Whole Foods Market will swap plastic straws for paper at its 500 stores in North America and the UK starting in July, the company said. Stores will also start using smaller plastic produce bags and replace hard plastic rotisserie chicken packages with bags that use about 70% less plastic.
Mondelez International reports that Cocoa Life, its $400 million commitment to improve its cocoa supply chain, was the source for 43% of its chocolate brands in 2018. CEO Dirk Van de Put said the company believes "consumers should not have to choose between snacking and eating right, or to be concerned about the impact their snacking choices have on the world and their communities."
Consumers' growing demand for clean beauty products goes beyond ingredient lists -- they're also looking for transparency and sustainable, socially-conscious practices, says Rachel Grabenhofer of Global Cosmetic Industry and Cosmetics & Toiletries. "In the end, it's all about being transparent with consumers, so they are empowered to decide what ingredients they put into or onto their bodies," she said.
AMP Robotics has developed a recycling robot called the AMP Cortex system, which can identify and sort 160 recyclables in a minute. The system is guided by the company's Neuron artificial intelligence platform and will be installed in multiple Electronic Recyclers International facilities by the end of the year.
Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has successfully converted a public works garage into an exhibit center for green building technology. The building's temperature will be modulated using geothermal wells and radiant flooring while capturing energy from photovoltaic solar panels for its electricity needs.
Corporations, nonprofits and associations are getting more involved in the US recycling market, according to this analysis. Material quality needs to be improved, as well as infrastructure for sorting and processing, to meet the demand for high-quality recycled materials.
A wind farm project proposed by Engie could bring a multimillion-dollar windfall to Texas' Limestone County, including $40 million to $60 million in benefits for schools and the possibility of lower taxes. The first phase of the project is scheduled to kick off this year in West Central Limestone, close to the Waco Power Plant.
Hard conversations can be handled better by displaying vulnerability, being clear about the type of conversation taking place and using open-ended statements to respect the other person's emotions, writes Jenn Lofgren. "You might need to have a series of conversations instead of trying to push for a result in a single discussion," she writes.