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How Solar Power Is Impacting Natural Disaster Relief
When natural disasters hit, quickly restoring power is immensely important—and is often very difficult. In some areas, solar power has presented itself as a solution to this persistent problem.
This Company Is Refashioning Old T-Shirts To Fight Climate Change Denial
Fashion resale company thredUP partnered with 12 artists to transform a line of 1,000 secondhand T-shirts into eco-action by printing designs that react to the statement, "Climate change isn't real."
Public Libraries Are Giving Out Seeds In The Name Of Sustainability
Hundreds of public libraries across the country are handing out free seeds to help maintain biodiversity—and community.
This Skin-Care Company Is Going Zero-Waste By 2021
Skin-care company REN has made an Earth Day pledge to become completely waste-free by 2021.
This Company Is Giving The Paint Industry A Green Makeover
Interior paints release toxic emissions into the environment, which is why the women-led company Colorhouse is giving the industry an eco-friendly edge with chemical-free paints.
McDonald's Ditches Plastic Straws In The U.K. To Reduce Waste
Starting in May, all UK McDonald's locations will offer paper straws instead of the standard plastic, in an effort to cut back on plastic waste.
University Of Virginia Tries Compostable Sheets For Freshman Orientation
The University of Virginia is using 100 percent compostable sheets to reduce its environmental impact during freshman orientation this year.
This New Line Of Shoes Is Made From Trees
Allbirds has launched a new line of eco-friendly shoes made from tree pulp.
The First Ever Global Recycling Day Wants To Turn Waste Into A Solution
March 18 marks the first ever Global Recycling Day, an initiative led by the Bureau of International Recycling to improve our recycling habits worldwide by changing our idea of recyclables from "waste" to a valuable resource.
Annie's New Mac & Cheese Helps Fight Climate Change
Annie's, Inc. is releasing a limited edition box of mac 'n' cheese produced with wheat grown with regenerative farming practices, which work to reverse climate change.
This Furniture Is Made From Plastic Found In Amsterdam's Canal
Plastic Whale Circular Furniture is creating high-end office furniture made from plastic fished out of the Amsterdam Canal.
GE Is Building The World's Tallest And Most Powerful Wind Turbine
General Electric has announced that it is building the world's tallest off-shore wind turbine, which will also be the most powerful. It will produce 45 percent more energy than existing turbines.
Sonic's Eco-Friendly Beef And Mushroom Burger Is Now Available Everywhere
Sonic Drive-In is releasing its part-mushroom, part-beef burger in all of its 3,500-plus locations. The burger has fewer calories and a smaller environmental footprint.
How The Oscars Just Became More Sustainable
As the Oscars kicks off, major events are taking place around Hollywood. While this can create a lot of waste, one company is working to "green" the events by making sure the parties' flowers don't make their way to the landfill.
PG Tips Switches From Plastic To Fully Compostable Tea Bags
In an effort to spare the environment, PG Tips is ditching its plastic-based teabags in favor of biodegradable ones made from 100 percent renewable, plant-based materials.
This New Eco-Gym Is Powered By Your Workout
A new gym in Rochester, New York is equipped with cardio equipment that captures the energy from your workout and turns it into electricity to power the gym itself.
H&M's New Line Uses Nylon Waste Rescued From Oceans And Landfills
H&M's new line of sustainable clothing uses textiles that are woven from regenerated nylon reclaimed from landfills and oceans.
Nest Bedding Is Making A 100% Recycled Cardboard Bedroom Set
To combat the environmental degradation caused by fast furniture, Nest Bedding has created a bedroom set out of 100% recycled cardboard, which can be assembled without the use of tools and adhesives.
Kenya's Croton Nuts Could Be The Future Of Biofuels
The prevalent croton tree that grows across Kenya could be Africa's sustainable source of biofuel, set to replace diesel and potentially feed the continent's growing demand for cheap, low-carbon energy.
China Unveils World's First Solar-Powered Highway
China has officially unveiled a kilometer-long stretch of highway built of transparent concrete and solar panels, which will provide clean electricity, charge electric cars and even melt snow in the winter.
France Has Banned Fracking And Oil Extraction
In a largely symbolic gesture, France has passed a law that will ban fracking and oil extraction across the country starting in 2040 in an effort to bring to light the damage the process does the environment.
