Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by

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California Democrats Cave In To Oil Lobby

A California Senate bill would have required a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by 2030. Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Democrats caved in to pressure from oil industry lobbyists and dropped the provision.


McDonald’s Commits To Cage-Free Eggs

McDonald’s will transition to cage-free eggs in its North American restaurants within the next 10 years, the company announced last week. As the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) put it, this is a “watershed moment for animal welfare.”


Program Aims To Improve Conditions In Malaysia’s Electronics Supply Chain

As a report by Verite states, “The conditions faced by foreign electronics workers in Malaysia have the potential to result in forced labor.” The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, a nonprofit coalition concerned with supply chain responsibility, has a solution.


Interface Dives In For New Belgium Brewing

A group of Interface employees are pictured on the company’s blog site in bathing suits in the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta holding carpet tiles that spell out, “We’re with you.” Why? They’re voicing support for New Belgium Brewing Co., which is facing a boycott in a Colorado town over donations to environmental groups.

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H&M Launches Global Change Award To Further Textile Recycling

When it comes to Swedish clothing retailer H&M, the news just gets better. Earlier this week, we covered the company’s new denim clothing line made from recycled materials. On August 25, H&M Conscious Foundation, a nonprofit global foundation, announced the launch of its Global Change Award for textile recycling innovation.


Canadian Prime Minister’s Photo Gaffe Highlights Spotty Conservation Record

Using the wrong picture to go with an ad concerning wild salmon habitat restoration shouldn’t be that big of a deal, right? If you are Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is in the midst of an election campaign, it is a big deal. Let’s just say Harper’s environmental record is less than stellar.


H&M To Introduce Denim Line Made Using Recycled Cotton

Next month, clothing retailer H&M will introduce new denim pieces made using recycled cotton. The company will introduce a total of 16 new denim styles that incorporate recycled cotton from textiles collected through its in-store Garment Collecting Initiative. It’s all part of a goal to create a closed-loop system for its products.


Investors Pressure Food and Beverage Companies To Manage Water Risk

More than 60 North American and European investors, managing $2.6 trillion in collective assets, sent letters to 15 food and beverage companies, calling on them to manage water risk. Big-name companies that received letters this month include Archer Daniels Midland Co., Dean Foods, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Monster Beverage and Kraft Heinz Co.


Sprint Introduces Paper Bills Made from Wheat Straw

If you are a Sprint customer, this month your statement might be printed on a tree-based paper alternative. To learn more about the company’s groundbreaking use of wheat straw byproduct-based paper, we talked to Keanon Swan, strategic partner of relationships and postal alliances for Sprint.


Not So Profitable: Who Lost Over $5 Billion On Fossil Fuels?

California’s largest public pension funds have lost over $5 billion on fossil fuel investments in the past fiscal year, according to a report by Trillium Asset Management. Can a new state bill provide the solution?


Ikea Eliminates CFL Light Bulbs

By Sept. 1, Ikea will only sell LED light bulbs and lighting, the company announced on Monday. The announced fulfills a commitment made in 2012.


The Real Environmental Cost of Fashion

A new report by Rainforest Action Network traces tree-based fabric production back to deforestation and human rights violations risks.