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…

No sun or soil: Local farm uses technology to grow sustainable produce

Good News Notes: “A local farm leads the way in growing sustainable produce seen on store shelves. Robots control the operations at 80 Acres Farms in Hamilton. “I really do believe this is something different,” Noah Zelkind, Director of Business Development said. “Here we grow food and we grow really healthy food sustainability.” The 70,000…

DC chef launches new nonprofit to provide free, healthy dishes

Good News Notes: “A new community pantry is giving residents in Southeast D.C. access to free, healthy meals. Kyanite Pantry, founded by chef Kya Parker, focuses on vegan and vegetarian dishes. The nonprofit also provides groceries and toiletries to residents in need. Parker lost her job during the pandemic and got the idea to start…

New York: Plastic-Free Infant Food Brand Tiny Organics Raises $11M in Series A Round

Good News Notes: “ Plant-based infant nutrition brand Tiny Organics, founded in 2020 in New York and delivering throughout the United States, announced yesterday a raise of $11 million Series A funding which will be used to scale the team, build brand and customer awareness, and develop new product categories and sales channels. Tiny Organics is 100% plant-based and additionally,…

Luxury vegan silk startup sets high bar for sustainable fashion

Good News Notes: “Luxury comes in many forms but often at a significant cost to the planet. This U.S.-based company aims to make your home and pool lounging both opulent and eco-friendly with vegan silk-based products that draw attention to sustainability in material selection, manufacturing practices and post-consumer waste. niLuu offers a stunning collection of loungewear that seamlessly doubles…

Jay-Z Just Invested in $250 Million Plant-Based “Tesla of Chicken” Brand SIMULATE

Good News Notes: “Music legend and entrepreneur Jay-Z is now an investor in plant-based chicken company SIMULATE, which closed a $50 million funding round earlier this month. Led by SEVEN SEVEN SIX, an investment fund created by Twitter founder Alexis Ohanian, the investment round, a SIMULATE spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg, included participation from Marcy Venture Partners…

Indoor, vertical farming could feed the world — and space

Good News Notes: “As the global population continues to increase, vertical farming is becoming a more widely recognized and viable solution to our food production problem. Vertical farming is a type of indoor farming where crops are grown in stacked layers, rather than spread out across large plots of land. These futuristic farms aren’t just going to have an…

What to Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure, From a Woman Who Did It

Good News Notes: “Sherra Aguirre has a family history of high blood pressure that is so dramatic, it has cut short the lives of two cousins and left her parents tied to daily medication. She saw these circumstances as cautionary tales and decided to do everything she could to offset a family history that illustrated what…