Brian is a staff writer for Green Matters.
McDonald's set aggressive goals to eliminate emissions from their restaurants, offices, and supply chain. They'll be the first fast food chain to use this method and they hope to reach their goals by 2030.
A new startup is rethinking how to distribute meal kits. Not only does Planted Table offer a variety of vegan options, but they don't create any excess waste, with their program to pick up glass containers after customers are done with them.
Nissan plans to bring their futuristic IMx concept into production soon. The Japanese auto manufacturer believes that this model will be a revolution in the battery-electric SUV market and could be cheaper than the competition.
Almond production has grown in recent years. This does create plenty of shell waste, but farmers and the USDA are finding ways to turn that into useful, renewable products.
Actor and activist Jaden Smith isn't slowing down after launching his new JUST Water brand. G-Star Raw, a denim clothing company that focuses on sustainability, is teaming up with Smith for a new renewable denim line coming out in the fall.
Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted announced the company was able to sell one million of their new sustainable shoe line last year and that should grow by five times this year.
York University will hold the School of Continuing Studies in a new sustainable building with a focus on net-zero energy and emissions.
For those that don't want to spend money on an electric bike, EvoWheel provides another option. Front wheels of traditional bikes can be swapped out with an "e-wheel" that converts them into an electric bike.
Shipping containers have found another sustainable use: university buildings. Copying its "Insta House" design, MB Architecture has provided Bard College in New York with a media lab that can open up and be used for other needs.
Styrofoam can be very convenient, but it's a burden on the environment and it's hard to recycle. One of the most promising alternatives is nanowood, which retains a lot of properties but is stronger and biodegradable.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that New York was going to add 26 large-scale renewable energy projects over the next five years.
Tiny homes provide freedom for those that don't want to be committed to one area and can live the minimalist lifestyle. Timbercraft makes their offerings completely customizable, and now people can test them out.
California-based startup Bird is attempting to lead the electric scooter sharing industry just six months into operation. They've received $100 million in a second round of funding.
Oslo Airport created the first green terminal that received a high certification, and now they're looking to double down on helping the environment.
This is a huge step forward in solving China's air pollution problem.
Benjamin Von Wong creates stunning photography with a message behind it, and his latest work focuses on how little old computer parts are reused. He looks to spread awareness with his images to get people to "rethink and recycle."
Porsche is expanding their Mission E lineup with the new Cross Turismo. It features an electrified cross-utility vehicle that's capable of off-road functionality without a hitch to its over 300-mile range.
Microsoft struck their second deal in Asia in a span of a week, adding three megawatts of solar power generation to their new offices in India. This comes right after buying a 60-megawatt solar project in Singapore for their data centers.
Just Eat is looking to eliminate their plastic waste after a customer survey shows that most people don't want extra utensils and condiments. They'll have customers opt out of them and will also research alternatives for sauce sachets.
Chewing gum is one of the most common products that we throw away or, even worse, throw onto sidewalks and streets. Gumdrop provides an easy way to recycle it, using the polymer inside of the gum base to create new products.
Toyota is investing $2.8 billion into a new company called "Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development" in Tokyo, Japan. They're looking to increase software development of autonomous vehicles and will bring in various high-level engineers around the world.
Lego is upgrading their botanical building pieces with a new plant-based plastic with a goal to release them by the end of the year. The company is collaborating with others to make sure the product is sourced sustainably and production has already begun.
The Taiwanese EPA is going to ban all single-use plastic from stores and restaurants by 2030. The process begins with removing free items in the coming years and they'll add a surcharge five years ahead of banning the product altogether.