Since 2009 the team behind Repurpose Compostables has been selling compostable food service products to businesses and consumers. But they may have just had a major breakthrough. As we know, companies such as Starbucks have been researching ways to green their coffee cups for quite some time now. Well perhaps Starbucks should take some notes while reading this story.
This week Repurpose Compostables announced the debut of their One Cup which, according to the press release, “requires no sleeve, uses 65% less CO2 than a traditional cup to produce, and can be composted in 90 days.” And to take it one step further, this 100% certified compostable cup is also made with FSC-certified paper.
Have you ever noticed that arts and crafts paint labels don’t list the ingredients in their products? Arts and crafts paints are exempt from consumer paint lead laws and one company is trying to bring this to the spotlight. GLOB, which makes paints using natural plant extracts and botanical pigments, wants us to know that “in the US, synthetic pigments that have never been tested for toxicity can be labeled ‘non-toxic.’” Yet again, as consumers, we are uninformed.
According to GLOB’s website, “Arts and crafts paint often contain lead, cadmium, and host of toxic ingredients like formaldehyde (a carcinogen), one of the most common paint preservatives.” So in other words, conventional paints might not be so good for you or for the environment.
Last week, Enterprise announced that it will now offer consumers the Chevy Volt by the end of January, starting in California. As if that wasn’t already a big announcement for the environmental industry, Chevrolet has yet another piece of news to add: the Volt has won the North American Car of the Year.
The announcement was made yesterday at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It just so happens that at this annual show is where General Motors first showed the Volt as a concept car four years ago.
A few months ago, IKEA began phasing out incandescent light bulbs in all of their stores across the U.S. That alone makes a great statement for their millions of customers, and their website encourages the same: “If every IKEA customer replaced one ordinary 60-watt bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, the energy savings would be as much as the greenhouse gas emissions from 750,000 cars.”
Not only are they stocking CFL light bulbs on their shelves, but LED lamps as well. They are touting the fact that these initiatives will save their customers money by saving energy – something everyone is looking for these days.
So it doesn’t come to us as a surprise that IKEA is now claiming to be the first retailer to completely eliminate incandescents from their stores. A huge part of the switch is due to a U.S. ban on the sale of incandescents that will start with 100-watt bulbs on Jan. 1, 2012, followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013, then 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs in 2014. But the initiative is also part of the responsibility that IKEA is taking to building a better environment.
As students, we all learned about the Milky Way, Orion’s Belt, and the North Star. What would happen if these important points in our sky disappeared? In some places, they have. That’s because light pollution, the artificial glow that dims the stars, is affecting 63 percent of the world’s population. In many cities around the world, well-known constellations and meteor showers are not even visible anymore.
“The sky is fading,” a report says in Physics Today. And in one desert town in California residents are “taking back the night” as protectors of the sky, determined to keep their beautiful and starry night skies.