Alaska Airlines will replace single-use plastic items including citrus picks and plastic stirring straws with more sustainable alternatives beginning July 16. "Plastic is a serious issue for our planet. What's important is continuing to move the global supply chain toward making sustainable materials accessible and affordable," said Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Shaunta Hyde.
Lincoln, Neb., has given a zero-waste award to Lincoln Running Co. for recycling 90% or more of its waste. The retailer donates used shoe boxes to the Capital Humane Society and public school camps, while returned shoes are donated to schools and a recreation center's Feet First program.
DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, two Michigan-based utilities, have partnered with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan to set a new 50% by 2030 goal for clean energy, according to the groups. "Michigan wants clean energy, and we saw support across the state from the moment we started this campaign," said Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan campaign manager John Freeman.
Shaw Industries Group says its commercial carpet manufacturing is carbon-neutral after successful efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions while increasing its use of renewable energy.
Restaurants are feeding consumers' growing demand for sustainable seafood, making it a top menu trend this year, according to the National Restaurant Association's 2018 sustainability report. At Pacific Catch West Coast Fish House, all of the seafood on the menu is sustainable, and it's a selling point on the restaurant's website and social media pages, said sustainability director Jennifer Bushman.
Researchers predict that 80% of city buses around the world will be electric by 2040, according to a report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. City buses are ideal candidates for a switch to electric power because they travel predictable routes and can be charged at central locations, writes Katie Fehrenbacher.
Extending the full wind-energy production tax credit through 2050 would result in a near-term drop-off in new additions but would ultimately bring 40% more new installed wind capacity online by 2050 compared to if the credits are ended, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report said that without the PTC, the nation's total installed wind capacity would likely increase to 55% above 2017 levels by 2050.
Procrastination leads people to fall behind and feel anxious, and many times this is because they are busy during peak hours but work on the wrong things, Dan Rockwell writes. "Important trivialities prevent you from doing the thing that pays the bills," he writes.