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Scientists Discover Thriving Coral Reefs Under Oceanic Volcanoes

Researchers from marine life advocates Oceana have discovered a surprising new world under the sea near Sicily.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 days ago
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Travel

This Hotel's 'Bee Sustainable' Program Supports Pollinators And Beekeeping

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' sustainable practices include extensive support for bees, beekeeping, and pollinator gardens.

By Ethan Gelber
3 days ago
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Sweden Is On Track To Reach Its Green Energy Goals A Decade Early

Sweden's aggressive target of generating over 40 terawatt-hours of renewable energy by 2030 could be reached nearly a decade early. A massive amount of wind power projects could hit a snag in market value with subsidies, but SWEA could push to close those up by the end of the year.

By Brian Spaen
4 days ago
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Starbucks Announces Plan To Ban Straws From All Stores

Starbucks is ramping up its sustainability efforts with a plan to eradicate the use of plastic straws in its assembly line.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 days ago
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Home

What's The Best 'Cool' Pillowcase?

We put cooling pillowcases from Slumber Cloud, Sheex, and Downlite to the test.

By Kristin Hunt
6 days ago
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This Vegan Ice Cream Is Made Out Of Avocados

Cado is the world's first ice cream created with a creamy avocado base. There's no dairy or nuts added, no artificial ingredients come along with the various flavors they offer, and the product is completely organic.

By Brian Spaen
1 week ago
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Honeybees Are Being Saved By Dogs Trained To Sniff Out Bacteria

It's challenging and laborious to detect this bacteria that decimates bee populations, so an apiary inspector trained a dog to do it. They're amazing.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 week ago
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These Farmers Are Turning Extra Milk Into Yogurt And Cheese For Those In Need

Dairy farms have seen a regression in profits with less people consuming milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, excess production doesn't have to be wasted, and a non-profit in Philadelphia has created a program that helps the farmers and the hungry.

By Brian Spaen
1 week ago
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This Classroom In The U.K. Is Producing 1.5 Times The Energy It Needs

New technologies means that instead of sucking power off the energy grid, buildings can feed back into it, powering other buildings and even cars.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 weeks ago
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Family

4 Types Of Plastic-Free Straws Perfect For Kids

Reusable straw options for plastic-free drinking

By Susanna Kohn
2 weeks ago
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Home

How To Make Your Own Citronella Beeswax Candle

This natural candle will burn cleanly and ward off mosquitoes.

By Kristin Hunt
2 weeks ago
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Belize's Barrier Reef Is Off Endangered List After Banning Oil Activity

Belize has saved the second-biggest coral reef in the world, which provides food and  economical benefits to the Central American country. After passing legislation to ban oil exploration, UNESCO has taken it off their endangered list.

By Brian Spaen
2 weeks ago
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Architecture Firm Creates 4-Story-Tall Whale From Ocean Plastic

New York architecture firm STUDIOKCA is drawing attention to our relationship to the ocean with a five-ton sculpture made of garbage.

By Nicole Caldwell
2 weeks ago
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12-Year-Old Girl Creates Robot That Detects Plastic In Our Oceans

A sixth-grader in Massachusetts has begun developing a robot that's able to detect microplastics in our ocean after wanting to make a difference at the Boston Harbor. Her ultimate goal is to create a way to also pick up trash and cut costs in the process.

By Brian Spaen
2 weeks ago
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This Beluga Whale Sanctuary In Iceland Is Officially Welcoming New Residents

Beluga whales are heading from China to a new home on an Icelandic island that brings them closer to a natural habitat. Multiple organizations are not only providing them a better home, but are hoping that other entertainment parks follow in their footsteps.

By Brian Spaen
2 weeks ago
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Travel

Bonaire Is Set To Become The First 'Blue Destination'

Bonaire will officially declare its commitment to the sustainable use of ocean resources in pursuit of social and economic growth.

By Ethan Gelber
2 weeks ago
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Business

These Recycled Skateboards Help Save The Ocean

Two years ago, 12-year-old Carson Kropfl couldn't fit his skateboard in his locker or backpack, so he found a way to design a new one by upcycling discarded boards. Through this innovation, he created the industry's only non-folding sustainable skateboard which has drawn the attention of prominent investors and companies around the world.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 weeks ago
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Scientists Say Trees In Cities Can Trap As Much Carbon As A Rainforest

New technology has allowed scientists to more accurately estimate how much carbon trees absorb, and the results may change how green spaces in cities are planned.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 weeks ago
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Technology

This New Electric Racing Boat Is Already Making Waves

The Rán VII is a new racing yacht that is already making a name for itself around the world. The vessel, which is smaller than it's Swedish team's previous sailboats, was designed to leave behind a lighter footprint with its sophisticated electric motor. 

By Desiree Kaplan
3 weeks ago
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Sir David Attenborough Is Telling People How To Help Bees In Their Backyards

If you see a bee who looks confused or disoriented, it may not be sick. It just needs a little help from a friend.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 weeks ago
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Home

Here Are The 8 Best Houseplants For Every Personality

When it comes to selecting which houseplants to bring home, it's all about compatibility. Here are the best choices for each kind of personality.

By Caeli Mazara
3 weeks ago
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News

This All-Electric Water Taxi Could Revolutionize Green Transportation

SeaBubbles is preparing to launch a new Uber-like taxi service in cities near rivers and lakes to provide an alternative and energy-efficient mode of transportation. Currently, they've deployed five prototypes around the world and are also working on an autonomous version.

By Brian Spaen
3 weeks ago
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Home

8 Yoga Subscription Boxes To Help You Find Zen

Yoga practitioners can strike their best pose with a little help from subscription boxes which offer tools to help build one's practice. These eight subscription boxes offer expertly curated items that that can help anyone interested in finding their best self.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 weeks ago
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Home

I Tried To Beat The Summer Heat With The "Egyptian Method" Of Sleeping

Things did not go according to plan.

By Kristin Hunt
3 weeks ago
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These Unique Bags Are Made From Upcycled Billboards

Every month, Rareform diverts 20,000 pounds of discard billboards from landfills by taking the vinyl material and turning it into chic accessories like totes, cross body bags, duffles and wallets. These unique bags are durable, waterproof, lightweight, and eco-friendly. What's not to love?

By Desiree Kaplan
3 weeks ago
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Technology

5 Eco-Friendly Bikes To Ride This Summer

Companies around the world are beginning to tweak bikes and make them into even more eco-friendly transportation options. Whether they're made of bamboo, wood, or are just hooked up with efficient tech, these five bike companies offer a greener way to commute.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 weeks ago
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Food

9 Chefs Explain How They're Reducing Waste In Their Restaurants

These cooks are using compost, creative packaging, and inventive recipes to make their restaurants less wasteful.

By Kristin Hunt
3 weeks ago
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Food

You Can Buy This Edible Coating At Costco To Double The Life Of Your Produce

This edible coating helps produce, including avocados, extend their shelf life, which ultimately cuts down on food waste.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 weeks ago
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Technology

This Tech Makes It Easy To Conserve Water In Your Home

A new high tech device is changing the way people interact with their clean water. Lōtik has created a sleek sensor the works like a Fitbit for pipes and helps people pinpoint wasteful water habits, burst pipes and water leaks so water can be used more responsibly.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 weeks ago
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U.K. Manufacturers Plan Paper Straw Factory As Restaurants Drop Plastic

A company of packaging experts are looking into the future and seeing a world without single-use plastic.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 weeks ago
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Travel

9 Ways To Make A Romantic Getaway More Sustainable

Professional honeymooners offer advice on how to enjoy a romantic holiday while being good to the planet.

By Anne and Mike Howard
3 weeks ago
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Travel

The Surprising Ways Music And Art Festivals Are Going Green

In the last 10 years, festival organizers have made great progress integrating sustainability into their plans and operations.

By Paul Farrugia
3 weeks ago
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London's Historic 'Square Mile' District Will Run On 100% Renewable Energy

The City of London Corporation will be fully running on renewable energy by October in the city's most prominent business district. Under Mayor Sadiq Khan, England's capital city is quickly transforming toward sustainable solutions, just years after being ranked as the worst in the area.

By Brian Spaen
4 weeks ago
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Family

This Easy Essential Oil Blend Is The Perfect DIY Summer Bug Spray

This is a great all-natural alternative to conventional bug repellants. 

By Susanna Kohn
4 weeks ago
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News

Animals Are Becoming Nocturnal To Avoid Interacting With Humans

Animals are starting to avoid daytime hours as a means of avoiding humans. 

By Aimee Lutkin
4 weeks ago
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Home

5 Ethically Sourced Furniture Companies For Your Next Home Makeover

These companies responsibly use resources for their sofas, tables, and chairs.

By Kristin Hunt
4 weeks ago
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Home

How Do We Build a Better Air Conditioner?

Air conditioning use is on the rise worldwide. Will the tech catch up?

By Kristin Hunt
4 weeks ago
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Home

Why You Need To Detox Your Bedroom

Harmful toxins are lurking in a surprising spot: your mattress.

By Green Matters
4 weeks ago
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This Man Quit His Job And Traveled Australia In A Renovated Van With His Rescue Cat

It was initially a "mid-life crisis," but Rich East's transformed life from working an office job to traveling around Australia has been exactly what he's needed. He explains the process in how it all happened and shares the incredible bond he has with his feline companion.

By Brian Spaen
4 weeks ago
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Prince's Paisley Park Promises To Remain Meat-Free In His Honor

What can and can't be served at Paisley Park has been contested in the past, as Prince had very specific rules when he was alive. But on this issues, the museum and estate are standing strong.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 weeks ago
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IKEA Vows To Eliminate All Single-Use Plastic By 2020

Ikea announced multiple renewable targets that they plan to reach by 2030, which includes removing single-use plastic over the next few years, offering more home solar solutions, and to reduce their greenhouse gases by 80 percent compared to their levels in 2016.

By Brian Spaen
4 weeks ago
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Food

This Eco-Friendly Restaurant Is Run By Robots

A new restaurant in Boston called Spyce is shaking up the restaurant industry by offering food made by robots. The high tech restaurant hopes to provide healthy and sustainable meals at accessible prices while keeping energy usage low.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 weeks ago
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Ben & Jerry's Is Campaigning For Wind Energy In The UK With Special Flavors

Every Wednesday in the UK will be "windy," with flavors meant to draw attention to the loss of wind technology development in the country.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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The Creative Way FIFA Is Offsetting The World Cup's Carbon Footprint

Millions of soccer fans around the world will travel to Russia this summer to watch The World Cup. FIFA is planning to minimize the event’s carbon footprint by asking fans to join an online campaign to reduce CO2. Fans who sign the pledge are eligible to win two tickets to the final game.

By Desiree Kaplan
1 month ago
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Solar Technology Costs Tumble Further With China's Industry Shifts

China is slowing down local growth in the solar industry, which may not sound like progress, but the entire world benefits. Lower costs from Chinese manufacturers exporting their products will create higher rates of installation around the world.

By Brian Spaen
1 month ago
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Travel

8 Stunning Green Walls From Around The World

These gorgeous vertical gardens cover spaces in Milan and Mexico City.

By Kristin Hunt
1 month ago
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Travel

6 Ways To Be Good To Wildlife When You Travel

Six things (of many!) to think about in support of animal welfare during a trip.

By Ethan Gelber
1 month ago
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For 25 Years, Oak Hammock Marsh Has Put Nature Right At Hand – And In It

Oak Hammock Marsh is a premier North American birding hotspot that connects people with wetlands.

By Ethan Gelber
1 month ago
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Pope Francis Brought Oil Executives To The Vatican And Demanded They Switch To Clean Energy

Pop Francis has been a vocal support of clean energy, and the need to take a stand against climate change before it's too late. Now, he's following up.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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These Marine Scientists Are Finding Innovative Ways To Save The Coral Reefs

Could gene editing and "microfragmenting" help grow robust new reefs?

By Kristin Hunt
1 month ago
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Tokyo Announces Plan To Install Solar Roads In Time For 2020 Olympics

The installation of solar panels into our roadways could be world-changing, but the expense is still prohibitive. By introducing it before the Olympics, Tokyo is giving solar roads a chance to grow in popularity and perhaps lower in cost.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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How Shipping Container Restaurants Became The Latest Food Craze

Shipping container restaurants are a sustainable, stylish, and cost-effective alternative to brick and mortar.

By Kristin Hunt
1 month ago
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Why This Dutch Town Installed Bat-Friendly LED Street Lights

To keep rare bat species in an area where they thrive, a community that's already created nearly 100 sustainable homes is changing their street lights. These new red LED bulbs will allow humans to continue operating at night while the bats can avoid it.

By Brian Spaen
1 month ago
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Home

7 Easy Ways To Reduce Waste When You're Moving

Skip the packing peanuts and recycle, recycle, recycle.

By Kristin Hunt
1 month ago
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Home

What Is A Cool Roof? A Pro Explains This Affordable, Energy Efficient System

Rory Stout explains how a "cool roof" drastically reduces energy costs in the summer.

By Kristin Hunt
1 month ago
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7 Eco-Friendly Products Perfect For Your Family Pet

Whether it's a talkative parrot, a slippery snake or just good old Fido, millions of people nowadays consider their pets part of the family. That's why we've rounded up seven green products for eco-conscious pet owners of every kind.

By Desiree Kaplan
1 month ago
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How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe, According To The Woman Who Invented It

Susie Faux, creator of the capsule wardrobe in the '70s, talks to Green Matters about the growing relevancy of the minimalist clothing movement she started.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 month ago
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World Oceans Day Helps Turn The Tide On Plastic Pollution

Today of all days, let's recognize and celebrate the great work being done to protect our oceans.

By Ethan Gelber
1 month ago
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Family

Nature Preschools Offer Kids An Education Classrooms Can't

The rising popularity of nature preschools confirms it: The outdoors are essential for well-developed thinkers.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 month ago
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India's Prime Minister Announces Plan To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic By 2022

India is being praised for showing "world leadership" by instituting the ban, but UN officials warn we still need to do much more to keep plastics from running into the ocean and destroying marine life.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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What Have The Climate Mayors Accomplished In The Past Year?

We spoke with Madeline Rogero, a Climate Mayor committed to meeting the Paris Agreement goals in Knoxville.

By Kristin Hunt
1 month ago
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European Commission Looks To Ban 10 Types Of Single-Use Plastic

The European Commission announced plans recently to further regulate single-use plastic, including outright banning certain items that have the most effect on marine pollution. These new rules would also require manufacturers to raise awareness and help with cleanup efforts.

By Brian Spaen
1 month ago
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How To Travel With Purpose: A Q&A With Intrepid Travel’s Chief Purpose Officer

For Leigh Barnes, it's all about responsibility, commonsense, and taking ownership.

By Ethan Gelber
1 month ago
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Mars Inc. Is Spending $1 Billion On Bringing Sustainability Into Its Production Line

The food and candy company is getting ahead of competitors with their new sustainability program, confident they'll be paid back financially for their investment in the future.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Research Suggests The Best Thing You Can Do For The Earth Is Avoid Meat And Dairy

This study suggests that a vegan diet may be best for the environment.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Meet The Beekeepers Growing Hives On Rooftops And Their Own Backyards

As bee colonies dwindle, amateur apiarists are taking matters into their own hands with homegrown hives.

By Kristin Hunt
1 month ago
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Food

10 Of The Best Farm-to-Bottle Beers In North America

Here are 10 of the best farm-to-bottle beers on the North American market, from craft breweries that insist on only the freshest, most delicious (and, at times, wild) ingredients.

By Stacy Tornio
1 month ago
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Endangered Mountain Gorilla Population Is On The Rise Despite Challenges

Mountain gorillas remain an endangered species, but conservation efforts such as regulated tourism and habitat protection has increased their population over the last 35 years. It's jumped 25 percent in a specific African region in the past eight years.

By Brian Spaen
1 month ago
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Chile Just Became The First Country In The Americas To Ban Plastic Bags

The country has gone beyond their promise to ban plastic in only coastal communities and expanded to the entire country, setting an example for the rest of the continent.

By Aimee Lutkin
1 month ago
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Food

13 Tasty Vegetarian Recipes For Meatless Monday

Even serious meat lovers will drool over these vegetarian dishes.

By Kristin Hunt
1 month ago
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How I Learned To Survive Without Single-Use Plastic

I swore off all single-use plastics for good. Here's how you can, too.

By Ariana Palmieri
1 month ago
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Parenting

Jessica Alba Gets Real About How She Makes 'The Honest Company' Thrive

Movie star turned business mogul, Jessica Alba, has been making headlines ever since she launched The Honest Company. At a recent NYC event, Alba discusses what she has learned through experiences in the green beauty industry and what makes a sustainable company work.

By Desiree Kaplan
1 month ago
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The European Union Is Being Sued For Not Taking Enough Action Against Climate Change

Ten families from around the world are coming together to demand that the European Union be held responsible for how climate change is destroying their livelihoods, communities, and way of life.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Travel

The 'Wildlife Selfie Code' Helps You Take Great Pics Without Harming Animals

We can all commit to taking photos with wild animals without fueling the use of wildlife for entertainment.

By Ethan Gelber
2 months ago
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Travel

How to Foster New Generations of Global Citizens Through Travel

Why it’s more crucial than ever for families to travel sustainably.

By Gina DeCaprio Vercesi
2 months ago
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Flaming 'Dung Beetle' Turns Plastic Waste Into Green Energy

There's a new way to recycle single-use plastic waste, and it's by using a dung beetle. Art designers have created a sculpture that's able to convert plastic into gas, and the event hopes to inspire others to find inventive concepts to eliminate plastic waste.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Food

Berlin Just Opened A 'Bee Hotel' To Save The Bees

Tourists come to see historical buildings and parks in Berlin everyday. This initiative from two scientists wants to both support bees with a place to live, but also educate the public about how bees are needed and can be raised even in urban environments.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Technology

This New Hotel Is Designed To Harness Energy From The Ocean

Margot Krasojević's latest architectural project, the Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel, pushes the boundaries of traditional designs. The building, poised on the coastline, will harness ocean tides and winds for natural power.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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News

Why You Should Seriously Consider Studying Sustainability In College

Sustainability isn’t just a feel-good green field anymore, it’s a serious career path brimming with opportunity.

By Jacob Geers
2 months ago
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Home

How To Create An Upcycled Basket With Old Paper Bags

Repurpose your old grocery bags into a DIY fruit basket.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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Family

This Children’s Book Is Made Of Recycled Plastic

"How Pippa Became The Queen of the Ocean" is the first children’s book about ocean pollution to be created with upcycled ocean trash.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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'Slow Food' Movement Heads To China To Promote Local Foods

China continues to deal with rising population in their cities, and that includes immigration from other regions of the country. To promote local food growth, 1,000 "Slow Food" villages will be created in an effort to educate those on culture and sustainability.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Food

Back-Farms Program In Utah Pairs Gardeners With Disadvantaged Seniors

A program pairing volunteer gardeners with senior citizens shows the potential for innovative ways to feed the hungry worldwide.

By Nicole Caldwell
2 months ago
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Food

Green 101: What's In Your Processed Food?

Green Matters breaks down what often goes into the convenient, processed food commonly found in supermarkets.

By Alyssa Walker
2 months ago
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News

Scientists Discovered A 'Shark Highway' And Are Working To Protect It

Video evidence of a shark pathway across the Pacific ocean may be the next step for conservationists trying to protect declining shark populations.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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These Online Stores Make It Easy To Find Chic, Sustainable Wedding Attire

Wedding guest attire is too often worn once and forgotten in the back of a closet. But thanks to the fashion industry's growing sharing economy, you don't have to sacrifice resources for fresh outfits.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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'Make America Green Again' Is A New Campaign To Bring Back 'Victory Gardens'

Back in the 1940's, "Victory Gardens" were a massive effort to boost produce growth that helped feed communities and troops. They're making a return now to combat carbon emissions, and Green America has set a goal to double the amount of gardens than before.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Travel

9 Family Tour Operators Committed To Sustainable Tourism

Nine quality tour operators committed to the learning opportunities of family travel and the rewards of sustainable tourism.

By Ethan Gelber
2 months ago
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Travel

Urban Planners Are Saving The Planet With Redesigned, Walkable Cities

With an increasing number of urbanites preferring walkable cities rife with green spaces over car-friendly city sprawl, urban planners have become our first line of offense in city redesigns.

By Nicole Caldwell
2 months ago
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News

10 Delightfully Weird Turtles For World Turtle Day

These oddballs have soft shells, pig noses, and green hair.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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St. Louis Is Turning Abandoned Areas Into Award-Winning Greenways

The city of St. Louis is trying to connect all of its best spaces with urban greenways that encourage development, community, and tourism.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Community

This App Encourages People To Take Pictures Of Their Trash To Make Recycling Easier

One of the biggest databases of pollution that's been picked up off the streets has been upgraded to make the experience easier. Litterati, downloadable on iOS and Android devices, now allows for better collaboration, advanced tagging, and easier photo uploads.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Food

Food Delivery Service DoorDash Is Using Its Network To Feed The Hungry And Reduce Waste

DoorDash has a network in place for connecting food to people, and logistics are often the biggest hurdle for restaurants who want to donate their excess food to the hungry. This company is offering their network and social capital to both reduce food waste and make sure the people who need it are getting healthy, quality meals.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Food

3 Innovators Reveal How Their Companies Are Changing The Future Of Plant-Based Food

Dominique Barnes, Patrick Brown, and Kimberlie Le are leaders in the food industry focused on how to offer more sustainable alternatives. By leveraging science and food research, they are finding ways to create plant-based shrimp, fish and burger alternatives from natural ingredients. 

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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Home

How Ocean-Friendly Gardening Can Save Our Waterways

Stormwater runoff is one of the biggest culprits of ocean pollution. But no matter how far upstream you live, starting an ocean-friendly garden can help protect all waterways and keep runoff from ever reaching the sea.

By Annie Mcbride
2 months ago
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Home

How To Have An All-Natural Yard With Less Work

When my husband and I moved to Colorado, we had to learn how to landscape in an arid climate. Here's how we pulled it off.

By Karen Nevadunsky
2 months ago
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Home

Product Test: What's The Best Steel Water Bottle?

We assessed bottles from Klean Kanteen, S'well, MIRA, and Hydroflask and offered an ideal environment for each one.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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Parenting

8 Eco-Friendly Party Supplies For A Sustainable Celebration

Swap your plastic forks for compostable cutlery.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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Parenting

Your Guide To Sustainable Summer Beach Essentials For The Whole Family

Summer's coming! Get ready to be a beach bum with this sustainable gear, from organic towels to recycled sandals the whole family will love.

By Nicole Caldwell
2 months ago
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Food

A CSA Farmer Explains Why You Should Sign Up For A Share This Summer

Through community supported agriculture, you can get fresh and local veggies every week.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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News

Costa Rica Plans To Eliminate Fossil Fuels By 2021

Costa Rica's new president, Carlos Alvarado, plans to eliminate the country's carbon footprint by banning fossil fuels by 2021. While the timeline seems unrealistic, the country is close to fully running on renewable energy, but they have to fix their transportation infrastructure.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Community

Everything You Need To Know About Organic Sunscreen Before Hitting The Beach

With the summer fast approaching, plans for sunny beach days and long hiking trips are not far away. Before grabbing your next sunscreen off the shelf, read on to learn how to choose the best type of sunscreen while avoiding the sun’s harmful UV rays.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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Style

'Be Zero' Founder Reveals The Waste-Free Staples She Keeps In Her Purse

Andrea Sanders, founder of Be Zero, knows a thing or two about creating a green beauty regimen. The popular author and educator teaches people every day how to create sustainable and mindful habits. And today, she's giving Green Matters a peek inside her purse.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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News

Louisiana Creates Unique Plan To Save Its Coast By Diverting Mississippi River

Levees are built to help prevent the overflow of rivers and to save land from storm surges, but they've had a negative effect on Louisiana's wetlands. The state is creating divisions in these levees to bring needed sediment to marshes in order to restore land.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Travel

10 Stunning Hotels From Around The World That Run On Renewable Energy

From Fiji to Africa, hotels all over the world are turning to renewable energy sources like geothermal heating and solar panels. These ten properties offer a green destination for eco-conscious travelers looking to keep their carbon footprints light.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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Adventure Travel's March Toward Sustainability

Almost all ecotourism is adventure travel, but not all adventure travel is ecotourism. Fortunately, adventure travel is slowly but surely embracing ecotourism practices.

By Chez Chesak
2 months ago
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Travel

A New Farm-to-Table Food Experience In The Riviera Maya

Eco-conscious tourism possibilities in Mexico's Riviera Maya now include immersive, sustainable food experiences.

By Ethan Gelber
2 months ago
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Technology

This Smart Technology Makes It Easier For National Parks To Go Green

A recent report called Smart Parks suggests that connecting national parks with sensors and monitors will help offer useful, real-time communication to park visitors while helping park employees keep better track of things like waste management.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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Technology

The Surprising Way Drones Can Help Fight Climate Change

Drones can do everything from take beautiful photos to deliver your groceries. But their ability to thwart climate change may be the little gadgets' crown achievement.

By Emily Folk
2 months ago
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Technology

This Company Wants To Use Elevated Pods Instead Of Cars And Subways

These carbon pods are a system of mass transit that could eliminate pollution and traffic, while saving any city that adopts them an enormous amount of money.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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News

U.S. Investors Seek Opportunities For Green Energy In Africa

For the last five years, "Power Africa" has been the push toward investing into energy growth for the second most-populous continent. Launching a revised campaign in March, they're looking to enhance the infrastructure in various countries and to receive more investments from US companies.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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News

The Millennial Freelancer’s Guide To Going Green

A five-part guide to making your home working environment eco-friendly without giving up on the perks of that glorious freelance life.

By Naomi Joseph
2 months ago
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Home

Experts Weigh In On Taking Your Kitchen From Wasteful To Waste-Free

Three leaders in the zero-waste movement dish on how to reduce refuse in the most wasteful room of the house: the kitchen.

By Nicole Caldwell
2 months ago
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Home

How I Pulled Off A Zero-Waste Lifestyle For A Full Year

When I moved to Amsterdam for a year, I saw the transition to a new country as a perfect opportunity to try living zero-waste. Here's how I pulled it off.

By Mathilde Batelier
2 months ago
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Home

The Easiest Way To Throw Your Own Zero-Waste BBQ

Zero-waste expert Kathryn Kellogg shares her tips for a better BBQ.

By Kathryn Kellogg
2 months ago
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Parenting

13 Eco-Friendly Games To Play With Your Friends and Family

From cards to board games, here are 13 pastimes that have gotten an eco-friendly upgrade; from environmental focuses to sustainably sourced materials.

By Desiree Kaplan
2 months ago
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News

What Is Eco Fiction? These Books Imagine The Scary Future Of Climate Change

This literary genre shares DNA with sci-fi and fantasy novels.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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News

Elon Musk Is Offering Free Rides In LA Tunnel In Just A Few Months

Over the next few months, Elon Musk and The Boring Company will be putting the finishing touches on their trial-run tunnel, offering free rides under their SpaceX headquarters. Their goal is to provide evidence that these efforts can fix congested traffic above ground.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Food

This Detroit Non-Profit Created A Shipping Container Farm To Feed Their Community

The automaker has partnered with a local charity to grow year-round produce and teach children about farming.

By Nicole Caldwell
2 months ago
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News

We Tried The Bleeding, Vegan 'Impossible' Burger

Is this buzzy plant-based meat as tasty as fans claim?

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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News

These Eco-Friendly Brands Are Turning Ocean Pollution Into Cool And Comfortable Fashion

Designers are rethinking their materials when designing their lines while also helping to address the issue of plastic in our oceans.

By Koty Neelis
2 months ago
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News

What Are Parabens And Phthalates?

These controversial ingredients are in most of the hair care and makeup products we use.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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News

California Just Became The First State To Require Solar Panels On All New Homes

The Sunshine State is already a power player in the renewable energy industry and it's expected to get bigger. A mandate could be set in 2020 for most new residential buildings to install solar panels, which creates pros and cons for an expensive housing market.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Travel

We Asked A Park Ranger What It's Really Like To Work In Nature

Lacey Cunningham shares stories from her 15 years at the NPS, and gives tips on how to enjoy the parks.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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Travel

Visit These 6 Countries Known For Sustainable Tourism

Six countries notable for their beauty and the sustainable tourism efforts to preserve it for the long term.

By Ethan Gelber
2 months ago
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Travel

Sustainable Safari Options For Eco-Conscious Travelers

These African safaris focus on sustainability and preservation of wildlife in ways that also benefit local communities.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Renewables

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. 

By Tessa Love
2 months ago
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Food

This App Reduces Food Waste By Getting Leftovers To Those In Need

Food waste is a serious issue when it comes to wasting energy and water. One woman took a simple idea for eliminating that waste by doing a world of good, then turned it into a booming business.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Renewables

Belgium Officially Started Building Their Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Yet

Construction is finally underway for Belgium's massive 370-megawatt offshore wind farm. Nearly 15 miles off the coast, the 44 turbines expect to power 400,000 homes and should satisfy 10 percent of the country's needs by 2025.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Travel

This Luxury Hotel Is Working To Bring Sustainable Tourism To The Maldives

Controversial development is causing conflict in the beautiful archipelago, but one hotel builder thinks they have a way to satisfy both the nation and the environment's needs.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Renewables

The U.S. Is The Second-Most Attractive Country For Renewable Energy Investment

Solar import tariffs hasn't slowed down development of clean energy in the United States. In fact, according to the latest RECAI report from EY, they're only second to China as far as an attractive location to invest in sustainable power products.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Parenting

10 Eco-Friendly Gifts To Give Mom This Year

Being more considerate about our environment isn't exactly something everyone thinks about when it comes to buying gifts for others. And choosing something that's not only cute but eco-friendly isn't always easy. There's been plenty of times I didn't realize until last minute it was someone's birthday (thanks, Facebook!) or that a holiday creeped up on me way quicker than I thought it would. But buying sustainably sourced, eco-friendly gifts is becoming way easier these days with companies understanding that more people are using their buying habits to reflect their values.

With Mother's Day right around the corner it's the perfect time to think about what to get your mom that's not only cute and practical, but also great for the planet. Help mom reduce her carbon footprint with these fun and environmentally friendly gifts.

By Koty Neelis
2 months ago
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Home

A Sleep Doctor Tells Us How To Sleep Through The Summer Without AC

Dr. Jocelyn Cheng at NYU Langone offers low-tech solutions to beating the heat.

