Day: February 13, 2020

EPA proposes yet another cut to waste minimization and recycling budget

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The Trump administration’s proposed budget would add new grant programs, but significantly shrink sustainable materials management funding.

Agricultural strides: CPG companies take stake in the land

Read the full story at Smart Brief.

Today’s leading consumer packaged goods companies have access to resources that can help small-scale and large-scale agriculture businesses meet the ever-growing needs of farming communities. Food producers are reliant on the farmers in their agricultural supply chain, and these companies are becoming increasingly transparent in their support of the vital agriculture industry to improve outputs and create harmonious relationships with suppliers.

Green transport set to overtake cars in world’s major cities by 2030

Read the full story from Reuters.

From public transport to cycling, sustainable transport is on course to overtake driving in the world’s biggest cities within a decade, according to a study released on Monday.

A Greener Bottom Line With Sustainable Store Lighting

Read the full story in Progressive Grocer.

Lighting accounts for a major portion of supermarket energy use and expense, and retailers are benefiting both from their own increasing use of sustainable lighting, and from suppliers that have made sustainability a priority in this area.

Water-conducting membrane allows carbon dioxide to transform into fuel more efficiently

Read the full story from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Methanol is a versatile and efficient chemical used as fuel in the production of countless products. Carbon dioxide, on the other hand, is a greenhouse gas that is the unwanted byproduct of many industrial processes. Converting carbon dioxide to methanol is one way to put carbon dioxide to good use. Chemical engineers have now demonstrated how to make that conversion process more efficient by using a highly effective separation membrane they produced.

‘We Knew They Had Cooked the Books’

Read the full story in the Atlantic.

The Trump administration’s attempt to kill one of America’s strongest climate policies has been a complete debacle.

Recycling heat for a ‘385% efficient’ solar desalinator

Read the full story in PV Magazine.

MIT scientists have developed a solar desalinator which transports heat from the sun through a ten-stage process of evaporation and condensation. The group estimates a $100 device employing their innovation could provide the daily drinking water needs of a family.

Weed in the Water: How does cannabis use affect our freshwater ecosystems?

Read the full story at Great Lakes Now.

Canada’s recent legalization of recreational cannabis is the impetus behind a unique research project launched last fall to understand its potential impact on freshwater plants and animals.

The findings could also help inform policy makers in the United States – 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.

This compostable packaging can tell you when your food is going bad

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Who needs best-by labels when your package is sensing the food inside it?

The North Face’s latest quest? Clothes that last forever

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The North Face is sending its designers back to school to learn how to reuse, repair, and improve the longevity of the garments they make.

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