Plastic pollution: Chinese scientists identify polythene-eating bacteria

Good News Notes: “Chinese scientists say they have identified a blend of marine bacteria that appears capable of breaking down polythene, one of the most ubiquitous plastics on the planet and source of much of the pollution  in the world’s oceans. While the plastic-eating qualities of bacteria are already well known to the scientific community,…

Biodegradable plastic that can break down in your compost developed by scientists

Good News Notes: “Biodegradable plastic bags, cutlery and coffee cup lids may seem like a win for the environment, but they often introduce more problems than solutions. Despite being touted as “green”, many of these plastics take just as long as their conventional counterparts to break down in home composts and landfill, leading to more pollution…

Compostic launches home-compostable plastic products in US

Good News Notes: “New Zealand-based zero-waste packaging manufacturer Compostic has introduced its product line in the US. The company, which manufactures fully home-compostable cling wrap and resealable bags as an alternative to kitchen plastics, will sell its products via its website and Amazon. The vegan-friendly products and packaging can break down in home compost after…

Fix You: Coldplay Sponsors Watercraft To Clean Up Malaysia’s Rivers

Good News Notes: “Coldplay, a band that has long supported environmental sustainability, has announced a sponsorship of a RM3.2 million The Ocean Cleanup-designed watercraft to remove plastic trash from Malaysia’s rivers. “We’re proud to announce the first step in our partnership with The Ocean Cleanup: a new river Interceptor called Neon Moon 1,” the members…

Volunteer to plant trees at these Staten Island parks in April

Good News Notes: “Spring is officially here and NYC Parks is calling on Staten Islanders to get their hands dirty to help grow a greener city by volunteering at tree planting events in April. Earth Day last year was unlike any other as the world shifted to digital celebrations amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now,…

These biodegradable facemasks bloom into flowers when planted after use

Good News Notes: “A Dutch designer has created biodegradable facemasks made from rice paper that will transform into flowers when planted. Face masks are now part of our daily lives and are likely to remain so for months, if not years. But while they may be essential in stopping the spread of coronavirus pandemic, they…

The human right that benefits nature

Good News Notes: “The history behind one of Costa Rica’s most important environmental commitments reads something like a legal fairytale. It started nearly 30 years ago, with a young boy who wanted to stop the pollution in his neighborhood and ended with a constitutional reform. The impacts of the boy’s efforts are still causing ripples…

‘Made in Bangladesh’ may mean Target, H&M clothing is more sustainable

Good News Notes: “If you’re a fast fashion lover, there’s a good chance that many of the clothes in your closet are made in Bangladesh. For decades, the country has been a hub of low-wage garment manufacturing. But soon, it may be known for something else as well: recycling. Last week, fast-fashion brands that manufacture…

Business Reporter BrandVoice: The Journey Towards Sustainable Packaging

Good News Notes: “ Global waste is expected to increase by 70 per cent over the next 30 years unless we take action now. Colgate-Palmolive has a plan Every year, the world dumps approximately 2.12 billion tons of waste – an amount so massive that if it were to be put in trucks they would encircle the world 24…