As Halloween approaches, Americans can expect to see a lot of people walking around in masks, pretending to be someone they aren’t.  It’s not all that different from the way many products claim to be “sustainable” when they’re actually not much better – or flat-out worse – for the planet. Here...

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The city council in South Lake Tahoe, California, is considering banning the sale of plastic bottled water.  If the ban takes place, flavored drinks and soda bottles – which are made from thicker plastic than water bottles – will still be on the shelves.   Supporters of the policy argue that banning...

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The Environment Protection Agency finally announced its latest rule regulating the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. PFAS – or per-and-polyfluoroalkyl substances – is a group of around 4,700 chemicals found in consumer goods and household products–from pans and pots to pizza boxes and take-out containers. Since the early 20th century, manufacturing...

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Environmentalists have long supported biodegradable products and composting by claiming it is better for the planet. But a new investigation shows organic composting may be to blame for drinking water contamination in Massachusetts. According to a report from the Boston Globe, an organic composting company called Mass Natural has been leaching potentially...

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Many environmentalists have called for plastic to be banned. But a new analysis shows that plastic is actually “greener” than alternative materials.  A new report from McKinsey and Company found that plastic had a lesser greenhouse gas footprint in 13 out of 14 alternative products the organization tested. Total emissions savings...

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Lack of access to clean water seems like a problem that only takes place in far away countries. But for millions of Americans, access to clean drinking water isn’t a given. And this problem has cost Americans billions each year.  More than two million Americans lack access to clean running water,...

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The “forever chemicals” that have been turning up in drinking water throughout the country will soon be the target of new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of chemicals common in non-stick coating, fire retardants, and other waterproof materials, may soon be regulated as...

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Bans on popular consumer products may not be necessary to reduce beach litter, according to a new study.  A new report from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, an Australian government research agency, revealed that beach litter has declined an average of 29 percent among Australian beaches.  In total, more than...

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The Biden Administration announced this week that it would be taking two significant steps to expand the supply of solar panels in the United States. First, President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to increase solar panel production within the country, including the production of associated materials, such as fuel cells...

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Recently, Starbucks’ choice to charge slightly more for non-dairy alternatives has drawn protests, including a recent stunt in which Succession and Babe actor James Cromwell glued himself to the counter to demand lower prices.  Cromwell argued that Starbucks’ decision to charge upwards of 80 cents for vegan milk options was causing...

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