By Kristin Hunt
2 months ago
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Style

These Shoes Have Soles Made From Recycled Chewing Gum

Three companies from Amsterdam are finding an innovative and stylish way to deal with one of the city's biggest waste issues.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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Food

This 'Rubbish Cafe' Lets Customers Pay With Plastic Trash

Ecover, a company that manufactures eco-friendly cleaning products, is launching a temporary "'Rubbish Cafe" that offers vegetarian meals and drinks for people that donate recyclable plastic. The two-day event promotes the company's ambitions to remove single-use plastic.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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News

U.S. Invests $30 Million Into New Batteries That Hold Power For Days At A Time

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the DOE is investing $30 million over the next three years to improve energy storage for large-scale systems. They're looking for solutions in various technology that will last up to 100 hours.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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News

Announcing The Winners Of Our #WorkGreen Challenge

And the winners are...

By Green Matters
2 months ago
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News

This Winnebago RV Is 100% Electric And Zero-Emission

In collaboration with Motiv Power Systems, Winnebago is electrifying their RVs with a new EPIC chassis launched a few months ago. There will be two variations in length of the new RV and it can drive up to 125 miles on a single charge.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Style

France Is About To Ban Stores From Throwing Away Unsold Clothing

Similar to massive food waste problems, clothes are being tossed out at an alarming rate in Europe. This caused France to dive further into action by implementing incentives for voluntary action and passing legislation by next year.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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Travel

Secretary-General Of UN's Top Tourism Organization Talks Sustainable Tourism

Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), talks to Green Matters about sustainable tourism.

By Ethan Gelber
2 months ago
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Travel

Australia Is Pouring $349 Million Into Funding For The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef has been facing more and more danger from every side and some don't think the government is going far enough in addressing its root problem.

By Aimee Lutkin
2 months ago
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News

Minneapolis Will Run On 100% Renewable Energy By 2030

Mayor Jacob Frey and the Minneapolis City Council announced that they'll be the next US city to fully run on clean energy. They've set a goal for 2030, though the state of Minnesota has seen significant growth in the wind energy industry already.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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News

100% Of Villages In India Now Have Electricity

India's government promised to give every inhabited village access to energy by this time three years ago. They delivered thanks to a mixture of restructuring the national power grid and using off-grid energy solutions.

By Brian Spaen
2 months ago
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News

Australia Sets Goal For 2025 To Implement Sustainable Packaging Everywhere In The Country

Faced with a serious back-up of recycling waste  in the country, Australia is being forced to confront their issues around production with new plans. But some think they need to be a lot more ambitious.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Renewables

This Company Uses Agricultural Waste To Make Eco-Friendly Packaging

Farmers in India produce agricultural waste that often ends up polluting the atmosphere in fires. This company is trying to eliminate the damage to air quality while also replacing plastic with a new biodegradable material.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

'Village Vertical' Boosts Sustainability In This Paris Suburb

A new gateway into an eastern Paris suburb will feature a massive complex made from timber that spans over 300,000 square feet. It'll feature office space, community areas, recreational facilities, and will be one of many sites that helps lower their carbon footprint.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

Leonardo DiCaprio Becomes Major Investor For Off-Grid Energy Startup

One of Hollywood's biggest environmental activists, Leonardo DiCaprio, has boosted a fast-growing, off-grid energy service for developing countries. Kingo delivers cheaper power through a prepaid service and expects to have 100 million users by 2025.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Renewables

Nigerian Refugees Are Planting 40,000 Trees Near Their Camp In Cameroon

Several acres of trees were lost in the drought-prone area of Cameroon where a refugee camp was established for victims of Boko Haram. Now, camp residents and the local community are working to re-establish the greenery.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

Waterfront Arch Will Generate Solar Power For This Surprising Town

Pirie Associates Architects have won a design competition for Rio Iluminado, a new artwork that will help power a reclaimed waterfront that's becoming a 3.4-acre whitewater park near the Willimantic River in Connecticut.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Renewables

Rural Pakistan Turns To Solar Panels During Energy Crisis

Facing long blackouts from a dispute between a local gas supplier and utility company, Pakistani locals are turning toward other alternatives for power. One of the best solutions are solar panels, which could help many citizens who don't have access to the national grid.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

This Major Music Festival Just Banned Plastic Straws

Campaigns for recycling, carpooling, and banning single use plastics have become increasingly popular at enormous events, which means the potential to spread these ideas is growing.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

Singapore's First Zero-Waste Grocery Store Is Ready To Launch

"Unpackt" is Singapore's first zero-waste grocery store that features no plastic packaging and customers will use containers that they can bring or buy to store products. The process aims to cut back on a significant plastic waste problem in the country.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Home

Artist Turns Discarded Plastic Bags Into Beautiful Faux-Flowers

This artist is drawing attention to plastic waste through his very specific craft, and turning his creations into fashion, interior decorating, and jewelry.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

Target Is Adding EV Charging Stations To 100 Stores By 2020

One of the biggest department store chains in the United States is adding EV charging stations to over 100 stores across 20 states. Target, who has worked with Tesla and ChargePoint in the past for EV stations, adds Electrify America into the mix.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

These Roads In Sweden Can Charge Electric Cars

A 1.2-mile stretch of highway near Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport will be able to charge electric cars and trucks as they drive on it because of a special strip embedded in the road.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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Travel

What Is Sustainable Travel: A Primer

Sustainable travel focuses on four fundamental actions: connection, sensitivity, respect, and keeping things local.

By Ethan Gelber
3 months ago
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Food

GrubTubs Turns Restaurant Waste Into Nutrient-Dense Animal Feed

A Q&A with GrubTubs founder Robert Olivier, who uses food waste from restaurants to help family farmers create nutrient-dense animal feed.

By Nicole Caldwell
3 months ago
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News

'Operation Warm' Announces Coats For Kids Made From Recycled Plastic

Operation Warm is creating 15,000 coats created from recycled plastic bottles by the time autumn begins. Called "The Green Guardian," these will all be delivered to kids in need across North America by the upcoming fall season.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Food

This Plant-Based Pork Alternative Is Officially Hitting Hong Kong

Growing pork consumption around the world, especially in China, has created an increase in carbon emissions and has made the country cut back on half of its intake.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

The North Face Is Making Shirts From Recycled Bottles To Clean National Parks

A new lines from The North Face is helping to find a use for waste left behind by tourists in national parks, while also innovating more sustainable means of production for clothes.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Travel

New Disney Solar Farm Will Power Two Theme Parks

The facility is expected to open by the end of this year and will generate enough renewable energy to power half of Disney's theme parks in Central Florida. 

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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GoGreen

Create Your Own Candy Dispenser with Nickelodeon's Knight Squad

Calling all kids! Your friends from Knight Squad need your help to keep our planet clean and beautiful. This Earth Day, Green Matters and Nickelodeon are teaming up to help reduce plastic waste. It's really easy to use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic cups you throw out, or to bring your own tote bag to the market instead of getting plastic bags.

By Green Matters
3 months ago
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Home

Look Inside The Workspace Of A Sustainable Florist Shop

We stepped inside the offices of Petal by Pedal, a sustainable flower business that delivers by bike.

By Kristin Hunt
3 months ago
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Food

This Tea Company Has Gone Totally Plastic-Free

British company 'teapigs' has removed all plastic from its packaging, thanks to a material made from wood pulp that keeps the company's biodegradable tea bags totally fresh and perfectly eco-friendly.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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News

This Toilet Provides Safe Sanitation Without Plumbing Or Electricity

This innovative membrane creates a sanitation system that makes clean toilets accessible to low-income households, which could potentially change the lives of billions.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

Lyft Rides Are Officially Carbon-Neutral

Joining tech giants that have committed to 100 percent renewable energy, Lyft will be investing millions into various sustainable projects to make all of their rides carbon neutral. 

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Travel

NYC's Air Quality Is Cleaner Than Ever Since Monitoring Began

Based on a survey from New York City's Health Department, the city has seen drops in greenhouse gas emissions and the air quality is as clean as it's been since monitoring it back in 2008. It's all part of Mayor de Blasio's sustainable efforts from 2015.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Travel

This Art Installation Is An On-The-Ground-Cloud You Can Walk Inside

A pavilion set up in the middle of Milan is allowing people to experience what it's like to walk around in a giant, clean cloud without breathing in a chemical atmosphere. But it's only the first step in a plan to control temperature in entire cities.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Food

Your Chocolate Obsession Doesn't Have To Cost The Environment

Our love affair with chocolate is wreaking havoc on the environment. But our buying choices can help turn that around.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Community

Green Matters Is Hiring Freelance Writers!

We want your original, reported stories on sustainability.

By Green Matters
3 months ago
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News

The UK Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal For Power

The UK's National Grid announced that no London power stations used coal for energy production for a span of 55 hours from late Monday into early Thursday morning. It beats the old record of just over 40 hours from last October, and wind power levels continue to impress.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Community

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."

By Tessa Love
3 months ago
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News

Pearl Harbor Is Officially Getting A 20-Megawatt Solar Farm

REC Solar is collaborating with Hawaiian Energy and the United States Navy to create a new 20-megawatt solar project at their base in Pearl Harbor. The West Loch solar farm is just the beginning of many renewable projects under the utility company.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Renewables

Apple Now Runs On 100% Renewable Energy

The company has hit a milestone in clean energy production, and they've made progress in bringing their global suppliers with them.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

Aldi Recognized As Top British Market For Sustainable Fish

The Marine Stewardship Council revealed their list of top British supermarkets offering sustainable seafood, and Aldi tops the list with Sainsbury's and Lidl. In general, there's been a 60 percent increase in certified fish products being offered.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Travel

Airbnb Launches New 'Healthy Tourism' Office To Promote Green Travel

After facing backlash for some of their practices, Airbnb launches an initiative to promote a healthy relationship with the communities it is deeply embedded in.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Home

Amazon Is Making It Easier Than Ever To Save Money And The Planet This Earth Week

Each item is factory-refurbished to like-new condition with little or no cosmetic issues, and every purchase is backed by a 90-day limited warranty.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Renewables

This Company Plans To Feed And Power The World With CO2

Green Matters sits down with Dr. Lisa Dyson, CEO of a company called Kiverdi that has found a way to upcycle CO2 into useful materials.

By Nicole Caldwell
3 months ago
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News

This Plastic-Eating Enzyme Could Save The Planet From Pollution

While studying enzymes that are able to digest PET plastics, scientists have accidentally found a way to make the process 20 percent faster than its natural ability to cut back on waste. They're now attempting to manipulate it even further on an industrial scale.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

United Kingdom Sees Increase In Glass Milk Bottle Sales

A large amount of milk distributors in the United Kingdom are seeing an increase in glass bottle sales in the first part of 2018. The trend is likely due to rising awareness in plastic waste, and carbon emissions are decreased if companies follow the right procedures.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Home

Clean Energy Doesn't Have To Cost You

Drift makes it easy and affordable to switch to clean energy.

By Green Matters
3 months ago
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News

'Pokemon Go' Sets Goal For Biggest Organized Cleanup On Earth Day

Niantic, Mission Blue, and a number of NGOs are teaming up to organize one of the biggest cleanup efforts in a 48-hour period. On Earth Day, Pokemon Go users are asked to group together and pick up trash at various sites around the world.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

This Couple Rebuilt Their Home To Be A Stunning Self-Sustaining Eco-Friendly Haven

Geoff Carroll and Julie Young, who work with data analytics to create sustainable solutions in urban areas, have rebuilt their house to be significantly more sustainable. It's able to harvest its own food, energy, and water with minimal help from the city.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

New Zealand Just Announced They Will No Longer Issue Oil Exploration Permits

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces that New Zealand will no longer be issuing oil exploration permits in their territory. The move comes after a decrease in oil production and push back from activist groups concerned about climate change.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Food

Upstate New York Just Opened Their First All Vegan Supermarket

The store is run by people who have themselves embraced veganism and who want to teach others how to make it their own lifestyle.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Home

How To Choose A Rain Barrel For Your Backyard

Everything you need to know on pricing, sizing, and assembly.

By Kristin Hunt
3 months ago
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Style

Kat Von D's Makeup Collection Goes 100% Vegan For 10th Anniversary

Kat Von D is famous for her tattoo artistry, but her vegan makeup line is now unveiling a new pallet this May in honor of her company's 10-year anniversary collection. As a vegan and animal activist she makes sure non of her products include animal by-products or testing.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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Travel

This NYC Sushi Restaurant Uses 100% Sustainable Seafood

Recognized by sustainability organizations, this restaurant hopes continue sourcing fish from the oceans responsibly. 

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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Food

These Small Greenhouses Are Helping Farmers In India Combat Climate Change

Farmers in India have struggled with rising temperatures that lead to less crop yields. It's generated crippling debts and, sadly, suicides at an alarming rate. To combat this, a startup is creating affordable greenhouses and services for higher farming efficiency.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Food

White Castle Is Now Offering Vegan Sliders With 'Bleeding' Meat

White Castle is proud to be the first fast food chain to offer this vegan "meat" to consumers, and they're using a product that was created with exciting new food technology that makes it almost indistinguishable from beef.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

The Surface Of This Luxury High-Rise Helps Clean NYC's Air

One of New York's most extravagant high-rise residential buildings not only impresses visually, but it also removes harmful chemicals from the air. 570 Broome's exterior has a unique technology that removes nitrogen dioxide with sunlight and self cleans its surface.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Travel

This New Label Makes It Easier Than Ever To Identify Sustainable Wines

To earn the label, at least 85 percent of the wine must come from a sustainable vineyard.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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News

REI Set New Sustainability Requirements For Every Brand They Sell

New goals include meeting all work safety conditions in the supply chain and removing harmful chemicals in their products.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Renewables

This Italian Fabric Company Gives Scraps A Second Life In Fashion

Their innovative spinning process reduces waste, saves energy, and supports fair labor standards. Is it something that could be done everywhere?

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Food

Meet Bar & Cocoa, A Curated Craft Chocolate Shop And Subscription Club

Green Matters has teamed up with WeWork for the month of April to collaborate on the #workgreen challenge and we invite you to share how you're incorporating sustainability into the workplace. In this three-part Q&A series, we’re spotlighting different WeWork member companies around the country making great contributions to sustainability. In this installment, we’re sitting down with Pashmina Lalchandani, co-founder of Bar & Cocoa.

By Nicole Caldwell
3 months ago
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News

Family-Friendly 'Mr. Trash Wheel' Collects Junk From Baltimore Harbor

The project has picked up 1.5 million pounds of trash in less than four years to help bring swimming and fishing activities back to the harbor.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Food

This Company Wants To Make Sustainable Seaweed Mainstream

Salt Point Seaweed is a seaweed farming company run by three women in California. The founders hope to make seaweed a more mainstream option for foodies in the United States.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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News

Iceland Supermarket Announces Ban On Palm Oil In All Store-Brand Items

Appalled by the devastation caused to communities and rainforests by palm oil production, one big company has decided to put their foot down.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

BP Tests Tesla Powerpacks On United States Wind Farm

BP is doing a trial run Tesla's battery storage for wind farms after seeing their wild success in Australia. The pilot project in South Dakota is going to be on a far smaller scale, but could be rolled out to other wind farms in the future.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

Blue Bird Showcases Electric School Buses Across United States

Traditional buses are getting the electrified treatment from Blue Bird and they're showcasing the new vehicles across the country this year. They've already received approval for grants in California and New York, and they should be delivering by early fall.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

Researchers Refigured An Old Type Of Battery To Power The Energy Of The Future

Batteries need to catch up with the advancing technology of clean power generation. A group of scientists at MIT think they may have discovered the perfect material to increase battery storage power immeasurably.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Food

Wendy's Sleek New Prototype Is Deliciously Eco-Friendly

The smaller building which has recently debuted in Virginia offers lower-energy heating and air-conditioning units, LED lighting and energy-saving kitchen equipment.  

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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News

European Company Reboots A 1950s-Era Car With An Electric Twist

Micro Mobility will be bringing back to life the iconic, 1950s-era Isetta. An updated design keeps signature features with the addition of modern amenities like electric batteries.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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Travel

Greece Is Campaigning To Remove Plastic Waste From Their Oceans

Most tourists and citizens of Greece are unaware of the awful plastic waste problem that is creating devastation for marine life around their beautiful islands. New goals set by the European Union are forcing people to face the work that needs to be done.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Travel

This Is How Hotels Save Money By Reducing Their Food Waste

A study by Champions 12.3 concludes that there's a 600 percent positive return on investment into food waste reduction. They observed 42 hotels in 15 different countries over a span of three years, with most of them making all the investment back within two years.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

Google Confirms It Runs On 100% Renewable Energy

After buying a record number of renewable energy contracts a few years ago, those sources are now active and Google is putting as much clean power into the grid as it uses. Three gigawatts of capacity, most of it through wind generation, is the most by any corporation on the company's level.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

Malaysia Looks To Improve Its Recycling Rate With New Incentives

Malaysia is rolling out two initiatives designed to boost recycling. HelloGold converts used plastics and cans into gold at vending stations; while Tesco stores are enacting "The Unforgettable Bag" campaign, offering discounts to shoppers who use the store's limited-edition, reusable shopping bags.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Community

#WorkGreen And Win: Celebrating Earth Day With WeWork And Green Matters

We’re teaming up with the WeWork community to celebrate Earth Day 2018 and host our first-ever #workgreen challenge -- and you could win big! 

By Andrew Levine
3 months ago
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Home

How To Clean Out Your Closet Responsibly

Here's what to do with all those clothes and shoes you don't wear anymore.

By Ann Lightfoot
3 months ago
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Food

FoodLogiQ Helps Track 'Farm To Fork' Food In The Supply Chain

Companies like Whole Foods and Chipotle are now using FoodLogiQ, a platform that helps track food in the supply chain.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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Travel

Paris Plans To Dedicate A Third Of Its New Green Spaces To Urban Farming

A government-supported initiative in Paris is creating jobs and spreading green spaces throughout the city.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

Greenhouse In Antarctica Has Successful First Harvest

In an effort to test crop growth in tough climates, the German Aerospace Center's team of scientists has been growing vegetables in Antarctica without sunlight, soil or pesticides. Their first harvest yielded eight pounds of greens, 70 radishes and 18 cucumbers.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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News

These Companies Are Teaming Up To Combat Ocean Plastic

Soma, Parley, and Starbucks are joining forces to fight plastic pollution in our oceans with a limited-edition run of reusable glass water bottles with plastic sleeves made from ocean trash. The bottles, produced by Soma and Parley, will be sold at Starbucks around the US.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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Home

Where To Donate Your Old Clothes, Shoes, And Glasses

Don't throw your used outfits out. Donate them to one of these GM-approved charities.

By Kristin Hunt
3 months ago
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News

Saudi Arabia May Host World's Biggest Solar Project At 200 Gigawatts

Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, have massive goals for renewable energy. After announcing a major metropolis that would fully run on renewable energy, they are looking to collaborate with SoftBank to create a solar project with a capacity of 200 gigawatts.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Food

This Vegan Butcher Shop's Food Truck Is Hitting The Road

This "butcher shop" is popular for vegans as a place to pick out a variety of fresh vegan sausage and "meat" cuts for their own cooking, but they want to break out onto the open road and show more people what they can do.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

Biggest Wind Farm Project Yet Approved In New South Wales

Seven years after initially being planned, Epuron has been approved by New South Wales to develop the biggest wind farm in Australia. Still checking in at over one gigawatt of capacity after being downsized, it's expected to bring in $250 million to the economy.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Travel

This Hotel In Hawaii Gives Out Sunscreen That Protects Coral Reefs

Aqua-Aston Hospitality, who hosts over 40 different hotels in Hawaii, is promoting sunscreen without oxybenzone to help keep our coral reefs safe. 

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Community

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. 

By Tessa Love
3 months ago
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News

London Non-Profit Launches Campaign To Plant Millions Of Wildflowers

A non-profit has been campaigning the idea of seeing London as a national park, rather than a city meant only for people.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

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.

By Tessa Love
3 months ago
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Renewables

This Breast Cancer Survivor Is Launching A Line Of Zero-Waste Bras

After struggling to find a bra that suited all her needs during treatment for cancer, one woman has been working to make a bra that supports both her body and the planet.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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News

The Royal Wedding Is Going Green In This Surprising Way

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to hire Philippa Craddock. This vendor works closely with an organization called drop4drop which provides cleaning drinking water through the World Water Crisis organization.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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Food

Oreo Is Officially Switching To Sustainable Cocoa

Cocoa may be a leading factor in deforestation, but as of this month, Oreo will be using cocoa from a program which supports sustainable cocoa farming.

By Desiree Kaplan
3 months ago
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Genesis Reveals First EV At The 2018 New York Auto Show

Hyundai's luxury division, Genesis, has revealed a concept of their first electric vehicle, the Essentia. This sports car features a unique bubble top with a transparent hood and butterfly doors that open with fingerprint and facial recognition technology.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
3 months ago
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Mumbai Beach Welcomes Turtle Hatchlings For The First Time In 20 Years

Volunteers have been conducting a massive clean up on one of Mumbai's beaches, and the results of their labor just waddled into the sea.

By Aimee Lutkin
3 months ago
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Waymo And Jaguar Team Up To Create 20,000 Self-Driving EVs

Jaguar Land Rover recently announced their new battery electric I-PACE, and it's already received a huge customer. Waymo is teaming up with the manufacturer to create 20,000 self-driving versions of the new SUV to add to their ride-hailing lineup.

By Brian Spaen
3 months ago
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Can Tiny Homes Solve Homelessness?

Cities and nonprofits across America are adopting a sustainable new model of affordable housing.

By Kristin Hunt
4 months ago
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Green Energy Passes Nuclear Power For First Time In U.K.

Even though the United Kingdom is continuing to back nuclear energy and cut off subsidies for wind and solar projects in 2015, the latter sources surpassed nuclear for the first time in the last quarter of 2017 according to recent government findings.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Travel

You Can Fish Plastic From Amsterdam's Canals On This Eco-Boat Tour

The company operates a fleet of ten boats made from recovered plastic.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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3 Women Are Rowing Across The Atlantic To Fight Plastic Pollution

Though they've never done anything quite like it before, Status Row is embarking on a seven week journey across the ocean in order to support the biggest ocean cleaning charity in their country.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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This Device Can Double The 'Green' Life Of Bananas To Reduce Waste

"It's Fresh!" has created a new way to extend our produce's life, be it in transportation, a store, or in our homes.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Adidas Launches Yoga Line Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic

In collaboration with Wanderlust and Parley of the Oceans, Adidas released new yoga apparel this month made out of recycled plastic. 

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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This Dessert Company Is Making Vegan Mochi

Bubbies is releasing a line of vegan mochi. This bite-sized snack will be kosher, gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with real fruit puree. 

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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This 19-Year-Old Is Working On Smog Filters For Developing Countries

At 13, Angad Daryani was creating low-cost 3D printers and workshops for people in India. He's now attempting to create a solution for developing countries to get rid of dangerous air pollution in their urban areas.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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France Is Building The World's Largest Single-Dome Greenhouse

The energy-efficient dome offers a piece of the Amazon in the middle of France, and you can even rent a room to stay there for a visit.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Lacoste Changes Signature Shirt Icon To Raise Awareness For Endangered Species

Lacoste removed its crocodile logo from polo shirts and replaced it with some of the world’s most endangered species. Through this limited edition campaign, the company hopes to raise awareness about the threat of extinction for these animals. 

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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'Sun Shield' Creates Biodegradable Shade For Great Barrier Reef

Coral bleaching is occurring at a rapid pace in the Great Barrier Reef thanks to warming water temperatures. Scientists have developed a substance that creates a very thin biodegradable film that helps protects these reefs by lowering temperatures.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Birkenstock Launches Natural Skincare Line In Sustainable Packaging

They might be known for their sandals and shoes, but they have expanded their product offerings into an unlikely industry. The footwear company now offers a line of natural skincare products.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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The Creative Way These Old Smartphones Are Saving Rainforests

Using old smartphones connected to solar panels, TensorFlow, a large student-driven project from the Rainforest Connection, can help save rainforests where illegal logging activities happen far too often.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Colombia Certifies 6 New Towns As Sustainable Tourism Destinations

In an effort to protect its cultural and environmental resources, the Colombian government has been working with tourist destinations to establish rules and protocols, slowly certifying more and more locations for eco-friendly tourism.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Nissan Wants To Turn Old EV Batteries Into Street Lights

"The Reborn Light" is an attempt by Nissan to get ahead of a future where there's a number of batteries from old electric vehicles that still have value left. Their idea is to convert them into energy storage for off-grid street lights.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Vegan Beauty Product Sales Are Skyrocketing In The U.K.

People are seeking beauty and skincare products that not only make them look great, but help them feel good about their moral choices as well. 

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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We Tested 4 Green Cleaners For The Most Sustainable Solution

How are the surface cleaners from Seventh Generation, ECOS, Method, and Mrs. Meyer's?

By Kristin Hunt
4 months ago
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Researchers Have Finally Figured Out A Way To Protect Birds From Wind Turbines

Oregon State University has been looking into an integrated sensor for wind turbines to help out birds and wind farm owners. It can easily assess damage and what kind of birds are involved in any impacts, as well as attempt to steer birds out of the area.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Food

One Company Discovered How To Redesign Veggies To Make Them Taste Better

In an effort to make vegetables more appetizing, Row 7 has created a variety of seeds that contain crops with naturally amazing taste. The idea began with creating honeynut squash, and after founding their company in February, they hope to bring other projects to the public.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Scientists Built A Robotic Fish Designed To Explore Coral Reefs

Marine exploration is limited by human capabilities to access small spaces, and approach animals in their natural habitat without disturbing them. An innovative design presents a practical solution—make the camera the size and shape of a fish.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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This Firm From Israel Is Finding A Way For Landfill Waste To Actually Be Useful

The dream of turning waste into usable plastic isn't just a dream any longer, or so one Israeli company with a very secret conversion process has claimed.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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McDonald's To Cut 36% Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2030

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Starbucks Is Offering $10 Million To Come Up With A Compostable Cup Design

Starbucks has been working to find a solution to their coffee cup waste issue. Now, they're letting the public help.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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'Planted Table' Delivers Vegan Meals Without The Waste

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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3D-Printed Electric Cars Will Hit The Road In 2019

XEV and Polymaker have teamed up to mass produce cars that will only take a few days to make. The car will be mostly 3D printed and will be able to travel at about 90 miles per charge.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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Nissan Promises Electric SUV Production Within Next 'Few Years'

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Portland Pub Replaces Beef With Vegan 'Impossible' Burgers

This Portland restaurant has been struggling to find a way to make sure it has as low an impact on the environment as possible. They finally had to admit they needed to give up meat on the menu.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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This Lab Is Transforming Leftover Almond Shells Into Power, Plastic, And Beer

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This Eco-Friendly Device Can Heat Your Room In Just 15 Minutes

This small and portable dome can heat, scent, and humidify a space for a handful of pennies a day.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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Jaden Smith Is Releasing A Sustainable Denim Line With G-Star

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This Pizza Box Is 100% Tree-Free And Fully Compostable

Unlike traditional cardboard boxes that usually add to landfill waste, this plant-based box offers a more sustainable approach to food packaging. PizzaRound will be available in three sizes by the end of this year.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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This College Wants To Be Fossil Fuel Free By 2019

A government mandate has forced the community college system to upgrade their energy systems, but they've actually been wanting to do it for decades, anyway.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Adidas Sold 1 Million Pairs Of Sneakers Made From Ocean Plastic In 2017

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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How To Create An Upcycled Vase With Nontoxic Paints

This simple DIY tutorial just requires an old wine bottle, tape, and paint.

By Kristin Hunt
4 months ago
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These Innovative Eco-Gyms Bring The Outdoors Inside

Biofit designs indoor gyms that bring in the outdoors. With eco-conscious materials such as bamboo, nontoxic paint, and tons of plants throughout their workout spaces, these gyms are unlike most you may have seen.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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This University Is Creating A Sustainable Building With Net-Zero Ambitions

York University will hold the School of Continuing Studies in a new sustainable building with a focus on net-zero energy and emissions.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This New Line Of Shoes Is Made From Trees

Allbirds has launched a new line of eco-friendly shoes made from tree pulp. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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This Kit Can Turn Your Standard Bike Electric In 30 Seconds

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Making Toast Is The Easiest Way To Combat Food Waste

One waste battling organization is telling people that instead of letting their bread go stale and musty on the counter, they should learn how to properly preserve food in the freezer.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Tesla Bids On World's Biggest Powerpack Project

Tesla seeks to outdo its successful South Australian battery project by submitting a bid to a utility company in the US for what will be the biggest battery backup facility in the world.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Architecture Firm Creates College Media Lab With Shipping Containers

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This 'Nanowood' Is The Biodegradable Alternative To Styrofoam We Need

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This 3D Printed House Can Be Built In Less Than 48 Hours

With a far lower price than pre-fabs or traditional house-building, this printer forms homes in concrete on site, according to the plans it's programmed to follow. this could completely change the game for underserved populations struggling to find safe, permanent homes.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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This Device May Save Birds Endangered By Wind Energy Towers

As human structures get in their flight paths, there is a more desperate need for a way to protect the birds without shutting down wind energy ventures. These scientists think they have a solution.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Coffee Lovers Are Obsessed With This Trendy Plant-Based Milk

Oat milk has recently skyrocketed in popularity as the newest trend in plant-based milk alternatives. Many consider oat milk to be more eco-friendly than almond milk since almonds need significantly more water to grow.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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New York To Invest $1.5 Billion In Renewable Energy Projects

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that New York was going to add 26 large-scale renewable energy projects over the next five years. 

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Levi Is Using Lasers To Make More Eco-Friendly Jeans

Levi has created a new model for denim finishing called Project F.L.X. This method adapts the design and development process of denim finishing to a digital process which opens up the possibility of a more sustainable supply chain.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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This Electric Scooter Is The Latest Eco-Friendly Rideshare

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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New Vegan Beer Hall Brings Plant-Based Bar Food To Boston

In Massachusetts, there are lots of options for vegan food and micro-brews, but this restaurant is combining them in Boston, where plant-based diets don't have quite the same hold over the local population.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Nike Wants Your Ideas For The Green Products Of Tomorrow

Nike's Circular Innovation Challenge allows regular people to help the company get creative in the area of sustainability. They can either develop new tech for material recycling or design new products using Nike Grind materials.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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Norway Is Planning An Entire Sustainable City At Oslo Airport

Oslo Airport created the first green terminal that received a high certification, and now they're looking to double down on helping the environment.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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The Surprising Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Houseplants

Here's why you should add some greenery to your home.

By Lisa Eldred Steinkopf
4 months ago
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This Beehive Is Making It Easy For People To Start Their Own Apiary

Lots of people want to support bees, recognizing their incredibly important place in our food chain. This company is offering an easier way to start an apiary and become a bee ambassador.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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Tiny Island Resort Aims To Be 100% Sustainable By 2020

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is located in a sanctuary zone in Australia, which is home to thousands of species of marine life. 