New Italian Tomato Factory Will Be Built From Tomato Sauce Jars
The Italian tomato brand Mutti has unveiled its award-winning plans for a new factory and headquarters, built out of thousands of glass tomato sauce jars. It will be open to the public.
Tokyo Rail Operator Explores 'Train To Table' Urban Farming
Tokyo Metro is exploring urban farming by growing hydroponic greens in an unused warehouse space below the system’s elevated transit lines.
Sri Lanka's Famous Wildlife Park Now Offers Luxurious Eco-Lodging
Neighboring Sri Lanka's famed Yala wildlife park, the West Coast Tented Lodge is a luxurious eco-lodge built in the style of a safari camp, complete with natural architecture, solar power, graywater irrigation and wildlife sightings.
The 'Lotus Trolley Bag' Combines Style With Eco-Friendly Function
The Lotus Trolley Bag is a sustainable, reusable grocery bag system that is easy to use, washable, and built to last.
The Caribbean Is Getting Its First Carbon Neutral Eco-Resort
A first-of-its-kind eco-resort that promises carbon neutral luxury in coming to Belize in 2018.
3D Printable Algae Could Be A Green Replacement For Plastic
Two Dutch designers have created a 3D-printable bioplastic made from algae. With the ability to be printed into any shape, the substance has the power to replace plastics while also reversing its pollutant effects.
Abandoned Coal Mines Are Being Reimagined As Solar Farms
Across the world, countries are abandoning coal—the dirtiest source of energy—in favor of solar, and the old coal mines are being reinvented as floating solar farms that can power tens of thousands of homes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tokyo's Technicolor Greenhouse Gives Plants A Voice
A collective of Japanese creatives has developed a digital, technicolor, touch-sensitive greenhouse in Tokyo’s city-center, where vegetables are given sounds and light.
New Zealand Government Will Plant 100 Million Trees A Year
New Zealand's new Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is already making fast moves to confront climate change. This includes a plan to reduce the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2050, in part by planting 100 million trees a year.
This Abandoned Desert Golf Course Will Soon Be A Sustainable Community
An abandoned golf course in California's popular Palm Springs area is about to become a true desert oasis: the “eco-modern agrihood," Miralon.
Food Waste Turns Into Construction Materials To Build Future Cities
Using products like pineapples, sunflowers, potatoes, corn cobs and more, the construction industry can build the city of the future without the use of polluting, wasteful raw materials.
Meet The World's First Carbon-Negative Country
As companies, researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs work to make industries and systems carbon-neutral, one tiny nation in the Eastern Himalayas has them all beat: Bhutan is world's first – and only – carbon-negative country.
New 'Seabin' Cleans Plastic Waste Out Of The Ocean
An organization has invented the "seabin" to collect plastics of all sizes in the ocean, from bottles to debris, and it can even collect oil. Now, the first one has been installed in Portsmouth Harbor in the U.K.
This Company Found A Way For Carbon Dioxide To Help Overfishing
In an effort to find a way to feed farmed fish more efficiently, one startup has turned to an unlikely source: carbon dioxide.
Stockholm's Affordable Bike Share Program Will Offer 5000 Bikes
Next year, Stockholm will beef up its bike sharing program to 5000, up from 1200 this year, due to increased demand for more docking locations and longer borrowing periods. And it will only cost $33 a year.
Japanese Startup Gives High School Students Meat-Growing Machines
As lab-grown meat is slow to gain widespread acceptance, one Japanese entrepreneur is turning to a unique method to normalize the product: giving meat-growing machines to high school students.
Dairy Company Drives Eco-Change With Solar-Powered Trucks
Challenge Dairy Products is using the first-ever solar-powered zero-emissions commercial-use Transport Refrigeration Units (TRUs), which store and refrigerate products on delivery routes.
The City Where The Internet Warms Your Home
In the Swedish capital Stockholm, data centers are using their excess heat to warm the homes of citizens. The project, called Stockholm Data Parks, is expected to generate enough heat to warm 2,500 residential apartments by 2018.
World’s First 'Negative Emissions' Plant Turns Carbon Dioxide To Stone
This week brought the grand opening of the first facility using direct-air capture machines to suck C02 out of the air and bury it in the earth in the form of stones.
