The TreeZero News November 5-11, 2018

Barney Swan Wins Global Re-imagining Photo Competition – The competition, designed to highlight inspiring ways to fight climate change, was sponsored by Olam International and Eco- Business. Swan won the youth category for his entry depicting a facility for removing carbon dioxide from the side of a geothermal power facility in Iceland. The director of carbon reduction programme Climate Force, Swan said he hoped his photo could help spread awareness to potential investors about carbon capture technology. “It is an honour to win this competition. We have to incentivise big and small solutions that drive us to be able to clean up our emissions effectively,” said Swan. “Connecting the corporate world and everyday people to projects like these can create a global system change that will lead us towards a net positive future.” For more about Climate Force, go to



The Cost of Inaction – as future energy costs continue to rise, this report shows how business will be impacted if you don’t take action.  Most UK businesses can expect to see their energy costs increase by 25% by 2020. Inenco has calculated that if businesses don’t take action to manage their consumption throughout the year, UK organisations combined can expect to pay an extra £7.42 billion on their energy costs by 2019.

13 ways you’re wasting electricity that are costing you –

Energy Efficiency for Your Home – Tips on thermostats, lighting , water heating, smart power strips and more from the Energy Smart Academy

Renewable Mandates and Carbon Taxes Lost Big on Tuesday – Coloradans handily rejected (57 to 43 percent) Proposition 112, which would have prohibited oil and gas drilling activities within 2,500 feet of homes, hospitals, schools and “vulnerable areas.” In Arizona, voters overwhelmingly rejected (70 to 30 percent) Proposition 127, a ballot initiative that would have required the state to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewables.  The biggest rebuke of carbon taxation occurred in Washington State, where voters defeated Initiative 1631 by a twelve-point margin.

Oil pucks and pellets; Canada eyes new ways to move stranded crude –

ROUSH CleanTech Launches First Available Near-Zero Emissions Engines Fueled by Renewable Propane – Roush revealed that its 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour engine can operate on renewable propane. Renewable propane is a non-fossil fuel that is produced from 100-percent renewable raw materials, such as waste, residue and sustainably produced vegetable oils. It can be used as a “drop-in” replacement fuel because it’s chemically nearly identical to conventional propane.

The Economic Value of Renewable Energy to Texas – renewable energy development in the state produced a nearly $1 billion direct injection into the Texas economy last year and more than 10,225 permanent jobs.  Customers saved a total of $5.7 billion in electricity costs from 2010 to 2017 compared to what they would have paid if renewables were not part of the portfolio, including $855.9 million in 2017.

China’s giant transmission grid could be the key to cutting climate emissions – 1.1-million volt transmission line will be capable of delivering the output of 12 large power plants over nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers), sending 50% more electricity 600 miles further than anything that’s ever been built. (Higher-voltage lines can carry electricity over longer distances with lower transmission losses.). The longer, higher-capacity lines make it possible to balance out the dimming sun in one time zone with, say, wind, hydroelectric, or geothermal energy several zones away.

Britain Achieves the ‘Unthinkable’ as Renewables Leapfrog Fossil Fuel Capacity – The total available capacity from windsolarbiomasshydro and other renewables reached a record 42 gigawatts between July and September, overtaking the 40.6 gigawatts available from fossil fuels, according to a report commissioned by Drax’s Electric Insights and produced by Imperial College London researchers.

According to a New Study, Oceans Are Actually Warming Faster Than Once Thought – In a recent study published in Nature, a group of researchers found that previous models to assess how much heat our oceans have absorbed over the last few decades was a little off. How off? For starters, the team suggests that the Earth’s oceans likely absorbed 60 percent more heat over the last 25 years than previously thought.

Powering On: Four Factors to Energize a Corporate Renewable Energy Program – Scottmadden Management Consultants –

sonnen and Pearl Homes Partner to Develop the First Affordable, Carbon-Free Home Community — The network of homes, dubbed ‘Hunters Point — Pearl Homes Community and Marina,’ is the first community implemented by the sonnen-Pearl Homes partnership, one designed to help decarbonize Manatee Countyand surrounding regions of Florida by making green living affordable to a broader market.

Judge Blocks the Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline – saying the Trump administration “simply discarded” the effect the project would have on climate change.

