World’s largest carbon-capture plant Orca opens in Iceland

Good News Notes: “The world’s largest direct air carbon capture and storage plant has started operating in Iceland, run by Swiss company Climeworks. Named Orca, the plant sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and buries it as rocks deep underground, using technology from Climeworks‘ Icelandic partner Carbfix. Orca has the capacity to remove 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the…

NCDOT, Volunteers collect 9M pounds of roadside litter

Good News Notes: “When consumer goods, often single-use disposables, are littered or improperly managed, this trash can find its way into rivers, streams and other waterways. These ultimately empty into our oceans, where the trash becomes marine debris, according to theEnvironmental Protection Agency. “In North Carolina, we take great pride in our natural resources, but…

Life Time to Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles by Labor Day

Good News Notes: “Life Time, the nation’s premier healthy lifestyle brand, announced today that it will stop selling water in plastic bottles at its 150+ athletic resorts across North America by Labor Day, cutting more than 1.6 million plastic bottles annually. The plastic bottles are being replaced by aluminum bottles with Life Time-branded natural alkaline spring water. While the vast…

How Sun & Swell Ditched Plastic for Compostable Packaging

Good News Notes: “The California-based company, Sun & Swell is distributing their organic food products in fully compostable packaging and reusable jars, making them one of the first companies to do so on a large scale. The company delivers organic, whole food to California and the surrounding region. As they grew and developed, the team became concerned…

Biodegradable Phone Case Tackles Plastics Pollution

Good News Notes: “While it might not be the biggest source of plastics showing up in waterways and failing to degrade in landfills, biodegradable phone cases could be a start.   According to Michael Pratt, the founder of Pivet, his company’s smartphone cases utilize a newly developed material that will completely decompose in traditional environments,…

SC Johnson Partners with Brewers and Bucks to Upcycle Arena Cups

Good News Notes: “Racine, WI­–based SC Johnson, the household products company, is taking sustainability in a new direction — upcycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) cups from professional sports events into bottles for Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner. The company has partnered with Milwaukee’s baseball and basketball teams, the Brewers and the Bucks, to implement the program. In partnership with…

Anchorage engineer plans to recycle ocean garbage into plastic lumber

Good News Notes: “The cost of lumber and other building materials is sky-high, and it’s even more expensive when shipped to small coastal communities in Alaska. Patrick Simpson of Anchorage has an idea that might help. He wants to create artificial lumber from an abundant material no one wants: Plastic ocean debris. Simpson, an engineer,…

Design Label ADIFF Reimagines Fashion With Upcycling In New ‘Fashion Cookbook’

Good News Notes: “Design label ADIFF is cooking up innovative solutions to fashion’s waste problem. The woman-founded label’s new book, “The Open Source Fashion Cookbook,” offers recipes and tips for DIY sustainable designs. The recipes provide directions for creating everything from a shirt dress comprised of button-downs to a hat made from an umbrella. The amount of…

Tesla’s Newest Model S Can Go Farther Than Any Electric Car Before

Good News Notes: “It’s a big moment for electric cars. Tesla announced yesterday that it has cracked the 400-mile barrier, a first for a production electric vehicle sold to the public. The company says the EPA will officially rate the new Long Range Plus version of the Model S for a 402-mile range. Elon Musk had accused the EPA of…