Queensland passes laws banning ‘killer’ single-use plastics

Queensland has become the second Australian state to pass laws banning single-use plastics including straws and cutlery that are blighting the state’s waterways and beaches and endangering wildlife. Environmental groups congratulated the Queensland government after it passed legislation on Wednesday night that will ban single-use plastic items, including polystyrene food containers and cups, from 1 […]

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Biodegradable, Carbon-Negative Straws and Cutlery Could Help Stop Plastic Pollution

Newlight Technologies, a California biotech company, has set its sights on curbing greenhouse gas emissions and marine plastic pollution simultaneously. The startup uses ocean bacteria to create a new material that is made of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and that can replace many single-use plastics and leathers. Newlight has been exploring ways to make use of greenhouse […]

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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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Corona Becomes First Big Beer Brand to Trial Plastic-Free Rings

Corona will pilot 100 percent plastic-free six pack rings in select markets—the first global beer brand to attempt the switch after moves from smaller beer companies. The plant-based rings will be piloted in Tulum, Mexico—Corona’s homeland—at the beginning of 2019. Corona’s move is part of a larger effort with the environmental organization Parley for the […]

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