Startup Aims to Turn Waterborne Plastic Waste Into Fuel

Good News Notes: “A UK-based startup is looking to solve two environmental problems with one solution, pulling plastic trash from waterways – where it would normally wind up in the ocean – and turning it into a fuel for ships. Plastic-to-fuel startup Clean Planet Energy has partnered with riverine waste NGO Riverrecycle to build out…

Support mangrove conservation, UNESCO chief says

Good News Notes: “Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), made the appeal in her message for theInternational Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, observed on 26 July.  Mangroves are found in tropical and sub-tropical regions, on the boundary between land and sea. Globally, they cover a…

Israeli start-up devises way to convert used nappies into green plastics

Good News Notes: “UBQ Materials is researching a way for turning common household waste into sustainable plastics. The Tel Aviv based start-up is set on developing a material out of the likes of paper, mixed plastics, food residue and dirty diapers that could serve as a substitute to conventional plastic, wood and concrete. This material…

These entrepreneurs want consumers to reuse wine bottles

Good News Notes: “Americans aren’t the biggest wine sippers in the world — imbibing a mere 3.2 gallons per person in 2020 versus the 16 gallons guzzled by Portuguese residents, according to estimates from the industry’s primary source of stats.  But the habit still translates into a whole lot of single-use bottles: About 4.3 billion of…

West Lafayette improving city sustainability with new food waste collecting bin

Good News Notes: “Food waste is at the forefront for West Lafayette leaders right now. That’s because it’s helping fuel energy for city facilities, in turn, making the city more environmentally friendly. A new food waste collecting bin is really behind this movement. The bin is attached to the back of a city Streets and Sanitation Department…

World’s first ‘green’ synthesis of plastics from CO2

Good News Notes: “By combining a CeO2 catalyst with atmospheric carbon dioxide, researchers from Osaka City University, Tohoku University, and Nippon Steel Corporation have developed an effective catalytic process for the direct synthesis of polycarbonate diols without using dehydrating agents. Their method, published in Green Chemistry, does not rely on toxic chemical feedstock like phosgene and carbon…

Check out Boston’s first — and only — one-stop-shop for zero-waste products

Good News Notes: “In Boston’s North End, you can get cannolis, fresh pasta, and now, a wide selection of zero-waste products. Though Maria Camila Vasco, 23, originally founded Uvida as an online store while she was a senior at UMass Boston, Uvida now occupies a quaint, colorful storefront on Atlantic Avenue.  Vasco is an immigrant and first-generation…

Brother International Partners with Clean Ocean Action for Sandy Hook Beach Sweeps

Good News Notes: “Employees Volunteer In-Person for the First Time Since Pandemic to Clean Up New Jersey Beaches BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY – July 14, 2021 – Today, Brother International Corporation’s New Jersey headquarters office announced its first in-person volunteer activity since the start of the global coronavirus pandemic. On July 19th and August 19th Brother…

Purdue University develops new way to recycle polyolefin plastics

Good News Notes: “Single-use plastic scrap continues to be a growing problem internationally with only 9 percent of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic produced in the last 65 years being recycled. One of the biggest contributors to this issue is polyolefins, such as polypropylene and polyethylene. Researchers at Purdue University are working to solve that problem…

BP partners team researching converting CO2, waste and biomass into fuel

Good News Notes: “BP and Johnson Matthey are partnering with Cardiff University and The University of Manchester in a £9m project that aims to convert CO2, waste and sustainable biomass into fuels and products that can be used across the energy and transportation sectors. The project is one of eight business-led Prosperity Partnerships announced in…