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Electric vehicle networks need to be open, smart, clean and equitable

6.25.18
Source: GreenBiz, 6/19/18

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A group of major automakers, utilities, tech companies, environmental firms and industry groups have come together to outline best practices to help build electric vehicle charging networks that are open, smart, clean and equitable.


World's strongest biomaterial now comes from a tree?

6.25.18
Source: Chemical & Engineering News, 6/19/18

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Spider silk has long been considered the strongest biological material in the world and has inspired generations of materials scientists to understand and mimic its properties. However, new findings knock spider silk off its pedestal, reporting that engineered cellulose fibers, derived from plant cell walls, are the strongest biobased material. The material is more than 20% stronger than and eight times as stiff as spider silk. It could eventually be used in lightweight biobased composites for cars, bikes, and medical devices, the researchers say.


GM Surges toward Sustainability Success with Supply Chain, EVs, Circular Economy

6.18.18
Source: Environmental Leader, 6/14/18

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General Motors has surpassed its 2020 goal of reducing the carbon intensity of its operations by 20%, three years ahead of schedule, the company announced in its just-released 2017 sustainability report; since 2010, GM has reduced the energy intensity of its operations by 15%, generating $135 million in cost savings.


After 7 years, Madison compost program trashed

6.18.18
Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 6/12/18

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Madison's organics-collection pilot program will end next week, a victim of people putting too many non-compostables into their compostables carts and a city that couldn't afford its own biodigester, the city's recycling coordinator announced Monday.


How big brands are trying to pull off a recycling revolution

6.18.18
Source: CNN Money, 6/11/18

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Coca-Cola (KO) said in January that by 2030, it will collect and recycle one bottle or can for each one it sells. Dunkin' Donuts said it will try to stop using foam cups by 2020. Several others, including McDonald's and Procter & Gamble, have made their own ambitious commitments to use sustainable packaging. But even the most sweeping efforts won't do much good without the help of customers, local governments and most importantly, competitors.


Food waste is going to take over the fashion industry

6.18.18
Source: Fast Company, 6/15/18

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The startup Circular Systems is pioneering new tech to convert food crop waste--like banana peels and hemp stalks--into wearable fibers.


SWANA Provides Update on How China's Waste Import Restrictions are Impacting Recycling Programs

6.13.18
Source: Waste360, 6/13/18

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The update provides an overview of the effect that the restrictions are having on the export of recyclables from both the U.S. and Canada.


With recyclable packaging, Purple Carrot says it's rooting for the environment

6.12.18
Source: WasteDive, 6/6/18

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Vegan meal-kit company Purple Carrot is rolling out 100% recyclable packaging within the next few weeks. According to a company press release, the new corrugated boxes are made from 95% post-consumer material, utilizing a recycled cellulose paper fiber liner and 100% water-filled ice packs that are drain-safe and environmentally disposable.


This Sleek and Stylish Laundromat 'Preserves the Life Cycle of a Garment'

6.12.18
Source: WWD, 6/1/18

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Celsious, a sunlit and stylish coin and credit card laundromat café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, offers a business model centered on prolonging the life cycle of garments through its speedy laundry equipment and sustainable, zero-waste policies, as well as care practices such as pre-treating stains, washing at lower temperatures and apropos hang-drying. Celsious' modern take on the coin laundromat model is pivotal for conscientious consumers, and for the industry itself.


A new network of high-res cameras is monitoring Pittsburgh's air pollution in real time

6.12.18
Source: Environmental Health News, 6/5/18

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Researchers hope they'll help capture "fugitive emissions" of toxics to help health officials crack down on some of the region's biggest polluters.


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