Today’s Solutions: May 29, 2024

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New steelmaking method could cut industry's gigantic CO2 footprint

The steel industry emits 3 billion tons of CO2 every year. That’s about three times the carbon footprint of the airline industry. A startup called Helios wants to cut this industrial behemoth’s impact on the environment. A cheaper steelmaking process When it comes to steel, its large carbon Read More...

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Precision fermentation: The food evolution to watch

Providing our readers with planet-saving tips and products is something we're passionate about at The Optimist Daily. With climate change lingering over humanity's head, people want to make changes in their everyday lives to slow this process as much as possible. This was apparent by the boost in Read More...

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Switching one item in your diet could cut your carbon footprint by 48%

If you’re looking to slash your carbon footprint, changing just one item in your diet could help you make the grade. According to a recent study, Americans who eat beef could reduce their carbon emissions by as much as 48 percent by substituting just one serving per day with a more eco-friendly Read More...

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The argument for standardized sustainability labels in fashion

Shopping responsibly is hard. On top of navigating the various certifications and researching brand labor policies and manufacturing practices, there’s the whole greenwashing trend that can make products seem more sustainable than they actually are. All these factors make the whole process so Read More...

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Study: Carbon labelling is more effective when it’s ubiquitous

Climate labels have been a hot topic lately as a strategy to get consumers to think more critically about the impact of their purchases. Although some critics claim these serve primarily as a marketing strategy, new research from the University of Copenhagen indicates that these labels could Read More...

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This is how Sweetgreen plans to cut its CO2 emissions in half by 2027

As a fast-food restaurant chain that serves salads, Sweetgreen already has a much smaller environmental footprint than most of its burger-focused counterparts. It seems though, that the restaurant is not one to rest on its laurels. In a bid to drive its sustainability efforts even further, Read More...

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The surprising reason you should turn your camera off during Zoom calls

To all of you who have been keeping their cameras off during Zoom calls, well done. You may have simply been trying to hide your face, but what you might not have realized is that you were drastically cutting your carbon footprint. In a new study, researchers analyzed the environmental effect Read More...

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This app tracks the carbon footprint of your purchases in real time

We all strive to live more sustainable lives, but tracking where you can make the most impactful changes isn’t always easy. Fortunately, a new app is here to manage your personal carbon footprint in real-time.  The app, called Joro, starts off with baseline questions about your diet, Read More...

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Find out how your burrito impacts the planet with new tool from Chipotle

In October, we wrote a story about soup and sandwich chain Panera Bread introducing a new label to their menus to show which food items have a low carbon footprint. The idea is that the label can help guide customers towards more eco-friendly diet choices. In similar news from the restaurant Read More...

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Want to reduce your carbon footprint? This app makes it easy for you

Transportation is responsible for nearly a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. This means that if you want to reduce your individual carbon footprint, the way you travel might be one of the best places to start. A new app called Aerial tries to help you offset those emissions by looking into Read More...