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…

Making Conventional Plastics Biodegradable

Good News Notes: “With decades of experience in the polymers industry, the Radical Plastics founders have targeted the agricultural market as the initial testing ground for the commercial viability of their product. The company has been working with a third party to validate that their resin can meet the standard for degradation of a soil…

Fillamentum Makes Biodegradable 3D Printer Material

Good News Notes: “A Czech 3D printing company called Fillamentum has released the first ostensibly biodegradable filament, the stringy plastic used to extrude printed objects. Called NonOilen, the filament is made of a biologically based polylactic acid and polyhydroxy butyrate blend. This is the first biodegradable 3D-printed plastic on the market, and it is also food safe, which means you…

Starbucks’ experimental new cup costs extra, but it’s worth it

Good News Notes: “Starbucks is launching an experimental “borrow a cup” program at select locations in its hometown, Seattle. The program is part of Starbucks’aim to make its cups more sustainable, and it will kick off as a two-month trial in five Seattle stores. Customers at those stores will have an option to receive their drinks…

Making Cleaner, Greener, Biodegradable Plastics From Waste Fish Parts

Good News Notes: “Polyurethanes, a type of plastic, are nearly everywhere — in shoes, clothes, refrigerators, and construction materials. But these highly versatile materials can have a major downside. Derived from crude oil, toxic to synthesize, and slow to break down, conventional polyurethanes are not environmentally friendly. Today, researchers discuss devising what they say should…

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…

Disney World to remove all plastic silverware from theme parks

Good News Notes: “April is Earth Month and in celebration, Disney World is making an eco-friendly decision to remove all plastic silverware from their Florida theme parks starting today. A few years back Disney decided to remove all plastic straws from the theme parks in an effort to protect wildlife, especially at Disney’s Animal Kingdom….

Explore a sustainable skincare village in Parma, Italy

Good News Notes: “Creating a sustainable beauty brand is always a noble but inevitably fraught endeavour. Without even an established definition of what ‘sustainable beauty’ means – does the packaging have to be recyclable? must the formulations be vegan? – it can be difficult to distinguish which brands really deserve the moniker and which are just using it for show. …

Nestlé To Use Less Plastic Packaging In Confectionary Sharing Bags

Good News Notes: “Nestlé in the UK and Ireland has redesigned its confectionery sharing bags to use significantly less packaging – a move that will see at least 83 tonnes of virgin plastic taken out of its supply chain every year. From April, Nestlé’s products will come in new narrower pouches. Nestlé sells approximately 140…

Sir David Attenborough Backs New Tech That Can Recycle All Plastics

Good News Notes: “Wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough has appeared in a video campaign for a new plastic recycling technology in the U.K., alongside other naturalists calling for stronger protections for the world’s oceans. The campaign heralds the start of construction in the U.K. of a groundbreaking recycling facility which the firm behind the technology…