Posted on November 14, 2014 by Envirothink
Web browser Ecosia has helped plant one million trees this past year – and they’re not stopping!
We’ve been steadily losing forests around the globe, the ramifications of which are seriously impacting our weather. One company has taken on this issue and is “walking the talk” to help reforestation.
Ecosia, a search engine that uses a large percentage of the proceeds to help with reforestation, just announced it has planted one million trees in the rainforest over this past year, thanks to folks who installed their free browser extension. Through consumer use of their website, particularly for browsing and purchasing at retailers, Ecosia donated at least 80 percent of its total revenue towards the tree planting efforts.
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Posted on September 9, 2014 by Envirothink
In a surprise move, Monday the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. Patients and their relatives will now also be allowed to mail unused prescription drugs to an authorized collector using packages to be made available at pharmacies and other locations, like libraries and senior centers.
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Posted on June 11, 2014 by Envirothink
Ford and Heinz work to create sustainable materials from tomato waste
You have to hand it to Ford Motor Company. They seem to be at the top when it comes to innovation and creative thinking.
Their latest venture has them collaborating with Heinz, Coca-Cola, Nike and Procter & Gamble to further the development of a 100 percent plant-based plastic that can be used to make everything from fabric to packaging and with a lower environmental impact than petroleum-based packaging materials currently in use. And that’s where tomatoes come into play.
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Posted on June 4, 2014 by Envirothink
Orcas at SeaWorld. Only in captivity are the fins on their backs folded over – another sign that something’s very wrong. Photo by Josh, flickr
Seems there’s a breakthrough in the making. As pressure increases on SeaWorld since the release of the film Blackfish exposing details about its captive orcas. As the park continues to see serious drops in revenues from artists and tourist cancellations, it has decided it’s time to speak up. It announced that on June 5th a representative from SeaWorld will take on two prominent critics of the park to “talk through the issue” of keeping killer whales in captivity, according to Voice of San Diego, organizer of the unprecedented event that’s to be held at La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: animal welfare, Animal Welfare Institute, Blackfish, captive orcas, Naomi Rose, SeaWorld, Susan Gray Davis, Voice of San Diego | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 23, 2014 by Envirothink
Companies are finding they need to expand their innovation efforts to meet consumer demand for greener products and services. And angel investors are eagerly seeking to invest in these kinds of companies.
These two forces collided on April 2nd at the 3rd annual Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge.
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Posted on April 11, 2014 by Envirothink
Came across a great article today about Elon Musk and his newest venture. The founder and innovator behind Tesla, this visionary entrepreneur continues to expand his vision of what’s possible for American consumers.
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Posted on March 11, 2014 by Envirothink
The new 1World Trade Center, photo courtesy of RenewN?YC and SOM
Americans and the world has waited for 13 years to see what will be 1 World Trade Center. The wait is almost over. Final construction is just about done and tenants are beginning to build out their new offices.
The story is a remarkable one, filled with delays, squabbles and, finally, partnership and commitment. Surprisingly, it’s also one of family, devotion and pride. You’ll want to read the great article by Josh Sanburn. It’s poignant and will touch your heart. The documentary film RISE is filled with interviews of the ironworkers who made it happen. Their stories are an integral part of the whole. They are the heroes we can look to, who gave us something to truly be proud of.
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