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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China Spends $2 Million On Innovative Smog-Sucking Technology

This is a huge step forward in solving China's air pollution problem.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Wales Officially Pledged To Become A 'Zero Waste' Nation By 2050

Wales has been working to reduce waste for years, and is far ahead of almost every single nation in the world. How do they do it? With passionate citizens and government funding.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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What Is Stone Wool? This Eco-Friendly Insulation Repels Fire And Water

The material is spun from volcanic minerals, and perfect for building.

By Kristin Hunt
4 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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Goodyear Floats Idea For Moss-Lined Tire That Absorbs Carbon Dioxide

This green tire would clean the air and power aspects of the car just by growing and rolling.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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'E-Waste' Photo Shoot Turns Forgotten Electronics Into Art

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."

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Porsche Debuts First Electric Cross-Utility Vehicle

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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Microsoft Signs Major Solar Power Agreement In India

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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'Just Eat' Delivery Service Lets Customers Opt Out Of Plastic Waste

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This City Processes All Of Its Sewage Through Its Unique Wetlands

A city in India has had a system in place for purifying millions of gallons of waste every day into clean water and fertilizer for fish and plants. The old system is being threatened by encroaching real estate markets.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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'Gumdrop' Recycles Used Chewing Gum Into Useful New Products

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This Eco-Chic Home Decor Centers Sustainable And Upcycled Wood

Nicole Wakley is the founder of Tree, a furniture company that uses eco-friendly materials such as sustainably sourced wood, upcycled materials, and chemical free organic fabrics.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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Toyota Just Announced They're Creating Their Own Self-Driving Vehicle Company

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This Indoor Farm Is Trying To Revolutionize The Growing Process In Sweden

Plantagon is close to finding an economically stable way to grow plants indoors that benefits the building itself.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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This Fashion Company Removes Trash From Oceans With Every Sale

United By Blue is focused on reducing ocean trash and plastic pollution. The company has pledged to remove one pound of trash from the oceans and waterways for every product they sell.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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Bali Organized 20,000 People To Do A Massive Beach Clean-Up

The event is meant to raise awareness about the insufficient waste management system on the island and how single-use plastic is ruining beaches and industry.

By Aimee Lutkin
4 months ago
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An Eco-Friendly Designer Tells Us How To Build A Clean Home

Robin Wilson uses sustainable building practices and materials to create clean homes.

By Kristin Hunt
4 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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New Eco-Resort In Vietnam Honors Local History And Culture

A new eco-friendly resort is set to open in Vietnam. The enormous property aims to be sustainable, while honoring and respecting local culture and history.

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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Lego Is Going Eco-Friendly For Kids With Plant-based Plastic Pieces This Year

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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This Cardboard Home Lasts At Least 50 Years And Is 100% Recyclable

Using a unique wrapping technique, the Wikkelhouse is made of sustainable materials and is more durable than it sounds. Wikkelhouse owners can tweak the design according to their desired use or size requirements. 

By Desiree Kaplan
4 months ago
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Taiwan To Ban All Single-Use Plastic From Restaurants By 2030

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.

By Brian Spaen
4 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
4 months ago
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Florida Panthers Center Sustainability With 'Green Month' March

To educate fans about environmental conservation and recycling, the Florida Panthers will host promotions, activities, and fundraisers throughout "Green Month" March. It culminates with their third-annual conservation night on the 24th.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Hydroponic Farm Is Speeding Up NYC's Farm-To-Table Process

Farm One is producing food for restaurants that can be harvested and biked over to your plate in 30 minutes.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Malibu Bans Restaurants From Giving Customers Plastic Straws And Utensils

The controversial measure will stop businesses from contributing to plastic waste on Malibu's beautiful beaches.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Michelob Ultra Goes Green With Beer Made From Organic Grains

Michelob Ultra has been targeted for those that want a less-filling light beer, and now they're looking to extend their reach to people that are more aware of what they consume. A new "Pure Gold" edition features organic grains and sustainable packaging.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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The World's First Floating Wind Farm Is Already Changing Green Energy

Floating wind turbines off the coast has been experimented with before, but never at the scale it is at Hywind Scotland. The company who built it believes this could be the design of the future.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Jaden Smith Draws Inspiration From Elon Musk With 'JUST Water'

As we approach the launch of JUST Water, its star co-founder has big aspirations for the water bottle industry. He hopes his reusable product emitting less CO2 will be a game changer for eliminating plastic pollution and holds other ideas for the JUST brand.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Simple Filter Makes Seawater Safe To Drink

Graphene has the incredible ability to repel water while absorbing all the nasty material, but it's expensive to manufacture. Scientists have discovered a cheaper way to create it with soybean oil.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
5 months ago
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This Recyclable Resin Makes Wind Turbines Way More Sustainable

Led by Professor Doug Adams, Vanderbilt has created a new resin for wind turbines that uses less energy in production. To prevent the shorter lifespan from being a negative, old parts can be melted and recycled unlike traditional material.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Mastercard Pilots 'Pay As You Go' Program For Solar Energy In Africa

Solar energy is an ideal solution to help fix Africa's power struggles, but high technology costs for the area remain a downfall. Mastercard hopes to extend a solar company's "pay-as-you-go" plan by utilizing their QR codes.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Ikea's Green Energy Deal Could Save Customers Hundreds Each Year

Ikea is on a sustainable path by adding solar panels, battery backup solutions, and committing to make their operations totally green. They are also helping make their customers embrace greener energy in a collaboration with Big Clean Switch.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Woman Famous For Picking Up Cigarette Butts Reaches Her Millionth Butt

One woman has changed her city's approach to cigarette waste by letting herself be made the butt of a joke and the face of a movement.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Japanese Architects Are Creating The World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper

Sumitomo Forestry is planning to erect a 70-story skyscraper made mostly of timber over the next few decades. The $5.6 billion structure will be used for apartments, offices, and shops, and it could display how beneficial moving to timber construction can be.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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BMW Is Planning To Build New Electric Mini In China

BMW announced on Friday that they will be manufacturing electric Minis in China. The move is likely due to fantastic sales in China and to meet the country's strict zero-emission regulations.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This New Material Made From Seaweed May Be What You're Wearing Next Season

"Bioyarn" is a new material that degrades easily and without polluting the ocean with microplastics or clogging landfills with fast fashion waste.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Portland Is The Latest City To Ditch Plastic Straws

Many bars and restaurants are starting to adopt the practice of ditching plastic straws in Portland, Oregon. They join a number of cities that are looking to put a dent into the 500 million plastic straws used in the United States daily.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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These Paper Fuel Cells Are Way Cheaper And Greener Than Regular Batteries

A paper-based battery created by Fuelium generates energy from liquid samples, and it could be a new way to power single-use diagnostic tests. 

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Debt Relief Program From Leonardo DiCaprio Protects Ocean Life In The Seychelles

The Seychelles is protecting biodiversity in their incredible ocean reefs by protecting their financial future.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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'EMA IMPACT Summit' Returns To Reward Sustainable Innovation

The new event highlights an innovator challenge that awards the winning startup with a $50,000 grant and various guest speakers promote sustainable solutions.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Delivery Drones May Be More Sustainable Than Trucks, Study Finds

A new study has taken up the question of whether electric powered delivery drones are more environmentally friendly than delivery trucks.

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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Peru Saves 2 Million Acres Of Rainforest With New Yaguas National Park

Peru created a new national park to preserve over two million acres of rainforest. It's a move that saves animal and plant life that indigenous groups rely on and continues a trend of South American countries that are preventing deforestation.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Michigan's Biggest Utility Company To Shut Down Coal Power Plants By 2040

Consumers Energy in Michigan, which powers 60 percent of the state's citizens, will be shutting down all of their coal-fired power plants by 2040. They join another local utility in the pledge and they've already reduced 38 percent of emissions as of 2016.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Most Americans Choose Plant-Based Food For The Taste, Study Finds

A study that polled nearly 2,000 US consumers participating in a plant-based diet suggests that people are choosing with their tastebuds.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Co-Living Space Is Designed For Women Of Color Breaking Into Tech

SkyLab Boston wants to protect the neighborhood of Roxbury from gentrification while promoting diversity in the tech industry.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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This Vacuum Giant Plans To Premiere 3 Electric Cars In Near Future

Founder and CEO Sir James Dyson has revealed that the company is aiming to release not one, but three electric cars in the near future 

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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Ikea Adds Plant-Based Hot Dog To Menu And Customers Are Pumped

Ikea, who offers both cheap food and furniture, is adding healthier vegan options to their menu. The new Veggie Dog will be tested out at a location in Sweden and could roll out to all European stores by August.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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3 Dogs Are Rebuilding Chilean Forests Once Devastated By Fire

In response to Chile’s wildfire destruction, three dogs are the unlikely heroes helping to replant the local forests. Armed with special backpacks brimming with native seeds, the dogs help regrow trees as they run through destroyed forests. 

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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This Is The First 'Energy Positive' Hotel To Open Above The Arctic Circle

Located in northern Norway, Svart will be the world’s first hotel to produce its own power and reduce its energy needs by 85 percent compared to other hotels.

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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Cape Town Introduces New Mascot To Bring Attention To Water Shortage Crisis

In a frightening situation, Cape Town has introduced an even scarier mascot.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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This Sustainable Family Home Blends Into The U.K.'s Natural Habitat

A new property from RX Architects provides a new sustainable family home that's next to Rye Harbour Natural Reserve at East Sussex. The building provides great insulation from its timber frame and solar panels run the hot water and heating needs.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Energy-Efficient Cabin Was Also A Father And Son Building Project

An architecture firm designed a cabin to show what's possible with sustainable building techniques and some family know-how.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Subway's New Spicy 'Steak' Sandwich Has Vegans Rejoicing

Finland has become a hotbed for fast food chains testing out their new soy-based meat options. After McDonald's trotted out their McVegan burger, Subway has created the "Vegan Delight."

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This App Lets You Order Excess Food From Restaurants At Half The Price

To help put an end to food waste, restaurants have a new, convenient way to offer excess food at a fraction of the price to their customers.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Self-Driving Car Creates Water We May Be Able To Store And Drink

Hyundai's newest crossover SUV, the Nexo, completed a journey from Seoul to PyeongChang, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. A fleet of prototypes successfully completed the trip with no human interaction.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Kenya's 'Snow Leopard' Olympic Skier Is Using Her Platform To Save The Earth

Sabrina Simader, Kenya’s first Olympic alpine skier, is the UN Environment’s Mountain Hero. She will also work with the United Nations on the Wild for Life campaign, which aims to end the illegal wildlife trade.  

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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60,000 Chinese Soldiers Are Going To Plant Trees To Fight Pollution

China is on a mission to cover more than 30,000 miles of land mass with trees, and they're devoting military resources to the project.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Australia's Capacity For Solar Energy May Double By 2019

Queensland and New South Wales  are seeing record amounts of rooftop installations and solar farms being created. The sudden increase is likely due to the country's recent hot temperatures.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Solar-Powered Sidewalk Can Charge Electric Cars

Platio has developed a solar sidewalk in Hungary and has implemented the new technology in various places over the past year. The latest installation comes paired with an electric vehicle charging station at a local real estate developer.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Absolut Employees Strip Down In Cheeky 'Transparency' Campaign

Absolut Vodka's latest video may be their cheekiest campaign to date. The Swedish company highlights its transparent production process and sustainability efforts by featuring 28 naked employees at work in a parody employee orientation video.

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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This Company Builds Hives You Can Install In Your Living Room

In an effort to raise awareness about our most important pollinator, the Beecosystem has developed a hive that can support a bee family in your home, right where everyone can see it.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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This U.S. City Is About To Become The Largest To Run On Green Power

After Georgetown, Texas, became the biggest American city to run on 100 percent renewable energy, they'll be toppled by a city twice its size in the same state. 

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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First All-Vegan Cruise Prepares To Set Sail In Australia

With Australia being one of the fastest countries to adopt a vegan lifestyle, a luxury cruise set for later this year focuses on the mental and physical pluses of going plant-based.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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McDonald's Already Sold 150,000 Vegan Burgers In Limited Release

They have sold 150,000 burgers in January alone in Finland and Sweden as the fast food chain continues to become more sustainable.

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5 months ago
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These Flood-Proof Towers Could Withstand Rising Sea Levels In NYC

An architectural firm based in New York has designed a proposal to address issues of rising sea levels and affordable housing in New York City. The complex, dotted with unique towers will anticipate a significant influx of water over the next few decades.

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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This Tiny Egg-Shaped House Makes It Easy To Live Sustainably Off The Grid

This new prefab has thought of every aspect of off-the-grid living and put it into an easily transported unit that's both beautiful and efficient in its design.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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The Queen Of England Banned Plastic Straws And Bottles From Her Estates

The U.K. is making slow moves to end plastic waste through parliament and its Prime Minister, so the Queen is taking action.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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New Zealand's 'Food In The Nude' Initiative Cuts Plastic In Supermarkets

All fruits and vegetables are out in the open with a misting system that keeps them healthy and fresh.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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San Francisco Food Banks Now Offer 100% Plant-Based 'Impossible Burger'

Impossible Foods announced this week their most popular product, the Impossible Burger, will be available at food banks in the San Francisco Bay Area. The plant-based burger is loaded with protein and cuts back on environmental use.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Babcock Ranch Becomes First Solar-Powered Town In United States

A new community in Florida has become America's first town that will fully run on solar power. Over 300,000 solar panels are expected to power an eventual population of 50,000 people, and there's hopes to have fully autonomous transportation in the future.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Patagonia's New Site Connects You To Local Causes That Need Your Help

The company wants to show that they don't just talk about environmental responsibility and sustainable production—they live it.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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This U.S. Ski Resort Will Run On 100% Green Energy By 2019

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in Tahoe has teamed up with the electric service provider Liberty Utilities to operate on 100 percent renewable energy. They will be the first ski resort in the United States to run entirely on clean energy.   

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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This Kickboxer Turned Baker Makes Her Healthy Desserts 100% Raw Vegan

This Muay Thai kickboxer created 100 percent plant-based desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth without animal ingredients. Even better? They're pretty nutritious.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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These Farm-To-Table Flowers Are Perfect For Your Eco-Friendly Valentine

Bouqs disrupted the flower industry by delivering sustainable flowers to customer's straight from farmers. The simplified supply chain also eliminates carbon emissions from middlemen.

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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You Can Now Do Your Whole Foods Shopping On Amazon

Amazon recently announced that Prime members will be able to order groceries online from Whole Foods Market. The new service, Prime Now, lets Prime customers pick and choose from a wide range of fresh, organic foods with free 2-hour delivery.

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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Dunkin' Donuts Is Finally Ending Their Use Of Foam Cups

The franchise started looking for a way to switch from polystyrene to paper in 2011. It's taken a long time, but Dunkin' Donuts may no longer be running on foam.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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'Plogging' Is The New Trend That Gets You Fit While Saving The Planet

This is something you can do running, walking, biking, or boarding, because garbage is everywhere.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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This All-Avocado Restaurant In Brooklyn Is A Haven For Foodies

After falling in love with avocados in Mexico, Francesco Brachetti opened up a new restaurant focused on the fruit in New York. The healthy food has been trendy with millennials and vegans, causing them to use up to 250 avocados each day.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Massive Bitcoin Data Center In Iceland To Run On 100% Green Energy

The Moonlite Project is creating a data center in Iceland that will only run off renewable energy sources. With completion slated for August, it provides a better way to mine Bitcoins for the environment.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Red Lobster Just Made A Commitment To Make All Of Their Seafood Sustainable

Seafood restaurant chain Red Lobster has been practicing sustainable fishing for a while, but they're now making their actions and goals clear with a new "Seafood with Standards" program that's recently launched.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Unique Eco-Friendly Homes Provide Safe Housing For Displaced Communities

Cal-Earth designed a sustainable home that is fire-proof, hurricane-proof, tornado-proof, and earthquake resistant. The organization teaches people how to build these dome-shaped houses with just a handful of basic materials. 

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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Farmers Are Using Flowers To Beat Back Pests Instead Of Chemicals

New and precise techniques for monitoring how flowers impact surrounding crops makes the case for replacing pesticides with daisies.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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New York Invests $6 Billion Into Offshore Wind Development

Following up the new Clean Energy Standard New York presented two years ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a new Offshore Wind Master Plan that will invest $6 billion into an industry that will power up to 1.2 million homes and creates 5,000 new jobs.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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100% Biodegradable Tea Bags Are Coming To The U.K.

With the amount of tea that's consumed in the United Kingdom, over 330,000 pounds of plastic waste is created annually. To fix that problem, the Co-op will be experimenting with heat-sealed tea bags for their own tea brands.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Small Town In Wales Has Gone Completely Plastic-Free

The village of Aberporth has gotten all of its local businesses to commit to ending plastic, after a local campaign merged with a larger awareness of how plastic is harming marine life.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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IKEA Buys Huge Forest In Alabama For Ethically Sourced Timber

IKEA recently purchased a forest in the U.S. The land spans across 25,0000 acres in Lowndes County, Alabama. This is IKEA's third sustainable forest purchase, intended to boost their efforts to produce environmentally responsible products.

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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How 'Bureo' Transforms Recycled Fish Nets Into Eco-Friendly Toys

Bureo, a U.S. manufacturer, has tackled ocean pollution by upcycling used plastic into unique products. The company's Net Positiva program in Chile allows them to turn discarded plastic fish nets into items like skateboards and Jenga pieces. 

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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'Detroit Hives' Is Turning Abandoned City Lots Into Bee Farms

This nonprofit organization is helping their community's safety and health, while growing strong beehives. Their tagline? "Work hard, stay bumble."

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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Ryanair Commits To Going Plastic-Free On All Flights By 2023

The Irish airline is removing non-recyclable plastics over the next five years on all of their flights.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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This Machine Makes Reusable Coffee Capsules You Can Customize

People have become addicted to pod-made single serving coffee, with disastrous environmental effects. There is a rush now to come up with the most functional, reusable cup model. This just might be it.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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100% Solar-Powered Hotel To Break Ground In Dubai

InterContinental Hotels Group has partnered with Diamond Developers to create a fully eco-friendly hotel in The Sustainable City. The property will be powered by 100 percent solar energy and will be the first fully sustainable hotel in Dubai.

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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'Casa Pollo' Is An Eco-Friendly Home Built From Recycled Materials

Created by Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos, the Casa Pollo is a throwback to old Chiloe Island warehouses. It provides the mixture of indoor-outdoor living with open spaces and a protected upper level, and the structure is made out of reclaimed zinc plates and native wood.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Harley-Davidson Is Officially Releasing Their Electric Motorcycle In 2019

American manufacturer, Harley-Davidson is looking to shift gears into the world of electric vehicles. While the brand has become famous over the last century for its loud motorcycles, the Milwaukee-based company plans to add an electric motorcycle to its line within 18 months.  

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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Study Finds Being A Homebody Is Great For The Planet

People are staying at home more these days, whether it comes to working remotely, stream movies, or eat at home instead of going out. By doing so, a recent study finds that it has cut our total energy usage in the US by nearly two percent.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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Chile Created 5 New National Parks To Conserve Patagonia

After pledging to donate protected Patagonia land to the Chilean government, Tompkins Conservation follows through in an official announcement this week. It's the biggest private land donation ever and creates over 10 million acres of national parks.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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These Lollipops Come With Seeds To Grow Herbs And Flowers

Amborella Organics specializes in natural lollipops. The company combines bits of edible plants like roses, sage, rosemary, lavender, and hibiscus. The biodegradable lollipop stick has seeds inside which can be planted to grow new plants. 

By Desiree Kaplan
5 months ago
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Advocates Push For Farmland To Eliminate Carbon Within Its Growth Cycle

Soil is an untapped resource in the fight against climate change, if we could just pay attention to it.

By Aimee Lutkin
5 months ago
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'Hand Over' Builds Eco-Friendly Homes For Egypt's Low-Income Communities

From teacher to construction engineer, Radwa Rostom found a way to improve Egyptian housing sustainably with her new startup, Hand Over. They use rammed earth construction to create better housing for those on informal settlements.

By Brian Spaen
5 months ago
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New York Dairy Farm Goes Vegan With 100% Plant-Based Milks

Elmhurst Milked is a newly-branded company that has switched their operations from dairy farming to cold-mining nuts and oats to produce milk. They now offer a variety of plant-based milk products that provide unique environmental benefits.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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New Water 'Refill' Stations Encourage People To Ditch Plastic For Free

City to Sea is an organization that is working to end plastic waste when it comes to drinking water, by simply encouraging people just to ask to refill their bottles. It's working.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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T-Mobile Commits To Using 100% Green Energy By 2021

The first wireless carrier in the United States has made the pledge to become 100 percent renewable by 2021. They've signed off on a second wind farm and will receive around 60 percent of their power from that source starting in 2019.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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The 2018 Super Bowl Stadium Offsets 100% Of Its Own Energy

The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium, which is the host for next Sunday's Super Bowl LII, is not only unique with its rooftop and large glass doors. It's actually one of the most energy efficient stadiums in the world.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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How One Snowboard Company Is Saving Forests In The U.S.

Weston Snowboards, a U.S.manufacturer, teamed up with the National Forest Foundation and other likeminded outdoor brands, to launch the Freedom of the Forest campaign. The campaign hopes to raise money for the U.S. Forest Service and maintain forests. 

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Restaurants Are Installing Their Own Mini Indoor Farms To Grow Mushrooms

Smallhold is a group that has combined technology and hydroponic growing systems to get fresh produce to restaurants—because the restaurants are growing their food right in the dining room.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Coral Reefs In Central America Are Finally Getting Healthier

The four countries boarded by the Mesoamerican Reef have banded together to protect this important marine life ecosystem, boosting their own economy in the process.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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This 'Seabin' Literally Sucks Trash Out Of The Ocean

In order to expand ocean conservation with a brilliant "Seabin" that collects various plastic debris, Mission Blue has teamed up with the Seabin Project. It's another great step for the startup that looks to increase production this year

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Budweiser Now Uses 100% Renewable Electricity In U.S. Breweries

Anheuser-Busch InBev has shifted its operations in the United States to 100 percent renewable energy. They're working on using green energy in their facilities worldwide by 2025. This target will reduce their carbon footprint by 30 percent. 

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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'Smog Free Tower' Heads To Poland To Vacuum Air Pollution

For the last few years, Studio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower has been helping communities fight massive air pollution issues in Rotterdam and in various Chinese cities. It'll make its next stop in Krakow, Poland.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Florida Brewery And E6PR Brings Biodegradable Six-Pack Rings To Market

SaltWater Brewery has been behind the production of eco-friendly six-pack rings for over a year. In collaboration with startup E6PR, they're finally launching the product with one of their beers in hopes to eliminate plastic rings everywhere.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Elon Musk Wants To Build More Tunnels Under LA To Speed Up Traffic

The Boring Company is looking to extend their underground tunnel to 6.5 miles, heading to West Los Angeles in California and providing a "proof of concept." 

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Emmanuel Macron Promises Coal Power Plants Will Shut Down In France By 2021

The French president is taking a big step forward when it comes to clean energy.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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How This Small Town In Mexico Uses Solar Power For Economic Justice

Ucareo is a small town in Mexico that could be vulnerable to predatory energy companies looking for land to develop. They're taking steps to make sure energy generated in their area will go benefit the community first.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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'Ecovative' Makes Plastic-Free Packaging Out Of Mushrooms

This unlikely material can rapidly renew and easily mold into all kinds of different shapes, is high-performing, and cost effective.

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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This Countertop Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Is A Game-Changer For Small Apartments

Heatworks and Frog have come together to create a  high tech dishwasher that is good for the environment and consumers' budgets. The Tetra's claim to fame is its practical size and ability to use minimal amounts of water. Without the need to hook up to a plumbing system, the only thing a user needs is an electrical outlet. 

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Tesla's South Australia Battery Just Made $1 Million In Two Days

Tesla's backup battery system in South Australia has been nothing short of impressive since being turned on in December. Not only has it been able to keep the power grid stabilized, but it's been a tremendous moneymaker during high peak times.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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This Floating Hotel Is An Eco-Friendly Winter Wonderland Come To Life

A company has come up with a new way to enjoy the Northern Lights: in the middle of a frozen river.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Norway Is Going To Use Electric Planes For All Short Flights By 2040

Avinor believes that all aircraft spending 90 minutes in the air or less in Norway will be run exclusively with electric power. This would impact all domestic flights and prevents a major problem with pollution on short-haul takeoff.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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'CommonSense Robotics' Wants To Make Speedy Delivery Possible For Local Grocers

A new startup is looking to help small grocery stores in urban areas with fulfillment centers that are operated by robots. This would cut down on costs and make it quicker and easier to fulfill online orders that are delivered to customers.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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'Angry Birds' Creator Wants To Build Undersea Tunnel To Connect Cities

Peter Vesterbacka helped create the Angry Birds phenomenon that's spawned multiple sequels, shows, and a Hollywood movie. He now wants to expand by creating an underground tunnel that would connect major cities.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Sales Tripled For This London Pub After They Went 100% Plant-Based

The general manager, who is vegan himself, cited the abundance of food waste in the process and the desire to be more sustainable.

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6 months ago
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As Millennials Leave Cities For Farms, The Local Food Movement Surges

There's been national growth in the farming industry with over two percent of people under the age of 35 purchasing land in rural America. This means using less pesticides and fertilizer, and helps the growth of the local food market.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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The European Union Is Working To Eradicate Plastic Waste By 2030

Changes in how European countries have been largely dealing with their plastic waste means the government needs to come up with a solution fast. They're turning to recycling.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Lab-Grown 'Mosa Meat' To Hit High-End Restaurants Within 2 Years

Mosa Meat is the latest startup that's preparing to launch clean meat in the next few years. After closing a round of investments from US companies, they'll be looking to scale up production of their premium beef to high-end restaurants.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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The Surprising Reason South Korea May Host The Most Eco-Friendly Olympics Yet

The Winter Olympics kick off this February in PyeongChang, South Korea. To meet their zero emission goal, the committee has implemented several green initiatives.

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Reforestation Is Becoming A Booming Business

Changes in technology and agriculture have made planting trees easier and less expensive, while changes to the climate have raised demand for the service.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Extra Heat Generated From Bitcoin Mining Fuels Local Greenhouse

The process of mining Bitcoin requires an extremely large amount of energy. At the same time, it generates a lot of heat, and a Canadian startup is finding helpful uses for it in raising fish and plants.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Singapore Researchers Develop Air Conditioner That Uses 40% Less Energy

We've been using the same air conditioning technology for over a century in our homes. A group of researchers from Singapore have created a game-changing process that uses water-based technology that could change the future of cool comfort.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Ben & Jerry’s Just Revealed Two New Vegan Flavors

The popular ice cream manufacturer has launched two new flavors, Peanut Butter Half-Baked and Cinnamon Buns, adding to the lineup along with many other traditional flavors for 2018.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Netflix's 'Rotten' Doc Series Tackles Corruption In The Food Industry

The series lifts the veil behind the multibillion-dollar food industry to reveal serious crimes and corruption behind staples foods like fish, chicken, milk, honey, peanuts, and garlic.

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Popular U.K. Grocery Store Vows To Get Rid Of Plastic By 2023

Iceland Foods has been leaning on plastics for its well-known frozen food line in the U.K. They've decided they have the technology to get rid of plastic and make their packaging recyclable—and no excuse not to.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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This Coffee Machine Reduces Energy Use For An Eco-Friendly Cup

A company in Spain is working with the European Union to create an environmentally friendly coffee machine. The machine is designed to use energy and water more efficiently. It also keeps the user connected through high tech features. 

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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McDonald's Promises 100% Renewable Packaging By 2025

By 2025, McDonald's will only be using packaging from recycled or renewable material and all of their stores will be fully recycling their products. This expands on previous environmental goals of sustainable beef and removing foam packaging.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Saudi Arabia Plans To Invest $7 Billion In Green Energy To Cut Oil Use

Saudi Arabia's government is going to invest in eight solar and wind farm projects in 2018. The capacity is going to reach over 4 gigawatts with most of it allocated to solar energy and it's aimed to decrease the country's consumption of oil.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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This Company Cracked The Code On Making Recyclable Coffee Cups

Most standard recycling facilities can't process disposable coffee cups, which means billions fill the trash every year. This company thinks they've got a new design that will change how people recycle.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Why Popular Alcohol Companies Are Eliminating Plastic From Their Brands

Two alcohol companies behind popular brands like Johnnie Walker, Guinness, and Jameson Irish Whiskey are eliminating plastic straws and stirrers entirely. They won't be used in their offices, at events, or in future advertisements.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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First Electric And Emission-Free Barge To Launch This Summer

A Dutch company is planning to launch the first emission-free barges in Europe this summer. These vessels will be the first autonomous and fully electric barges to operate in the coastal highways between the Netherlands and Belgium.   

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Green Power Generated Almost All New Electric Capacity In 2017

The numbers for the last year of energy production tell a complicated story about the battle for renewable power.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Renewable Energy Will Be Equal Or Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels By 2020

Based on the auctions for upcoming projects around the world, cost per kilowatt-hour will be competitive or lower than fossil fuels.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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New 'Fluence Energy' Builds World's Biggest Storage System In California

AES and Siemens are teaming up their technology platforms to create Fluence Energy, an independent energy storage startup that will battle Tesla in the industry. 

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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New York City Announces Plan To Divest From Fossil Fuels

As a city built along many coastal waterways, NYC is extremely vulnerable to rising waters caused by climate change. The mayor's office is working on a plan to place the responsibility for damage caused by greenhouse emissions on corporations.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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'Source' Uses Solar Energy To Pull Drinkable Water From The Air

Two months after being released for United States households, Zero Mass Water demonstrates how their device that can generate drinking water out of thin air is able to fix some of the issues in water distribution at CES 2018.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Solar-Powered School In Denmark Lets Kids Grow Their Own Food

C.F. Møller is in the process of building a new sustainable school in Denmark with a focus on raising plants, cooking food, and physical activity. 

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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These Purses Are Made From Washable Paper That Mimics Leather

From fashion to accessories to homeware, the line boasts a wide range of eco-friendly, lightweight items. While they look and feel like leather, the secret behind these bags is a special natural fiber. 

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Disposable Coffee Cups Could Get Taxed In The United Kingdom

In Britain alone, 2.5 billion disposable cups end up in the trash every year. The government has had success with taxing plastic bags. Will taxing cups work to reduce waste?

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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This Reusable Sponge Gets Oil Out Of Water Without Harming The Planet

Unlike other sponges and cleanup methods, the Oleo Sponge can recover oil and other petroleum products from under the water and poses no harm to the environment.

