on the environment. Specifically, the investors want chains to cut carbon and water risks in their dairy and meat suppliers, which is one of the highest emitting sectors without a low CO2 plan. If the fast food chains don’t have a response by March, there could be…

read more
  • BBC
  • Date:01/30/2019

German supermarket achieves 53% cut in greenhouse emissions in only six years

Aldi, one of the most common supermarket chains in Europe, has cut its carbon footprint by 53 percent since 2012 in its UK stores. The achievement was spurred largely by installing solar, buying green energy and undertaking energy management upgrades. Aldi’s efforts show that once a company or organization puts its mind to it, significant emissions cuts can quickly be achieved.

read more
  • TreeHugger
  • Date:01/29/2019

Major consumer brands to start using reusable containers for products

Major consumer goods companies have joined hands to create a recycling platform in an attempt to solve the plastic-waste problem. The platform is called Loop and it involves companies selling their products in reusable containers which are to be sent back by the consumers once the product is finished. Each package in the system is designed to withstand 100 or more uses. This commendable initiative represents a major step towards a less of a throw-away society which could effectively mitigate the alarming plastic waste crisis the world is facing today.

read more
  • Fast Company
  • Date:01/28/2019

How a beekeeping business revived this little Russian village

Guzel Sanzhapova couldn’t bare seeing the Russian village where her grandmother was born to lose all its inhabitants. That’s why she launched a series of crowdfunding campaigns in 2014 to raise enough money to get a honey-making business off the ground that could employ people in the region who would have otherwise left to find new work. The business now employees up to 25 elderly people depending on the season, which has allowed the tiny village to keep on thriving.

read more
  • Reuters
  • Date:01/23/2019

The plastic-free businesses are thriving amid the global environmental crisis

In the wake of the global anxiety about climate change, an increasing number of startups are developing eco-alternatives to everyday products like single-use plastics. Apart from being prompted by these anxieties, entrepreneurs are also taking advantage of our current cultural moment and appetite for plastic free alternatives to develop products that are more ergonomic and effective than their less eco-friendly counterparts.

read more
  • Fast Company
  • Date:01/18/2019
Looks like there is nothing here yet. Click here to send us feedback.

You look familiar... :-)

Your email address is already registered with Optimist Daily!

Click here to log into Optimist Daily

Forgot your password? Click here!

 

Enjoy!
Optimistically yours,
The Optimist Team

Login
Close

You look familiar... :-)

Your PayPal id (please add the word "is") already running with (please add the word "an") active subscription!

Click here to log into Optimist Daily

Forgot your password? Click here!

 

Enjoy!
Optimistically yours,
The Optimist Team

logo

Login
Close

Something went wrong

Your payment has been declined by PayPal.

Please click here to try once again. .

or...

 

Click here to contact support

 

logo

Login
Close
Close

SIGN UP

TO GET YOUR DAILY DOSE OF OPTIMISM

FIVE FREE ARTICLES EVERY WEEKDAY!

sharing sharing
Close

SIGN UP

TO GET YOUR DAILY DOSE OF OPTIMISM

FIVE FREE ARTICLES EVERY WEEKDAY!

sharing sharing

Can't remember your password?
no problem!

Enter your email below and we will
send your instructions to reset your password.

Login
Close

Wonderful!

Before you jump into the website...

In a minute you should receive an email from
[email protected]

PLEASE CLICK on the link in the email to confirm
that you are ... well ... you and that it is okay to email you.
Smyle

P.S. You might want to "white list" the
[email protected]
email to make sure that you receive our emails in the future.

X