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…

Wood, metal, paper & fabric can help cut climate-harming plastic

Good News Notes: “Replacing plastics used in buildings with metal, wood, ceramics and glass, turning to paper and fabric for packaging, and boosting recycling rates could slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, researchers said on Monday. A mixture of substitution, changes in business models and consumer behaviour, and producing more plastics without using fossil…

How Amazon is using machine learning to eliminate 915,000 tons of packaging

Good News Notes: “Amazon’s 2019 Climate Pledge calls for a commitment to net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040. Since then, the company has reduced the weight of their outbound packaging by 33%, eliminating 915,000 tons of packaging material worldwide, or the equivalent of over 1.5 billion shipping boxes. With less packaging used throughout the supply…

Seventh Generation’s new line gets rid of all its plastic packaging

Good News Notes: “Seventh Generation, the cleaning product company known for its natural products, has spent years tweaking its packaging to improve sustainability, including a massive push to use more post-consumer recycled plastic. But the company is now using a different tactic, and beginning to move away from plastic completely, starting with a new line…

Eco-Brand Prana Launches Sustainable Packaging Movement

Good News Notes:  “We’ve been paying closer attention to our clothes’ environmental impact: practicing sustainable habits by repurposing garments, choosing recycled or eco-friendly materials, and, ultimately, trying to buy less. But, what we don’t consider often enough is the waste that accompanies every purchase we make. As online shopping has evolved from a convenience into a necessity over the…

5 simple ways to reduce plastic waste in the workplace

Good News Notes: “1. Perform a waste audit The best place to start when you want to reduce the plastics in the workplace is doing a waste audit. This type of check helps you determine the types of waste generated, as well as the volume and the sources. Once you have an inspection, you now…

New Challenges to Recycling

I found this great story on another wonderful blog that discusses the ways in which manufacturers are actually making it more difficult for individuals and companies to recycle and help the planet.  It also shows what to avoid and how to do so to be more sustainable.  Check it out here: https://globalrecycler.com/horrible-hybrids-the-plastic-products-that-give-recyclers-nightmares-and-what-you-can-use-instead/

Conservation tips: Retail brands that use less plastic

 Good News Notes: “If this coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything (beyond how to use Zoom, sew a face mask and bake bread), it’s that the stuff we routinely take for granted could end up having a profound effect on our future. Case in point: the abundance of plastic in our lives — whether a…

22-year-old runs from ocean to ocean for Clean Seas

Good News Notes: “On 26 July 2019, 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib asked the crowd of friends, supporters and media gathered around him, to take two deep breaths as a reminder of the importance that the oceans have in giving life. Bencheghib was about to embark upon a 3,100-mile run across the United States of America from coast…