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 Mashable.com.

Chocolate

Lead and Cadmium Found in Popular Chocolate Candies

The nonprofit foundation As You Sow tested 42 chocolate products for lead and cadmium, and found that 26 of them (62 percent) have lead and/or cadmium in levels that violate California’s Proposition 65 law.

angora

Zara Parent Company Drops Angora Products

Inditex, Zara’s parent company, recently announced that angora products will no longer be sold at its 6,500 stores, due to pressure from animal rights activists.

solar

Solar Rapidly Expands in Hawaii

Solar power is really growing in Hawaii, as a recent report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows.

palm oil plantation

Palm Oil Giant Launches Web Portal to Make Its Supply Chain Transparent

Wilmar International Ltd., the largest palm oil producer in the world, is the first industry player to make its palm oil supply chain transparent via an online platform. The online dashboard, which went live last week, maps all of the company’s palm oil mill suppliers in Indonesia and Malaysia.

vineyard

The Business Plan to Preserve Sonoma County Winemaking

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (SCWC) is determined to protect and preserve the region’s wine industry, the organization asserted in its first sustainability report released this month.

chipotle

Chipotle Says ‘No’ to Pork After Supply Chain Violations

Chipotle is serious about upholding its Food With Integrity program. It’s so serious that on Tuesday, the fast food chain suspended a pork supplier for violating the company’s standards — leaving a third of its restaurants without pork.

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New York City Bans Foam Packaging

New York City is joining a slew of California cities that have banned foam packaging. Known as expanded polystyrene (EPS), foam packaging can’t be used by food service establishments, stores and manufacturers on and after July 1, 2015.