Amen grows carbon-negative mycelium packaging to ship its candles

Good News Notes: “A range of candles by French brand Amen will be delivered in carbon-negative packaging made from mycelium and agricultural waste. The brand hopes the packaging will help it tackle the hidden plastic waste associated with shipping fragile products such as candles, which often require bubble wrap or other plastics to protect them even if the outer packaging is plastic-free. ‘Our…

Uganda is Getting 3 Million New Trees

Good News Notes: “Human settlement, agriculture, and logging have not been kind to the world’s trees, and in turn, have been nothing short of disastrous for the animals that call those trees home. Reforestation efforts seem like a natural fix – planting trees is good for the climate and good for wildlife – but it’s…

Brand Hijacks Bottles for Refilling to Drastically Reduce Plastic Waste

Good News Notes: “The path toward sustainability in plastics packaging has taken a simple, yet wickedly clever new twist, thanks to an innovative company in the United Kingdom that looks to disrupt the household cleaners market. It goes beyond other tried-and-true methods that have taken root over the years, an evolution that began when brands…

Hawaii Island student innovators tackle plastic pollution

Good News Notes: “Several Hawaii Island student teams worked diligently from January-April to develop ideas for how to help solve one of the island’s urgent environmental problems. They competed in The Success Factory — NexTech’s Fish Tank, the first STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition of its kind on Hawaii Island designed to empower…

South Korea Embarks On An Ambitious Renewable Energy Plan

 Good News Notes: “South Korea has made public a long-term energy plan that stipulates a shift to more renewable energy at the expense of fossil fuels and nuclear power. The Korea Herald reports the plan envisages renewable power to rise to 40 percent of the country’s energy mix in 2034, up from 15.1 percent currently. In the…

Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Rainforest Adventure opens Saturday

 Good News Notes: “If you’d love to feel as though you are wrapped up in the sights, scents, sounds and textures of the world’s rainforests ­­­– from lush, layered foliage to exotic butterflies in flight – Cleveland Botanical Garden is making that happen. The Botanical Garden’s Rainforest Adventure, opening Saturday and running through Sunday, April…

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to save Earth’s environment

Good News Notes: “Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner, announced on Monday that he was donating $10bn to save the Earth’s environment – barely a month after it was revealed Amazon threatened to fire employees who spoke out about the company’s role in the climate crisis. The new Bezos Earth Fund will start…

The drive to stop plastic pollution growing in new forests

Good News Notes: “Hundreds of thousands of plastic tube tree guards are used every year to protect saplings from being eaten by deer, rabbits and voles. Most are made from single-use plastics and are often left to disintegrate in the open when a tree grows. Forestry and Land Scotland said it would now use recyclable…