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…

A New Kind of Plastic Could Be Recycled Indefinitely

Good News Notes: “Scientists say they’ve developed a kind of plastic that can be recycled an unlimited number of times. Usually, the recycling process takes a serious toll on the quality of plastics. But New Scientist reports that the new material, PBTL, can be broken down and remolded into something new that’s just as high-quality as the original…

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…

Can Mushrooms Actually Help Save the Planet?

Good News Notes: “In college, Eben Bayer grew mushrooms under his dorm room bed. The mechanical engineering student, who had grown up on a Vermont farm, was convinced the fungus was one of nature’s most effective “technologies” and could be used to overhaul the way we make a range of everyday products. Thirteen years later,…

Non-plastic bag can dissolve in cold water in just 5 minutes – AOL News

Good News Notes: “This non-plastic bag can dissolve in water in less than 5 minutes — and its creators are hoping it can help cut down on global pollution. Solubag’s revolutionary material closely resembles a generic shopping bag at first glance. However, unlike its plastic counterpart, a Solubag can easily be dissolved in cold water,…

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…

SodaStream announces five-year plan to decrease plastic use, turn to to metal

Good News Notes: “As a special tribute to Earth Day on Wednesday, Israeli beverage-maker SodaStream announced its pledge to save the use of nearly 67 billion single-use plastic bottles by 2025. SodaStream, part of PepsiCo, will replace all plastic bottles used to package its flavors in exchange for metal containers, which the company says will…

Good, Better, Best — Eliminating Plastic Waste

Good News Notes: “The top three materials filling American garbage bins are paper, food waste, and plastic. Of the three, plastic may be the most problematic. Not only does its production use nonrenewable natural resources and energy, but unlike paper and food waste, it is neither biodegradable nor easily recyclable. Nonexistent a century ago, plastic…