Vegan Brand Creates Edible Spoons To Tackle Plastic Pollution

Good News Notes: “Vegan brand IncrEdible has created edible spoons to tackle plastic pollution. The cutlery, which is available in three savory and two sweet flavors including black pepper and chocolate, can stay firm for up to 20 minutes in hot foods (such as soup) and 50 minutes in cold food. IncrEdible also planted more than…

India’s youth take on plastic pollution

Good News Notes: “Curiosity is what has motivated the young people to take part in the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge. They share Jane Goodall’s enthusiasm for learning about nature and how they can make the world a better place. Tide Turners educates young people about single-use plastics, encouraging them to alter their attitude towards plastic…

Sayonara, Styrofoam: Champs Downtown Introduces Reusable Cups

 Good News Notes: “Your Dirty Sprites will look a little different starting this summer. Champs Downtown is doing away with its signature double styrofoams and introducing a new set of reusable cups, the bar announced this week. Each cup features two Champs logos and is certainly much more aesthetically pleasing than its predecessor.” View the…

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…

Staying Healthy: San Ramon high-schoolers target plastic pollution

Good News Notes: “In the midst of worrying about the personal health of ourselves and loved ones, issues like environmental health can often fall by the wayside. One group of local high-schoolers, however, recognized the influence that environmental health issues like plastic pollution can have on human communities. Their solution? An online business, Reusii, which…

Asda pulls plastic forks from own brand packaging

 Good News Notes: “Asda announced it will be removing more than 24.5 million plastic forks from its store brand salad meals and protein bowls, an equivalent of 41 tons of plastic. The initiative is part of a larger “use less and recycle more” platform that the company is embracing, aiming to reduce plastic packaging within…

How to make plastic bottles from sugarcane and captured CO₂

Good News Notes: “While most plastics have generally been produced from petroleum, that’s not an inherent requirement. Chemistry is chemistry, and it’s possible to grow many of the hydrocarbons we need. But crops are the things we are best at growing, and plastics made from crops can have problems. They tend to cost more, and…

Tired of Plastic? These Businesses Have Ideas for You

Good News Notes: “Companies are developing alternatives to single-use plastic, and with options including seaweed and mushroom tissue, consumer interest isn’t disappearing, even during the coronavirus pandemic.” “‘We’re fortunate enough that we aren’t seeing anyone say, “I’m not worried about sustainability, I’m just going to focus on survival right now,”‘ said Troy Swope, co-founder and…

Oregon Business – Can the Plastic

Good News Notes: “Portlanders Marcelle and Edward Abel are an active couple who enjoy traveling and hiking with their 11-year-old twins. Like many eco-conscious couples, they fill reusable bottles with water to take with them on trips. But — as is often the case with many of us — when their reusable containers run dry,…

Japan, UNEP deepen cooperation on plastic pollution and post-conflict recovery

Good News Notes: “Japan and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a new cooperative effort to tackle plastic pollution across Asia and support post-conflict environmental recovery in Iraq and South Sudan. Japan will contribute US$6.9 million to four UNEP-led projects. The bulk of the funding will fund a second phase of the CounterMEASURE project,…