Vegan beauty company Pacifica is doubling down on sustainability with an upcycling program in partnership with Preserve. The brand sends users a prepaid shipping label to send old Pacifica items to Preserve to be turned into toothbrushes and razors, and rewards customers with points toward product purchases.
Roads with solar panels bring the potential to reduce the amount of land needed to produce electricity, but the technology is in the early stages of development. The US, China and France are testing roadway solar panels, but the technology will most likely be used initially on driveways, patios and other small spaces before roads.
A number of REITs and other landlords in New York City, including Related Cos, SL Green Realty, Brookfield Property Partners and Vornado Realty Trust, have joined an effort to reduce energy use in the city's largest buildings by 20% by 2030. The plan could significantly reduce greenhouse gases emitted by buildings, according to the Urban Green Council.
A system of standardized, straightforward labels for recycling bins could bring US recycling rates up, argues Mitch Hedlund, executive director at Recycle Across America. "There are thousands of confusing recycling instructions on bins throughout the country, which makes people skeptical and apathetic about recycling, and projects the message that recycling is unimportant," Hedlund says.
As organizations search for ways to reduce plastic waste and move toward circular practices, companies should not abandon a solution that seems small, because small changes can grow into larger ones, write Ocean Recovery Alliance's Douglas Woodring and Ecover/Method's Tom Domen. "Every business and service provider has some type of calculable negative externality, but if the new solution reduces other externalities by a large scale along the way, the quest for perfection should not stop us from innovating to reach that ultimate goal in the future," they say.
The New Jersey Energy Master Plan Committee will host several September events to gather stakeholders' feedback for meeting the state's 100% by 2050 renewables goal. "Being responsible stewards of the environment is not a campaign promise; it's a moral, philosophical and economic obligation," says Gov. Phil Murphy.
Employees are more apt to stay when leaders take the time to seek input about projects, culture and goals, writes Justin Bell, president of Credera. "The only way to help someone reach their full potential is to seek to understand where they want to go and what drives them," he writes.