New Jersey Parents of 6 Children Adopt 7 Orphaned Siblings from Ukraine

Good News Notes: “A New Jersey family nearly doubled in size recently after the parents of six children decided to adopt seven orphaned siblings from Ukraine. Wade and Michelle Torppey already had their hands full when they learned about the siblings, who were living in an orphanage in Mokrats after both of their parents died,…

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…

Price Rite kicks off pilot of Flashfood food waste reduction app

Good News Notes: “Wakefern Food Corp.’s Price Rite Marketplace has begun testing the Flashfood food waste reduction app in western New York. The free app from Toronto-based Flashfood gives shoppers access to exclusive deals on products — including meat, produce, seafood, dairy, deli and bakery — that are nearing their best-by date. In turn, the significantly reduced…

Amazon plans to cut waste following backlash

Good News Notes: “Amazon has launched two programs as part of an effort to give products a second life when they get returned to businesses that sell items on its platform or fail to get sold in the first place. The so-called Fulfilment by Amazon programs, announced in a blog post on Wednesday, will help to build a circular…

Jetty Is Turning Recycled Plastic and Oyster Shells Into Clothing

Good News Notes: “Surf Culture in the U.S. is often skewed towards the West Coast and Hawaii. California is of course the center of the surf industry. And Hawaii is the birthplace and unofficial home of high-performance. Well, what about the East Coast? It’s arguably kicked out more champions (see Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson, Caroline Marks). It’s…

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donate $1 million to food charities in US, Canada

Good News Notes: “Ryan Reynolds  and Blake Lively donated $500,000 each to two organizations fighting hunger in the U.S. and Canada amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The couple made the donations to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. In a statement released by Feeding America on Twitter, the couple said that they are ‘honored and privileged’ to…

Aldi pledges to halve plastic packaging by 2025

Good News Notes: “Aldi has committed to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses in the UK by 2025, a move it estimates will prevent 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from reaching supermarket shelves. In plans revealed late last week, the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket said it would work to meet its new goals by…

Hope For State Endangered Birds

Good News Notes: Osprey are considered endangered in the state of Illinois.  They are fighting their way back, though, with a little help from friends.  They have been seen building their nests in cell phone towers as well on open nest boxes that were made for them and placed on the top of utility poles. …