Businesses to donate unused food under Gainesville’s ‘zero waste’ rule

Good News Notes: “Restaurants and grocery stores will be required to donate food they don’t use to food pantries or turn it into compost instead of throwing it in the dumpster under one of several of Gainesville’s new sweeping zero waste ordinances. Those requirements are among one of three proposed laws approved by the Gainesville City Commission on Thursday….

Scuba Divers Remove More Than 25,000 Pounds of Debris From Lake Tahoe

Good News Notes: “At more than two million years old and more than a mile above sea level, Lake Tahoe sits on the border of California and Nevada in the Northern Sierra Nevada mountains. The water is so pure that it isn’t even required to be filtered by water suppliers, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported. Despite the remarkable purity of its…

Nonprofit creating more sustainable Sioux Falls through composting

Good News Notes: “For those interested in composting food in Sioux Falls, there hasn’t been an opportunity to do so outside of their home. That is, until SoDak Compost came along. When Deirdre Appel moved to Sioux Falls last summer, she immediately began looking for ways to compost her food scraps while living in an apartment complex…

New restrictions could see L.A. go plastic-free

Good News Notes: “A new “zero waste” policy in Los Angeles could see the city go plastic-free in the near future. L.A. city officials say it’s time to lead by example and continue phasing out plastic items and products that are wasteful and detrimental to the environment. This includes utensils, polystyrene or styrofoam food containers,…

Virgin is helping Grove Collaborative go plastic-free by 2025

Good News Notes: “Sir Richard Branson opened his first record shop in London in 1971. Reminiscing at Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies Summit, he described it as a hippie’s dream: “Cushions on the floor, headphones, a joint or two in most people’s hands,” he said. “It was those days when you could pick up a Dark Side…

These 19 Companies Are Ditching Plastic Packaging – Food Tank

Good News Notes: “The world produces around 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, according to the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP). This plastic waste is detrimental to human and planetary health, releasing greenhouse gases, polluting soil and waters, and threatening marine wildlife. Plastic waste is now so abundant, the U.N. has declared it a planetary crisis. Food and…

Coles introduces own-brand home compostable coffee pods

Good News Notes: “Australian supermarket chain Coles has launched home compostable coffee capsules under its Coles Urban Coffee Culture brand. The compostable pods are made with bio-sourced cellulose and vegetable oils. Coles claims that the sustainable capsules take around as much time to decompose in home compost bins as orange peel does. The pods are certified by…

Colorado Springs nonprofit makes a big impact through iconic childhood toy

Good News Notes: “Despite the nationwide appeal of American Girl dolls, its hefty price tag makes it tough for some families to afford but that’s where the nonprofit organization, Madison’s Hope, Inc. comes in. The founder of the nonprofit organization, Shari Kovariks says her mission is to take donated American Girl dolls and refurbish them to give…

Heat pumps included in GM EVs could give them a real-world range advantage

Good News Notes: “GM confirmed Monday that it plans to include heat-pump technology in all of its current and upcoming Ultium-platform electric vehicles.  That includes the Hummer EV now being delivered and the soon-arriving Cadillac Lyriq, plus many more to arrive in the next several years. In them, the tech will help recover low-level waste heat in ways…

Brooklyn native turns single-use plastic bags into reusable totes

Good News Notes: “Meet Alex Dabagh, the founder of aNYbag, the company turning New York City’s plastic trash into luxury totes. Plastic has been a blessing and burden for humankind. The artificial material can create inexpensive and useful goods, but most plastics outlive humans. It takes plastic bags anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. Many…