A ceramics artist transformed seafood scraps from a UK restaurant into stylish plates and bowls

Read the full story at the Robb Report.

Restaurants are notorious for the amount of food waste they create. One ceramics designer is hoping to change that, though.

The London-based Carly Breame created a recent collection titled “Off the Menu,” which consists of ceramics made from a local restaurant’s food scraps. Fish bones, fruit peels and oyster shells all feature in the crockery, which is intended to be used as servingware in the same restaurant.

Plastic pollution: Birds all over the world are living in our rubbish

Read the full story from the BBC.

Birds from every continent except Antarctica have been photographed nesting or tangled in our rubbish. Photos were submitted by people from all over the world to an online project called Birds and Debris. The scientists running the project say they see birds ensnared – or nesting – in everything from rope and fishing line to balloon ribbon and a flip-flop. Nearly a quarter of the photographs show birds nesting or entangled in disposable face masks. The focus of the project is on capturing the impact of waste – particularly plastic pollution – on the avian world.

California fire and floods turn a river to ‘sludge,’ killing thousands of fish

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The McKinney fire began on July 29 and has exploded to more than 60,000 acres, killing four people and becoming California’s largest fire so far this year. According to local tribal leaders, the fire has also led to the mass fish kill in the Klamath River, which runs for more than 250 miles from southern Oregon, through Northern California and out to the Pacific Ocean.

Good laptop packaging design can reduce waste and help our tech necks

Read the full story at Treehugger.

This is a little post about a little box that comes with a little computer. But the box tells a big story about packaging design.

Computers are high-value products and need solid, durable packaging. I keep all the boxes my Apple products come in (recycled and FSC content) and stack them up to raise my notebook for Zoom calls—I don’t want people looking up my nose. But it is all sort of ad-hoc.

Now, Taiwan computer company ASUS, which makes the thin and expensive ExpertBook B9, is changing the game.

Nature-based solutions generate greener urban renewal

Read the full story in Horizon, the EU Research and Innovation magazine.

While nature is good for the body and mind, nature-based solutions are being adopted into urban renewal projects to mitigate the effects of climate change and create healthier communities.

Reusable and refillable packaging becomes a major trend for 2022

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Reusable and refillable packaging is one of the most dynamic sectors of the packaging market in 2022, with rapid growth fueled by innovative formats and the need to enact more planet-friendly business models, says a new targeted market study from Smithers – The Future of Refillable and Reusable Packaging to 2027. 

Agrivoltaics: Where solar energy meets agriculture

Read the full story at Treehugger.

Agrivoltaics is the use of solar panels in agriculture to produce both food and electricity. Around the world, the practice has several names: agrisolar, agrophotovoltaics, solar sharing, and PV agriculture.

Many experts believe agrivoltaics can minimize barriers to food security and the transition to clean energy. While the practice is still in its infancy, it is expected to grow as solar continues to boom throughout the next few decades.

Renewable Energy Guidance for Industry

This document from DOE is intended to help Better Buildings, Better Plants partners navigate the renewable energy market by providing background on renewable technologies and their benefits, as well as a wide range of purchasing options available to organizations. This guidance provides helpful information on adopting renewables by highlighting tools and resources for evaluating renewable energy projects. It also provides information on how renewable energy resources are accounted for by Better Plants reporting requirements. A separate supplemental document to this guidance provides more in-depth information about renewable technologies.

Better Plants recently hosted a webinar that highlights information from the guide.

Setting DAC on Track: Strategies for Hub Implementation

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In order for direct air capture (DAC) to achieve million-ton scale and be commercially viable, we need to start driving down the cost learning curve by building dozens of efficient and sustainable projects.

Fortunately, in late 2021, Congress made a down payment on early DAC projects with the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $3.5 billion in funding over five years for several DAC facilities through the Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs (DAC Hubs) program. As the first large-scale US deployments of DAC, these hubs are an opportunity to define the field with high-quality projects that create robust environmental and public health benefits, new jobs and economic opportunities, and broad community support.

Webinar: Powering up for battery EPR

Sep 14, 2022, 11:30 am CDT
Register here.

Single-use and rechargeable batteries power many products, including phones, toys, and tools. Global efforts to stabilize our climate have resulted in an increased use of electric vehicles, scooters, and bikes, as well as the batteries that power them. Lithium batteries, in particular, are proliferating – and explosions and fires at waste management facilities have increased accordingly. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) for batteries is an effective solution to prevent fires and environmental contamination, recover valuable minerals, reduce greenhouse gases, and create recycling jobs. During the webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • Successes and challenges related to the only single-use and rechargeable battery EPR law in the United States that also addresses battery-containing products, and how it compares to a long-standing battery EPR law in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Current practices and proposed revisions to the European Union Battery Directive.
  • PSI’s model battery EPR legislation and the emerging policy innovations based on best practices in the United States and beyond.