Biodegradable Food Packaging That Also Increases Food Shelf Life

Good News Notes: “While developing biodegradable food packaging from upcycled cheese whey and almond shells, the EU-funded project YPACK has discovered that integrating zinc oxide and oregano essential oil helps biopapers protect against bacterial contamination in food packaging. This promises to increase the shelf life of fresh products such as meat, fruit, vegetables, and fresh…

Marshall University to go plastic-free by 2026

Good News Notes: “Marshall University has announced it has made a commitment to go plastic-free by 2026. The university joined the ‘zero waste’ movement. Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert recently signed the ‘Break Free from Plastic Campus Pledge.’ It’s a campus-wide commitment to eliminate all single-use disposable plastics. The pledge specifically addresses accessibility and inclusivity…

Vuori Vows to Help Eliminate Plastic Waste From Oceans

Good News Notes: “Vuori, the California-based activewear brand, is committed to keeping the oceans clean. So it is partnering with CleanHub, a company dedicated to freeing the planet from plastic pollution, to calculate its plastic usage and invest in programs to remove an equal or larger amount from the environment. In a blog post on…

Pair upcycle plastic waste into benches for public in a Hong Kong town, showing the potential of a circular economy to reduce marine pollution | South China Morning Post

Good News Notes: “Old milk containers, juice jugs and toy cups are not the type of products usually associated with high-concept furniture, but two designers in Hong Kong have taken these and other items and upcycled them into stylish pieces of public furniture. Tasked with creating a collection of 12 benches for the town hall…

NBC, Oceana Debut PSA Featuring Ted Danson Calling To Stop Plastic Pollution

Good News Notes: “Danson stars as the fictional mayor of Los Angeles in the new NBC original comedy “Mr. Mayor” which airs Thursday nights on NBC.‘The plastics being dumped into our oceans are harming sea turtles, whales, birds, and other marine life. I think we can all agree that saving these amazing animals is worth ditching plastics,’ Danson…

Seaweed breakthrough in east London could help save planet

Good News Notes: “Science graduate Marcos Ulloa, who did his Masters degree at Queen Mary University, aims to set up Britain’s first commercial land-based seaweed farm to mass produce the substance.   The 27-year-old from Canary Wharf has found a way to use dried or fresh seaweed as wrapping for food products and other uses instead of plastics.  ‘The material can reduce the waste accumulated in landfills,’ he explains….

Maersk Extends Partnership to Help Cleanup Plastic Pollution at Sea

Good News Notes: “Maersk and the Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup are extending their partnership to rid the world’s ocean of plastic pollution. Founded in 2013, The Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to develop and advance technologies to cleanup plastic pollution at sea and also stop the inflow via rivers. Over the last several years the…

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…