Apple Raises The Bar With Eco-Friendly iPhone Packaging
In recent years, Apple has worked to make its products more eco-friendly. Now it's extending that mission to even its packaging for the ever-popular iPhone.
This 'Revolutionary Farm' Produces World's First Carbon-Neutral Egg
Calling themselves a "revolutionary farm," the Dutch company Kipster has employed a handful of green methods to create the world's first carbon-neutral egg.
This Paint Cools Your Home With The Power Of Sunlight
Israeli company SolCold has developed a high-tech paint that cools your home with sunlight, offsetting the economic and environmental cost of using air conditioning in hot summer months.
Microsoft Buys Into Ireland's Wind Power For Next 15 Years
As demand for its cloud computing services increases in Ireland, Microsoft has struck a deal with General Electric to buy all of the energy from its new 37-megawatt wind farm in the country for the next 15 years.
Innovative Method Pulls Hydrogen Fuel From Seawater Using Only Sunshine
A team from the University of Central Florida has developed a nanomaterial that can release hydrogen from seawater much more cheaply and efficiently than existing methods, potentially giving us another way of unlocking this sustainable energy source.
Biogas Harnessed From Food Waste Can Power Homes
The startup SEab Energy is developing a system to turn would-be food waste into enough energy to power homes, supermarkets, and even hospitals.
This Startup Engineers Crops That Fertilize Themselves
A genetic engineering startup has developed a technology with the power to transform agriculture as we know it: a self-fertilizing plant.
Robots Plant And Harvest Barley Without Help From Humans
The first farm in the world to plant, tend, and harvest a crop with only autonomous vehicles and drones has just harvested its first crop, setting the stage for farmerless farms across the world.
New Distillery Turns Food Waste Into Vodka
A new distillery is turning almost-stale bread, bagels, and baked goods destined for the landfill into vodka, so your next cocktail will come with a side of eco-responsibility.
This Plastic-Eating Mushroom Cleans Up Non-Biodegradable Waste
Researchers in Pakistan have stumbled upon a type of fungus that naturally eats certain kinds of plastics, offering a potential solution to the world's plastic waste problems.
World's Greenest Batteries On The Horizon In Sweden
Two former Tesla executives are on a mission to build the world's greenest battery, starting with a zero-emissions factory in Sweden, which will be hydro-powered, and will use excess energy to heat the surrounding town.
H&M's New Denim Collection Is Made From Recycled Goods
H&M's latest sustainability initiative, called Close The Loop, takes a stance against the dirty fast fashion practices of old. The six-piece line of denim is comprised of 20 percent recycled materials and 80 percent organic cotton.
Proposed Eco-Resort Aims To Greenify Tourism In The Philippines
Architect Vincent Callebaut has unveiled plans for a new eco-resort in the Philippines, which would be zero-emission and zero-waste. The extravagant plans aim to preserve and the protect the local ecology, as well as support local economy.
Farmers In Japan To Merge Mushroom Growing With Solar Energy
As rural populations shrink and small farms struggle to survive, farmers in Japan are turning to a new a crop: cloud ear mushrooms, grown under the solar panels that are replacing farms throughout the country.
NYC Mayor Mandates Buildings To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has officially set a mandate to cap fossil fuels in city buildings over the next decade, which means a lot of buildings are about to get way more green and sustainable.
Innovative Indoor Farm Hopes To Bring Fresh Produce To Antarctica
Researchers in Antarctica are building a high-tech, 135-square-foot greenhouse to provide scientists with fresh produce year-round, in spite of their harsh climate and freezing temperatures.
Patagonia Now Lets Customers Buy And Trade In Gently Used Gear
After years of hosting their Worn Wear popups, where customers can bring used clothing items for repair or exchange, Patagonia has made it a permanent fixture in an effort to cut down waste and recycle used gear.
Why Designers Are Using Mushrooms To Create Eco-Friendly Furniture
Mycelium + Timber is a project from designers Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova, who creating a series of stools and lights, made from freshly cut wood waste that has been naturally bound by mushrooms.
Towns In Japan Are Going Off Grid In Transition To Green Energy
In the wake of Fukushima, Japan has slowly by surely revolutionized their energy infrastructure as dozens of towns and cities across the country go off the grid.
China Bites Into Lab-Grown Meat Movement To Ease Eco-Concerns
China struck a $300 million deal with Israel to import lab-grown meats in an effort to cut meat consumption in the country in half, as well as address some of its biggest environmental issues.