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Startup 'FoodMaven' Aims To Cut Food Waste, Gets Backed By Wal-Mart

$200 billion worth of food is tossed away annually in the U.S. alone, and FoodMaven wants to end that trend. They're looking to expand from Colorado to other urban areas, and they've received a significant boost from the Walton family.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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New Plant-Based Microbrewery Brings Vegan Food To Kentucky

V-Grits, a food company that specializes in southern style vegan food, and a new local brewery are teaming up to launch a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, this spring. The company is expanding from its food truck.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Nikki Reed Is Using Dell's Gold E-Waste Scraps To Make Incredible Jewelry

Dell wants to draw attention to the global issue of e-waste, and encourage people to recycle their old electronics. They're upcycling the gold from their circuitboards into a beautiful line of affordable jewelry with actress and activist Nikki Reed.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
6 months ago
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These Stationless E-Bikes Are Ready To Hit The Pavement In San Francisco

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency gave Social Bicycles, the creaters of JUMP Bikes, the first-ever city permit for a stationless e-bike system.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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The U.K. Plans To Plant 50 Million Trees For 'Northern Forest'

The project will stretch 120 miles across the UK and plant 50 million trees throughout northern England.

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Fully Solar-Powered EV Wins Major Award For Combating Climate Change

A new award at CES 2018 highlights startups that are using the latest technology to battle climate change. Solar-powered vehicle Lightyear One, an EV "that charges itself," received acclaim in an industry that's been long skeptical of the tech.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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This App Turns Cleaning The Planet Into A Mobile Game

Litterati is a new app for mobile devices that makes it easy for communities to document their collection of trash. It's led to funding from supporters and the US government to expand the app, creating more collaboration and further data analysis of our pollution.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Aldi Announces New Line Of Affordable Vegan Options

By backing their own line of vegan and vegetarian products, Aldi is making these delicious treats far more accessible—and affordable.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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What John Deere's 'Lettuce Robot' Means For Green Agriculture

John Deere has recently bought a robotics startup for $305 million. The technology offers farmers a system that can spot and kill weeds with incredible precision.

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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France Bans Supermarkets From Tossing Unsold Food

France added laws to prevent supermarkets from wasting their groceries, forcing them to donate to charities and food banks. It's led to the country being a top performer in the 2017 Food Sustainability Index.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Sirensong Wetsuits Bring Sustainable Splash To Surfing

The material, Yamamoto neoprene, requires less energy to process and avoids any potential oil spill risks.  

By Desiree Kaplan
6 months ago
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Tesla Is Officially Bringing A Second Huge Battery To Australia

The news comes just weeks after the completion of the South Australia project, and it could be just one of many energy storage solutions to come.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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United Kingdom Will Phase Out Coal-Fired Power Plants By 2025

After the United Kingdom implemented a carbon emissions tax, the government has officially put a deadline for coal-fired power plants in 2025. They'll be forced to close by October of that year unless they have carbon capture technology.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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This Community Uses Old Christmas Trees To Rebuild Sand Dunes

A local chapter of The Surfrider Foundation has an annual event that gathers together activists dedicated to coastal conservation efforts. By collecting their old Christmas trees, the group is able to rebuild sand dunes in North Carolina.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Engineers Have Developed A System To Make Houses Float During Flooding

The Buoyancy Foundation Project is encouraging people in certain flood risk areas to consider retrofitting their homes with a foundation that floats, but its being met with resistance in the U.S. despite success in many communities around the world.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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Byton's New Electric SUV Has Impressive 300 Mile Range

Byton is set to unveil a concept version of their new electric SUV at CES 2018, and they continue to release teaser images ahead of it. The startup wants the vehicle to be as innovative as the smartphone.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Germans Use So Much Wind Energy, Their Power Prices Went Negative

Negative power rates occur when too much energy is generated by renewable sources and in order to keep the grid stable, consumers are paid to use it.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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'SuperMeat' Receives $3 Million In Funding For New Lab-Based Meat

The startup hopes to lower animal slaughter and greenhouse emissions by cultivating animal cells to create meat products.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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Why Companies Are Replacing Plastic With Plant-Based Packaging

The fossil fuel industry is looking for ways to stick around in the coming years and an increase in plastic production could have the biggest demand for oil.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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'Sponge Cities' Combat Floods By Replacing Cement With Wetlands

"Sponge Cities" are a new initiative designed to contend with climate change and rising water in cities built to reject rain water, rather than absorb or use it.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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How Supply Chain Optimization Helps Major Companies Go Green

Dell and HP have altered their supply chain with a greener approach, using recycled plastics and ink cartridges. This optimized production also benefits the planet.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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LED Bulbs Reduced 570 Million Tons Of Carbon Emissions In 2017

Thanks to LED light bulbs becoming cheaper and more attractive with the variety of colors they offer, it's reduced carbon emissions by over half a billion tons in the lighting industry. They don't use near the power of traditional bulbs and less have to be produced.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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These Prefabricated 'Hobbit Homes' Are The Cutest Way To Have A Green Roof

Green Magic Homes combines the house of your fantasies with a dream for a greener Earth.

By Aimee Lutkin
6 months ago
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This Futuristic House Actually Gets Stronger As Hurricanes Pass Through

Margot Krasojevic Architecture has created a new home that enforces its grip on Earth as hurricanes make impact. It's able to dig a hole into an artificial island while maintaining its structure, and it also purifies floodwater to helps restore damaged land.

By Brian Spaen
6 months ago
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A New Renewable Energy Record Has Been Set In Germany

Germany is working to meet its goal of being at 60 percent renewable energy by 2050, and numbers from 2017 indicate they're moving faster towards their goal than they realized.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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Tesla Is Working On An Electric Pickup Truck

Elon Musk anticipates that Tesla will be working on a new pickup truck "right after Model Y," which is expected to be the electric automaker's take on the compact SUV. No official date has been released, but it could be a while with the Semi and Roadster also coming out.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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There Are Now 'Food Pharmacies' That Dispense Fruit And Vegetables

San Francisco is mimicking a successful program in Boston where doctors are able to refer patients to a food pantry with a specialty in nutrition.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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Former Environmental Attorney Creates Zero Waste Liquor In Mexico

Mezcal, tequila's cousin, has been made in the same traditional way for decades. Entrepreneur Richard Bretts has taken a more environmentally sustainable approach to making this Mexican liquor by adding new tweaks t  old methods. In doing so, he's been able to make a more eco-friendly mezcal.

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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Energy Company Wants To Build Entire Island For Wind Farm Off The British Coast

As locations for windfarms near coastal lines dwindle, one company is proposing an extremely ambitious solution that they say will produce more energy and save money in the long run. 

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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The United Kingdom Broke 13 Renewable Energy Records In 2017

Renewable energy growth from solar and wind projects in Britain has broken over a dozen records in 2017 alone. This includes amounts of energy generation over one day for each source and over 40 hours where coal generation wasn't needed to meet demands.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Scientists Create Hybrid Coral To Combat Reef Destruction

As coral reefs continue to die off from increasing ocean temperatures, scientists like Professor Madeleine van Oppen are working to find solutions to save these crucial ocean organisms. Van Oppen and her team are helping restore coral reefs by researching an array of solutions such as genetic manipulations and bacteria administration. 

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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This Beauty Company Gives You DIY Raw Ingredients To Cut Out Waste From Products

LOLI is taking the long history of mixing skincare products at home and making it so much easier.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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How To Easily Get Rid Of Your Christmas Tree In An Eco-Friendly Way

Many people make the mistake of tossing natural Christmas trees away because they're biodegradable -- it actually harms that process in landfills. There are easy ways to recycle these trees, even for those that have opted for the artificial variety.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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DHL Teams With Filter Manufacturer To Release First 'Emission Neutral' Vehicle

Electric vehicles are already a great alternative that eliminates harmful emissions in our environment, but DHL wants to step things up. Teaming with a filter manufacturer, they're removing dust particles created from tires, brake systems, and the road. 

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Scientists Print Living Solar Cells That Retain Energy On Paper

With an inkjet printer and carbon nanotubes, scientists have discovered a cheap way to create bio-solar cells with cyanobacteria. Their photosynthesis is able to generate electricity that's ideal for low-power or temporary devices.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Dell And Lonely Whale Launch Collaboration To Keep Plastic Out Of The Ocean

An open source network for companies has been developed by Dell and Adrian Grenier's Lonely Whale foundation that will hopefully developed a pipeline that intercepts plastic before it gets to our waterways.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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Homeless Camps In Berkeley Are Now Powered With Solar Generation

Sam Clune, a former mortgage broker, took his skills from installing solar panels on an RV to creating systems for three different homeless camps around Berkeley. This provides consistent energy for dozens of people, who had to rely on coffee shops and libraries otherwise.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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This Female Run Company Created A Biodegradable Pregnancy Test

One company has created a product helps keep a woman’s reproductive health private while also minimizing plastic in landfills. After years of research, Lia Diagnostics has designed a pregnancy test that's not only plastic free but also made out of sustainable materials.

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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Evolution Of Self-Driving Industry Could Provide 'Free' Rides

As the autonomous vehicle industry develops, there would be a significant impact of free rides being offered to our destinations. While there are cons of corporate manipulation on the horizon, this service could also provide major benefits for startups and low-income families.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Beach House With 'Two Skins' Keeps Home Cool All Summer

Not only will it keep things cool during the summer, but it provides breathtaking views of the ocean.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Hawaii Commits To 100% Renewable Roads By 2045

Hawaii is working hard to divorce its economy from imported fossil fuels. Local government is coming in to meet the state's needs with a commitment to renewable transportation.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Tesla Battery Saved Electrical Grid In Australia When Coal Failed

Tesla's battery facility in South Australia is supposed to back up the Hornsdale Wind Farm, but it kicked into action when a coal-fired power plant over 600 miles away was struggling.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Largest Offshore Wind Developer Submits Bid For Manhattan Project

Ørsted and Eversource, two major players in offshore wind development and the New England energy infrastructure, have submit a bid to develop Massachusetts' first offshore wind project. The utility-scale system would be able to power 500,000 homes and would create thousands of job opportunities.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Millennial Shopping Habits Show They Spend More With Eco-Friendly Brands

Millennials are spending billions of dollars every year, and they care about where that money is going. A new study shows that if your brand doesn't care about the Earth, young people are less likely to trust it.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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Ethiopia To Install 1GW Worth Of Geothermal Power

Over the next four years, Ethiopia will be completing two phases of geothermal power plant projects to add 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy to the country. It'll push their desire to become carbon neutral and boost the economy by exporting it.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Startup 'Thor Trucks' Hopes To Hit Electric Semi Market Before Tesla

A new startup in California, Thor Trucks, is preparing to create an electric semi that targets the short-haul market. The ET-One will feature a range of 300 miles while hauling up to 80,000 pounds, and it will focus on customization features.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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'Beyond Meat' Premieres Plant-Based Sausages For Healthy Grilling

The company's meatless burger patties have done great, moving from one grocery store to over five thousand in less than two years. These sausages are the next step in their vegan innovation.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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Solar Panel Manufacturer Launches Innovative 'Quantum Series'

SolarTech Universal is releasing solar panels that use enhanced technology and hardware to create a premium product. They'll utilize heterojunction technology and SmartWire hardware from Meyer Burger to increase efficiency.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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This Organic Winery In Italy Operates On Off-Grid Technology

Based in Italy's world renown wine region, Salcheto successfully produces environmentally friendly wine by blending technological innovation into the ancient art of winemaking. The Tuscan winery uses organic ingredients and incorporates “off-grid” winery model to reach optimal environmental efficiency.

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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Australia's Solar-Powered Train Has Successful Debut

A fully solar-powered train has made its debut in Australia, completing multiple round trips that span a few miles in its first days of operation. The vehicle features a massive battery and regenerative breaking for expanded power, and full operation is expected in January.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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This Home Is Both Heated And Cooled By The Earth

An architecture firm was approached with the challenge of building a home that fit with the landscape rather than destroying it—and they came up with some brilliant solutions.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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These Solar Rigs Use Sunlight And Seawater To Create Hydrogen Fuel

Water electrolysis splits hydrogen and oxygen from seawater with power from the sunlight, and it doesn't emit any carbon dioxide in the extraction.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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2022 Winter Olympics Roof Blends Into Local Ski Slopes

One of the biggest structures at the Beijing Winter Olympics will feature interlocking green roofs that will adapt to the surrounding environment and provides breathtaking views around the city. 

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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BP Invests $200 Million Into Solar Energy Development Firm

BP is one of the first major oil and gas corporations to invest in renewable energy, but projects like BP Solar failed to take off when solar panel production costs decline. 

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Solar Sails Power This Incredibly Eco-Friendly Cruise Ship

A new low carbon cruise ship called the Ecoship is bringing a new look to the travel industry. The vessel is designed to be self-sufficient while transporting 2,000 passengers and spreading awareness about environmental sustainability. 

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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As Chains Turn Meatless, Veganism Gets Mainstream Boost

Developing new plant-based protein meals is now seen as an opportunity for market growth in big companies, rather than a threat to their way of life.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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The Best Sustainable Tiny House Innovations In 2017

Tiny houses are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer lower prices and unique innovations in housing. They're also becoming more and more sustainable.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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FuelCell Energy Creates Efficient Power Solution With Natural Gas

Generators connected to microgrids provide the best way to keep the lights on when a hurricane plows through. FuelCell Energy has developed a solution that is more efficient than traditional power plants and captures the carbon emissions it produces.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Toyota Power Plant Will Create Hydrogen From Cattle Waste

Toyota is attempting to clean up hydrogen production with a power plant that is 100 percent renewable. It'll generate water, electricity, and hydrogen from methane gas that emits from dairy cattle waste.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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New Federal Credit Union Offers Better Loans For Green Energy

With traditional banks being cautious on renewable energy lending, the Clean Energy Credit Union hopes to provide a more convenient solution. Initially, they'll offer savings accounts, CDs, and loans for solar equipment installation.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Californians Are Pushing To Make Dog Food In Shelters Vegan

A new proposal suggests that feeding dogs vegan meals will have a positive outcome for the environment—though it is hotly debated whether or not it will be positive for the dogs.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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This Dutch Designer Is Using Wastewater To Create Sustainable Urns

Dutch design studio Studio Nienke Hoogvliet has created a sustainable urn out of a bioplastic formed from wastewater. The urn mitigates and slows the release of ashes into the soil, protecting it from toxins. 

By Joseph Maclellan
7 months ago
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Old Chinese Sugar Mill Transforms Into Stunning Luxury Hotel

Abandoned for over a decade, an old sugar refinery was repurposed into a new luxury hotel called Alila Yangshuo. Opened last summer, the complex provides a fusion of history into a modern-day resort with 117 guest rooms and a number of incredible amenities.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Arcadia Power Makes Investing In Green Energy Even Easier

Arcadia Power offers a convenient way to invest in renewable energy, linking to your utility company and sending 50 to 100 percent of the bill toward wind and solar farms. Now it's easier than ever.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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New Sustainable Paint Helps Boats Use Less Energy

Researchers at Kiel University have teamed up with Phi-Stone to make an eco-friendly paint that doesn’t harm barnacles but allows them to be easily removed. This innovation allows boats to move easier so they don’t need to burn more fuel. 

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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This Tiny Nation Is The First Country To Require Tourists To Sign Eco-Pledge

To protect its natural environment, Palau, a tiny country in the Pacific, has created the world’s first conservation pledge which will be stamped into every visitor's passport. The statement which promises environmental responsibility and stewardship must be signed before entry into the country is granted. 

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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New Sustainable Coffee Initiative Launches In Nicaragua

With the coffee industry accounting for more than half the agricultural business in the country, the way to maintain sustainable production is via communication. This new network focuses on making coffee production good for the planet and workers.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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World Bank Vows To Drop Fossil Fuels After 2019

World Bank will stop funding fossil fuel exploration and extraction after 2019 outside of special circumstances for places that may still benefit from it. It delivers a hit to the oil industry and guides countries to meet their reduction goals.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Microsoft Invests Additional $50 Million Into 'AI For Earth' Program

Nearly six months after Microsoft launched its "AI for Earth" program that provided grants and free access to artificial intelligence technology, the company is going to add an additional $50 million in investments over the next five years.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Penzance Kicks Off 'Plastic Free Coastline' Movement In UK

Penzance is the first community in the United Kingdom to receive a "Plastic Free Coastline" certification from Surfers Against Sewage. They've eliminated or replaced single-use plastics with eco-friendly alternatives.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Unilever's New Beauty Line Is Good For Your Face And The Planet

Their affordable new line comes with several innovations that might change how beauty products are made—and even how you shower.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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London’s Iconic Black Cabs Go Electric

London's iconic black cabs are going electric and will include modern luxuries like WiFi. Electric stations are being built around the city to support the new electrified fleet of cabs, and there are plans to have 300 charging stations by 2020.

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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New Solar Plant In Chile To Power 13,000 Homes Per Year

Cox Energia of Spain is planning to supply the Chilean power grid with 140 gigawatt-hours of solar-generated energy. The company is expected to add a large-scale battery backup solution to keep the power going.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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These Countries Are Banding Together To Create A Safe Haven For Sea Turtles

Turtles are disappearing at an astonishing rate, as their natural habitats extend beyond human borders. The Philippines has begun an initiative to protect turtles in the Coral Triangle, but they need Malaysia and Indonesia to join them.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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This Massive Sculpture Is Made From Defunct Escalator Stairs

A historical site in Sydney decided they needed to refurbish their escalators, leaving behind five tons of old wooden treads. They've found the most beautiful way to repurpose them.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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Bay Area Rapid Transit To Run On All Renewable Power By 2045

One of the largest transit networks in the world, BART in California, is adding over 100 megawatts of wind and solar energy sources over the next couple years. It's expected to fulfill 75 percent of the network's energy needs by 2025.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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China Launches World’s First Fully Electric Cargo Ship

China created a completely electric cargo ship that can travel about 50 miles per charge, and later charge while it’s being unloaded. This new vessel represents a new standard for electric shipbuilders, as it's the first of its kind. 

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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Anheuser-Busch Reserves 40 Of Tesla's Self-Driving Electric Semi Trucks

Tesla received some of their biggest orders for their Semi on Thursday, including Anheuser-Busch grabbing 40 of them. Expected to launch in 2019, the beer distributor wants to cut back on their carbon footprint and make the roads safer with these vehicles.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Honda Tests Vehicle-To-Grid Capabilities For Electric Cars In Germany

Honda is embracing vehicle-to-grid technology by adding it to their charging station at the Offenbach headquarters. The trial run, which aims to provide more efficient renewable energy, will allow them to determine if they'll be adding the feature to future EVs.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Candy Giant 'Mars' Wants To Cut Deforestation From Supply Chain

Mars, the candy giant, is looking to team up with others -- even competitors -- in an effort to thwart issues like deforestation and human rights abuse. This is in addition to the $1 billion they've spent on their own sustainability program.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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This Underground Farm Helps Power The Building That Houses It

Plantagon has developed an indoor growing system that cuts down on energy use through the whole building, saving on heating costs and water usage while maximizing food production.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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This Solar-Powered Prefab House Can Be Installed In A Single Day

A company in Italy has figure out how to set up a beautiful prefabricated house in a single day that can also be made energy independent with solar panels—and it can be easily folded up and put away too.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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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.

By Joseph Maclellan
7 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Seattle Mariners Receive 'Green Glove' Baseball Award For Sustainability

After AT&T Park in San Francisco was awarded MLB's Green Glove for nine consecutive seasons, the Seattle Mariners and Safeco Field became the second franchise to receive it. They improved their recycling efforts by 90 percent with compostable waste and an urban garden.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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New Electric Car Comes With 5 Years Of Free Power

Uniti, an electric vehicle that remains sustainable throughout its entire lifecycle, provides a smartphone-like approach to driving. As a bonus, a partnership between Uniti and U.K. electric service E.ON offers Swedish customers free power for five years.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Disney Opens New Ecotourism Destination In France

Disney teamed up with the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Groups to create a destination focused on sustainability. Located right outside of France's capital, Villages Nature Paris offers three "worlds" to bring visitors closer to nature. 

By Desiree Kaplan
7 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Hybrid-Electric Planes Could Fly Around Europe By 2020

A leader in aeronautics, a luxury vehicle manufacturer, and an energy and automation company are all joining forces to create a commercial hybrid-electric plane in Europe. The E-Fan X will feature up to two electric motors and there's hopes to get it in the air by 2020.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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UK Grocery Chain Sells Food Past 'Best By' Date To Combat Waste

U.K. grocery chain East of England is cutting back on the country's food waste problem by offering perfectly good food that's passed its "best by" date at a steep discount.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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Google Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Goal By End Of 2017

One year ago, Google announced it would hit a goal to run its data centers and offices off 100-percent renewable energy by the end of 2017. After adding three more wind farms in the US, the company has officially reached its mark .

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Supermarkets In UK Add New Bottle Deposit Return On Recyclables

Two supermarkets in the United Kingdom will be adding a bottle deposit return system, Iceland and Co-op. The retailers are helping to push a recommendation by Greenpeace to recycle plastics as their usage level continues to skyrocket.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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America's Biggest Shopping Mall Now Offers Vegan Fast Food

Mall of America is welcoming a vegan chain from Texas into its food court, so vegans can find what they need in literally every department.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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China To Install Record Amount Of Solar Power Capacity This Year

China, which has already blown past their own goals to hit just over 100 gigawatts of solar power capacity by 2020 in this year, is on pace to hit 54 gigawatts by the end of it.  That nearly doubles predictions from earlier this year.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Chernobyl's Nuclear Disaster Site Will Soon Transform Into A Solar Farm

Chernobyl's nuclear explosion still impacts many today, but the area will soon feature an abundance of solar power generation. Numerous companies plan to install solar farms as the Ukrainian government is redeveloping and giving incentives.

By Brian Spaen
7 months ago
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Community

New Jersey May Turn Their Wetlands Into A 'Climate Change' National Park

As sea levels rise, coastal areas are trying to figure out how to save their communities. One organization is suggesting we let the water in.

By Aimee Lutkin
7 months ago
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Home

Solar-Powered Windows Are Efficient Enough To Generate 80% Of U.S. Power

Solar-powered glass is the latest trend in the industry, but it remains inefficient to keep transparency levels high. The NREL developed a way to use perovskite solar cells with thermochromic technology so windows can generate usable solar energy.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Renewables

BMW’s 'Mini' Looks To Bring Fully Electric Option To The U.S.

BMW revealed they are working on creating an electric MINI model. While they already offer a MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid which uses gas and electric batteries, this would be the first fully electric MINI to hit the road.

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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IBM To Install Their Largest Solar Farm Yet In Boulder

IBM is working with Xcel Energy and NextEra Energy Resources to create a six-megawatt solar array that will cover around 50 acres on their campus near Boulder, Colorado. It's an effort to help the city become 100 percent renewable by 2030.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Food

Pizza Hut Now Offers Vegan Pizza In The Entire United Kingdom

Pizza Hut tested out their vegan pizza recipe in a few locations, and the success of their product has lead them to expand to over 200 locations.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Shell Doubles Investment In Green Energy, Halves Carbon Footprint By 2050

Shell, one of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world, has made a further commitment to improve on their carbon emissions. They'll be halving their footprint by 2050 and will double the investment into renewable energy through 2020.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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News

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.

By David Bauer
8 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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Food

Scientists Transform Leftover Tofu Into Sake-Like Drink

The whey waste tofu creates can be converted into a tasty, sake-like drink. A professor and student at a Singapore university have created a method to convert the waste into a boozy beverage with health benefits.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Renewables

This 'Biological House' Is Built From Eco-Waste That Would Otherwise Be Burned

Grass and other "waste" produced by farming generally gets burned for energy or thrown in a landfill. Now, it's finding new life in a host of materials that could be used to build homes.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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News

'Redwood Forest' Solar-Powered Domes Offer Green Way To Live On Mars

MIT researchers developed a way for humans to live on Mars. Their project, "Redwood Forest," won an award for their architectural design, which features connected underground communities that thrive with forests protected by domes on the surface.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Food

Beyond Meat Expands Popular Plant-Based Burger To TGI Fridays

Beyond Meat's new Beyond Burger has exploded in popularity over the past year, and now it's expanding to restaurants. After a trial run at TGI Fridays in select Boston locations, it's ready to roll out nationwide in early 2018.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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News

Qatar Will Feature Stadium Made Of Shipping Containers At World Cup

To help stop the trend of abandoned stadiums after World Cup and Olympic events, Qatar has developed a sustainable facility made out of shipping containers. After use, it can be disassembled and constructed elsewhere, or easily broken down into smaller segments.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Carlsberg's Swedish Brewery Is Officially Carbon Neutral

Carlsberg, a leader in the beer industry, has announced that one of their facilities is now operating on biogas and green electricity. As a result, the brewery produces zero carbon emissions and offers a promising model for brewers everywhere.

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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Renewables

Simple Solar Power Kits Bring Light To Western Kenya

Initially designed as a tool for camping, this solar power kit is changing the lives of families that have always lived off the grid.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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News

UCLA Creates Device To Make Hydrogen Cars A Serious Possibility

Two researchers from UCLA have developed a new device that could be a game-changer in the hydrogen vehicle industry. It's able to produce hydrogen with common materials and it runs on solar power. An additional supercapacitor can also store energy.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Renewables

This Company Is Building Tech That's Turning Plants Into Batteries

Plant-e has figured out how to use a plant's natural photosynthesis process into a light in the dark.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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News

Tesla Meets 100-Day Goal To Install South Australia Powerpack Facility

Elon Musk delivered a $50 million promise to South Australia by installing a battery backup solution to their renewable energy infrastructure within 100 days. The new facility will keep the power on should systems fail like they did a year ago.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Food

Robot Farmers May Revolutionize Indoor Greenhouses

Iron Ox, a California tech startup, created a robotic system for greenhouse farming to help grow food locally with low labor costs. The robotic farmers are programed to identify the health status of each plant while tending to their needs.

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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Community

Texas Developers Open New Affordable, Eco-Friendly Homes

A new housing development in Austin, Texas aims to make eco-friendly housing units with sustainable features more affordable for the average homeowner. 

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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News

Amazon Recycles Excess Energy From Data Center To Heat Headquarters

Amazon continues to erase their carbon footprint with a new heating system that utilizes wasted heat from a neighboring, unaffiliated data center. It's piped to their Doppler building, which will be one of the most sustainable structures in the world.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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News

This 'Half-Tree House' Is A Unique Upgrade To Traditional Log Cabins

An architecture firm that has a focus on sustainability has created the "Half-Tree House," which is mostly built from local materials and is heated with a Jotul stove.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Community

A Company Is Trying To Build The First 'Sustainable Highway'

The Ray is a small stretch of highway in Georgia that is showing the potential for some big ideas.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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News

Volvo Sells 24,000 SUVs To Uber For Self-Driving Car Network

Volvo and Uber enhance their relationship and the development of the self-driving industry with up to 24,000 XC90 SUVs being sold to the ride-hailing service. The deal worth around $1 billion features the largest amount of commercial vehicles used in development.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Renewables

London Is Fueling Their Buses With Used Coffee Grounds

To cut down on emissions from public transportation, London is going to be using coffee oil from used grounds into a biofuel blend. This provides a way to eliminate environmentally-toxic coffee grounds from landfills and existing buses don't need to be altered.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Food

Schools Cut Back On Cafeteria Waste By Encouraging Students To Share Leftovers

A program in Florida is figuring out how to produce the least amount of waste while making sure the most amount of people get fed.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Travel

Costa Rica Runs On Green Energy For Record Breaking 300 Days

This is the longest Costa Rica has run the country's power sources on renewable energy in the last three years.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Food

'Safe Catch' Tuna Boasts Low Mercury And High Sustainability

Safe Catch offers canned tuna with the lowest possible mercury thanks to their innovative testing methods. These efforts could also provide a way to discover and tackle what causes mercury contamination in our oceans.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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'Mitte' Allows You To Ditch Bottled Water With Easy Home Purification

Mitte, a successfully crowdfunded new smart water system, adds healthy minerals back into purified water. Three different cartridges offer unique enhancements and are made from bioplastics to keep the focus on reducing carbon emissions and plastic use.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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MIT Develops Battery To Store Thermal Energy For Hours

Lithium-ion batteries are the popular choice to store renewable power, but scientists at MIT are improving thermal energy storage. Using pulses of light gives them more control in the heating process, and it can be used with heat from the sun, factories, and cars.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Renewables

This Artist Makes Gorgeous Art Out Of Trash

Bordalo II is trying to highlight the victims of human wastefulness by producing images of them with garbage.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Renewables

This Lamp Lights Up With Power From Living Plants

Dutch designer, Ermi van Oers has created a lamp that can power itself with the energy from living plants. Dubbed, the Living Light, this futuristic luminary offers a fresh look at off the grid renewable energy sourced directly from nature.

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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Food

Vegan Restaurant In NYC Donates 100% Of Profit To Charity

A new restaurant in NYC, P.S. Kitchen, offers all plant-based foods and gives their profits to charities and organizations that deal with ex-convicts and homelessness. They also provide employment to those in need of a fresh start.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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Food

New Study Suggests Organic Farming Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Land management is a way to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and farmers are on the front lines of stewardship.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Renewables

Richard Branson Wants To Power The Caribbean With Clean Energy

After two recent hurricanes destroyed many Caribbean islands, including his own, Richard Branson is encouraging Caribbean governments to shift to more reliable sources of green energy like solar power.

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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News

Tesla Finally Reveals Sleek New Electric 'Semi' Truck

Elon Musk not only revealed the new electric semi, but added a surprise upgrade to the Roadster at the end of the presentation. Both vehicles will feature enormous range with the Semi passing expectations and Roadster holding a new record.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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News

Wineries Go Green To Meet Consumer Interest In Organic Products

St.-Emilion, a winery in France, will begin organic certification of their Bordeaux wine in 2019 as they've adopted sustainable farming practices over the last two years. Demand for organic products pushed many wineries toward these new methods.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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These Gorgeous Vegan Shoes Are Made From Apple Peels

Veerah shoes is a new line that allows wearers to mix and match their look, considering sustainability in the closet and on the Earth.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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'Print Your City' Project Turns Plastic Into 3D-Printed Benches

An Amsterdam design studio has been able to create public benches from 110 pounds of plastic waste. Grounded-up material is turned into a twisting bench that can fit 2-4 people, has the ability to rock, and is fully customizable.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Food

Chef Uses AI Software To Create Recipes For Vegan Comfort Food

NotCompany, a startup from Chile, has created software called "Giuseppe" that can learn what's in food and develops multiple recipes with vegan ingredients. They hope to work with major corporations to change how we consume our food.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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'Source' Makes Fresh Drinking Water Out Of Thin Air

An Arizona startup has created Source, a hydropanel system that's able to extract water from the air. It's able to convert what's acquired into fresh, drinkable water in a wide variety of climates, making it a great alternative source in rural areas.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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'Chooose' Startup Helps Companies Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Large companies can buy the right to pollute by purchasing CO2 emissions permits instead of implementing less harmful environmental practices. Chooose makes it harder for businesses to pollute through this system by purchasing and reducing available CO2 emission permits on the market. 

