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…

11 Most Innovative Sustainable Packaging Ideas

Good News Notes: “Sustainable packaging is the development and use of packaging that’s recyclable, reusable, and made from rapidly renewable resources or materials. This practice reduces the environmental impact and ecological footprint of consumer product waste. There’s been a bounty out on packaging ever since Keep America Beautiful released its notorious 1971 “Crying Indian” PSA. The…

TerraCycle wants to recycle everything in your life

Good News Notes: “Have you ever felt guilty about tossing your old Teva sandals, or Colgate toothbrush, or Etch A Sketch into the trash, where they will clog up a landfill for hundreds of years? I have good news for you. All of those items—and many more—are now recyclable thanks to TerraCycle, a company that…

Starbucks’ experimental new cup costs extra, but it’s worth it

Good News Notes: “Starbucks is launching an experimental “borrow a cup” program at select locations in its hometown, Seattle. The program is part of Starbucks’aim to make its cups more sustainable, and it will kick off as a two-month trial in five Seattle stores. Customers at those stores will have an option to receive their drinks…

Making Cleaner, Greener, Biodegradable Plastics From Waste Fish Parts

Good News Notes: “Polyurethanes, a type of plastic, are nearly everywhere — in shoes, clothes, refrigerators, and construction materials. But these highly versatile materials can have a major downside. Derived from crude oil, toxic to synthesize, and slow to break down, conventional polyurethanes are not environmentally friendly. Today, researchers discuss devising what they say should…

Mars Wrigley Partners with Danimer Scientific on Compostable Packaging

Good News Notes: “Snack giant Mars Wrigley has announced a two-year partnership with Danimer Scientific to advance home-compostable packaging. Mars Wrigley said it will soon introduce Skittles candy packaged in Danimer’s Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material in US stores. Sourced from the seeds of plants such as canola and soy, Nodax PHA is produced through natural…

The RealReal Is Moving Beyond Consigning And Into Upcycling With Upcoming Line

Good News Notes: “It’s not every day that the fashion industry finds a trend that’s potentially saleable, scalable and sustainable, that checks all the earth-loving boxes consumers are craving, and upholds the tender images that luxury fashion houses guard assiduously. While the list of luxury brands embracing sustainability continues to grow, there are still many…

Explore a sustainable skincare village in Parma, Italy

Good News Notes: “Creating a sustainable beauty brand is always a noble but inevitably fraught endeavour. Without even an established definition of what ‘sustainable beauty’ means – does the packaging have to be recyclable? must the formulations be vegan? – it can be difficult to distinguish which brands really deserve the moniker and which are just using it for show. …

‘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…