New ‘compostable’ takeaway range from Seal Packaging to be launched in sandwich bars

Good News Notes: “Seal Packaging has announced what it claims is a home compostable and sustainable takeaway food packaging range, which will be distributed by Tri-Star Packaging while Birley Sandwiches in London will be the first location to use the product.  Compostabowl, the new foodservice innovation from Seal Packaging, is made from bagasse, a plant-derived fibre material that the company says…

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…

Engineer discovers how to extract water from air and sunlight

Good News Notes: “When you have sugar in a bowl, that sugar gets a little clumpy over time,” says Cody Friesen. “Have you ever thought about why?” Friesen, who teaches materials science at Arizona State University, explains that the sugar absorbs moisture from the air around it. “The science term for that is the sugar…

Major Offshore Wind Project Sets Stage For Clean Energy Shift

Good News Notes: “The U.S. Interior Departmentapproved the country’s first large-scale offshore wind project Tuesday, a final hurdle that reverses course from the Trump administration and sets the stage for a major shift in the energy landscape. This “is a significant milestone in our efforts to build a clean and more equitable energy future while addressing…

Michelin wants to make tires out of recycled plastic bottles

Good News Notes: “Michelin says its goal of “achieving 40% sustainable materials (of renewable or recycled origin) by 2030 and 100% by 2050” is one step closer to reality. The French tire giant has successfully tested a plastic recycling technology by French biochemistry company Carbios that can be used in tire production. Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process…

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…

The World’s First Naturally Biodegradable Plastic Alternative

Good News Notes: “Toraphene aims to tackle the climate crisis by making plastic packaging and single-use plastics obsolete. The company has developed the world’s first commercially viable, truly biodegradable, and compostable alternative to conventional plastic packaging, which breaks down naturally, without human involvement – even in the ocean. Toraphene consists of naturally occurring compostable biopolymers…

Maine company looks to tidal power as renewable energy’s next generation

Good News Notes: “With much of New England’s attention on offshore wind, a Maine company hopes to put itself on the map with tidal energy. Portland, Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Eastport on a five-year plan to develop a $10 million microgrid primarily powered by…