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The 10 Best Sustainability Podcasts You Need To Listen To Now

4 Mins Read Are you a podcast fan yet? Or maybe you’re exploring this format for your daily commute but you are not sure where to start? Given that sustainability is now taking center stage in media headlines (and rightfully so), it’s no surprises that some awesome audio shows have popped up to discuss the most important topic […]

Could This Paper Cup Help Us Quit Plastic Coffee Cups for Good?

3 Mins Read A new patented paper cup called The Good Cup aims to help consumers quit single-use plastic. Can it work? ChoosePlanetA, a green packaging solutions company, says its Good Cup can help reduce the use of plastic cups. Its alternative is made from bio-based and 100 percent certified home compostable paper that’s free from Polyethylene (PE) […]

Compostable Seaweed-Coated Coffee Balls Are Coming for Your Nespresso

2 Mins Read Your coffee habit is on notice. Swiss retail giant Migros says it is launching a proprietary coffeemaking system aimed at replacing single-use coffee pods. Launching in Switzerland and France, Migros’ CoffeeB Coffee Balls were five years in the making. Designed to replace single-serve plastic coffee pods, they are encased in a thin protective layer that […]

How to Minimize Waste On Amazon Orders

4 Mins Read It can be difficult to completely quit all online shopping. Sometimes, there might be something that you really do need and cannot source from local stores, nearby shops, or even independent e-commerce sites, which leaves you with the final (dreaded) option of ordering your item from Amazon. Ideally, if you have the option to support […]

Corporate Plastic Pledges Fall Short in Europe, Report Finds

3 Mins Read New findings from a Deutsche Welle investigation show that despite a growing number of plastic commitments made by European companies, many are failing to deliver. Two dozen European-based companies have made nearly 100 plastic commitments in the last 20 years. But 68 percent of 37 of those commitments have not been delivered or even reported […]

Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ In All Rainwater Crosses ‘a Planetary Boundary’

3 Mins Read Virtually all rainwater now contains unsafe levels of forever chemicals—Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—says new research. Reducing exposure to PFAS chemicals can help prevent the risks of metabolic and reproductive issues as well as reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. But the chemicals found in common household items that can be replaced with […]

The War On Plastic: Are We Missing The Bigger Picture? Stigmatisation Vs. Deinstitutionalisation

5 Mins Read By: Céline Louche, Delphine Gibassier & Jennifer Goodman “Plastic-free aisle”, “No plastic straws”, “Plastic-free Tuesday”. Social media abounds with anti-plastic messages and chilling statistics about the quantity of plastic in our oceans, food, clothes and bodies flash before us in quick succession. Shocking images that circulate widely provoke emotions and generate momentum for action on plastic. […]

New Study Finds Microplastics In Meat, Milk, and Animal Blood

3 Mins Read Samples of beef and pork from the Netherlands contain surprising levels of microplastic contamination, according to new research. A pilot study conducted by scientists at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), working for the Plastic Soup Foundation, say they’ve found microplastics in beef and pork and in the blood of farm animals for the first time. […]

5 Ways Fungi Could Change The World, From Cleaning Water to Breaking Down Plastics

5 Mins Read By: Mitchell P. Jones Fungi — a scientific goldmine? Well, that’s what a review published today in the journal Trends in Biotechnology indicates. You may think mushrooms are a long chalk from the caped crusaders of sustainability. But think again. Many of us have heard of fungi’s role in creating more sustainable leather substitutes. Amadou vegan leather crafted from […]

5 Ways Going Plastic-Free Improved My Health

4 Mins Read One of the more surprising parts of adopting a more low-waste lifestyle with a focus on reusable packaging, reducing plastic usage as much as possible, lessen my reliance on recycling, and changing my habits to lessen my overall waste impact was how much healthier I became. I feel lighter, I eat better and I am […]

From Plastic Waste to “Green Concrete”: Sino Group Partners with EcoBricks to Inaugurate Sustainable Solutions for the Built Environment

5 Mins Read An inaugural partnership between Hong Kong real estate developer Sino Group and local sustainability-focused startup EcoBricks upcycled over 5,400 kg of plastic waste into construction bricks at the city’s Gold Coast in the Tuen Mun district. Across Asia, our plastic addiction is clogging up landfills, rivers and oceans. Latest available data shows the region is […]

A Lego Factory Comes Back to the U.S., and This Time It’s Carbon-Neutral

4 Mins Read Danish toy giant Lego Group says it’s investing more than $1 billion into a carbon-neutral toy factory in Virginia. More than 1,700 jobs and enough solar energy to match all of the factory’s needs are just two of the highlights of the new 1.7 million square foot facility. Lego’s carbon-neutral factory The new factory, which […]

Deadly Pathogens Travel From Land to Sea on Microplastics, Study Finds

3 Mins Read There’s another case for reducing plastic waste—scientists have discovered that microplastic can carry diseases from land to sea. The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, are the first to connect microplastics in oceans to land-based pathogens. The researchers also found that contaminated plastic can concentrate in areas already contaminated with plastic waste. “It’s easy for […]

Plastic Waste to Triple By 2060, Warns OECD

3 Mins Read A new report finds global plastic waste is set to triple, and exceed one billion tons by 2060. Despite the growing efforts to reduce virgin plastic production and reduce waste, the new data released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), shows a plastic-covered planet, even with best efforts in place to reduce […]

Plastic Waste Is a Gold Mine, Study Finds

3 Mins Read Making recycling systems more efficient will save between $4.5 billion and nearly $10 billion according to new research. According to findings published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling, there’s more plastic in landfills than previous estimates—about 44 million metric tons in the U.S., versus previous EPA estimates of 32.2 million. Scientists out of the U.S. Department of […]

No New Plastic: Scientists Say a Production Cap Is Needed to Save the Planet

3 Mins Read A group of scientists says new plastic production needs to stop in order to protect the world’s oceans and the environment from plastic pollution. In a letter published in the journal Science, an international group of scientists and experts are urging industries and governments to limit new production of plastic to curb its impact on […]