Bottled Water Industry Billionaires Give Caltech $750M for Climate Research

The billionaire owners of The Wonderful Company, which produces Pom Wonderful and Fiji Water, donated $750 million to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for climate research, according to an announcement from the university today. Stewart and Lynda Resnick’s gift to Caltech is the second-largest gift ever given to a university and seeks technological solutions to […]

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Straws Made of Seaweed Could Replace Their Plastic Nemesis

A startup called Loliware is thinking outside of the plastic box and introducing an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic straws. Soon “hyper-compostable” seaweed straws — that “look, feel, and act like plastic” — could be heading to a store shelf near you. Americans use between 170 and 390 million straws a day. To combat this, the Kickstarter-fundedsingle-use seaweed straws are designed […]

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Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Despite a few hiccups along the way, Australia’s plastic bag consumption has dropped drastically. Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use, the Australian Associated Press reported, citing the National Retail Association. Overall, the bans introduced by Coles and Woolworths […]

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