A longstanding problem, ocean plastic has become severe in recent years, with some studies predicting there will actually be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. Thankfully, there's at least one company that is working to make sure that doesn't happen.
In its first full year of operation, Ashley, Indiana's Brightmark is on track to process 100,000 tons of plastic: from grocery bags to coffee cups, if it's plastic, they want it. They convert it to wax and eco-friendly fuel with a commercial process that could revolutionize the industry--and might solve one of our most vexing environmental issues.
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Posted on 11/13/2020 at 11:27 AM
When you think of the fight against poverty, a billion-dollar candy conglomerate might be the last thing that comes to mind. But as we celebrate Halloween this year, Mars, the 109-year-old privately held candy company, is actually working hard on the problem.
This isn't just good public relations, either. Grant Reid, the CEO of Mars, has made it his goal to make the company's global food-supply chain more equitable and sustainable, working with NGOs, governments and suppliers. His belief is that everyone working within Mars' supply chains--not just the employees--should earn enough to maintain a decent standard of living. And his efforts to curb destructive palm oil harvesting have reaped rea...Read more
Posted on 10/31/2020 at 09:06 AM
As California faces another terrifying round of fires, it's important for us all to be mindful of the massive financial and emotional costs borne by those directly effected. Ron Howard's stirring new documentary, Rebuilding Paradise, examines the aftermath of 2018's tragic Camp Fire in Paradise, and helps brings those costs to the fore.
At times disturbing to watch, Rebuilding Paradise is a film that works to foster compassion, hard to come by in these difficult times. And while it does emphasize the fragility of our lives in the face of natural catastrophe, it also offers a glimpse of hope--a message we can all use right now.
For more details on Howard's timely new documentary, check out the ...Read more
Posted on 09/10/2020 at 01:10 PM
In 2014, Bill McKibben received the Right Livelihood Prize, often referred to as the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His book The End of Nature, written thirty years ago, is considered the first mainstream book about climate change. McKibben is the founder of 350.org, a climate change movement that has organized climate rallies in nearly every nation in the world, and was instrumental in launching the fossil fuel divestment movement.
In McKibben's new book Falter, he addresses the sheer magnitude of the losses we face due to climate change. He argues that our climate crisis threatens what he calls the human game: culture, politics, religion, and social life, the sum total of what we have cr...Read more
Posted on 10/07/2019 at 11:40 AM