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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This Compact Car Runs On Hydrogen And Emits Just Water

Electric vehicles with battery power are getting most of the attention, but hydrogen fuel cells are catching up. One car manufacturer in Wales spent 15 years developing a lightweight version with comparable range and fueling speed to ICEs.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Microsoft Plans To Cut 75 Percent Of Carbon Emissions By 2030

Microsoft is joining the likes of other major tech corporations and have made a pledge to cut three-fourths of their carbon emissions by 2030. They'll accomplish this feat by pursuing more renewable energy sources and working further with cloud technology.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Community

Orphans In Small Rwandan Village Create Key Source Of Solar Power

The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village took lessons learned after the devastation of WWII and applying them to the effects of the Rwandan genocide in an effort to support the next generation of young people and their country.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Food

New 'Spoiler Alert' App Works To Minimize Food Waste

Spoiler Alert is a new company that creates software to connect organizations like food producers, food banks, and pantries. This system allows everyone to communicate in real time and keep food waste down by getting it to the right people quickly. 

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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News

This Beautiful Blue Town Is Majorly Investing In Green Living

Chefchaouen is a town in Morocco that is being lauded for its efforts towards sustainability and green living, which pair perfectly with its tourism business. 

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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UPS Makes Plans To Convert Delivery Trucks In NYC To Electric

UPS is helping out New York's efforts to reduce 40 percent of carbon emissions by 2030 by electrifying two-thirds of their delivery truck fleet in NYC. They'll be working with a locally-based company to develop a streamlined way to convert their trucks.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Green 'Smart' Wall Humidifies And Purifies Air Indoors

In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the workplace, we need a much better plant-life balance than most of us have. Naava, a Finland startup, created a smart green wall that not only helps this, but takes away the responsibilities of maintenance.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Renewables

North Face Is Making A Hat From Wool That Offsets CO2 Emissions

With a few simple adjustments, a ranch was able to produce high-quality wool while also maintaining a farming system that combated carbon emissions.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Vespa Announces First Electric Scooter For 2018 Release

Vespa is releasing an electric scooter called the Vespa Elettrica. The latest addition to the iconic Italian brand will offer a greener way of getting around. As of 2018, users will be able to charge their electric Vespa at any standard outlet. 

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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News

The United Kingdom Will Ban Pesticides Harmful To Bees

The severe drop in bee population is a danger to humanity, and a problem that can be alleviated by humanity through legislation.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Missouri Utility Companies Hope To Transition From Coal To Wind Energy Early

Energy companies in Missouri are switching over from coal-fired power plants to wind generation. Shortly after Ameren in St. Louis announced plans to build a wind farm, Empire District will be launching an 800-megawatt version in the southwestern part of the state.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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News

California's First Electric Highway Is Finally Open

Siemens has developed the eHighway since 2012, and after success in Europe, it's finally in the US. The trial run stretches between Los Angeles and Long Beach, and there's potential for it to aid California's zero emission freight goal for 2050.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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News

NASA Aims For Aviation Renaissance With Fuel Efficient Next-Gen Aircraft

NASA's latest development in their series of next-generation aircraft is the concept of a modified engine that creates more thrust to increase fuel consumption. Further testing will be done over the next 12 months.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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New Eco-Friendly Pod Bridges Gap Between Cars And Bikes

The Podbike offers an alternative to cars and traditional bikes with a weather protection air cabin and high tech comfort features, making it both a sustainable and practical choice for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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South Korea Opens Test 'City' For Self-Driving Cars

K-City, South Korea's new autonomous vehicle testing facility, has opened up a four-lane highway to tech companies and car manufacturers. It's the first of an 80-acre fake city that features downtown segments and pedestrians for test vehicles to weave through.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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News

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. 

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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Food

Free Calculator Helps You Prevent Food Waste On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is delicious, but the estimated food waste every year is damaging the planet. You can make a difference with a little planning and the help of a free customizable calculator.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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News

Tesla Powerpack System To Power Nantucket With Green Energy

With diesel backup generators in Nantucket needing a replacement, National Grid is looking to add a new one with a battery backup facility created by Tesla. The 48 megawatt-hour project will feature 200 Powerpacks.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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News

Chinese Company Invests $1.8 Billion In Solar Cell Production

Tongwei, currently the fourth-largest solar cell production company, is investing $1.8 billion to blow everybody out of the water. They are looking at a capacity of up to 30 gigawatts of solar cells made annually in the next five years.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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Travel

This Hotel In One Of The Driest Deserts In The World Runs On Solar Power

Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth making it a perfect source for solar power. One hotel in the area has officially ended its use of diesel generators after discovering how to tap into the area's renewable energy.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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Renewables

'Project Hesla' Is The World's First Hydrogen-Powered Tesla

Tesla may never have an official vehicle that uses hydrogen fuel cells, but that didn't stop a Netherlands gas supplier from adding it to a customized Model S. It doubled the range, but there's still significant costs  with the technology.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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New Lamborghini Concept Puts New Spin On Electric Vehicles

Automobili Lamborghini is creating the sports car of the future, and it will be electrified. In collaboration with the MIT, they are looking into using supercapacitors and carbon fiber to maximize energy storage and performance in the upcoming Terzo Millennio.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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Food

A "Zero Waste" Town Has Opened A Brewery Built From Recycled Materials

Tokushima is Japan's first town to declare a “zero waste” policy and one unique brewery there is putting an environmental twist to their beer in honor of the community's commitment to sustainability.  Rise & Win Brewing created its brewery and pub out of recycled materials and furnishings.

By Aimee Lutkin
8 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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News

China's Sustainable Housing Options Gets Boost With Energy-Efficient Bamboo Homes

China's seen a boost of sustainable housing, and that includes an experiment from Studio Cardenas that also focuses on being energy efficient. These bamboo houses use groundwater for geothermal heating and cooling.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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News

Solar-Powered Gardening Tool Protects And Waters Your Plants

There's a new and more efficient way to maintain your garden, and that's with GardenSpace. Coming next year, this robot can water plants while keeping pests away with its 360-degree camera, and it all runs through solar energy.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Food

Vegan Food Truck Feeds The Homeless In Atlanta

Vego Bistro hit the road with a vegan-exclusive food truck just last year in Atlanta. They've aided the community by offering free food to low-income and homeless people with the help of local organizations.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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Renewables

'Watt-r' Brings Solar-Powered Water Delivery Service To Africa

Rural Africa has seen the advantages of solar-powered solutions making travel easier. Now, there's a new vehicle in the works that could be delivering fresh water to much-needed locations, and it's affordable enough for vendors to purchase.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
8 months ago
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Food

Kroger Launches Initiative To Eliminate Food Waste And Hunger By 2025

Kroger launched a plan to tackle hunger while eliminating food waste across the company by 2025. The company hopes to meet their goal by teaming up with partners like Feeding America and the World Wildlife Foundation. 

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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News

Finding Better Ways To Use Land Could Decrease Carbon Emissions By 30 Percent

A new study from The Nature Conservancy details that reforestation and limiting forest conversion could have the biggest impacts in naturally removing carbon dioxide emissions. Global warming would also improve with better practices in using chemicals when farming.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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News

New Fashion Company Transforms Plastic Bottles Into Activewear

Girlfriend Collective is breaking away from the fast fashion crowd and making strides towards more eco-friendly activewear. Every level of their clothing production is in line with their mission to make the most sustainable gym gear possible. 

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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Colgate Partners With Michael Phelps For 'Save Water' Recycling Program

Over the years, Colgate has made improvements to its "Save Water" program to help raise water consumption awareness. They partnered with Michael Phelps, Amazon, and added a new recycling program for people to ship their used oral toothbrushes.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Food

Hospital Creates Largest Rooftop Farm In Boston

Hospitals around the country are starting to grow food on their property to offer patients healthier meals. Boston Medical Center has become a leader in this trend by creating the first hospital-based rooftop farm in Massachusetts. As the largest rooftop farm in Boston, they can feed their community while helping cut back on carbon emissions. 

By Desiree Kaplan
8 months ago
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News

California To Invest $1 Billion In Solar For Low-Income Housing Units

California’s Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program will allocate up to $1 billion to provide more than 200,000 low-income housing units with solar panels and energy-storage banks. 

By Nicole Caldwell
8 months ago
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News

Google's 'Waymo' Embraces Fully Self-Driving Cars

Waymo's goal has been to make fully self-driving cars, and now they've made it official that they won't add any human input while their vehicles are on the go. It's a big contrast to other automakers that are focused on autopilot features.

By Brian Spaen
8 months ago
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Food

Bartending Duo ‘Trash Tiki’ Battles Food Waste With Cocktails

Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage are two trash-talking bartenders from London who founded Trash Tiki in order to bring the food waste discussion to your neighborhood gin mill. We sat Ramage down during the pair's international to talk.

By Nicole Caldwell
9 months ago
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News

Voters Consider A 'Green Roof' Mandate For Denver Buildings

Next month, Denver voters vote on whether or not large buildings should be required to have green roofs to reduce the urban heat island effect. Denver would be the first city in the US to also transform rooftops on existing buildings.  

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Colorado Moves Forward With $24 Billion Hyperloop Project

Virgin Hyperloop One mapped out 10 routes around the world that their underground transportation system could thrive, and Colorado is taking the next steps forward. The state's DOT will study how the project pans out in the first year.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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News

73 Million Trees Are Being Planted To Resurrect Brazil's Tropical Forests

While there's been tremendous efforts in reforestation, it hasn't been able to keep up with man-made destruction. A new process that's being used in the Amazon forests in Brazil could provide quick recovery with little labor.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Food

New Zealand Researchers Transform Stale Bread Into Fresh Loaves

Bread that's about to expire can now be repurposed into fresh new loaves. A New Zealand professor and food production company have teamed up to create a fermentation process that turns old white bread new again.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Renewables

Organic Valley Makes Commitment To Use 100% Renewable Energy

Organic Valley, the largest organization of organic farmers in the United States, is planning to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy. The company plans to meet their goal by 2019 through the use of solar power. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Community

This Teenager Is Opening A Sanctuary In Thailand For Rescued Elephants

Jack Lanting is 16-year-old New Zealander planning to open an elephant sanctuary in Thailand to combat the mistreatment of elephants in the tourist industry. Since he was eight years old, the teenager has worked with elephant specialists and is determined to make a positive change for elephants used in tourism.

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Renewables

Toyota Experiments With Airless Tires To Lighten EVs

Electric vehicles could be getting a significant boost in range with the invention of the airless tires. Toyota and Sumitomo Rubber have been working together to slim down tires by installing motors in them instead of filling them with air.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Planes Turn To Vegetable Oil In Search For Green Fuel In Europe

Airplanes are getting the renewable fuel treatment in Europe. A Finnish company, Neste, has developed a diesel mixture with excess animal fat and vegetable oil that could decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 90 percent in its purest form.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Green Cleaning Supplies Are Getting So Popular Tesco Is Starting Its Own Brand

Whenever a big chain decides to make its own brand, it signals a big change in consumer habits that they don't think is going away anytime soon. Tesco, a popular chain in the U.K., is turning to eco-friendly cleaning supplies.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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This Edible Water Bottle Provides Unique Solution To Plastic Pollution

Water bottles are receiving a very eco-friendly upgrade. A London startup has created a new edible container for bottled water, providing a great alternative that is less destructive to marine life.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Renewables

The First 3D-Printed Bridge For Cyclists Is Officially Here

A newly completed 3D printed bridge has opened for cyclists in Europe. Printing concrete to build structures is considered more eco- friendly than traditional building materials since it requires less concrete than traditional building methods.   

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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12 Popular International Cities Pledge To Only Buy Electric Buses Starting In 2025

Mayors from major cities around the world made a pledge in Paris to exclusively purchase electric buses beginning in 2025. It's a decision that furthers the efforts of Los Angeles and London, who are already limiting carbon emissions for public transit.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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These Floating Homes Are Zero-Emissions And Hurricane Proof

With housing shortages and rises tides covering more land, one architecture firm is investigating how to build livable homes on water that don't sacrifice either comfort or the environment.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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Facebook To Create Second-Biggest Wind Farm In Nebraska

Facebook is teaming up with Tradewind Energy to create the second-biggest wind farm in Nebraska for its new data center near Omaha. It'll provide 320 total megawatts of capacity and is expected to fully power the new facility while providing electricity for over 90,000 homes.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Community

Zoos And Aquariums Join Forces To Promote Sustainable Palm Oil Production

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums has teamed up to address the rising concern surrounding palm oil by producing the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil to promote the importance of sustainable palm oil production. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Renewables

Wind Farms In The North Atlantic Show Promise As World Energy Source

Wind turbines are limited to the amount of power they can generate on land, which has led to the emergence of offshore farms. There's a chance even more energy can be generated in the open ocean as scientists are looking at the potential of the North Atlantic area.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Food

Norway Is Building Europe's First Underwater Restaurant

Architecture firm Snøhetta is creating a dining experience in Norway for those who want something a little different. The restaurant will host a place for scientists to conduct research in between dinner seatings. The catch? It's underwater.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Saudi Arabia Just Made Plans To Build Mega Metropolis Powered Entirely By Renewables

NEOM is one of the most ambitious renewable energy projects ever announced. Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new mega-city that's over 10,000 square miles and it will be completely powered by renewable sources.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Community

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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Rent The Runway Offers New Sustainable Fashion Membership

Rent the Runway’s success initially stemmed from helping women rent one-off dresses for special events like weddings and galas. More recently, the company has grown into a sustainable option alternative to fast fashion. Their new monthly subscription allows women to buy fewer clothes by renting pieces at a set membership price.  

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Community

Rural Chinese Village Rebuilt With Eco-Friendly Homes And Rooftop Gardens

Devastated by multiple natural disasters, a village in China has been rebuilt into a more urban community that features 26 homes and a community center. These homes feature a rainwater harvesting system, natural lighting, and rooftop gardens to grow fresh crops.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Architecture Firm Builds Sustainable Micro-Apartments That Fit Into A Parking Spot

In many cities that have been designed to prioritize cars, housing is experiencing a shortage. One design firm is suggesting we turn parking space into living space.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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Tesla Helps Restore Power At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico

In a matter of weeks, Tesla has been able to build and turn on a microgrid that features solar power generation and battery backup with their Powerpacks at a children's hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Renewables

Sustainable 'Smart City' Near Boston Aims To Be 100% Green

Union Point is a “smart” city designed to run off of clean power and energy efficient systems. With solar powered buildings and hi-tech smart software, Union Point is unlike any city in the Northeast. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Parenting

Carbon-Neutral Book Empowers Kids To Protect The Environment

A new illustrated children's book prepares kids for the realities of climate change while also instilling hope and giving them the tools to make a change.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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Community

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Food

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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Butterfly Wings Could Be Key To Solar Panels Absorbing More Light

The rose butterfly in India could have a significant impact in the solar power industry. Scientists from multiple universities have discovered that the holes in their wings could lead to an increase in light absorption, upping the low efficiency from thin-film cells.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Community

And The Winners Of The #GreenRoutine Challenge Are...

On behalf of everyone at Green Matters and our friends at Package Free, we want to thank you all for your passion, creativity, and participation.

By Andrew Levine
9 months ago
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Wooden Windmills From Swedish Startup Promise Easier Mobility

The wind power generation industry is booming, but at the same time stays limited due to transportation setbacks. Modvion hopes to fix that by releasing wooden towers that are assembled on site, which also could lead to cheaper manufacturing.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Food

These Healthy Soups Come In Eco-Friendly Edible Containers

A handheld soup franchise launched in the Ukraine is growing, and supporting regional produces and sustainable practices as it goes.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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News

A Concrete Roof Can Now Harvest Solar Power

We've seen solar panels integrated into Tesla's Solar Roof, and now a group of researchers in Switzerland has put them in concrete rooftops. A large-scale prototype could generate more power than required for apartment units they'll be installed in.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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School's Incredible Sports Arena Built Completely Out Of Bamboo

The Panyaden International School in Thailand is a bilingual institution for young children which focuses on creating a sustainable future for everyone. They've created a large arena that is made out of 100 percent bamboo.

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Travel

Immersive Treehouse Eco-Resort To Open In Singapore

This new eco-resort will offer guest interactive experiences with nature and wildlife. The resort hopes to be the most environmentally progressive resort in Singapore.   

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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13-Year-Old Water Activist Is Nominated For A Children's Peace Prize

Autumn Peltier has been working to protect clean water since she was only eight, inspired by her activist aunt and her connection to mother earth.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Travel

This Ski Resort In Europe Is Made Entirely Of Shipping Containers

Shipping containers have much more use than just hauling large cargo from place to place. These can be turned into beautiful living arrangements as demonstrated by a ski resort in Georgia.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Architects Transform Old Scottish Farmhouse Into Futuristic Home

The ruins of an old 18th century farmhouse in Dumfries, Scotland, has been converted into a futuristic passive house. Three different layers complete the structure, providing enhanced insulation and illumination throughout.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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High-Altitude Wind Farms Could Be A Game Changer For Green Energy

Wind generation suffers from intermittent issues, but this could be improved upon by hoisting them higher in the air. Studies from a KAUST research team shows that they're able to retrieve an abundant amount of energy in select parts of the Middle East.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Food

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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News

This Company Builds And Delivers Sustainable Prefabs In 3 Months

Dust off your dream of a private work studio, and check out Ecospace Studios design for modular living. They're the sustainable tiny spaces you can order and customize right on the internet. Even better? They deliver.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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63-Year-Old Designer Creates Faux Leather From Pineapple Leaves

After working with leather for many years, Carmen Hijosa wanted to find a more eco-friendly material. She invented Piñatex, a sustainable faux leather made from pineapple leaves. From shoes to car seats, the potential uses for this product is seemingly endless. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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REI Teams Up With Yerdle To Sell Used Products Online

Recreational Equipment, Inc. has been reselling their products at cheaper prices during garage sale events in their store. To reach more people, the company has teamed up with Yerdle, who specializes in reselling with brands in the secondary market.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Green Energy Giants Want To Power Puerto Rico's Future Grid

Puerto Rico is continuing to rebuild their electrical grid, and they've received plenty of aid from the solar industry. This could spawn micro grids, which are regionalized solar panels and battery backup systems, in the future.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Toyota's New 'Concept-i' Makes Self-Driving Cars Totally Customized

After  teasing the Concept-i earlier this year, Toyota has announced further details on the new vehicle line. The autonomous vehicles will feature a unique artificial intelligence that will learn from the driver's interactions to improve their experience.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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New Doc 'Jane' Shares Never Before Seen Footage Of Goodall's Early Years

National Geographic recently found an extensive amount of never before released footage of Goodall during her early years and shares it now with the new documentary, Jane, with a limited release beginning on October 20.

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Community

California Is The First State To Require Pet Stores Sell Rescue Animals

Pet stores will no longer be able to supply themselves with animals raised in dangerous, abusive, and unhealthy puppy mills and kitten factories.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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Food

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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Renewables

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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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BBC Documentary Highlights How Plastic Damages Our Environment

A new BBC documentary, "Blue Planet II," wrapped up filming and is slated to premiere in 2018 in the US. At the series launch event, naturalist behind the show, David Attenborough, spoke on how damaging plastic pollution is to our environment.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Food

Scientists Discover New Way To Save Bananas From Going Extinct

Could bananas become extinct again? That's what James Dale, an Australia professor and scientist, is hoping to avoid as he research hows to prevent the fruit from falling under another wave of Panama disease called "Tropical Race 4."

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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New Tech Aims To Make Purified Water Accessible For All

Unsafe drinking water is a concern for millions people all over the world. One company has developed a technology that aims to make drinking water not only safe, but healthy and accessible for everyone.

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Food

An Airline Is Starting To Serve Sustainably Sourced In-Flight Meals That Are Actually Good

Singapore Airlines wants to start feeding passengers food grown locally in the countries they fly to, as a way to make flying more sustainable—and delicious.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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This New Community In Arizona Will Feature Battery Packs In Nearly 3,000 Homes

German energy startup Sonnen and home construction company Mandalay Homes will be adding solar panels and battery packs to new homes in Northern Arizona. They'll end up creating a 11.6-megawatt virtual power plant that focuses on local energy generation.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Renewables

Entrepreneur Creates Soccer Balls That Generate Energy As You Play

Billions of people around the world live without reliable energy. Harvard graduate Jessica Matthews has found an off-grid energy solution that is not only reliable, but fun for children.

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Renewables

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Designer Turns Factory Scraps Into Eco-Friendly Fashion

The fashion industry has come under fire for producing clothing quickly at the expense of natural resources. One designer hopes to create a different path as she rescues factory scraps and turns the fabric into clothes and accessories. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Renewables

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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Renewables

The Sisters Who Are Turning Cryptocurrency Green

Nadine and Nicole Damblon have created an eco-friendly cryptocurrency mining company that harnesses green energy. By harnessing hydropower, they’re able to offer a cheaper and more sustainable business model using natural technology.

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Theory Is Using Ethical Wool To Make 100% Sustainable Suits

For their 20th anniversary, the company said they wanted to "look forward" rather than back. In the future, they saw the need for sustainably made clothing that considered the ethical implications of all its elements.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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MIT Researchers Create Cheap 'Air-Breathing' Battery For Green Energy

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have spent years developing a cheaper large-scale battery for electrical grids powered by renewable energy. They have finally created a battery that uses sulfur, liquid salt, and oxygen.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Renewables

World's First Solar-Powered Train Ready To Launch In Australia

An Australian non-profit is restoring a short track with classic train cars that run on new technology. It's an experiment that could grow into a whole new form of locomotion.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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Pittsburgh Makes Bike Sharing Free With Public Transit Passes

Healthy Ride, a local bike-sharing service in Pittsburgh, is offering a free 15-minute ride to everyone that uses a public transit pass. The company hopes the move provides a link between these services and that more people will end up using bikes.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Dave Matthews' Wine Boasts Full Flavors And Sustainable Practices

Singer and environmentalist Dave Matthews has added winemaker to his resume. The California winery not only follows eco-friendly production guidelines, but it also contributes to environmental organizations.  

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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New Swedish Concept Makes Any Building Net-Zero Energy

Industrial buildings and skyscrapers could generate net-zero energy soon. Swedish company Innenco has developed an energy system that is able to use a building's thermal mass for heating and cooling along with the addition of solar panels.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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You Can Now Buy Shipping Container 'Tiny Homes' On Amazon

If you've ever wanted your own tiny home with no muss or fuss, you can buy one online for less than a down payment on most apartments.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Scientists Transform Polluted Air Into Ink For Artists

Graviky Labs, a startup company from India, is turning air pollution into ink with their new product, Air-Ink. This paint is created with purified carbon from car and chimney exhaust.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Food

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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This Earth-Friendly Alternative To Dry Cleaning Can Be Done At Home

Laundry detergents often harbor chemicals that are harmful to both users and the environment. Two friends decided to tackle the problem head on and create an eco-friendly and non-toxic option for washing clothes. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Food

Plant-Based Product Sales Have Tripled Since 2016

Consumer choices have shifted towards plant-based materials as the effects of conventional farming on our environment becomes common knowledge. 

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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News

Solar-Powered Balloons Sent To Puerto Rico To Connect Them To Cell Service

"Project Loon" has been developed by Alphabet for years, and it could be a lifesaver in Puerto Rico as it struggles to get back online. The project features solar-powered balloons that are equipped with network coverage gear.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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New Self-Driving Ride Shares May Launch In Phoenix

Google's self-driving car development company, Waymo, is scheduled to launch a ride-hailing service in Chandler, Arizona, in the coming months. The suburb is a testing bed for their autonomy, and they hope to perfect the technology along the way.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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McDonald's Is Testing Out A Vegan Burger In Finland

McDonald's, the world's biggest fast food giant, will be doing a trial run of a new vegan burger in Finland for two months. If successful, the product could see worldwide distribution to attract the growing vegan community.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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News

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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Students Build Solar-Powered Tiny House For Off-Grid Green Living

Tiny houses have long been a fan favorite for fantasy living, but a small home can be great for the environment, as they're easily outfitted for sustainable energy systems and can be far more easily built with recyclable materials.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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Renewables

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Toronto Serves 5,000 In Zero-Waste Thanksgiving

On Sunday, a Toronto festival fed 5,000 people with a free Thanksgiving meal during the holiday weekend. This was all done with food that otherwise would have been thrown out by not meeting supermarket standards.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Eco-Friendly Barrel Reduces Oak And Preserves Flavor

One company has set out to make traditional oak barrels more sustainable and efficient. With an unusual square design, this new barrel helps keep all the benefits of a traditional barrel while using less wood. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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New Documentary Explores How Pollution Affects Whale Hunting In Remote Islands 

Just north of Scotland you'll find the Faroe Islands, where the Faroese people have a long tradition of hunting whales and seabirds for survival. The Islands and the Whales is a documentary that explores how pollutants in the environment are starting to affect this community's health, traditions and culture. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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EasyJet Hopes To Launch All-Electric Commercial Flights In 10 Years

One European aviation company recently announced that they are on track to make air travel a little greener within the next decade. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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New 'BBC' Nature Documentary Showcases 24 Hours On Earth

In BBC's anticipated new documentary Earth: One Amazing Day, Robert Redford narrates the incredible story which follows a cast of wild animals around the world. The film captures a snapshot of nature within a span of 24 hours.

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Solar Briefcase Offers Remote And Emergency Power Options For Those In Need

In an effort to help out poorer countries, HANS has developed two versions of PowerPacks that provide a large amount of battery storage. They're complimented with a new 60-watt Solar Briefcase that can charge them in just a matter of hours.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Renewables

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Food

People Who Start Buying Organic Rarely Go Back, Says Recent Study

Researchers have discovered that once people decide to move away from conventional farming products, the preference for organic grows exponentially—and it sticks.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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News

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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News

Why Feeding Livestock Insects Could Help Save The Planet

The UK World Wildlife Fund has released a report detailing that we eat more protein that required, which leads to more deforestation for feed growth. Solutions to this problem include limiting our diet and giving animals sustainable alternatives.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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World's First Solar-Powered Indoor Vertical Farm Comes To Philly

Philadelphia will soon feature the world's first solar-powered indoor vertical farm. The new facility will feature 660 acres worth of fresh crops that will be grown year round, and all of it will be powered by the sun.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Community

Unique New Park Brings Russia's Diverse Terrain Into The City

A new park opened near Red Square featuring all of Russia's many regional climates, shaking off the country's old vision of what a green space should look like.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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Campaign To Ditch Plastic Straws Expands Worldwide For 2018

The Lonely Whale Foundation removed two million plastic straws from Seattle in September, and now they're going worldwide. People can vote for 10 cities they'll be hitting next year, promoting businesses that decide to ditch the plastic straw.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Food

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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News

How One Startup Is Turning Algae Into The Health Food Of The Future

"Fake food" and its long lists of chemicals generally has a bad reputation, but a former flavorist is hoping to change the conversation. His startup, Nonfood, is creating artificial food with algae to showcase how healthy synthetic options can be.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Food

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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Community

Take the #GreenRoutine Community Challenge

At Green Matters, we’re dedicated to making news and topics across sustainability and innovation accessible to everyone - both online and offline.

By Andrew Levine
9 months ago
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Puerto Rico Farm Survives Hurricane Maria With Solar Panels

Hector Santiago was able to weather the storm that smacked into Puerto Rico thanks to solar panels he installed on his 40-acre farm six years ago. While he sustained damage like most of the island, he's been able to keep the lights on.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Community

Iconic LA Palm Trees Will Soon Be Replaced By More Sustainable Tree

Palm trees are taking a hit in Los Angeles, where rising temperatures has made sustaining them a difficult proposition.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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Food

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. 

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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News

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.

By Tessa Love
9 months ago
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General Motors To Release 20 Electric Vehicles By 2023

General Motors isn't the first automaker to announce a massive shift in electric vehicle production, but they're certainly one of the biggest to do so. 20 different models of their various brands will be electrified in the next five years.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Renewables

Recycled Oyster Shells Make Eco-Friendly Ingredient For Cement

Oyster shells contribute to landfill waste while oyster beds suffer. Now scientists are starting to organize industries who need the shells for business, helping to make seafood far more sustainable.

By Aimee Lutkin
9 months ago
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News

These Pet Products Are Safe For Your Furry Friends And The Environment

This Montana-based manufacturer is helping pups and cats everywhere live a green life. Focused on recyclable and sustainable choices, this company continues to make toys and beds that make your pet happy while diverting materials from landfills.

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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The Netherlands Build Bike Paths With Recycled Toilet Paper

Even used toilet paper can be recycled and transformed into something else. A Dutch treatment plant is sifting through sewage to collect nearly 900 pounds of cellulose daily, and that can be transformed into an asphalt mixture.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Parenting

Why These Parents Designed An Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle

The non-toxic bottles are built to adapt and grow with babies as they develop, while also helping to keep  plastic out of landfills. 

By Desiree Kaplan
9 months ago
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Nissan Uses Electric Cars To Aid Disaster Relief In Pilot Program

On top of announcing the new LEAF, Nissan will work on three pilot projects under a new sustainable program that will focus on providing battery solutions in developing countries, high-risk areas for natural disaster, and communities around Europe.

By Brian Spaen
9 months ago
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Parisians Turn To Bikes During Successful 'Car Free' Day In Paris

A lot of us are dependent on our cars, but sadly, gas fumes aren't great for the environment. Recently, cities around the world have begun practices "car free" days to promote alternative modes of transport, like biking and public transit.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Tesla Is Already Halfway Done Building World's Biggest Battery

Tesla had a head start on their 100-day bet to have a large-scale battery facility finished at one of South Australia's biggest wind farms. Production already began at a gigafactory in Nevada and according to  Musk, should be done in a few months.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Tesla Sends Batteries To Puerto Rico To Help Restore Power

Puerto Rico's infrastructure is seriously struggling after a direct hit by Hurricane Maria. Many still don't have access to electricity and fresh water, and Tesla is helping by sending hundreds of their Powerwalls to pair with solar panels.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Renewables

India Turns To Solar To Get Power Into Every Home By End Of 2018

Homes outside the standard electrical grid will be set up with solar power panels and battery packs, introducing households that have never had electricity to a clean, renewable energy source.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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New Turbines Catch Waves To Generate Power For Japan's Coasts

These flower-like water turbines harness renewable energy from the incredibly powerful waves common around Japan's coasts. They can also help protect Japan's coastal lands.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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California Considers Ban On Non-Electric Cars

Even though legislation didn't pass for a 100 percent commitment to renewable energy by 2045, California is still looking to lower their carbon emissions. Another potential next step is banning the sales of gas and diesel vehicles by 2030.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Renewables

Mobile And Solar-Powered Recycling Plant Turns Trash Into Tiles

Trashpresso takes plastic bottles and turns them into architectural tiles, and it could produce so much more. Right now, it's on display at the London Design Festival and people are excited about its future.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Designers Upcycle Used Fire Hoses Into Eco-Friendly Accessories

This British company practices a sustainable business by upcycling retired materials, including fire hoses, to make sleek accessories, including belts, bags, and purses.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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'LunaR' Offers The First Ever Solar-Powered Smartwatch

For those that own smartphones, it can be a pain when they require constant daily charging, and many smartwatches have a similar battery problem. LunaR hopes to fix that with a simplistic smartwatch that's powered by the sun.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Renewables

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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Travel

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. 

