Limerick-Based 1930 Café Launches With Plastic-Free Lidless Coffee Cup

Good News Notes: “Limerick-based 1930 Café has launched its new coffee shop concept with a plastic-free and lidless takeaway cup as part of its initiative to tackle plastic pollution, including the huge volumes generated by plastic-coated coffee cups and plastic lids. 1930 Café recently opened adjacent to Lidl’s new store on Corbally Road, Westbury, Co…

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…

Jane Fonda pays for Boise students to study climate change

Good News Notes: “Earlier this summer, Shiva Rajbhandari got an unknown call from Georgia. It’s not a call he’d normally pick up, he said, figuring it was spam. But this time he answered. On the other end, Rajbhandari said, a woman introduced herself: “Hi, this is Jane Fonda,” she said. Several weeks earlier, Rajbhandari, a…

Utah tech company may hold the key to solving the world’s food problems and cutting water use while also fighting climate change

Good News Notes: “Before Utah’s searing, mega-drought summer, came the winter storm of 2021. In February tornadoes and ice storms swept across the nation causing massive damage. Hardest hit was Texas, where millions lost power, over 200 people died and economic damage exceeded $195 billion. Agriculture saw devastated crops and livestock killed in massive numbers….

Israeli start-up devises way to convert used nappies into green plastics

Good News Notes: “UBQ Materials is researching a way for turning common household waste into sustainable plastics. The Tel Aviv based start-up is set on developing a material out of the likes of paper, mixed plastics, food residue and dirty diapers that could serve as a substitute to conventional plastic, wood and concrete. This material…

These entrepreneurs want consumers to reuse wine bottles

Good News Notes: “Americans aren’t the biggest wine sippers in the world — imbibing a mere 3.2 gallons per person in 2020 versus the 16 gallons guzzled by Portuguese residents, according to estimates from the industry’s primary source of stats.  But the habit still translates into a whole lot of single-use bottles: About 4.3 billion of…

Purdue University develops new way to recycle polyolefin plastics

Good News Notes: “Single-use plastic scrap continues to be a growing problem internationally with only 9 percent of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic produced in the last 65 years being recycled. One of the biggest contributors to this issue is polyolefins, such as polypropylene and polyethylene. Researchers at Purdue University are working to solve that problem…

Titan Farms’ Sustainable Packaging Receives High Praise

Good News Notes: “Titan Farms brings back its sustainable, eco-friendly packaging this summer to meet the increasing demand for less single use plastics. “Nature’s Peach” box is a 100% recyclable 4-pack that uses earthy tones to make the peaches pop. The durable yet convenient packaging allows shoppers to carry by the center handle and retailers…

Community recycling program turns plastic films, bags into composite benches

Good News Notes: “A NexTrex recycling program turns plastic films that are typically hard to recycle into a composite bench for community organizations. The Rotary Club of Summit County became involved with the program this year, and the town of Silverthorne is now looking to follow suit. Mike Spry, Silverthorne Town Council and Rotary Club member, presented…