TerraCycle wants to recycle everything in your life

Good News Notes: “Have you ever felt guilty about tossing your old Teva sandals, or Colgate toothbrush, or Etch A Sketch into the trash, where they will clog up a landfill for hundreds of years? I have good news for you. All of those items—and many more—are now recyclable thanks to TerraCycle, a company that…

Plant-Based Food Companies Going Beyond Meat

Good News Notes: “In 2009, when Ethan Brown started his vegan meat alternative company, Beyond Meat, he had big dreams for it. It’s unlikely though that he — or anyone else — could predict just how successful it would become. As of 2019, Beyond Meat’s products are sold in Whole Foods and at TGI Fridays restaurants around the…

Dunkin’ Will Offer Over 40 Different Flavors of Vegan Donuts

Good News Notes: “Dunkin’ is proving to be a company that keeps its word after promising last year in May to develop a vegan donut. The doughnut chain plans to roll out an extensive new range showcasing more than 40 vegan donuts at its Belgium branch. The vegan sweets initially launched for online orders only but…

Mars Wrigley Partners with Danimer Scientific on Compostable Packaging

Good News Notes: “Snack giant Mars Wrigley has announced a two-year partnership with Danimer Scientific to advance home-compostable packaging. Mars Wrigley said it will soon introduce Skittles candy packaged in Danimer’s Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material in US stores. Sourced from the seeds of plants such as canola and soy, Nodax PHA is produced through natural…

S. Koreans Turn to Urban Farming to Overcome ‘Corona Blues’

Good News Notes: “The number of South Koreans who seek consolation by cultivating small vegetable gardens or growing companion plants on rooftops or balconies is on the rise. In a nutshell, they are ‘farming’ using small outdoor spaces like balconies inside apartments. In the midst of an increase in the amount of time spent at…

Startup Debuts First-Ever Plant-Based Burger Made From Microalgae

Good News Notes: “A food-tech startup has debuted the first-ever plant-based burger made from microalgae.  Sophie’s Bionutrients says its meat-free patties contain up to two times more protein than beef or most commercially available fish. Each 60g burger contains a staggering 25g of protein, comprising all nine essential amino acids. ‘Meat-like consistency’ The burger took the Singaporean…

The urban farm startup Sustenir is undercutting importers by 30%

Good News Notes: “Benjamin Swan, co-founder and CEO of Sustenir Agriculture, is an Australian living in Singapore who wanted to find a way to grow produce for his own salads. “I’d buy a bag of [imported] lettuce and within 24 hours you could literally watch the produce melt in the bag. It was just because of…

14 Surprising Uses for Coffee Grounds

Good News Notes: “1. Exfoliating body scrub Turn your used coffee grounds into a luxurious body scrub that will leave your skin silky smooth and glowing. Just combine a half cup of used grounds with a quarter cup of olive or coconut oil and a pinch of citrus zest. It will slough off dead skin…