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Lyft And Ford Join Forces To Deploy Self-Driving Cars

Lyft won't be creating self-driving vehicles themselves, but they're using the resources from GM, Jaguar, and now Ford in order to make it happen. 

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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An Architecture Studio Is Building Luxury Homes With Off-The-Grid Features

The crown jewel of this architecture firm's award winning designs features a garden that keep the owners fed year round—and their chickens too.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Scientists Discover Water Evaporation Is Key Green Energy Source

Columbia University scientists may have discovered a new, more reliable renewable energy source in water evaporation. Further large-scale research is already on the horizon to study situations like weather-related effects.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Former Volunteer Teacher Transforms Food Waste Into Fertilizer In NYC

One woman is creating a closed loop agriculture systems where food waste and chemical additives are a thing of the past. By creating fertilizer made from organic waste, she hopes her company can set a new standard for a eco-friendly farming.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Scientists Use Sound Waves To Destroy Algae In Water-Supply Lake

A device that emits sonar waves is breaking down toxic fish-killing algae as it blooms in New Zealand's drinking water. Even better? It's run with solar power.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Hyperloop One Receives Boost In Funding For Underground Transport

Hyperloop One received more funding than they expected from investors in September, showing how much interest there is in underground transportation. It'll require more after estimated costs of construction, but the future looks promising.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Sustainable Brewery Feeds Fish Farm With Leftover Grain And Water

Five and 20, a combination brewery, winery, and distillery in New York, teamed up with TimberFish to create a sustainable seafood farming process to recycle waste. It'll provide savings from hauling garbage off the property.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Renewables

Artist Transforms Landfill Waste Into 'Plasma Rock' Material

"Plasma Rock" is a way to create renewable building resources from the stuff people have thrown in the trash, and one artist and designer is making a point to show we can put landfill waste into creative projects. 

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Swim Trunks Made From Plastic Bottles Curb Pollution In Ocean

The Tropics, a new fashion company based in Miami, created a line of swim trunks which are made out of recycled plastic bottles. So far, the line has helped keep 5,500 bottles from polluting the ocean.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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How One Company Keeps Used Razors Out Of Oceans

Disposable plastic razors create a huge amount of waste every year, and a shocking amount of it ends up in the ocean. One company encourages customers to send back their used razors to cut down on waste.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Scientist Transforms Leftover Fruit Into Eco-Friendly Makeup

Food waste is a growing concern around the world, leading people to explore new uses for leftovers. One UK based startup is using fruit waste to create vegan and cruelty-free makeup.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Food

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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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China Researchers Find Way To Transform Deserts Into Fertile Land

There's now a way to convert desert climate into an area rich in plant growth. Chinese scientists have come up with a paste that, when mixed with sand, retains all the nutrients needed for crops to thrive in the harshest environments.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Food

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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Australian Winery Lets EV Drivers Drink While Charging Their Cars

Charging up electric vehicles should be an enjoyable experience, and a new Australian winery promises that. They're fully off the electrical grid and powers their facility with 100 solar panels, which can also help fuel owners of EVs while having a glass of wine.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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New Waterproof Solar Cells Invigorate The Fashion Industry

Scientists in Japan have been working on solar cells to charge smart clothing and wearables, but struggled with durability. Now, by adding a waterproof film coating on the cells, they've been able to extend their life and improve efficiency.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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World's First Fully Electric Luxury Yacht Makes Waves

Boatmaker Hinckley Co. just released "Dasher," the world's first fully electric luxury yacht. Dubbed the Tesla of boats, it boasts high tech eco-friendly features. This futurist craft will be available for the open seas in 2018.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Nike Turns Wasted Leather Into Eco-Friendly 'Flyleather' Shoes

Nike is looking to improve the leather manufacturing process by recycling up to 30 percent excess cow hide and turning into Flyleather. With a powerful hydro system and synthetic fibers, they can create a premium leather that's much more sustainable.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Brizi Baby Cleans Urban Smog To Give Your Child Fresh Air

London startup Brizi is going to release a product later this year that filters urban air pollution from children we push in prams and strollers. It uses sensors that detects problems in the air, and can be connected to an app to upload data.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Renewables

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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Food

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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Travel

4 Eco-Friendly Resorts Perfect For Your Honeymoon

Choosing environmentally lodgings goes a long way in minimizing every travelers carbon footprint. With hundreds of newlyweds traveling the world each year during their honeymoons, these are a few eco friendly options to help them kickstart their new lifelong adventure together.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Unique Installation Mimics Sound Of Galloping Horses Using Wind Energy

At the site of an ancient Roman fort, an artist has managed to bring back ghosts of the past through an installation that plays with sound and renewable power.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Electric Bus Breaks Record And Travels 1,000 Miles On Single Charge

Proterra's new electric bus, the Catalyst E2 has broken the world record for electric vehicle range at 1,101.2 miles. It beat out the record set by a German vehicle back in 2011, and shows how close we are to EVs delivering huge range results.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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How This Pasta Maker Uses Vegetables To Keep Her Pasta Sustainable

This quirky pasta maker first started blending vegetables into her pastas in order for her picky son to eat more vitamin packed meals. Her patterns are inspired by nature and the super foods she uses make a great natural and sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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New Initiative Wants To Cut Food Waste In Half By Simplifying Your Food Labels

In order to stop billions of food being wasted annually -- and that's in the United States alone -- corporations are teaming up to simplify expiration dates. They will be streamlined to two phrases: "Best if Used By" and "Use By."

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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This New Program Gives Veterans A Fresh Start With Sustainable Farming

A new program in upstate New York has identified all the ways that a military veteran is suited to the farming life, and more importantly, how learning to grow food heals the hearts and minds of people adjusting to civilian life.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Provocative Art Installation Uses 300,000 Plastic Bottles Left Behind By Tourists

With tourism growing in the Himalayan mountains, there's been a growth of plastic pollution and other trash threatening the environment. Awareness continues to grow, which includes a new monument made of over 300,000 plastic bottles.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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National Geographic Honors Inventors Who Want To Save The Planet

National Geographic announced their four "Chasing Genius" contest winners, and they're all exciting projects that make innovative changes in how we approach our environment and sustainability.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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These Machine Washable Shoes Are Made From Recycled Water Bottles

Made from post-consumer plastic bottles, these fashionable shoes help women everywhere keep waste out of landfills while enjoying the comfort of this comfortable and innovative design. 

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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France Adds Incentives To Make Sustainable Choices Affordable For All

France's government will be looking at budget proposals that will offer low-income families further benefits in switching to cleaner vehicles and improving the insulation of their housing. They will also be increasing the carbon emission tax for those that hold onto old vehicles.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Travel

Dubai Solar Farm To Feature World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power

Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is going to have over a gigawatt of capacity by the end of 2020, and now it's getting an additional 700 megawatts with a new tower. The new project will give it the most concentrated solar power in the world.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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4 Eco-Friendly Ways To Recycle Your Old iPhone

Apple's newest iPhone models are nearing release, which means one thing: Plenty of people are about to ditch their current iPhones. Luckily, there are ways to upgrade your phone without contributing to landfill waste in the process.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Food

M&M's Promotes Wind Power And Renewable Energy In Sweet Ad Campaign

This new wind energy campaign is very sweet, and is sure to reach a large consumer base, given the huge market for M&Ms the company already engages with.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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The Surprising Reason People Are Buzzing Over Manuka Honey

There's been a lot of talk about manuka honey, but what makes this honey variety so popular? Once only grown in New Zealand, health specialists and beauty gurus alike argue that theres something special about this natural superfood. 

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Food

This App Makes Purchasing Sustainable Seafood A Breeze

This online tool created by The Monterey Bay Aquarium helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that has been fished or farmed responsibly. For easy access, consumers can also use their app to figure out the best choices while out at dinner.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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GE Amps Up Onshore Wind Turbines To Improve Power Generation

GE has stepped up onshore wind turbines with one that exceeds four megawatts of capacity. While it's still just over half of what some offshore turbines can achieve, it's able to take advantage of areas with low to medium wind speeds.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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New Virtual Farmers Market Lets You Order Local Goods Online

Farmers markets are only opened for a limited of time every week, but WildKale wants to bring the experience full time online. Starting up just this month, they're teaming up with farmers to ship products directly to consumers overnight.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Food

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. 

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Food

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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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World's Biggest Electric Dump Truck Matches Tesla's Power Capacity

Electrification has reached construction workers with a Swiss company creating the E-Dumper. It's the largest fully electric vehicle in the world and contains the biggest battery capacity -- enough to power eight Tesla Model S cars.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Book Publishers Go Green To Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

The publishing industry is a major consumer of paper, and has the potential to leave quite a big carbon footprint. Luckily, there's been a recent push to make the book industry eco-friendly, and it's already paying off.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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How Sierra Nevada Brews Organic, Eco-Friendly Beer In The US

This American brewing company is largest buyer of U.S. organic hobs and diverts almost 100 percent of solid waste from landfills. With a myriad of sustainability awards under it's belt, this brewery shines bright as a leader in sustainability.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Nigeria Announces $5.8 Billion Deal To Build Country's Largest Power Plant

The Nigerian government, in conjunction with Chinese contractors and the Export-Import Bank, will be building the largest hydroelectric power plant for the next six years. While it has some caveats, the goal is to deliver more electricity to the 40 percent that doesn't have it.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Sugarcane May Drastically Reduce Carbon Emissions From Airplanes

Airplanes are responsible for tons of carbon dioxide emissions in our skies every day. A team at the University of Illinois has been able to extract oil from lipid-producing sugarcane and convert it into jet fuel.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Community

Teacher From The Bronx Builds A Green Classroom To Improve School Performance

Fueled by a display of passion through plants in his own classroom, Stephen Ritz helped turn an old, abandoned library in the Bronx into a large green learning center. The "green curriculum" he created has spread worldwide as it boosts students' academic performance and attendance.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Renewables

This Artistic Air Conditioner Can Cool A House Without Using Any Electricity At All

With temperatures on the rise across the world, this new design for home cooling could be a solution for places with limited access to electricity.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Egypt's New Farm City Will House 50,000 Smart Greenhouses

A new agricultural city will be constructed in Egypt after an agreement between the country and South Korea was made for $10 billion. It'll provide over 300,000 acres of greenhouses and renewable energy sources.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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How This Boxed Water Company Makes Packaged Water Eco-Friendly

This company focuses on sustainable packaging that is 100 percent recyclable. This boxed water is not only packaged in environmentally friendly materials, but also offers alkaline spring water packed with electrolytes. 

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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BMW Releases Preview Of Electric Sports Sedan

BMW released their new i Visionary Dynamics concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show, detailing what a modern electric i5 model will look like. This car should be in production in four years, and by 2025, they expect to have 25 EVs on the market.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Startup Captures And Recycles Carbon Emissions With Shipping Containers

Climeworks is the company behind the Direct Air Capture plant, which sucks up carbon dioxide emissions already in the air. It's then sold to other companies that can use that captured CO2 for growing plants and creating beverages.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Evian Water Goes Carbon Neutral To Reduce Environmental Impact

Danone has been working hard to make one of the most popular bottled water brands, Evian, less harmful to the environment. They've achieved a carbon neutral certification by changing their bottle, planting trees, and altering transportation.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Former Amsterdam Prison Transforms Into Sustainable Suburb

An old prison facility in Amsterdam is being rebuilt into an urban neighborhood called "Bajes Kwartier." It'll feature over 1,000 new residential units, restaurants, a school, all with repurposed building parts and renewable power.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Blue Avocado Makes Eco-Friendly Lunch Easy With Innovative Bags

With kids going back to school this month, it can be tricky to steer away from wasteful habits. Blue Avocado offers chic, eco-friendly bags that are easy to reuse for food storage, no matter your lifestyle.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Community

Free Grocery Store Goes From Art Project To Feeding Thousands

A group of volunteers have grown the concept of a two week art project into a full-fledged free grocery store with four locations that saves $22,ooo worth of food every week. Even better, they're feeding those in need, no questions asked.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Community

China Launches Initiative For 'Sponge Cities' To Combat Flooding

Retro-fitting older urban infrastructures is creating new ways to deal with flooding in China's vast urban sprawl, as their low-lying grounds make the area particularly vulnerable to dangerous and damaging floods.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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China Prohibits Diesel And Gas Car Production After 2040

China is working on a deadline to ban production of diesel and gas vehicles in China sometime after 2040. The country has already set zero-emission goals, such as enforcing EVs to reflect a fifth of total sales by 2025.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Travel

Luxury Resort Offers Guests Eco-Friendly Pods In The Swiss Alps

This destination hotel offers a unique place to stay with eco-friendly details such as energy and water efficient structures. The hotel and restaurant offer a luxury environment blended with an Alpine experience in Valais, Switzerland.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Tesla Upgrades Range For Cars In Hurricane Irma's Evacuation Zone

To aid with the flurry of residents evacuating Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma, Tesla upgraded their vehicles with a limited battery range to their full capacity. While it sparked controversy, it was still a boon for those in the area.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Community

This App Makes Borrowing Between Neighbors Easy To Reduce Waste

Too often, people buy new items with the best intentions, only to have them collect dust in an attic. Now, the handy app 'Peerby' allows you to connect with neighbors to trade and reduce waste.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Mercedes-Benz Will Electrify All Of Its Models By 2020

In five years, every option from Mercedes-Benz will feature a hybrid or fully electric version of their model in a recent announcement from Daimler. In order to prepare for lower profits from EV sales, they'll also be saving $4.8 billion in planning and development.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Tiny Camper Uses Wind And Solar Power To Make Off-Grid Living Easy

A new style of camper creates a tiny house out of an even tinier trailer, so you can see the world while limiting your carbon footprint. That's right: It uses both solar and wind to generate power, minimizing your environmental footprint.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Community

How Millennials Are Bringing Houseplants Back Into Style

The popularity of houseplants waxes and wanes, but with cultural strife comes the rise of potted greenery—all perfectly groomed for Instagram, of course. And millennials are leading the trend in a big way.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Amy's Drive Thru Wants To Take Healthy, Meat-Free Fast Food National

Amy's Kitchen, known for their organic frozen foods, is hoping to expand their new fast food business. They've opened up an alternative to traditional chains called "Amy's Drive Thru," and they're opening more stores in California already.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Engineer Accidentally Discovers Safer Way To Transport Oil

An engineering professor from the University of Calgary has improved the way we can transport oil. Solid bitumen balls that contain oil can prevent spills that happen frequently with pipelines and rail cars.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Tidal Power Breaks World Record For Electricity Generation In Scotland

Scotland's Pentland Firth tidal power plant has achieved a new world record, generating 700 megawatt-hours in August. The MeyGen project still has more phases to go, meaning that the world record could be broken again later in the year.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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4 Easy Steps To Make Your Workout Better For The Planet

When you're trying to make time for exercise it can seem daunting to make sure your workout is also sustainable but with a few easy steps you can create a workout that's not only great for you but for the planet as well.

By Matt Hollis
10 months ago
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How The U.S. Open Leads By Example In Going Green

The largest sporting event in the world just got a little greener. After a decade of working on a green initiatives program, this tennis event has diverted thousands of tons of waste a year with focused efforts like recycling and composting. 

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Chocolate Giant Promises To Invest $1 Billion In Sustainability

Mars, the giant candy corporation, is going to spend $1 billion to remove their carbon footprint. The plan is laid out in a program called "Sustainability in a Generation," with a focus to expand renewable sources and sustainable practices.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Couple Transforms Old Van Into Portable Tiny Home

More couples are looking into micro, portable living as they don't want to pay for expensive monthly rent. Sarah and Alex Jones ditched their old lifestyle and converted a Dodge Sprinter van for $35,000 so they can work and travel at the same time.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Food

Plant-Based Meals Gain Popularity In Restaurants And Frozen Food

The popularity of salad chains and healthy food options has changed how people treat meat in their food. In fact, meat is increasingly becoming an afterthought, or something consumers put aside all together.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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France Moves To Ban All Oil And Gas Production By 2040

A few months after France set goals to end sales of traditional vehicles by 2040, the government has presented a bill that will ban oil and gas production by the same target year. It continues the aggressive renewable push by the European country.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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New Smart Air Suspension Feature Coming To Tesla Model 3

There's plenty of upgrade features for those looking to spice up their Model 3 base unit, and that will include "Smart Air Suspension." Musk confirmed the feature on social media, which allows drivers to set a specific height based on location.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Bill Passes To Make It Easier For Self-Driving Cars To Hit The Road

Self-driving cars received a boost from the U.S. House as it passed legislation to speed up deployment and limits safety regulations from state to state. It provides equal competition across the country and could be a path toward safer driving.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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The Secret Behind Thrive Market's Affordable Organic Products

Organic food and other healthy options can be pricey, but a membership program can make it a lotmore affordable. Thrive Market offers a $60 annual membership to help people save up to 50 percent off organic goods.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Community

This Brooklyn Company Is Here To Make NYC Rooftops Greener

Green roofs have been around for thousands of years and modern technology has not only perfected them but made it possible for them to function anywhere from houses to skyscrapers. Some of these gardens can even pay for themselves.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Renewables

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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Stanford Sends Heat Into Space To Cool Buildings Without Electricity

Researchers from Stanford have been working on a more natural way to cool off buildings for over four years with a radiative sky cooling device. They've enhanced the product by being able to cool off water and have it run through buildings.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Denmark Makes Major Moves In Transition From Oil To Wind Power

Danish company A.P. Moller-Maersk is selling off its oil properties and focusing on a future of renewable energy. They'll still be receiving revenue from the North Sea oil operations, but that money will be used to improve wind power.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
10 months ago
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Community

What The UK's First Zero-Waste Restaurant Does To Thrive

This restaurant in Brighton eliminates waste by trading directly with farmers, composting and closing the loop. Built on the philosophy that "waste is a failure of imagination," this destination promotes awareness of waste issues with every bite.

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Food

This Small Country Is Using Sustainable Agriculture To Feed The World

The Netherlands is leading the future of farming with innovative technology that has the power to help prevent the next world wide famine.

By Aimee Lutkin
10 months ago
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Zero-Waste Store In UK Sells All Products Without Plastic Packaging

A couple is changing how we shop for groceries in the United Kingdom with their ethical and organic store. Earth.Food.Love focuses on no plastic packaging and goods that don't harm the environment.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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4 Sustainable Choices To Make When Preparing For A Natural Disaster

From hurricanes to snow storms, it seems like everywhere has an emergency that could potentially happen. The best thing to do is be prepared ahead of time. Being ready gives you peace of mind and allows you to to plan on eco-friendly choices.  

By Desiree Kaplan
10 months ago
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Tesla Partners With Vestas To Power Wind Turbines

Vestas, a company that creates wind turbines for renewable energy projects, is going to be adding battery facilities to help them be more efficient. They're turning to companies like Tesla to make it happen for 10 upcoming projects.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Texas Wind Farms Test Their Limits And Survive Hurricane Harvey

Wind farms stood up to the Category 4 hurricane that has flooded Houston and much of the surrounding area in Texas. Most facilities have reported little or no damage and they've all returned to full operation just days after the storm's landfall.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Why This Program Pays Farmers To Stop Using Water

Farmers that live in the Colorado River area can apply for the System Conservation Pilot Program to be paid for not using water. The program was created in an attempt to limit usage and to prevent a massive water supply shortage.

By Brian Spaen
10 months ago
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Trees Can Reduce Energy Costs In Cities, New Study Shows

A study from the University of British Columbia has found that even one tree can help reduce energy costs in city buildings, and suggests foliage is likely a city's best line of defense against the chilling costs and effects of wind.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Australia Can Now Power 70% Of Homes With Renewable Energy

Australia's road to a renewable future hasn't been embraced by big corporations, but there's been a lot of improvements over the past decade. An all-new Renewable Energy Index shows that 70 percent of households could be fueled with green power.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Geothermal Greenhouse Lets You Grow Sustainable Crops In The Cold

Greenhouses provide a great way to for the Midwest to grow crops during bitter cold weather, but they can take a lot of energy to maintain. Russ Finch has developed a greenhouse that uses the Earth's internal heat to significantly cut energy usage.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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How This Ugandan Startup Uses Sugarcane To Help Girls Stay In School

One Ugandan startup is helping girls stay in school by creating low-cost sanitary products out of a local, inexpensive material: sugarcane.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations

A German motorhome company has unveiled an RV that's built for the open road with a sleek design and head-to-toe solar panels so you never have to worry about finding the next charging station.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Chile's Stalled Solar Plant Works Toward 2019 Completion Date

EIG, a United States private equity investor, has saved the Cerro Dominador solar plant from abandonment in Chile. They'll be seeking help from banks to clear $800 million of construction debt and hopes to have the plant fully completed by 2019.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Cummins Reveals New Electric Semi-Truck That Boasts Zero Emissions

Cummins, a company that creates clean diesel and natural gas engines in Indiana, has teamed up with Roush Industries to build electric semi-trucks with a range of up to 300 miles and a battery charge taking just one hour.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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Google Transforms Army Training Base Into Self-Driving Test Course

Waymo developed a self-driving testing facility in California that recreates real driving scenarios to study how the technology reacts to it. In addition, a program called "Carcraft" supplements a virtual world that improves testing efficiency.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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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. 

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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An Architect Has Designed A Building That Purifies The Air

Daniel Libeskind, famous for his design of the Jewish Museum Berlin in Germany, has created a so-called "self-cleaning" building with tiles that cover the structure's facade, breaking down dirt and grime while admitting oxygen.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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'Crowd Cow' Lets You Buy Meat From Local Farms Without Leaving Home

Crowd Cow provides a new way to get high-quality beef without worrying about how it was produced. Customers pick their share of the meat from a local farm that raises their cows right. Once it's sold out, those cuts are shipped out to enjoy.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Popular NYC Beach Boardwalk Gets Storm-Resistant Makeover

Almost 5 years after Sandy, New York's Rockaway Beach has finished their new boardwalk. As a new standard for shoreline design, this structure was built to withstand the elements and better protect it's locals from future storms.  

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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Winter Is Here: How Game Of Thrones Inspires Environmental Discussion

"Game of Thrones" has sparked debates about dozens of different hot topics and climate change is certainly one of them. From White Walkers to Wildlings, its seems like almost every character has played a role in creating a metaphor for today's changing environment. 

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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'Jenni' Lets You Charge Your Cell Phone With Solar Power

Big solar solutions aren't available for everyone, but Jenni hopes to make a difference with their smart charging system. This new charger has a solar panel and panels for window hanging so it can charge its battery and power your phone.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Domino's And Ford Team Up To Test Out 'Self-Driving' Delivery

Domino's and Ford are teaming up to give self-driving a test run -- in a way. Since they aren't able to really send an autonomous vehicle out for delivery, they will instead be judging customer's reaction toward it in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Capital Of Norway Creates 'Bee Highway' To Help Strengthen Biodiversity

Bees have been dying at a rapid pace around the world but Oslo has been working to increase the bee population in its city by focusing on how making a home for bees creates a better home for humans.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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This Neighborhood Turned Each Home Into Its Own Green Power Plant

A neighborhood of 16 homes and residential properties are going to be connected to each other in the United Kingdom. They'll be sharing electricity generated from solar power and stored in batteries, creating less need for power plants.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Seattle Encourages Its Residents To 'Stop Sucking' In September

Seattle is joining the movement of eliminating plastic straws. A large number of restaurants and events will not have them available during the month of September in hopes to raise awareness of plastic pollution.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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How This Yarn Converts Movement Into Electricity When Stretched

We're getting closer to clothing being able to power wearable gadgets and smart technology. Scientists have been able to intertwine carbon nanotubes with yarn, and when expanded, can produce electricity.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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The United Kingdom Announces An Initiative To Power Airplanes With Garbage

Britain has a lot of goals for increasing sustainability in transport and cutting emissions. They've decided to spend £22 million on developing a plan that can run on biofuel produced form waste.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Kenya Passes World's Toughest Plastic Bag Ban To Fight Pollution

A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on Monday in an effort to curb pollution with offenders liable to jail time or major fines. It’s the harshest punishment in the world for plastic bags.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Boring Company Advances With Underground Tunnel For Los Angeles

The initial testing grounds for the Boring Company and SpaceX will be expanding by two miles. A second phase has been approved by Hawthorne and Elon Musk hopes this gets the ball rolling on networking other places in the Los Angeles area.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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The Underline Plans To Transform Miami's Vacant Land Under Metrorail Into 10-Mile Park

Once an abandoned space, The Underline hopes to convert unused land to connecting communities in Miami. This new 10-mile park will offer a safe place to bike and walk through Miami's neighborhoods while surrounded by native plants.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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How Eco-Friendly Battery Storage Can Save U.S. Businesses Major Money

Around a quarter of companies in the United States could be saving more on their utility bill. Large businesses get taxed with a high demand charge, but it's manageable by adding a battery storage solution to fuel electricity during peak hours.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Make Your Own Sparkling Water And Curb 500 Plastic Bottles Per Year

Endless plastic water and soda bottles end up in landfills every year. There are better alternatives than single use plastic bottles. Soda makers might not fully solve the issue but they can significantly reduce plastic waste, which is a start.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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NASA's Dream Chaser Aims To Lower Costs And Increase Reusability

NASA's successor to the Space Shuttle, the Dream Chaser, is bringing the space program back to launching rockets into Earth's low orbit. Its goal will be to complete numerous trips to the International Space Station.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Apple's New Data Center In Iowa Will Use 100% Renewable Energy

Apple announced that a new data center will be built in Waukee, Iowa, with an expected opening in 2020. It continues a trend of data centers in the state, and like all of Apple's other data centers in the US, will fully run on renewable energy.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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A Nonprofit Is Rescuing Food Waste By Turning It Into Soup For The Hungry

La Soupe has kept hundreds of thousands of food waste out of landfills and turned it into nourishing meals for Cincinnati's kids, who struggle with poverty to a degree far above the national average.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Solar-Powered Truck Offers Solution To Transit Issues In Ghana

Developing countries are getting more transportation solutions thanks to renewable energy. A solar-powered electric truck called aCar was developed by the Technical University of Munich, providing a cheap way to travel across rough terrain.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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China Already Exceeded Their 2020 Goal For Solar Energy Capacity

China has a stranglehold on the solar power industry, and that couldn't be more clear after they've blown past their goal for 2020 in the summer of 2017. The country was able to achieve such a big lead by the government jumping into the industry.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Anthony Bourdain Takes On Global Food Waste In New Documentary

Anthony Bourdain wants you to rethink your relationship to food. In his new documentary, WASTED! The Story of Food Waste, Bourdain tackles head-on the industry that has made him so successful in order to change how we shop for, prepare, and consume food.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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You Can Charge This Portable Air Conditioner With Solar Panels

Coolala is more than just a portable air conditioner that can cool off a family picnic or a tailgate party. It features solar panels that can both run the system itself or charge up a powerstation that fuels the product more efficiently.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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Amazon To Cut Prices At Whole Foods Starting Monday

Whole Foods will immediately benefit when the Amazon deal closes on August 28th. The healthy grocery chain will be discounting many food items and there will soon be special discounts and reward programs for Amazon Prime members.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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How Trucks Full Of Orange Peels Helped Regrow Costa Rica's Forest

If you’ve ever had any doubt about how compost can transform your garden, look no further than the illuminating tale of how a bunch of orange rinds revived a Costa Rican forest.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Why Urban Trees Can Save Cities $500 Million Annually

The prettiest city streets are always awash in greenery. But vegetation in urban areas does more than look nice: It saves cities a ton of money—$500 million, to be exact. A new study published in the journal Ecological Modelling explains how.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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New Farm Robot 'FarmBot' Gives Everyone A Green Thumb

This system brings precision farming to individuals with an open source agriculture robot. While tech savvy agriculture used to once be reserved for only large farms, this company is making the future of farming accessible to anyone.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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World's Largest Data Center Will Be Powered By Renewable Energy

Norway will not only have the world's largest data center, but it's going to be only powered by sustainable sources. Fluent with hydropower in the area, the facility also takes advantage of its cool surroundings to use limited energy.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Cairo Students Design Solar-Powered Car To Empower The Disabled

A solar-powered car could help people with mobility issues travel longer distances cheaply and quickly, allowing them to move around cities with far more independence than an electric wheelchair can allow.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Massachusetts Plant Will Transform Trash Into Green Energy

Dong Energy, who is leading the movement for offshore wind farms across the world, is now helping us turn our garbage into renewable biogas. Already established in the UK, the company will open a Western Massachusetts facility in 2020.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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Audi Becomes Next Car Manufacturer To Implement Solar Panels

Audi's first entry into the electric vehicle market will feature solar panels. While they won't be able to charge the battery just yet, it'll provide more range by powering devices like the air conditioning and seat heaters.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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People Are Building Their Own Tesla Powerwalls Out Of Laptop Batteries

Unwilling to cough up $8,000 for a 14-kWh Tesla Powerhall? Then join a pack of industrious DIY-ers who have figured out ways to create their own home battery systems with three or four times the storage capacity of the Tesla Powerwall at a fraction of the cost.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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The Innovative Way One Water Bottle Company Is Reducing Plastic

Only one percent of plastic is recycled and 50 percent of plastic is thrown away right after it’s used once. Dopper focuses on circular economy and is trying to reduce single use plastics one bottle at a time.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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Elon Musk Just Revealed The First Official Look At SpaceX's Sleek Spacesuit

SpaceX wants to revolutionize space technology but first they have to get the gear right. Elon Musk has released photos of his new SpaceX suit design. Confirmed in their functionality, could this be the first phase of a futuristic space tourism industry?

