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…

In a potential big win for renewable energy, Form Energy gets its first grid-scale battery installation – TechCrunch

Good News Notes: “Form Energy, which is developing what it calls ultra-low-cost, long-duration energy storage for the grid, has signed a contract with the Minnesota-based Great River Energy to develop a 1 megawatt, 150-megawatt hour pilot project. The second-largest electric utility in Minnesota, Great River Energy’s installation in Cambridge, Minn. will be the first commercial…

Buildings going ‘green’ to mitigate global warming

Good News Notes: “WHILE the world today is battling environmental issues such as global warming and climate change, some are thinking about playing a role to mitigate the greenhouse effect that is heating up the planet.” “Some studies show climate change is precipitated by the energy-choices people make, resulting in the depletion of the ozone,…

World’s wind power capacity up by fifth after record year

Good News Notes: “The world’s wind power capacity grew by almost a fifth in 2019 after a year of record growth for offshore windfarms and a boom in onshore projects in the US and China. The Global Wind Energy Council found that wind power capacity grew by 60.4 gigawatts, or 19%, compared with 2018, in one of…

Virginia Mandates 100% Clean Power by 2050

Good News notes: “Virginia has become the latest state to pass a law that sets it on a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050, as well as setting targets for massive investments in energy efficiency, energy storage, and in-state solar and wind power.  The Clean Economy Act passed Virginia’s House of Delegates by a 51-45…