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Tessa Love

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

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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
1 month 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
2 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

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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Home

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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News

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
3 months ago
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Community

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
3 months ago
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News

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
3 months ago
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Community

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
3 months ago
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Food

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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Home

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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Renewables

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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Food

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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News

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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News

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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Community

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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News

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
4 months ago
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Home

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
5 months ago
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Renewables

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
6 months ago
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Renewables

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
6 months ago
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News

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
6 months ago
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Food

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
6 months ago
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Food

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
6 months ago
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Travel

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
6 months ago
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News

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
6 months ago
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Travel

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
6 months ago
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News

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
6 months ago
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Renewables

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
6 months ago
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Food

France Tops Sustainability Charts For Reducing Food Waste

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

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Renewables

India's Rooftops Are Leading The Solar Power Revolution

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

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Travel

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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News

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

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

By Tessa Love
7 months ago
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Community

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

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

By Tessa Love
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 months ago
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News

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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 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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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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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

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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News

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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago
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News

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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago
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News

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
8 months ago
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News

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
8 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
8 months ago
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News

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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago
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News

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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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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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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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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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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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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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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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
9 months ago
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News

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
9 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
9 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
9 months ago
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News

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
9 months ago
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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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 months ago
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News

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
9 months ago
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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
9 months ago
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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
9 months ago
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News

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
9 months ago
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News

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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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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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