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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World's Solar Energy Capacity Likely To Exceed Nuclear In 2017

Solar energy capacity could be matching nuclear power by the time 2017 ends. While the latter still holds an advantage in production with the sun only being up for a limited time, battery storage and falling public trust is spelling nuclear's ending.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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This Robotic Umbrella Provides Shade While Also Producing Electricity

A new robotic umbrella tracks the sun as you enjoy the beach, powering itself with solar energy. Both wifi and Bluetooth enabled, the umbrella can connect to your home and your phone, which means you can control it from anywhere. 

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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These Affordable London Tiny Homes Take Just One Day To Build

A property manager and architecture firm are teaming up to create the "SHED" project to curb London's issue with abandoned buildings. One goal is to provide temporary micro housing for those in need.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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How Seed Banks Grow And Protect The Food Of Tomorrow

Wars, famine, and disease all have lasting ramifications on not just people who inhabit those areas but also the agriculture that grows in that region. Food banks are a way to protect plants from the unknowns of tomorrow.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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How Green Rooftops May Solve The Stormwater Crisis In Hoboken

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken will spend this fall studying 19 duplicated rooftop setups and analyzing data to figure out what works best for filtering pollutants and retaining water.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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How America's Utility Companies Successfully Prepared For Solar Eclipse

States that rely heavily on solar generation didn't see any problems with the electric grid when the eclipse hit on Monday. Enough preparation in pulling from other sources kept things running smoothly in California and North Carolina.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Ford Is Officially Bringing Electric Vehicles To China

Ford has cautiously waded into the electric vehicle industry, but their new leadership looks poised to push them into the future. They've announced a lineup of new EVs will be coming to China in order to meet the country's zero-emission mandates.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Scientists Are Seeking Lithium From Volcanoes For Renewable Energy

The lithium battery industry is going to significantly increase as electric vehicles and battery backup for renewable energy become standard household items. Stanford scientists have found a wealth of lithium in deposits formed in old supervolcanoes. 

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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These Tiny Beads Remove A Toxic Sunscreen Chemical From Oceans

The same UV-blocking chemical that helps sunscreen protect your skin causes serious damage to coral reefs. Now, lab researchers created tiny beads that can actually absorb the offending chemical right out of the ocean; leaving reefs intact.  

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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By Switching From Plane To Rail, London-Scotland Travel Market Grows While Emissions Drop

Since switching from plane to train service between Central Scotland and London, the London-Scotland travel market has saved almost 700,000 tons of carbon emissions, according to a new report. Could a double-down effort on railways be a feasible, green solution for all commuter hubs?

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Co-Housing Is The Latest Take On Eco-Friendly Community Living

Co-housing is an attractive and eco-friendly alternative to the potential isolation and wastefulness of living in separate dwellings. Whether you're searching for housing solo or with a family, co-housing may be the way to go.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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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.

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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Stray Dogs Dyed Blue By Pollutants Gets Manufacturing Company Shut Down

Authorities responded to pollution complaints when they saw the effects of pollution on the local wildlife, specifically some blue dogs.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Ottawa's First Zero-Waste Grocery Store Innovates Buying In Bulk

A new zero-waste grocery store has opened its doors in Ottawa, offering everything from produce to dry goods to dairy to beauty products, all with "absolutely no packaging waste."

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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Penn State Researchers Develop Method To Convert Potato Waste To Ethanol

Major cities in Pennsylvania are pushing toward a future fully adapted to renewable energy, and a new discovery at Penn State University may help that cause. They've been able to find a way to convert potato waste into bioethanol fuel.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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How 'Closed Loop' Helps Companies Invest In A Sustainable Future

Closed Loop Partners only invests in companies that promote sustainable consumer goods, advanced recycling technologies, and the development of the circular. They help municipalities, private companies, or fund research and development.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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5 Eco-Friendly Corporate Retreats That Will Leave Your Team Feeling Renewed

The notion of “team building” shouldn't invoke dreary thoughts that remind you of an episode of "The Office." Instead, picture yourself at vineyard wine tasting or hiking unique trails. Make your team and your company stronger with unforgettable bonding experiences at one of these five eco friendly destinations.  

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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A Man Planted A Tree Every Day For 37 Years And Grew A Beautiful Oasis

Jaday Payeng saw how deforestation had harmed the wild life he loved near his home as a teenager. He embarked on a project that would take over his life, and bring life to the earth around him.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Why People In The UK Have Drastically Reduced Their Meat Intake

Changes in how meat is categorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) is creating actual change in how people in the United Kingdom are eating, in addition to factors like animal welfare, the environment, and personal ethics.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Colored Solar Panels Bring New Light To Renewable Energy

Colored solar panels aren't a new idea, but it's not commonly found as it decreases efficiency. However, those wanting a Christmas-themed array on their rooftop could be in luck as researchers have found a way to stamp new technology on it.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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New Refrigerator Camera Aims To Cut Food Waste In Your Kitchen

A new smart camera will provide an affordable solution to reducing food waste in your home kitchen. Set to release next month, the Smarter FridgeCam is just $127, and can mount in any refrigerator. 

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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Why Designers Are Using Fruits And Vegetables To Dye Their Clothes

We worry about the ingredients in our food—why not our clothes? That's the thinking behind Fragmentario, a natural dye company in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is part of a growing design trend in the fashion industry.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Norwegian Supermarket Specializes In Expired Food To Curb Waste

Norway has taken steps to eliminate food waste in their country. Best For will be offering products that are close to or past the expiration date listed, but are still good to consume despite not being at their freshest levels.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Glass Blocks May Generate Solar Energy Without Panels

A U.K.-based company is creating solar power units encased in glass blocks, which can be used like windows and seamlessly integrate into the facades of new or existing buildings, and ultimately create net-zero high rises. 

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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5 Eco-Friendly Apps To Help You Live A Greener Lifestyle

It might seem counterintuitive, but sometimes technology really can connect people back with the environment. Not sure how to recycle that flexible plastic or where to buy local produce? Here are five free apps to make your life a little greener. 

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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These Zero-Waste Cocktails Use Food Scraps To Refresh Drinks

Don't throw away those fruity pulps and husks! They can be reused to make some interesting new cocktails. Trash Tiki is touring all over the world to give us more awareness on the waste created from drinking with easy recipes that anyone can make.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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New Electric Bike Offers Customization At Affordable Prices

The Elbike promises to be the world’s first customizable e-bike on the market while also being among the most affordable.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Why Scientists Want To Turn Cacti Into Renewable Energy In Mexico

Researchers in Mexico City want to use the traditional prickly pear cactus for more than food, and they've found the perfect niche with a biogas generator built next to a produce marketplace.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Beverage Startup Turns Beer Byproducts Into Plant-Based Protein

Every year, beer brewing creates eight million pounds of perishable byproduct that generally enters the waste stream. One startup is trying to curb this waste, and turn that byproduct into a healthy, sustainable beverage. 

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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Home Depot Partners With GE And Tesla To Add Solar Panels To 50 Stores

The Home Depot will be installing 50,000 solar panels across their stores in California and the Northeastern part of the United States.  They'll be working with Current by GE on the project while adding Tesla Powerpacks to select stores.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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This Is How IKEA Plans To Cut Its Food Waste In Half Within Three Years

Ikea is planning to cut its food waste by 50 percent in the next three years by implementing the use of digital scales in its cafeterias to measure the amount of food it wastes, as gather data to figure the best way to reduce that waste. 

By Tessa Love
11 months ago
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Renewable Energy May Have Saved Over 12,000 Lives

Transitioning to renewable energy doesn't just help the environment, but saves lives. A new research study from 2007 to 2015 shows that better air quality from wind and solar generation compared to fossil fuels could have saved up to 12,700 lives.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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New NYC Restaurant Serves Healthy Fast Food In Reusable Jars

Lunch for most people is a simple affair. They go to a store, buy food, and throw out the packaging. That 20 minute experience creates lasting problems with plastics piling up in the trash. One woman in NYC is helping to change that narrative.   

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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Australia Aims For World's Biggest Solar Thermal Energy Source

Australia is looking at various ways to store solar generated power. A new solar thermal power plant is going online in 2020 at Port Augusta, which is much more efficient than its photovoltaic companion. Will it take over the battery market?

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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These Are The 10 Most Sustainable Cities In The United States

These are the top 10 United States cities for sustainability, according to a new report out this month, taking into account factors like alternative energy, gender equality, responsible land stewardship, and innovation.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Artist Turns Plastic Waste Into Giant Gorgeous Sculptural Installation

An Indonesian artists is trying to draw attention to the pollution of water around his country's shores by making gigantic works out of discarded plastic.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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How One Company In Maine Has Saved 500 Tons Of Waste From Landfill

One company based in Maine is keeping thousands of materials out of landfills each year by accepting donated sails and up-cycling them into stylish pieces. Their core business is based on recycled materials as they focus on using local materials and talent. With so many companies struggling to meet their sustainability goals, it’s great to see one whose making real change through their sustainable practices and goods.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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Chile Uses Geological Advantage To Push Renewable Energy

Chile has the geological potential to grow their green energy, such as creating geothermal plants at volcanoes and installing solar farms at one of the hottest deserts in the entire world. The renewable push has been made due to inconsistencies in traditional methods.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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New Eco-Friendly Menswear Line Promises Both Style And Comfort

Bensly's menswear offers a lineup of fitted tees, sweatpants, and more that not only look and feel good, but isn't nearly as harmful to the environment as traditional manufacturing methods. Clothes shopping just got a little easier for men.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Sustainable Designers Thrive In Costa Rica's Fashion Hub

The world’s most sustainable fashion is now coming out of the most biodiverse place on the planet: Costa Rica, a country that is quickly becoming the world's center for eco-conscious living.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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How 'Eco-Machines' Can Help Architects Create Sustainable Housing

By building "cubes" that lock into building blueprints, an architecture firm is trying to incorporate sustainability with farm to table "micro-farms" right outside people's doorsteps.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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This Paint Reflects Sunlight On Streets To Help Keep Cities Cool

In order to combat urban heat islands, GuardTop has created a road sealant called "CoolSeal." It's designed to reflect sunlight and reduce the heat absorbed by roads, and it will be tested out in multiple parts of Los Angeles, California.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Quantum Dots May Soon Convert Windows Into Solar Energy Sources

Nanotechnology company UbiQD has taken the next step in quantum dots becoming the next big thing in solar generation. With the technology being lightweight and transparent, it could convert any window into a solar energy source.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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What The United States Can Learn From 4 Eco-Friendly Countries

Countries around the world are taking steps to help the environment and some are truly leaders in this effort. Waste management, wildlife conservation, plastic disposal, and air pollution are some of the issues every country must work on. 

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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This Solar Box Provides Energy And Clean Water For Those In Need

After developing the Off Grid Box that provides a solution for poor countries with limited fresh water and electricity, they're hoping a new business model will further success. It's geared to help those in need with a pay-as-you-go program.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Coca-Cola Is Looking For Someone To Solve Their Sugar Problem For $1 Million

Coca-Cola has launched a "challenge" that offers money to anyone who can come up with a better replacement for sugar in soft drinks, perhaps signaling a shift to healthier products in the mass consumer market.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Tesla's Tiny House Tour Hits The Road In Australia

The Tesla Tiny House is hitting the road in order to offer a public view of how anyone can create, store, and use renewable energy at home. People in Australia's major cities will be the first lucky ones to check out it in person.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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How Solar Energy Producers Are Preparing For The Aug. 21 Eclipse

In one week, a solar eclipse will be impacting the majority of the United States in a significant way. This will cause solar generation sources to lose even more efficiency, and luckily utility companies are already ahead of the situation to control it.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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NYC 'Teaching Garden' Gives Kids Farm Life Without Leaving The City

Thanks to GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Garden, a 21,000-square-foot urban farm in the middle of the Big Apple, students can take free field trips to learn how to plant, grow, harvest and prepare organically grown produce and herbs.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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How Startup 'Chanje' Plans To Make 'Last-Mile' Deliveries Electric

Last-minute delivery vehicles are prime for an electrifying upgrade, and a startup that's kept much of their information locked up has revealed their plans to take over the industry. They'll be mass producing and releasing their initial model, the V8070, this fall.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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10 Sustainable Gifts Perfect For Every Person On Your Shopping List

10 sustainable gift ideas for the people in your life from your boss to your girlfriend, ranging from the perfect knife ware to the environmentally-friendly leash every dog lover will fall in love with.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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How Drivers Can Earn Money Just By Parking Their Electric Cars

Nissan has been working with utility companies in Italy and Denmark to start a new vehicle-to-grid infrastructure. This would give EV owners the ability to cash in on excess energy while also helping to keep the surge of EVs from causing a grid crash.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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New Apparel Company 'Parks Project' Donates Part Of Every Sale To National Parks

Parks Project is an apparel and accessories business that donates a portion of every sale to various park conservancies—proving once and for all consumerism and activism need not be mutually exclusive.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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The World's Largest Parking Lot For Bikes Is Opening In The Netherlands

A city in the Netherlands is expanding its bike parking lot by more than twice its spaces. Despite the fact the lot can hold 6,000 bikes and will expand to accommodate another 6,500 bikes, critics say growing bicycle culture demands infrastructure overhaul everywhere.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Unleash Brings Millennials Together To Create Sustainable Development Solutions

UNLEASH is holding a nine-day event that features 1,000 millennials from over 115 different countries gathering together in Denmark to help find solutions for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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This Interactive Map Shows Every Wind Farm In The United States

In celebration of the first-ever American Wind Week, the American Wind Energy Association released an interactive map that shows how the wind power industry has evolved. It can also give basic details for every wind farm that's active.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Solar Energy Brings New Income To Traditional Farms

Solar companies are trying to support "dual land use," meaning they are building panel structures that can co-exist with what the area is already used for. That means a lot of sheep are being put to work at the solar farm.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Food

Hampton Creek To Release Innovative New Vegan Egg Substitute

Hampton Creek is set to wade into some of the most complex territory for a vegan brand. The company is poised to release a vegan egg substitute sometime in the next few months that mimics the taste and texture of traditional eggs.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Startup Plans To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year With Drones

It's impossible to keep up with industrial deforestation by planting trees with human hands. This is why BioCarbon Engineering is planning to use drones to help restore forests and will be monitoring results to continue improving their planting methods.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Everything You Need To Know When Shopping For Sustainable Candles

With hundreds of different candles on the market, it can be tricky choosing ones that are sustainable. The good news is that choosing environmentally safe candles is easy once you know what to look for.  

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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New Tech Offers Lower Prices On Food Nearing Its Expiration Date

A new company called Wasteless offers the world’s very first real-time tracking technology to supermarkets so they can provide consumers with variable pricing based on a product’s upcoming expiration date. It's the "internet of groceries.”

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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How One Company Is Making It Easier Than Ever To Save The Bees

The Flow Hive offers a revolutionary new option for beekeeping which anyone, anywhere can learn how to use. With just a turn of a handle, helping the survival of the bees has never been easier.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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Orlando Announces Commitment To 100% Renewable Energy By 2050

Orlando becomes the newest United States city to announce their commitment for 100 percent renewable energy. They hope to make the full transition by 2050 and join two other cities in the state of Florida. 

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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These Organic Cotton Sheets Are Made From Rainwater And Wind Power

Blaynk, a startup bedding company, is hoping to give people a better night's rest with truly organic bedsheets. Instead of being processed with unhealthy chemicals, they'll only be made with organic cotton, harvested rainwater, and wind-generated power.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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This Brewery In Costa Rica Adds More Water To The Environment Than It Consumes

Many gallons of water are required to create just a pint of beer. One brewery in Costa Rica has found a way to not only neutralize their footprint, but actually add to the environment. They've been certified as water-positive after investing in conservation groups.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Chevy Bolt Becomes Fiercely Competitive With Tesla Model S

Tesla's new Model 3 is getting lots of attention after its recent release, but a Consumer Reports review of the 2018 Chevy Bolt shows it's a very attractive option. Not only is it priced similar to the base product of Model 3, but it has more range than the Model S.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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New Vegan Restaurant Vows To Donate All Profits To Charity

A new vegan eatery in Midtown Manhattan called P.S. Kitchen has promised to donate all its profits to various sustainable charities as a way to connect people’s ethical food choices with social movements.  

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Community

This Danish School Is Covered In 65,000 Square Feet Of Bright Aqua Solar Panels

At the Copenhagen International School, solar panels are part of the aesthetic with 12,000 blue-green photovoltaics covering the entire facade, and that's not the only sustainable aspect of this education center.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Community

How Rural Iowa Is Hooking Their Community On Solar Power

Farmers Electric, a utility company in rural Iowa, has set a gold standard in how to transition a community with old-school values to adopting the technology of solar generation. An eight-year process provided incentives and it's paid off.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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4 Rules From The 'Zero Waste' Lifestyle Everyone Can Master

When it comes to living a zero-waste lifestyle, the very concept can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there are easy approaches to living waste-free that anyone can incorporate into their daily lives, starting right at home.

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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Costa Rica Sets Goal To Become The First Country To Ban Single-Use Plastic

Costa Rica is making a huge choice to ban single-use plastic after years of sustainability practices that have improved the country's tourism.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Every D.C. Resident Could Have Curbside Compost Pickup In 5 Years

If city planners in the nation’s capital have their way, every D.C. resident within the next five years will have curbside pickup for their food scraps. That move alone would take more than three-quarters of city trash out of the waste stream.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Tesla Plans To Launch 18,000 Superchargers By End Of 2018

With Model 3's production rate expected to hits tens of thousands next year, Tesla is planning to build their Supercharger infrastructure at a rapid pace. Musk believes that the company will triple their stall total by the end of 2018.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Waste Will Be Turned Into Green Energy For New York Residents

New York City is working on emptying its landfills by taking organic, compostable food waste and converting it into methane gas that can power homes, trucks, and fill natural gas pipelines.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Have A Black Thumb? 5 Hydroponic Planters To Help Lazy Gardeners

We’ve all been taught that plants can’t live without the basics: water, soil and light. But that’s not necessarily true. Enter hydroponics, the process of growing plants sans soil, and the best choice for black thumb gardeners who can’t seem to keep their plants alive despite their best efforts. 

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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Why EV Charging Is About To Become Way More Accessible In California

A German startup is setting up a beta test of a peer-to-peer network solution in California. This gives people that own a home charging system the ability to open a station themselves.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Stunning 'Tree Tower' Brings Nature To Urban Toronto High-Rise

The Toronto Tree Tower, proposed by architecture firm Penda, is an 18-story high-rise building that incorporates trees and vegetation onto every balcony for sweeping views, improved air quality, and a truly green metropolitan experience.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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The Surprisingly Eco-Friendly Reason To Put Plastic In Your Washing Machine

There's still a major reason to keep plastic around. Researchers have found that adding a plastic container to a washing machine is just as effective as the heavy concrete block most of them contain, making them lighter and more eco-friendly.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Thanks To Consumer Demand, Companies Are Greener Than Ever

In the last year, 25 percent more companies have tout the environmental and social benefits of their products, and 40 percent of all companies now say they’ve taken action to improve the eco-friendliness of what they offer.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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10 Unique AirBnBs To Rent For An Eco-Friendly Vacation

Home sharing is a great way to reduce waste and carbon emissions and it's an even more sustainable way to travel. These stylish sustainable AirBnBs prove you don't have to sacrifice design or comfort to have an eco-friendly vacation. 

By Desiree Kaplan
11 months ago
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How Google Is Working To Curb Illegal Fishing

The transfer of fishing goods from one boat to another has seen a steady pace of illegal activity. Since many organizations that oversee this are lightly restricting it, Google and others are working to provide a large-scale monitoring system.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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New Carbon Calculator Will Help You Make Better Choices For The Planet

A revamped carbon calculator is encouraging people to pick up the slack on reducing carbon emissions in a few simple steps.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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California Aims To Run 100% On Renewable Energy By 2045

California is on the verge of becoming the second state in America to pass legislation on switching to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. There's a lot of obstacles to reach that stage, but the state could reach it as they thrive under solar generation.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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How This Organic Dairy Farmer Powers His Truck With Cow Waste

A Californian dairy farmer has figured out a way to turn a diesel truck electric so it can run off power generated by cow manure.

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Everything You Need To Know About The 'Aquafaba' Cocktail Trend

At this year’s 15th annual Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans, LA, aquafaba—the vegan replacement for egg whites made out of bean water—was listed among the top eight cocktail trends. 

By Nicole Caldwell
11 months ago
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Elon Musk Just Installed Tesla's Solar Roof Onto His Own House

The first orders of Tesla's Solar Roof have been installed and are looking as awesome as promised. One of the homes that has received them is Elon Musk himself, sharing the photos and also updating shareholders on sales expectations.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Patagonia's Newest Line Highlights Sustainable Hemp Fabric

Patagonia created a line of clothing from hemp-based canvas, using a more durable and sustainable fiber. Hemp is grown easily in many regions, and doesn't require intense irrigation, fertilizer or pesticides for a successful crop.

By Aimee Lutkin
11 months ago
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Apple Hints At Autonomous Tech Beyond Just Self-Driving Cars

The ongoing saga of Apple's future autonomous project took another turn this week. CEO Tim Cook brought up in a shareholders' meeting that we shouldn't look at just vehicles when it comes to autonomy, and that could mean many things.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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North Korea Turns To Solar Power To Keep Citizens In the Light

One of the larger cities in North Korea, Chongjin, has seen the spawning of solar panels throughout their community. Mostly used by authority figures, their use has now trickled down to regular citizens that can import a system from China.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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GreenPower Brings Clean Buses To One Of California's Most Polluted Cities

A Canadian electric bus manufacturer is hoping to lend a hand with the San Joaquin air pollution problem. They've started building a new plant and will be shipping out a fleet of 10 buses within the next year.

By Brian Spaen
11 months ago
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Switching From Beef To Beans Could Slice Greenhouse Gas Emissions

With one dietary swap, the United States could just about meet its 2020 greenhouse-gas emission goals without making a single change to our country’s transportation or energy infrastructure. The switch? Trading out beef for beans.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Ikea Is Officially Selling Solar Panels And Batteries In The UK

Tesla isn't the only company that can provide a full solution for solar-powered generation in households. Ikea now offers solar panels with battery storage in the UK, and it can also be purchased as a standalone for those with panels installed.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Self-Driving Cars To Hit Atlanta's Streets This September

Thanks to self-driving regulations passed in May, Atlanta is one of the major cities in the Safer Roads Challenge that will be testing out fully autonomous vehicles on September 14th. It will drive a mile and a half on one of the city's main roads. 

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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One Popular Way To Deal With Food Waste Is By Finding A Way To Actually Eat It

A campaign targeting food waste is giving amazing suggestions for how to limit consumer's contribution to the problem, with recipes, tips and advice that will change how you relate to your fridge immediately.

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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Australia Plans Highway For Electric Cars Along Great Barrier Reef

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, will soon be accompanied by a large 1,118-mile super highway that can charge electric vehicles. Each station will be able to fuel up cars in 30 minutes.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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This Folding Electric Bike Is Here To Reinvent Your Daily Commute

Britain’s biggest cycle company has unveiled the world’s first fold-up, electric bike. Dubbed the "Brompton Electric," this high-tech bike might be the answer to commuter woes when it comes to speed and comfort while riding.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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German Startup Offers Test Drives In Their Solar-Powered Cars

A traditional electric vehicle with solar panels has been officially unveiled by a German startup. They'll be offering test drives with a Sion prototype throughout Europe and are currently accepting preorders worldwide for a delivery date in 2019.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Google Turns To Salt And Antifreeze To Store Renewable Energy

Green energy has a lot of benefits, but one lingering issue is the ability to properly use it. Since wind and sun power are unreliable, we're trying to find ways to store this extra energy. A team at Alphabet's "X" has found the best way yet.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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New Offshore Wind Farm In Massachusetts May Partner With Tesla

After securing a deal to create a massive battery backup facility in South Australia, Tesla is the company pegged in a submission by Deepwater Wind to build an offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Vermont Moves Toward Green Energy With Help From Utility Company

Imagine if utility companies didn't make money by charging you for energy, but instead by partnering with you on power production. That’s the goal of Green Mountain Power, a utility company in Vermont making homes sources of their own energy.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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How Food Created From Electricity Can Feed The World

A single-cell protein developed by Finnish scientists requires only four ingredients, is loaded with protein, and could help feed the world. Oh—and you don’t need anything special to grow it: no seeds, no sun, no farmland, and no additional water.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Scientists May Be Able To Resurrect Buried Plants In 'Ghost Ponds'

Researchers at the University College London have uncovered a stunning revelation with ghost ponds. These poorly-drained ponds have stunted the agriculture put on top of them, but once excavated, they can flourish like they have in the past.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Dutch Citizens May Soon Bike To Work On Recycled Toilet Paper

In a country known for its biking, researchers in the Netherlands may have discovered an innovative way to turn used toilet paper into a building material that can be used to produce bike lanes around local cities.

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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One Couple's Journey To Live In An Award-Winning Solar-Powered Home

A solar-powered mini-home, originally built for the 2005 Solar Decathlon competition, will soon house its first real, full-time residents: Lisa and Matt Gunneson of Michigan, who are excited to inhabit the 660 square-foot house.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Tesla's Model 3 Release Promises Serious Upgrades And Customization

Many questions have now been answered after Tesla had their release party for the Model 3. The base model is $35,000, as expected, but there are tons of upgrades available, such as color changes, premium features, Autopilot upgrades, and more.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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These Futuristic Mobile Homes Combine Green And Tiny Living

Slovenian company Smartdome is making futuristic, modular homes that are as mobile as trailers and as futuristic as a floating neighborhood home on "The Jetsons."

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Innovative Filtration System Makes Clean Water Accessible

A team of Rice University scientists could have invented a more efficient and reliable way to remove toxins in our water. This filtering system, which looks like a ball of cotton, can remove over 99 percent of heavy metal contaminants and can regenerate itself.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Renewables

How Green Energy Gives New Life To A Historic London Power Plant

London is a city known for its history, but when it comes to energy, innovation can be key to taking care of the planet. One often overlooked plant in London powers most of the city via an underground tunnel infrastructure. 

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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New Research Offers Cheaper Alternative To Silicone Solar Cells

Technological advancements could make it even cheaper and easier to produce cells. Perovskite solar cells are easier to create and cheaper than the crystalline silicon standard, and a team at UNIST was able to reach new efficiency levels.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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This New ‘BatBnB’ Is Here To Save Bats And Their Reputation

A new startup called BatBnB promises to reduce mosquito populations, provide habitat for bats, and help you do your part for your local ecosystem. But can it give "rats with wings" a better image?

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Food

8 Healthy Foods To Help Curb Your Sugar Addiction

Sugar is addictive—and we have to physically cleanse it from our bodies in order to move along from it. Luckily for us, there are plenty of nutrient-rich foods to get us over the hump.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Lyft Plans On Launching Self-Driving Car Rides By End Of The Year

At one point, Lyft was going to leave all the hard work of self-driving technology to others. Now, they'll be jumping into the process while working along those they've teamed up with in the process to ramp up the competition with Uber.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Spain's Unique 'Desert City' Brings Cacti To Urban Madrid

The "Desert City" complex in Madrid, Spain, is like a museum of cacti. From luscious cacti displays to a restaurant and activity center, "Desert City" has everything visitors need to spend a day celebrating these beautiful desert plants. 

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Renewable Energy May Power All Of South Australia By 2025

South Australia's blackout issues have been blamed on wind farms not being prepared for the wild events causing them. Tesla's world-record battery storage facility should help defeat the blackouts, and it could pave the way for the state to rely a lot on green energy.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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How This Robotic 'Eel' Sniffs Out Pollution In Our Water

In Lake Geneva, a new tool in the fight against water pollution has recently been unleashed. Envirobot, an eel-like, swimming robot developed to sniff out the source of water pollution, is currently being tested in the Swiss waters. 

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Elon Musk Reveals Boring Company's First Car Elevator For Underground Tunnel

The potential for a half-hour shuttle between major cities in an underground tunnel is fascinating, but Elon Musk is still hoping to fix traffic issues even further. He demonstrated a prototype lift that would send personal vehicles down into these tunnels.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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This Zero-Waste Pickle Company Turns Food Scraps Into Treasure

Restaurants generate a lot of waste in the form of food scraps. Usually such scraps end up in the trash, but one Colorado-based pickle company has found a way to utilize its food scraps by turning them into compost and Bloody Mary's.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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How Vail Resorts Plans To Zero Out Their Eco-Impact By 2030

Vail Resorts, the world's largest mountain resort company, recently announced a plan to eliminate its environmental impact by 2030. By then, the company hopes to achieve zero emissions, zero waste, and an offset impact on forests. 

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Escape's Upgraded Tiny Home Can Support Families And Guests Off The Grid

For those that like to host guests overnight, Escape offers a luxury tiny home that could fit up to 10 people sleeping at one time -- assuming children are in the mix. Additional options make the Traveler XL Limited a great tiny home that can even function off the grid.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Everything You Need To Know About Buying Eco-Friendly Paper

Eco-friendly paper might sound like an oxymoron, but in fact, you have two major sourcing options when it comes to purchasing paper that is gentle on the environment, even before you reuse it and toss it into the recycling bin.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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8 Nutritious Weeds You Can Eat Right Out Of Your Own Yard

If you needed another reason not to use herbicides and pesticides in your garden and lawn, here’s one: Those weeds you think are such nuisances are actually delicious—and better for you than a lot of the veggies you eat every day. 

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Britain Is Planning To Ban All Diesel Fueled Cars By 2040

The United Kingdom has just taken a big step in showing their commitment to reducing the environmental risk posed by cars and vans that run on diesel gas. The decision comes from a fear that nitrogen oxide will soon cause a serious risk to public health.

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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Why India Won't Be Adopting Self-Driving Technology

India has made great strides to limit coal mining in their future, but one technology they won't be pursuing is self-driving vehicles. The announcement on Tuesday was met with criticism, but the country's urban areas could make autonomy tricky.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Is The Power Grid Ready For Electric Vehicles?

A nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom could be old hat by the time it's completed thanks to electric vehicles and their potential energy demand. This could also mean a trying time when switching to renewable sources, but there are ways to control it.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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An Architect Is Pushing To Bring Weather Indoors As A Benefit To All

Professor of Architecture at Ohio University, Kevin Nute, is making a good case for bringing weather indoors based on decades of previous research. In a new essay he explains why bringing outside elements can improve productivity and mood.