Biolite's Smokeless Fire Pit Makes Camping Easy On The Environment
A new self-contained, portable fire pit lowers the carbon emissions of an open camp fire, reducing the eco-impact of your camping trip. Even better? It creates enough energy to charge your phone.
Vertical Farms Are On Their Way To Restaurants, Thanks To This Startup
As chefs across the world look to reduce their carbon footprint and source ingredients from local farms, a Melbourne startup is bringing the farm into the restaurant with vertical, edible farms that grow on the wall right inside the restaurant.
This New Food Label Goes Beyond 'Organic' To Ensure Land And Animal Safety
A new food certification will debut at Natural Products Expo West 2018. The food label aims to go beyond organic and provide eco-conscious foodies with an even better standard, which goes beyond being simply sustainable to actually improving the resources.
This Company Helps You Save A Forest With Wine And Yoga
ReCork recycles used wine corks and turns them into yoga blocks, creating a regenerative system out of an already sustainable product.
Canada Premieres World's Longest Hiking Trail From Coast To Coast
After twenty-five years, a few missteps and a lot of planning, Canada has officially opened the world's longest recreational trail, which spans nearly 15,000 miles and connects the Pacific to the Atlantic.
These Floating Farms Can Help Regenerate The World's Oceans
Floating farms, developed by the company GreenWave, work to regenerate the ocean while simultaneously growing sustainable crops of seaweed and shellfish. They also give those interested in doing something similar the opportunity to start their own floating farm.
The U.K. Will Install Solar Energy In 800,000 Low-Income Homes
The U.K. government is set to provide as many as 800,000 low-income homes with free solar panels over the next five years in the biggest green program the country has ever implemented.
New High-Pressure Shower Conserves Water And Energy
Flow Loop is a new and improved shower made in Denmark that recirculates water for less waste and less energy use. The water comes out cleaner than most tap water, and because it reduces waste, the pressure is 50 percent higher than average.
Algae Dome Absorbs Sun And CO2 To Produce Oxygen And Food
Future-living lab SPACE10 created the Algae Dome, a 13-foot-tall urban-dwelling structure that pumps out oxygen and and is a source for a hyper-local food system that can be assembled almost anywhere with minimal impact on the environment.
China Plans To Build Nearly 300 New Eco-Cities
China broke ground on a 40,000-tree-filled Forest City, a futuristic metropolis that will use renewable energy for self-sufficiency, capable of absorbing nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year. Now it wants to build 285 more.
Volkswagen's Mini Bus Is Coming Back And It's All Electric
Volkswagen has announced the reboot of its iconic minibus, and this time it's electric.
How Leftover Food Can Turn Into Fuel For Your Car
A new study has outlined a way to convert food and other organic waste destined for the landfill into a fuel source for vehicles, greatly reducing the amount of methane and CO2 emissions produced by fossil fuel-driven cars and food waste.
Furniture Company Revives California Trees Killed By Drought
A Bay Area company is giving new life to California pines that were ravaged by the state's six-year drought by turning them into unique pieces of furniture.
Researchers May Eliminate 99% Of Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 2050
A team of researchers has released a roadmap for 139 countries to reach 100 percent dependence on renewables by 2050. The plan takes into account the circumstances of each country, which account for 99% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
How Moss Can Solve Japan's Major Pollution Problem
Scientists have found a new low-cost way to monitor urban pollution and atmospheric change, and it has little to do with technology. In fact, this method grows readily right on the rocks and trees: moss.
Startup Envisions Fly Larvae As A Sustainable Protein Source
Entocycle, a U.K.-based company, is using black soldier fly larvae as a sustainable source of protein for animals, and maybe someday humans, helping to solve one of our planet's biggest issues: food production and the growing population.
Everlane To Release Sustainable Denim Just In Time For Fall Fashion
In its quest to produce the world's most sustainable denim, Everlane has partnered with a eco-minded factory in Vietnam, which uses solar power, recycles water, and turns its waste into bricks that build homes for those in need.
Startup Brings Aquaponics To Urban Farmers In The UK
The GrowUp Box is a sustainable urban farm housed in a shipping container that uses vertical growing and aquaponics, a recirculating system that combines hydroponics and aquaculture, to create an efficient closed-loop farming system.