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…

Okanagan farm teaches kids about agriculture and giving back

Good News Notes: “An Okanagan farm has partnered with the Westside Salvation Army to provide families in need with fresh boxes of vegetables while teaching kids the importance of agriculture and giving back. As part of a week-long summer camp at Jackalope Farms, the kids learn the value of agriculture and the importance of helping…

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…

This Robot Goes Around The Beach Helping To Pick Up Litter

Good News Notes: “Beaches are fun places to go to, but it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the experience for everyone. By that we mean litterbugs, people who don’t think about other people and just dump their trash on the beach. This includes empty bottles, cans, food wrappings, actual food, cigarette buds,…

Just Salad Poised to Take Zero-Waste Dining Nationwide

Good News Notes: “Just Salad — a US-based, fast-casual restaurant chain with a commitment to healthy, sustainable food and zero- waste practices — today announced an infusion of capital, courtesy of circular economy-focused investment firm Closed Loop Partners and returning investor Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Express®. Just Salad will use the capital to expand its geographic footprint and…

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…