Posted on November 13, 2015 by Envirothink
You may remember the name David Milarch. He’s the founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, the organization that gathers genetic material from “champion trees” to create exact clones that will preserve these very special trees and help reforest our planet. David and Archangel have been written about and filmed by a number of entities around the world for the important work they’re doing.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Reforestation | Tagged: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, Banff Mountain Film Festival, champion trees, coastal redwoods, David Milarch, genetic material, giant sequoia, health, reforestation, Sundance Film Festival | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 21, 2015 by Envirothink
As consumer demand for green business practices grows, companies continue to seek the best solutions and organizations that will help them meet that demand.
In the business of sustainably sourced wood products, there’s been a steady movement away from one of the more favored providers – Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) that in recent days has become controversial amid numerous allegations of greenwashing nasty business practices.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: environmentally responsible, forest management, ForestEthics, Forestry Stewardship Council, FSC, green products, greenwashing, human rights, responsible forestry, SFI, sustainability, sustainably sourced | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 12, 2015 by Envirothink
Flame retardants have been shown to have serious effects on childhood development, from as early as prenatal exposure. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a class of brominated hydrocarbons that are used as flame retardants.
According to the EPA, PBDEs are all around us in fabrics, upholstery, and polyurethane foam. Phased out over the past decade, unfortunately these toxic chemicals are still all around us. They’ve been detected in fish, surface water, and in the air. Researchers have linked them to attention deficit and impulse control problems in children. The EPA even reports that PBDEs are possible endocrine disruptors.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: childhood development, dopamine, EPA, flame retardant, hydrocarbon, neurotransmitter, non-toxic, University of Texas | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 9, 2015 by Envirothink
We’ve become a throwaway society. Leftovers from a dinner out get tossed into the trash. Bruised or past due supermarket produce winds up in dumpsters and ultimately in our landfills.
There’s a growing movement to give “organics” a second life. The Zero Waste movement has taken on food waste and businesses and organizations are embracing this sustainability trend.
Here are some sobering facts about food waste:
- Approximately 40 percent of our food supply is wasted. That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person per month – the equivalent of $115 billion per year!
- Organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, the largest source of methane emissions.
Food waste is a large and growing problem. To learn more about the zero waste movement and some of the innovative companies that have embraced it, click here.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: emissions, food supply, food waste, innovative companies, landfills, methane, sustainability, throwaway society, zero waste | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 8, 2015 by Envirothink
Most people have heard of or even participated in some sort of crowdfunding campaign. Names like Indegogo and Kickstarter seem to be the most familiar platforms for a vast array of funding opportunities.
Now there’s a new star on the horizon, one that’s geared towards green projects. Earthcrowdfunder is the first crowdfunding platform designed specifically for environmental and sustainable projects.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: clean water, crowdfunding, crowdfunding platform, earthcrowdfunder, electricity, environmental, environmental science, green, Indegogo, Kickstarter, natural resources, solar panels, sustainability, University of Denver, water filters | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 14, 2015 by Envirothink
Coffee lovers have long embraced the single serving cup of coffee. While many love the efficiency and ease of machines such as Keurig, folks looking for more environmentally friendly alternatives have been out of luck. Until now.
Marley Coffee – a sustainably grown, ethically grown artisan coffee founded by Rohan Marley (Bob Marley’s son) – just announced its first retail shipment of the new recyclable EcoCup, an easy-to-recycle, single-serve capsule that’s compatible with most Keurig® K-Cup® machines. The EcoCup offers great-tasting, premium coffee in a sustainable format that will dramatically reduce the amount of waste that’s normally produced by traditional capsules. Created in a strategic partnership with Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, Marley Coffee is the first premium coffee brand to bring this sustainable solution to market, five years ahead of coffee industry giants.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: Bob Marley, espresso, Jamaica Blue Mountain, Keurig K-Cup, kosher, landfills, Marley Coffee, Marley Coffee RealCup, Rainforest Alliance Certified, recyclable, recycle, Rohan Marley, single serving coffee, sustainable, USDA organic | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 9, 2015 by Envirothink
There’s finally some good news regarding the fate of wolves in at least one Western state. Traditionally cattle ranchers – especially those in Montana and Idaho – make a point of killing wolves to prevent them from killing any cattle. Now some Montana ranchers are finding ways to co-exist.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Wildlife | Tagged: bison, grass-fed beef, Montana cattle ranchers, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nature Conservancy, Sage Grouse Initiative, wildlife, Wildlife Services, wolf packs, wolves, Yellowstone National Park | Leave a comment »