Striatus 3D-printed bridge “establishes a new language for concrete”

Good News Notes: “Holcim CEO Jan Jenisch explains how 3D-printed concrete bridge Striatus aims to showcase how to build with less material without compromising performance in this video Dezeen produced for the building materials company. Striatus is a 16-metre-long 3D-printed concrete footbridge built by Block Research Group at Swiss university ETH Zurich and the Computation and Design Group at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA CODE), in collaboration with concrete…

Stunning living wall at Maidstone Innovation Centre

Good News Notes: “As part of Big Green Week, which ran from September 18 to 26, Maidstone Innovation Centre has planted a ‘living wall’ that includes more than 10,000 plants. It incorporates a range of species indigenous to the local area, which will bloom all year round, attracting bees and butterflies. The wall covers 90.5 square metres…

McDonald’s To Phase Out Plastic Toys From Its Happy Meals

Good News Notes: “The toys that come in McDonald’s Happy Meals will soon be made mostly from corn and other materials rather than from fossil fuel-based plastic, the fast-food chain says. The switch is already underway in some international markets; it’s expected to be complete globally by 2025. “Making our toys out of renewable, recycled,…

McDonald’s says nearly all its paper packaging from sustainable fiber

Good News Notes: “McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) said on Thursday it has nearly achieved its goal of sourcing all of its paper food packaging in restaurants from recycled or sustainable fiber. The Chicago-based global burger chain said in its annual sustainability report that in 2020 99.6% of the paper bags, food wrappers, napkins, cup carriers and other fiber-based…

Continental’s incredible GreenConcept retreadable tire is made from dandelions and rice

Good News Notes: “Eco-friendly tires are something of a holy grail in the car industry, as these essential wear items have long suffered from confoundingly problematic production, emissions and disposal issues. At this week’s IAA Munich Motor Show, German supplier Continental debuted its Conti GreenConcept, a retread-ready smart tire made from renewable, recycled and traceable materials designed…

Omaha-metro nonprofit and recycle center team up for electronic drop-off

Good News Notes: “ A steady stream of cars rolled through the parking lot at Dingman’s Collison Center near 144th and Industrial Road Saturday morning. The contents, unused electronics, laptops, computers, cell phones, tablets, and more were turned over to Nebraska Recycles and the Open Door Mission. Nearly 10,000 pounds of old equipment that won’t end up in…

Gravity-based renewable energy storage tower for grid-scale operations

Good News Notes: “Energy Vault, maker of the EVx gravitational energy storage tower, has secured $100 million in series C funding. The investment was led by Prime Movers Lab, with additional participation from SoftBank, Saudi Aramco, Helena, and Idealab X. The company said capital raised will support plans to ramp up deployments of the EVx platform for customers in…

Pandemic makes recycled plastic profitable for first time

Good News Notes: “Recycling programs cost a lot of money for towns. For citizens, whether you pay for curbside pick-up or drop off your items off at a local facility, it takes time and staff to handle, sort, and resell or rehome your commingled discards. And once your detergent bottles, yogurt lids, and takeout containers…