In the US, the volume of plastic waste hit 44 million metric tons in 2019. Some beauty companies are ditching plastics in favor of aluminum, glass, or plant-based materials. Consumers are willing to pay a higher price for sustainable products. This article is part of the “Innovation at Work” series
The world produces around 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, according to the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP). This plastic waste is detrimental to human and planetary health, releasing greenhouse gases, polluting soil and waters, and threatening marine wildlife. Plastic waste is now so abundant, the U.N. has declared it a planetary crisis.
The plastic rings ubiquitous with six-packs of beer and soda are gradually becoming a thing of the past as more companies switch to greener packaging. The changes are taking different forms — from cardboard to six-pack rings made with leftover barley straw. While the transitions can be a step toward
Thanks to pressure from millions of people around the world, governments are finally beginning to acknowledge that the only way to tackle the plastic pollution crisis is through shifting towards a system based on reuse. Slowly we have seen reuse and refill business models advance around the world, but it’s
Sealaska Board Chair Joe Nelson pulls bull kelp from Saginaw Channel on Sept. 14, 2021 near Juneau. (Loren Holmes / ADN) This story is part of a reporting collaboration between Alaska Public Media, the Anchorage Daily News and Indian Country Today on the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Funding
Turkey Day is just around the corner, and the 95-year-old Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become the latest target for the NFT craze—10 of its iconic balloons will be auctioned off as digital images. Another 9,500 NFTs will go for free to the first people who visit the retailer’s website
Before 2016, Grant Frontier Park was touted as a place where prospectors first discovered gold in the South Platte River near Denver. No one seemed to care. “I never saw anyone in the park,” Gordon Robertson, director of planning design and construction at Denver Parks and Recreation Department, said of