Tessa Love

Tessa Love is a freelance writer and researcher touching on the undertones of culture: technology, art, identity, environmentalism and more. She lives in Oakland, CA, where she fights fog and housing prices.

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Food

France Tops Sustainability Charts For Reducing Food Waste

A study that examines how well countries advocate for and enact food waste policies has found that France is leading the world when it comes to ending food waste. The U.S. ranked number 24. 

Renewables

India's Rooftops Are Leading The Solar Power Revolution

India's solar revolution is booming. Last year, the country added more rooftop solar unit that in the previous four years combined, and is on track to reach 9.5 gigawatts of solar enery by 2022.

Food

These Edible Straws Are The Most Fun Way To Save The Environment

More than 500 million straws are used in the U.S. daily, and all these will sit in a landfill for at least 200 years. To combat this waste, the founders of Loliware have invented the Lolistraw, a biodegradable and edible straw made out of algae.

News

Four New Countries Join 'Clean Seas' Campaign At United Nations

Four more countries have joined the United Nations Environment Clean Seas initiative, which aims to engage communities in the prevention and cleanup of plastics in the ocean. Forty countries are now participating in the campaign.

News

Now Even Your Pets May Be Able To Eat Lab-Grown Meat

A new startup is working to create dog food with lab-grown meats in order to cut down on the environmental degradation caused by the animal protein industry—and up the transparency of the pet food industry. 

Community

This German City Has A Unique City-Wide Alternative To Disposable Cups

To combat the use of billions of disposable cups, a German city has created a reusable cup system that lets customers pay a €1 deposit for a plastic cup that can be returned to 100 participating businesses.

Living

This Company Is Making Shoes Out Of Used Airbags and Tires

Portugal-based fashion company NAE Vegan is adding a boot made from upcycled airbags and old car tires to their collection of stylish, ethically made shoes.

News

These Three Cities In Scotland Are Now Zero-Waste Utopias

Three more cities in Scotland have received Zero Waste designation as part of an initiative to minimize waste, implement higher recycling and reuse standards, and more. 

Renewables

'Power On Puerto Rico' Is Sending Solar Trailers To The Island for Free

Several organizations are banding together to send trailers equipped with solar panels to powerless Puerto Rico so residents can charge their cell phones, lap tops and more. 

News

Afghanistan Is Investing In Solar Power To Give More Citizens Electricity

The Asian Development Bank is spending $45 million for Afghanistan to build a 20-megawatt solar power plant in an effort to expand its energy capabilities. As of now, Afghanistan imports over 70 percent of its electricity.

Living

This Fashion Student Is Growing His Own Clothes

Liberty University fashion student Luis Quijano has discovered a new way to create sustainable clothing: by growing his leather-like fabrics using fermented water, sugar, green tea, and kombucha.

Renewables

Oceans Are Bringing The Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

While many wind and solar energy projects are well underway, there's another potential source of renewable energy that is mostly untapped: the ocean. Now the federal government is investing $40 million to find out the best way to utilize that vast resource.

Living

The First Ever Sustainable Stockings Brand Is Finally Here

Stockings are highly unsustainable pieces of fashion, made from non-biodegradable nylon, which requires a pollution-heavy process to manufacture. To combat this, the first ever sustainable stocking brand has hit the market. 

Renewables

New Sewage Treatment System Creates Clean Energy And Water

By filtering waste water and sewage into clean water, the NEWgenerator simultaneously generates power and extracts nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater, which can be used as fertilizer. 

Food

This Startup Wants To Build Massive Indoor Farms Near Every Major City

Plenty is an indoor farming company hoping to solve the world’s fresh produce shortage by building a massive indoor vertical farm next to every major city worldwide.

Food

These Smart Greenhouses Produce Clean Energy And Sustainable Food

Innovative new solar panels that can collect the sun's energy and still let the light pass through are creating smart solar greenhouses that actually boost plant productivity.

Renewables

Google X's Latest Innovation Explores Floating Solar Farms

Google's secretive "moonshot" research and development arm, Google X, has filed a patent for something seriously exciting: floating solar farms. 

Renewables

Scotland Will Run On 100% Renewable Energy By 2020

In just two years, all of Scotland's electricity will be generated by renewable sources, setting the nation on the path to becoming one of the most environmentally sustainable countries in the world. 

Food

New Grants Encourage Businesses To Reduce Food Waste In NYC

New York City's sanitation bureau is handing out microgrants to businesses that can come up with solutions to the city's food waste problem. 

Food

Skyscraper Farms Could Be The Answer To The Global Food Crisis

Swedish company Plantagon has developed plans for "plantscrapers," massive vertical greenhouses meant for growing large-scale organic farms in cities, using less energy and and a smaller carbon footprint than the way we grow food now. 

Renewables

Exxon Is Spending $1 Billion Per Year On Green Energy

One of the world’s biggest oil companies is spending $1 billion a year on hundreds of green energy projects, from algae biofuels to cells that turn emissions into electricity.

Living

This Tiny Solar Panel Can Charge Your Smartphone In Two Hours

Innovative solar power company YOLK has released the most useful portable solar charger to date: Solar Paper. Dubbed "the world's thinnest and lightest solar charger," this tiny device is paper-thin, ultra-light and highly efficient.

Community

Canon Makes Commitment To Replant Our Forests With 50,000 Trees

As scientists and entrepreneurs everywhere develop innovative new technologies to fight climate change, Canon is sticking to the power of an age old carbon sink: trees.

Renewables

The Solar Panels Of The Future Are Invisible And They Could Power Your Home

A breakthrough in solar technology has led to a completely transparent material that could turn your windows—or even your smartphone—into solar power generators.