Aldi pledges to halve plastic packaging by 2025

Good News Notes: “Aldi has committed to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses in the UK by 2025, a move it estimates will prevent 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from reaching supermarket shelves. In plans revealed late last week, the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket said it would work to meet its new goals by…

Strictly star Katya Jones auctions jumpsuit for charity

Good News Notes: “Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones has joined a long list of celebrities who are auctioning off some of their prized possessions for charity. The professional dancer is giving away a Miss Selfridge silver jumpsuit to help raise funds for Oxfam’s coronavirus response. The shiny jumpsuit (which looks more black/charcoal than silver in…

Marlon Humphrey, Kevin Greene playing ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ on Sunday night

Good News Notes: “Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Kevin Greenewill square off on “Celebrity Family Feud” on Sunday night when past and present NFL stars appear on the ABC game show. A Hoover High School and Alabama alumnus, Humphrey will play with Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones, Indianapolis Colts linebacker…

University of Minnesota-Morris says it now has a net zero carbon footprint

Good News Notes: “After years of nationally renowned sustainability efforts, the University of Minnesota-Morris says it has achieved carbon neutrality. This means the campus produces the same amount of energy it consumes, eliminating its carbon footprint. Clean energy sources that don’t give off carbon dioxide, such as wind, solar panels and a biomass-burning facility allow…

Nonprofit supports students through flowers, and now masks

Good News Notes: “She’s known to many as the flower lady, and she hasn’t slowed down much since the pandemic hit. Going around to shops and restaurants selling beautiful bouquets, Maria Estrada is also selling a product everyone seems to need these days — masks.  Hundreds of cloth facial coverings made by Estrada have been…

Hummingbirds Learn to Count to Find Their Favorite Flowers

Good News Notes: “New research suggests that wild hummingbirds can keep count as they forage and use their counts to keep track of the sweetest flowers. The new paper, published on July 8 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that male rufous hummingbirds can learn which fake flower in a sequence holds a nectar-like…

Drive-thru waffles fight domestic violence

Good News Notes: “Waffles, waffles, get your fresh waffles! In order to raise funds for a very important cause, Family Peace Project had its annual waffle breakfast Friday at the First United Methodist Church. The group will also have a booth from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Athens Farmers Market. Gluten-free and…

UMass Medical School announces ALS breakthrough

Good News Notes: “Researchers at UMass Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have announced a major breakthrough in ALS research: a therapy that suppresses a harmful gene that causes the nervous system disease. The advancement, announced by researchers Wednesday and set to appear in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the latest made by UMass…