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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Google’s Push For Sustainability Includes Offering Employees Less Meat At Lunch

At dozens of Google cafes, spread across the country at company campuses, the diverse meal offerings have one central message: Eat less meat.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Toyota's Ultrafast Charging Solid-State Batteries Could Be Game Changer For EVs

Toyota is still working on hydrogen fuel cells for their vehicles, but they believe that solid state batteries will be mass marketed in vehicles by 2022. This new kind of battery would provide more range, higher efficiency, and safer driving.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Wyoming Faces Energy Crossroads As Billionaire Builds Largest Wind Farm

Billionaire Philip Anschutz sees the potential for a booming wind-generated energy industry in Wyoming. However, there's been pushback from state legislators that want to raise wind taxes and those that don't want to see the landscape full of turbines.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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This Ultrathin Device Turns Your Movements Into Electricity

In the very near future, you’ll be able to slide a tiny device into your clothing that will track your own motion to create power for electronic personal devices like cell phones and fitness trackers. 

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Scotland Sets New Renewable Energy Record With Wind Power

During the month of June, Scotland achieved a milestone, producing the equivalent of six day's worth of energy for the entire country. This record could spell progress for those hoping to see greater investments in renewable energy.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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This Nonprofit Is Reusing Plastic Bottles To Light Up Homes Without Electricity

Philippines-based nonprofit launched Liter of Light, a project they think will revolutionize people's dependence on electricity while also providing people with jobs and a means of recycling the island's enormous number of plastic bottles. 

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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Electric Vehicle Sales See Major Increase Over Past 12 Months

Over the last 12 months, electric vehicle sales in the United States have risen by a whopping 40 percent compared to the previous year. That trend will only continue with Tesla's new Model 3 and surging interest in the new Nissan Leaf.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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‘Kind Traveler’ Wants To Empower You To Do Good On Your Next Trip

While many travelers have a desire to do good and help out the communities they’re visiting, many aren’t sure where to start. A new socially conscious hotel booking platform aims to help travelers out by giving them the chance to give back in a huge way - and all before they've left home.

By Kind Traveler
12 months ago
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A Grocery Store Is Selling Fresh Produce It Grows Right On Its Own Roof

A grocery store in Montreal wants to give customers the freshest produce they can provide so they decided to convert the store's roof into a 25,000 feet certified organic garden complete with eight beehives to produce honey as well.

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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This Robot Can Recognize And Grab Recyclables Before They're Sent To Landfills

At a municipal waste facility in Denver Colorado, an unlikely hero sorts through trash, and removes recyclable items before they are sent to landfills. His name is Clarke, and he's a robot, developed by AMP Robotics. 

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Curious About Moringa? Here Are The Surprising Health Benefits

Moringa, also known as the "tree of life," is a plant that has been praised for its health benefits in Asia and Africa for centuries. Today, it's is available in supplement form, and boasts a host of surprising health benefits.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Elon Musk's Northeast Hyperloop Could Change Travel Forever

Elon Musk tweeted that while not formally on paper, he's received a verbal thumbs up to create a tunneling system from New York City to the nation's capital. He also added that there would be around a dozen stops and it would go through Philadelphia and Baltimore.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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This Simple Solution To Saving Trees Might Conserve Entire Ecosystems

Researchers found Ugandan ecosystems and forests could be saved simply by paying landowners small fees to do nothing—no chopping, no clearing, and no selling off rights to farmers, loggers, hunters or other industries. 

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Startup Envisions Battery Swaps For Electric Buses In India

Collaboration by Ashok Leyland and SUN Mobility could further push the battery-swapping infrastructure for electric vehicles in India. They plan to focus on intracity buses and will push toward delivery vehicles and intercity buses in the future.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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New 'Buzzbox' Beehive Monitor Makes Beekeeping High-Tech

Over the past decade, an affliction known as "colony collapse disorder" has devastated honeybee populations worldwide. But new technology, which listens to the sounds of working hives and alerts beekeepers of problems, brings hope.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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91% Of Plastic Is Never Recycled, According To New Study

According to a new research study, between 1950 and 2015, humans produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics. A shocking 6.3 billion tons of which ended up in landfills.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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How One Company Is Making Vegan Personal Care Items Affordable

A new company is offering natural personal-care items for less than anything you can find at big chains. Their secret? Cut out all middlemen to bring healthy products from the factory directly to the consumer.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Germany's Offshore Wind Turbines Continue To Exceed Expectations

Germany is continuing their expansion in the offshore wind farm industry. They're expecting to activate over 900 megawatts of capacity by the end of this year. If they do, they're on pace to beat the goal of 6.5 GW of total capacity by 2020.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Elon Musk Explains Why Tesla Won't Have Solar Roofs Just Yet

Hoping the sun can charge up a Model 3 while driving around? Elon Musk shot down any chance of that option in the near future by saying that vehicles are a bad option to generate electricity. 

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Why This Designer Shot Her Fashion Campaign In A Landfill

Runway fashion designer Stella McCartney is striving to combat the planet's growing waste problem. McCartney is integrating eco-friendly elements into her clothing and releasing photos aimed at raising awareness. 

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Major Automakers Invest Nearly $160M In New Self-Driving Startup

Nauto, a self-driving startup, made it big this week thanks to multiple major automakers investing nearly $160 million in the company. Nauto's goal is to retrieve data from drivers and the road with a two-way dashcam.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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5 Eco-Friendly Hair Accessories Perfect For Every Style

Summer is the season for buns and ponytails. But many hair accessories contain materials that are less than eco-friendly. For a greener alternative, check out these five eco-friendly accessories to help keep you cool in the summer heat.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Nissan Unveils New One-Pedal 'e-Pedal' Feature For Leaf

Nissan is improving regenerative braking, which has been a common feature among electric vehicles. Their new e-Pedal can control speed changes and braking all with one pedal, which will aid in recharging the car's battery.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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How An Artist And A Scientist Transform Polluted Water Into Paint

An artist and a scientist have paired up to find a way to clean Ohio's murky waterways while building a sustainable paint-making company, turning pollution into pigments.

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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Target Aligns With UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Every year, retail giant Target releases a corporate responsibility report regarding its sustainability goals. The 2016 report gave details about Target's new alignment with the UN's sustainable development goals. 

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Minnesota Leads Country In Community Solar Energy

In a community solar energy system, people can opt to share solar energy from one network, splitting costs. This system has taken off in a big way in Minnesota, which now leads the U.S. in successful community solar programs. 

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Millennials Seek Affordable Housing In Solar-Powered Pods

With a rising cost of living, and housing in particular a growing expense, many young people are eager to find options that are both affordable and eco-conscious. That's where Launch POD hopes to come into the housing market.

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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Innovative Stairs Use Recycled Energy To Help You Walk

Researchers at Georgia Tech have discovered a better way to provide home assistance for those that struggle walking up and down stairs. This new project can be temporarily placed on a stairway and can store energy or release it when needed.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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New Reusable Coffee Sleeves Help Greenify Your Morning Cup

A reusable, compostable coffee sleeve is just the beginning of one company’s foray into designing a zero-waste future, helping everyday Americans make eco-conscious choices with every cup of coffee or tea they drink.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Students Create Farming System With One Surprising Bodily Fluid

A group of Mexican students have created carpet that can grow crops with human urine. The product is geared toward those in developing countries with limited resources, and the filtering system makes urine a valuable fertilizer.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Vegan Sports Drink Uses Plants To Pump Up The Protein

Because dietary supplements aren't regulated by the FDA, supplement companies sometimes use outlandish claims to sell their products. But one company, Revere, had vowed to use solid science in marketing their plant-based drink mixes.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Elon Musk Shares Vision For How To Run The US On Solar Energy

Is solar energy the best long-term renewable resource for the United States? Elon Musk makes a case for it at a governors' meeting, pointing out how we've used the sun for many generations before us.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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LA Teen Creates Tesla Ridesharing Service For Southern California

California residents have a chance to test out a Tesla vehicle through a local ridesharing service called Tesloop, created by a teen. They can take advantage of the EV's amenities while traveling to another location in Southern California.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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5 Easy Ways You Can Help Curb The Earth's Rising Temperatures

A new study in Environmental Research Letters has calculated the effects of certain lifestyles in combating the planet's rising temperatures, and actually ranks their effectiveness. Here are the top five things you can do to help.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Sidewalk Solar Panels May Enable You To Charge Your Phone Anywhere

A solar power company is installing pavement that produces enough energy from the sun to charge our cellphones, all while fostering local community.

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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Shell Plans To Install Fast Charging Systems At Gas Stations

Shell and Allego will be bringing electric vehicle charging stations to gas stations located in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The news continues the push by Shell to dive into renewable energy, but they still see a future for fossil fuels.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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The Easy Way You Can Reuse Your Amazon Boxes And Help Those In Need

Online retail giant Amazon ships over a million recyclable cardboard boxes every day. But what if those boxes could be reused before being recycled? Thanks to Amazon's partnership with innovative charity Give Back Box, they can.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Utility Companies Are Now Offering Rebates For Electric Vehicle Sales

You’ve heard of state and federal rebates for hybrid and electric vehicles, and for installing solar panels on your roof.   But now utility companies are jumping into the ring by offering rebates of their own, in order to help boost the electric vehicle market.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Solar-Powered Biodome Features All Four Seasons At Once

Want to experience a cold winter night after a hot summer day? That could be a reality thanks to Italian architect Carlo Ratti. The "Garden of the Four Seasons" will be fueled solely on renewable energy.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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New Coffee Company Promises To Increase Farmers' Wages By 50%

For every $3 you spend on a cup of coffee, the farmer who grew the beans makes a paltry 3 cents. But Levanta seeks to change that by working directly with farmers and paying them a full 50 percent more than they're used to.  

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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'Impossible' Bleeding Burger Creator Wants Meat-Free World

According to the CEO of Impossible Foods, the company that invented the bleeding veggie burger, capturing the attention of vegans isn't enough. He hopes to one day replace all meat in the human diet. Impossible? You decide. 

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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The OGarden Is A Miniature Farm You Can Cultivate In Your Living Room

At 30 cents per vegetable this small rotating indoor farm gives urban dwellers and veggie lovers alike the ultimate way to save on groceries while producing 98% less pollution than conventional agriculture. 

By Aimee Lutkin
12 months ago
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5 Natural Dyes That Are Safe For The Planet And Your Hair

Traditional hair dyes often contain harsh chemicals which can irritate the scalp and harm the environment when washed down the drain. If you're searching for something greener, here are five natural hair dyes you can try this summer.

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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Organic Farm In New York State Donates 10 Tons Of Food To The Hungry

Sky High Farm, an organic farm in New York State, has produced over 10 tons of food since 2011, but not a single pound of it was listed for sale. The farm was established to do just one thing: donate produce and meat to food banks.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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Elon Musk Explains Why We Need To Regulate Artificial Intelligence

Will Earth be taken over by artificial intelligence? Elon Musk warns at the annual Governors Association Summer Meeting that it could if we aren't active in creating rules for it, believing it's "a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization."

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Tesla Races To Meet Their Ambitious Goal Of 10,000 Superchargers

With over 6,000 Superchargers in the wild, Tesla is still hoping to reach their guidance of 10,000 stalls by the end of the year. Their current pace won't hit the mark, but there's a chance they could if production continues to improve.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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This DIY Hot Tub Is The Eco-Friendly Way To Upgrade Your Yard

Hot tubs are a great luxury whether you're in the country, suburbs, or a small yard. Now you can build your very own wood-fired hot tub for less than $300, thanks to a designer over at HomeMade Modern. 

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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6 Simple Ways To Make Your Beach Trip Gentle On The Planet

For many, summer means trips to the beach with family and friends. If you're planning on hitting the beach soon, keep in mind the environmental impact of your trip. Here are six easy ways to have an eco-friendly day at the beach.  

By Maria Cook
12 months ago
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South Miami Will Soon Require Solar Panels On All New Homes

South Miami is going to pass legislation for mandating solar panels on all new homes and any property that's expanding by more than three-fourths of its size. It's going to be the first city in Florida to have such a law and it joins three other cities in California.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Virginia Gets Opportunity To Explore Offshore Wind Energy With New Partnership

Virginia is hoping to be next in line for the emergence of offshore wind farms in the United States. In partnership with one of the world's best companies behind this renewable energy, they'll be giving it a trial run with two turbines off Virginia Beach's coast.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Europe's Auto Market Predicted To Be 100% Electric By 2035

Could Europe be running on fully electric vehicles in less than 20 years from now? That's what ING, a Dutch bank, predicts in a detailed report on the trends of battery costs coming down. It also reveals some issues that their economy could run into.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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New Online Supermarket Promises Organic, Non-GMO Products For $3 Or Less

A new, online supermarket called Brandless has gone no-frills with its packaging and brand-name sourcing, bringing groceries to the masses for $3 or less.

By Nicole Caldwell
12 months ago
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New Startup Woos People To Switch To Renewable Energy With Low Costs

Bulb is changing how utility companies operate with renewable energy and their customers. Two people who got tired of the traditional companies founded a new one to provide full transparency and one low cost for green electricity and gas.

By Brian Spaen
12 months ago
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Coca-Cola Pledges To Make Bottles Out Of 50% Recycled Plastic By 2020

The UK branch of Coca-Cola recently announced that, by the year 2020, all of its plastic bottles will be made from 50 percent recycled plastic. Some environmentalists, however, feel that the move isn't significant enough. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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Jimmy Carter Builds Solar Farm To Power Half His City

Jimmy Carter was ahead of his time when it comes to using clean energy. During the country's second energy crisis, he demonstrated the use of solar panels at the White House. He's also leasing 10 acres of solar panels in his hometown.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Drinking Coffee May Help You Live Longer, According To New Research

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Two new studies show a correlation between drinking coffee on a daily basis and enjoying a reduced risk of mortality from heart disease, stroke, and many other health ailments.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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Panasonic's EV Solar Roof Gives New Meaning To Having A 'Sunroof'

Panasonic has already added solar panels to electric vehicles, and that could provide the best answer to range issues. Partnering with Tesla may bring a solar rooftop option to the Model 3 that provides battery charging in a sleek design.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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These Waste-Free Coffee Cups Are Made From Discarded Coffee Bean Husks

Re-usable coffee cups are better for the environment than disposable ones. But what if there was an even more eco-friendly reusable cup? The folks at Huskee have just created one, using discarded coffee bean husks. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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French Company Joins Forces With US Campus To Make Self-Driving Buses

NAVYA, who creates autonomous public transportation, wants to work more with the University of Michigan's Mcity. They'll be building an assembly plant just a few miles away from campus and hope to create 15 shuttles by the end of this year.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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'Shopkids' Offers Global Marketplace for Organic Kids' Clothes

Shopkids is a new website that aggregates children’s boutiques from all over the world to feature the highest-quality fabrics and craftsmanship along with an organic product collection that is at once healthy for young skin, comfy and hip.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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This Shape-Changing Furniture Makes Moving Waste Free

People's furniture needs change over time. So, to reduce the amount of furniture thrown out each year, innovative furniture company MOJUHLER created collapsible, modular furniture that can transform from one furniture item to another. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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This Flying Car Could Light The Torch At The 2020 Summer Olympics

An old tradition in the Olympic Games could be getting a very interesting upgrade. A team of volunteers are working on the world's smallest flying car that may be able to light the flames at the 2020 games in Tokyo.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Molekule Air Purifier Destroys Indoor Air Pollution With UV Rays

Air pollution ranks among the top-five environmental risks to public health, making air purifiers much more than luxury items. But while most purifiers filter and trap undesirable air particles, a new product on the market destroys them.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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The Sunglasses Of The Future May Solar Power Our Electronics

A new pair of sunglasses is capable of measuring ambient temperature and sun radiation, while collecting enough solar energy to potentially power a step counter, hearing aid, or make science fiction a reality...eventually.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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Google's Dandelion Offers Geothermal Alternative For Heating And Cooling Homes

Alphabet, which is the new parent company ahead of Google and its subsidiaries, has added a new company that is installing geothermal heating and cooling solutions in homes. Dandelion's system is more efficient than the traditional method.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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How This 100% Solar-Powered Winery Uses Cork To Keep Wine Cool

On the Spanish island of Majorca, one winery has gone green in a big way. Son Juliana’s winery, designed by innovative architecture studio Munarq Arquitectes, runs entirely on solar power and features an insulating roof made from cork. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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How One City Is Using Plant Walls To Curb Rising Temperatures

Thanks to a combination of geography and the phenomenon known as the "heat island effect," Madrid is one of the hottest, driest cities in the world. But the city is moving toward a cooler, greener future by enlisting the help of plants. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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Pizza Place Transforms Into Bagel Shop By Using Leftover Oven Heat

Pizza On Earth, a pizza parlor in Dorset, Ontario, started offering fresh bagels every morning, cooked in residual brick-oven heat from the night before. This eco-friendly approach might be enough to encourage other restaurants to do the same.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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Brazil's Ambitious New 10-Year Energy Expansion Plan Focuses On Solar Power

Despite Brazil dealing with government turnover after a massive scandal, they were finally able to release a draft of their Energy Expansion Plan that is expected to add over 13 gigawatts of solar power capacity in the country.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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United States Just Used More Renewable Energy Than Nuclear Power

Wind and solar energy production saw its highest levels in the United States in March, and new statistics show that it has gone past nuclear generation this spring. While they're taking advantage of maintenance schedule, this shows a bleak future for nuclear power.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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5 Eco-Friendly Shampoos Perfect For Your Morning Shower

Harsh chemicals found in many traditional shampoos can harm the environment once they're washed down the drain. For an alternative that's good for you and for the planet, try one of these five all-natural shampoos instead.

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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Tesla Will Begin Building Upgraded Supercharger Stations In United States

In order to keep up with electric vehicle demand, Tesla is going to be upgrading existing Supercharger stations across the United States. They will also be adding two 20-stall facilities in New York and California to improve both long distance traveling and urban areas.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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6 Creative Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Old T-Shirt

T-shirts serve as comfortable, inexpensive wardrobe staples. But what to do once a top has grown threadbare, or only serves to remind you of a band you'd rather forget? Don't throw it away! Instead, try these six tips to reuse old tees.  

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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This Startup Gives Homeowners Opportunity To Design Their Own Solar Roofs

The new service Draw My Roof is encouraging potential solar customers to map out their own solar kits in order to get an idea of what size system they need, how much it will cost, and how much they can save—all before consulting with an installer.   

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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San Diego Cleans Up 800 Pounds Of Trash From Beaches

After the fun and festivities of July 4th, many San Diego beaches are sadly left in a littered state. This year, on July 5th, volunteers joined together to remove over 800 pounds of holiday trash from four popular San Diego spots. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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Häagen-Dazs Makes Every Vegan's Dreams Come True With 4 New Dairy-Free Flavors

Häagen-Dazs has rolled out four non-dairy flavors at Targets nationwide. But instead of doing like other vegan ice creams do and subbing in cashew, rice or soy milk for dairy, this ice cream giant is adding more yummy stuff like coconut cream, Belgian chocolate, and peanut butter.   

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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Smog-Eating Bikes Become Available To 20 Million People Through New Partnership

A design firm is on a quest to create smog-free cities around the world. Their latest innovation? Bicycles that breathe in smog, trap particulates, and let out filtered air. Even better? A bike share program is in the works.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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Australian Coal Mine Museum Will Run On Renewable Energy

A historic attraction in Australia that explores the life of an early 1900's coal mine worker is getting a renewable energy upgrade. The Energy Innovation Co-op received a grant to install 86 kilowatts of solar panels and 25 kilowatt-hours of battery storage.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Robotic Lawn Mower Reaches US Just In Time For Summer Landscaping

Honda's successful autonomous lawn mower, Miimo, has made its way to the United States after being sold exclusively in the UK for years. The device gives benefits similar to what automatic floor-cleaning gadgets offer, but for the yard.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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How Aspen's Transition To 100% Renewable Energy Can Help Other Cities

With a number of cities around the United States promising a transition into 100 percent renewable energy, they should look at what Aspen has accomplished. They still have plenty of carbon emissions, but they're leading the way in green energy.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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How Citizens Are Organizing To Ban Plastic Straws In One Colorado City

Citizens in Boulder, Colorado are urging local officials to ban the use of plastic straws in their city, via a campaign they have dubbed "Suck the Straws Out of Boulder," in order to cut down on plastic waste filling landfills in their state.

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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Tesla To Build World's Largest Battery To Solve Australia's Energy Crisis

Last year, South Australia suffered a massive storm and had blackouts in the area that are still under repair. Already in the process of switching to wind power, they're hoping Tesla can build a 100 MW battery system to give them stability.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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How One Notebook Company Is Changing The Game When It Comes To Paper Waste

The Paper Saver may be the world's most environmentally-friendly notebook. The company's secret? They sell notebooks with zero paper inside, and consumers are already loving the innovation.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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Lush Is Packaging Their Products In Ocean Pollution To Help Clean Up The Beaches

Handmade cosmetics company Lush is doing one better than putting its products in recycled containers. The brand has partnered with two environmental groups to clean up plastic trash on Canadian beaches and have it turned into 100-percent recycled containers for bath soaps and lotions.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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The 3 Surprising Reasons Your Recycling Still Ends Up In A Landfill

Unfortunately, even items that appear recyclable can end up in your local landfill. Here are the main reasons why what you sort isn’t always ending up where it ought to, and what you can do to fix it.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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How Solar Windows Could Save Energy In Every Home

Most people are familiar with self-tinting sunglasses, which turn darker in the sunlight. Now researchers at Princeton have created self-tinting windows, which use UV energy, harvested from the sun, to grow darker when needed. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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France Wants To Ban Gas And Diesel Cars By 2040

France is the next ambitious country that is planning to eliminate all vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2040. While there are skeptics that would like more information, some car manufacturers are surprisingly fine with the potential moves.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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One Man Is Planning For Life On Mars By Building A Sustainable Greenhouse In His Yard

Instead of just being thankful, Jeff Raymond decided to help his community and build a sustainable and autonomous greenhouse. Being entirely documented and interactive on YouTube, it could also give us ideas for agriculture on Mars.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Restaurants Are Recycling Oyster Shells To Restore The Coast

Oysters are a shellfish that bring lots of benefits to both humans and the environment. With 85 percent of oyster reefs being eliminated for various reasons, an environmental organization and waste management group team up in Alabama to recycle used oyster shells.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Lebanon Leads Housing Revolution With Sustainable Tiny Homes

In the middle of Lebanon, a housing revolution is underway. The Lifehaus project transforms preconceived notions of small-scale living with innovative dwellings that blend environmentalism with technology, farming, and self-sufficiency.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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China's Magical Smog-Eating "Forest City" Will Include Almost A Million Plants

Air pollution is a problem in China, especially in urban areas. But now, construction has begun on a one-of-a-kind "forest city" in Liuzhou, China, which has the power to clean around 57 tons of pollution from the air every year. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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New Law In France Requires Commercial Buildings To Focus On Sustainability

France has passed a lot of eco-friendly legislation over the past decade. Their newest law, passed Thursday, would require all new, commercial buildings built in France to have roofs partially covered in either plants or solar panels. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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Germany Gives Residents The Chance To Add Solar Power To Rented Homes

Germany has seen their solar installation pace slip over the past three years. In response, the government hopes that passing a bill to allow and help renters install solar generation systems will boost these efforts.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Abandoned Nuclear Plant Revived As Solar Energy Hub

After a nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island over 36 years ago, Tennessee halted production of a nuclear power plant in Surgoinsville. Like many other abandoned areas, it's now been turned into a solar power plant.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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India Plants 66 Million Trees In 12 Hours And Smashes Previous World Record

India is one of the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, and they're solving that problem by planting a whole lot of trees. After setting the record with nearly 50 million trees last July, they followed it up with more than 66 million on Sunday.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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This German Startup Wants To Bring Vertical Farming Right To Your Store

German startup Infarm plans to install stacked hydroponics tanks in supermarkets, shopping malls and restaurants so customers can pick their own greens, herbs, veggies and fruits without any of the transportation, toxic fertilizer, or lost nutrition of big agriculture processes. 

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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China Builds First Solar Farm Shaped Like A Giant Panda

When one thinks about renewable energy, does the word "cute" come to mind? Perhaps not, but the Panda Power Plant in Datong, China is shaped like a giant panda, making it one of the most unique (and adorable) solar farms in the world. 

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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'Refill' Mobile App Has Wild Success Helping People Find Clean Tap Water

Finding free, clean tap water isn't as hard as you might think and it isn't limited to public water fountains. A program in the UK promotes people to bring water bottles to businesses and get their free refills to limit single-use plastic bottle sales.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Volvo Pledges To Make Exclusively Electric And Hybrid Cars Starting In 2019

Volvo announces their plans to get away from selling vehicles that only have traditional engines in them. Beginning in 2019, all vehicles will either be fully electric or a form of hybrid, and they've also revealed that five EVs are in the works.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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The 5 Easiest Ways To Beat The Summer Heat Without AC

There is nothing worse than hot nights without air conditioning. But air conditioners are hardly eco-friendly, and are not always budget-friendly. Here are five easy ways to cool your dwellings without the environmental or economic costs.   

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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California Lawmaker Proposes $3 Billion In Subsidies To Boost EV Market

California has the biggest share of electric vehicle sales in the country, but they're far from reaching the goal of 1.5 million of them driving through the state. In order to reach that, a bill could cut costs with an enhanced rebate system.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Here's How Congress Could Change The Future Of Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous driving is the next big thing, but there will need to be laws in place to regulate it. Perhaps the biggest issue is cyber security, as there's a huge potential for private information being vulnerable or hackers taking control of cars.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Energy-Harvesting Tiles Turn Footsteps Into Electricity On Busy London Street

Bird Street in London's West End hasn't received a lot of attention, so the area was revived with a new, smart walkway that generates electricity just from people walking on it. It can also connect to mobile devices for interactive features.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Swiss Initiative Aims To Sweeten The Cocoa Industry With Sustainable Focus

A newly formed Swiss organization is pushing to make the cocoa industry more environmentally and socially responsible. First, they want to ensure that at least 80 percent of imported cocoa products in Switzerland come from sustainable production.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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Tesla's First Mass-Market Car To Hit The Road This July

Tesla wanted to reach over 100,000 Model 3 units by 2018, but updated estimates have that total more around the 40,000 mark. While many will wait a little bit longer for their vehicle, expect the EV manufacturer to ramp up production considerably.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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2018 Nissan Leaf Teases Sleek Design And Biggest Mile Range Yet

Nissan has revealed more details on their upcoming redesign of the Leaf electric vehicle. It's received a complete design overhaul with a sleeker look on the outside and entry-level autonomous features inside. They also boast its biggest range yet.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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San Francisco Takes Step To Limit Plastic By Getting Rid Of Bottled Water

San Francisco is leading the charge on removing unnecessary plastic material in the city. Their recent target has been limiting sales of individual plastic bottles, and it promotes the city's water and other alternatives such as bringing water from home to work.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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5 Green Gadgets You Didn't Know You Needed

Choosing a new piece of technology can be a difficult decision for anyone, but if you have the environment on your mind, the choice can feel even tougher. Here are five fun, innovative, eco-friendly gadgets designed to better your daily life.

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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ChargePoint Receives Additional $43 Million To Expand Charging Stations In Europe

ChargePoint has already received $82 million earlier this year to expand their network in Europe. They've now received an additional $43 million by Siemens, a supplier that's invested in the charging network since 2010.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Vegan Startup Hampton Creek Joins Lab-Grown Meat Movement

Lab-grown meat has a new contender claiming it will be the first to bring the product to the market. Except this company, unlike its competitors in the race to produce “clean meat” grown in a petri dish, is a vegan brand: Hampton Creek.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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This Group Of Students Just Created The Solar-Powered Family Car Of The Future

Eindhoven University of Technology's solar team is looking for a third consecutive championship at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Called the Stella Vie, upgrades to this model include a navigation system that improves solar efficiency.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Apple's Supply Chain Making Strides Toward Renewable Energy

Apple's nearing their goal of producing all of their energy from renewable sources, and they'll be able to achieve it as they continue to push their supply chains in the same direction. Most of them are located in China, who has recently pushed these alternative sources.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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5 Organic Alcohol Brands You Can Feel Good About Supporting

Searching for something to sip this summer? Alcoholic beverages don't have ingredients listed on their labels, but luckily, these five beverages are certified organic, so you can rest assured that they're made as naturally as possible!

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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5 Sustainable Ice Cream Brands To Satisfy Your Favorite Summer Craving

Sweet and cold, ice cream is the ultimate summer treat. But how can you ensure that your creamy confection was made with minimal environmental impact? Check out these five brands that prioritize eco-conscious practices.

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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Electronic Toys May Impede Language Development, Suggests Recent Research

According to recent research, children's use of electronic toys may not be teaching them as much as marketing suggests. In fact, reliance on electronic toys may distract from important language building with parents and caregivers.

By Kristi Pahr
1 year ago
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6 Ethical Tea Companies Perfect For Your Morning Cup

Iced or hot, tea is a great drink choice. But some tea companies rely on unethical practices to produce their tea. If you're in search of eco-friendly options, try these six brands that make ethically-grown teas you can feel good about.

By Maria Cook
1 year ago
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Dutch Startup Reveals Solar-Powered Car With 500-Mile Driving Range

Lightyear One is the new electric vehicle from a Dutch startup that aims to fix the problem of limited charging stations across the world. This solar-powered car provides a large range and can be used for months at a time in sunny climates.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Chicago Shows Interest In Elon Musk's Underground Rail System

Elon Musk has began the process of tunnel boring in Los Angeles, and that's drew the attention of Chicago's mayor. Rahm Emanuel has been in contact with Tesla's CEO and could potentially bring tunnel transportation to the Windy City.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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This Family Converted A School Bus Into A Tiny Home For 24/7 Travel

The Davis household, a family of three, plus their dog, calling themselves the “Midwest Wanderers" have converted a retired school bus into a motorized, off-the-grid tiny home for 24/7 travel across the United States.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago
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This Province In China Just Went An Entire Week Running Only On Renewable Energy

A number of places have been able to successfully run on 100 percent renewable energy, and the Qinghai province in China joins the list after successfully completing a test run for one week. Around 72 percent of their energy came from hydropower.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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World's First Floating Wind Turbine Sets Sail Off Coast Of Scotland

Statoil, which is the 11th largest oil and gas company in the world, is helping to develop a new version of offshore wind farms. These floating editions can reach deeper waters and have more capacity in each turbine, taking advantage of higher winds.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Air Pollution May Hinder Up To 25% Of Solar Power Production Each Month

Solar panels already have a lot of efficiency issues when it comes to converting sunlight into electricity. It's even worse when atmospheric particulate matter is blocking that sun either when it's airborne or collecting on the panels itself.

By Brian Spaen
1 year ago
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Harvard Turns Prewar Home Into Green Building That Makes More Energy Than It Uses

Buildings account for almost half of all energy consumption in the United States. But Harvard's HouseZero project seeks to change all that, by retrofitting a pre-war home in Cambridge into a building that makes more energy than it uses.

By Nicole Caldwell
1 year ago