UK Public Supports Urgent Action, Litigation on Climate Change

According to a new survey from UK-based environmental law charity ClientEarth, the British public wants urgent action on climate change and strongly supports holding fossil fuel companies and the UK government accountable for the negative effects of climate change. After a record heatwave in the UK and northern Europe, the majority of Brits surveyed think fossil fuel companies, whose products contribute directly to climate change, should be made to pay damages for their role in contributing to global warming (71 percent), and that the UK government must do more to help prepare for…

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Plastics’ Effect on Waste: The Answer Might Surprise You

The latest plastic product to come under fire is plastic straws. Before that, it was bags; and before that, foam foodservice items. Have you ever stopped to ask, why do we use so much plastic, especially plastic packaging? The answer depends on the type of packaging, but one of the overriding answers is that plastic is more resource efficient than its competing materials. In other words, it takes less energy (a key resource) to do the job. Less energy and resources mean less money, and less money means that it is often the…

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Environmental news-Kerala floods: Man-made or nature’s fury?

The floods of catastrophic dimensions that ravaged Kerala recently have brought into sharp focus the all-round ecological destruction caused by human interference in the State’s hilly terrains. The fact that there were 12 major landslides and hundreds of minor ones within a fortnight in the mountainous districts of the State underscores how fragile the land has become over the decades. Idukki and Wayanad districts, which fall on the Western Ghats, have been completely cut off by the floods, as the roads connecting them with other parts of the State lie…

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PepsiCo’s recycling drive & Lego’s plant-based bricks:The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe. From a McDonald’s restaurant with built-in sustainability features like a “floating” garden, to a nationwide drive to boost recycling rates, each of these projects and initiatives is empowering businesses and governments to achieve a sustainable future, today. ENERGY: Notting Hill Carnival venues powered by 100% renewable energy Many Londoners will no doubt have attended Europe’s biggest street festival this weekend, but this year’s…

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10 REASONS TO CHOOSE ORGANIC COTTON

SKIP THE CHEMICALS Conventional cotton uses 16%-25% more pesticides and herbicides than any other crop. Some of these chemicals are among the most deadly in the world. KIND TO SKIN Organic cotton is the best choice for people with sensitive skin, allergies, and chemical sensitivities. LASTING SOFTNESS Organic cotton is softer and more durable—going through less processing, with no chemicals to weaken fibers. Your clothes feel better and last longer. FARMERS’ HEALTH Organic is better for farmers and their families. They deserve to live free of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals. SAFE DYES…

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Biodegradeable bottles and self-healing smartphones: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best. With the announcement that a Scottish tidal turbine has generated more power over the past year than the nation’s tidal sector generated over a 12-year period, along with the opening of the UK’s largest recycling plant, this week has seen some big environmental schemes dominate the nation’s mainstream media. In the face of ongoing climate challenges, the benefits of green innovation could usher…

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Sustainable Lifestyle-New App Demystifies Nutrition Labels for Those with Special Dietary Needs

A new app is eliminating our last excuse for breaking our diet: Pinto aggregates nutrition information from over 100,000 of the most commonly eaten foods in the US and creates personalized nutrition labels that focuses specifically on the ingredients and nutritional information users are concerned about. Whether you’re eating special foods for medical reasons — diabetes, celiac, heart disease, high cholesterol, nut allergies — or are committed to a vegan, paleo, Whole30 or keto diet, Pinto helps users cut through potential food label confusion and alert them to any dangerous or diet-destroying properties.…

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Trending: Healthier Buildings Are on the Horizon; New Materials Clean the Air

Questions such as these have been on the minds of material developers and builders for quite some time, and some have begun to apply design principles that prioritize employees’ health and wellness. A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) found that these so-called ‘healthy buildings’ have boosted employee productivity, health and happiness in four initial case studies. For example, global real estate firm CBRE adopted a healthy building design for their Toronto and Vancouver offices – ensuring that employees sit by windows with natural light; installing sit-stand desks;…

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Transformational Innovation-3 Easy Concepts for Sustainable Packaging to Reduce Food Waste

Packaging waste, especially plastics, is the sustainability issue of our time, driven by growing public and media attention. Yet just two years ago, we were talking about food waste and one overlapping yet unresolved question is the role that packaging must play in protecting and preserving food. Today’s sustainable packaging debate has quickly become polarised: Industry argues that packaging has a crucial role in protecting products, with FDF/INCPEN highlighting that the product inside the pack uses on average ten times more resources and energy than the packaging itself. This explains why we counterintuitively shrink-wrap…

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Science-based buildings and plastic-waste football kits: This week’s top 5 sustainability success stories

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe. Published every week, the new series charts how businesses and sustainability professionals are working to achieve their ‘Mission Possible’ across the campaign’s five key pillars – energy, resources, infrastructure, mobility and business leadership. This edition of the ‘Achieving Mission Possible’ round-up highlights some of the tremendous progress we are now seeing right across the globe. From two science-based target achievements to an electric-vehicle-sharing…

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