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This week Maryland will become the first state in the US to ban the use of foam containers for carryout.
The law, which was approved during the 2019 state legislative session, will go into effect on October 1 and includes items such as cups, plates, carryout containers and trays. The law affects food service as well as other businesses and institutions that use these products, such as schools.
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At least 11% of total carbon emissions worldwide come from building construction, most of which is embodied in the materials used to complete projects. A new initiative, All For Reuse, calls upon building professionals to embrace material reuse options to help mitigate our global climate crisis.
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The latest approach to rejuvenating the regional economy began a quiet rollout last week when the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $600,000 grant to the Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA), a 6-year-old nonprofit that will use the money to support the scaling up of the region’s water-related industries.
It’s the first visible step in a plan to stimulate the region’s struggling economy developed by the Cleveland Innovation Project (CIP), a collaboration among two philanthropies — the Cleveland Foundation and the Fund for Our Economic Future — and three business and economic development groups — the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), JumpStart Inc. and Team NEO.
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Wildfires are burning the West Coast, hurricanes are flooding the Southeast — and some of those storms are rising from the dead.
“Zombie storms,” which regain strength after initially petering out, are the newest addition to the year 2020. And these undead weather anomalies are becoming more common thanks to climate change.
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Zero Grocery, an online grocer that sells products in reusable containers, has raised $3 million in seed funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $4.7 million, according to a company blog post. Venture capital firm 1984 was the largest funder, Zero’s CEO and Founder Zuleyka Strasner said in the post.
The e-grocer delivers plastic-free food packed in glass jars, boxes and other containers. A membership costs $25 a month and includes free delivery, and non-members can get groceries delivered for $7.99 per order.
Based in Berkeley, California, Zero Grocery is the latest example of a retailer that’s cutting down on its use of plastic. The company pursued its latest rounds of funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic as demand soared, and the startup team scrambled to keep up with the growth in its customer base.
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According to the United Nations World Food Programme, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Through Kellogg’s commitment to create Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030, Kellogg today announced that since 2016, it has reduced its total organic waste by 13.4% and total waste per pound of food produced by 5.7%. Furthermore, in 2019, just 1.1% of food handled across its manufacturing operations went unused globally, which was provided to local food banks and farmers for animal feed.
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Simply soaking silicon wafers in an alkaline hot water bath converts them to useful silica nanoparticles.
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UPDATE: September 24, 2020: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 793 into law yesterday, making California the first state to enact a recycled content requirement for plastic beverage containers. The first benchmark is to reach 15% recycled content by 2022, on the way to a 50% requirement by 2030.
“California has long led the way on bold solutions in the climate space, and the steps we take today bring us closer to our ambitious goals,” said Newsom in a statement describing the new standards as “the strongest in the world.”
AB 793, a recycled content mandate, made it out of California’s legislature on the day’s last session. But the Circular Economy and Pollution Reduction Act (AB 1080 and SB 54), a major extended producer responsibility (EPR) packaging effort, failed for the second year in a row.
AB 793 passed the state Senate on Aug. 30 by 65-0 and is now headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. Several supporters of the bill indicated they expect Newsom to sign after he vetoed a predecessor bill last year, AB 792, over concerns about burdening state regulators. The bill would be the toughest of its kind globally per reporting by Plastics News, requiring 50% recycled content in plastic beverage bottles by 2030.
The identical EPR bills were less successful — AB 1080 passed the Senate but did not make it back for Assembly concurrence in time, while SB 54 fell shy by four Assembly votes due to moderate Democrats abstaining, according to CalMatters. Those bills also did not make it to a final vote in 2019 amid pushback from major packaging interests and some industry players including Waste Management, despite support from Republic Services and Recology.