New Green Energy Solution Could Create 22,000 US Jobs – Replacing coal with a green technology that uses biomass and carbon capture and storage technologies could create 22,000 new jobs in the U.S. by 2050, according to a new study led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. These new jobs will be in forestry and transportation.The research is published in the journal Joule

A proposed framework to incentivise energy efficiency while transitioning away from high-GWP HFCs –

Washburn University in Topeka says it is committed to providing most of its energy from a Westar wind farm in the future.

GE to sell energy efficiency business Current as it cuts debt – Private equity firm American Industrial Partners will purchase Current, which sells energy efficiency technology to commercial, industrial and municipal customers in a transaction expected to close in 2019.



America Recycles Day is November 15: Here are Six Tips to Improve Recycling in Your Home!

Video: Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop – A Starbucks and Sustana Partnership – The “Cup to Cup: Closing the Loop” partnership project is an innovative collaboration between Sustana and three other supply chain partners, working together to demonstrate that Starbucks cups could be recycled and turned into new cups.

Colgate partners with TerraCycle to launch recycling scheme for oral products and packaging – Anyone in the UK can sign up to the Recycling Programme for free, either as a private collector or as a public location, which will be visible on the TerraCycle map and allows other people in that location to drop off their oral care waste for recycling.

Casella Waste Systems reports revenue growth for Q3 2018 – Company says outperformance in solid waste, customer solutions and organics operations offset commodity pricing.

Recycle electronics at Staples and get a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase – Reward members who bring in electronics to recycle — from computers to scanners to tablets and fax machines — on Nov. 11-17 will get the coupon printed on a receipt. It’s free to join the rewards program. The company is accepting 30 types of recyclable items, including coffee brewers, to celebrate America Recycles Day.   The company says only 40 percent of electronics are recycled. Incinerating or tossing electronics into landfills releases lead, mercury and cadmium into our air, soil and groundwater.

ALIBABA, WORLD FOOD PROGRAM PARTNER TO TACKLE HUNGER – Alibaba Group will partner with the United Nations World Food Program to build a digital “World Hunger Map” to monitor the status of global hunger, while also digitizing WFP’s overall operations.The World Hunger Map is aimed at helping WFP improve assessment and monitoring of hunger crises around the world to improve its response times and strategies, according.

Amazon Celebrates America Recycles Day– Join us on our mission to recycle! On Thursday, November 15, Amazon will celebrate America Recycles Day with an electronics collection event in 5 cities across the country – Redmond, WA; Landover, MD; San Jose, CA; Arlington, TX; and Denver, CO.

WATCH: THE PAPER PULP 3D PRINTER RECYCLING WASTE INTO MODELS – Beer Holthuis, a product designer and concept developer from the Netherlands, has created a 3D printer designed to recycle paper. Called the Paper Pulp Printer, it extrudes the paper waste with a natural binder, making 3D printed models “endlessly recyclable.”

Waste audit finds food scraps most common trash placed in recycling bins – A recent audit of George Washington University (GW’s) recycling showed that food scraps are the most prevalent trash incorrectly placed in recycling bins. Officials said the most recent waste audit last spring found beverage containers and paper are the most frequently recycled items on campus. Beverage containers are also one of the items that are most often incorrectly placed in trash bins when they could be recycled, along with plastic food containers, junk mail and paper inserts.

Weekly podcast: Coca-Cola on how to cut plastic waste and GAR on the future for rural communities – This week: Coca-Cola’s Joe Franses on what Coke is doing to develop better plastic recycling rates and to leverage the power of its brand to encourage consumers to do the same.

Coke Recycling Ad – Across the Tracks –

Carpet Recycling & Stewardship Webinar – Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm EST.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, every year 4 billion pounds of carpet are discarded in the U.S. and only about 1 percent is recycled. This webinar will discuss California’s efforts in establishing a sustainable carpet recycling and stewardship program.  REGISTER NOW! Click Here   



Increased gold mining is worsening deforestation in the Amazon – Scientists at Wake Forest University have found that more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon has been destroyed by small-scale gold mining. This is over 30 percent more deforestation than was previously realized.



 Wall Street and water —  A 2017 MSCI analysis of food companies in its All Country World index noted that $459 billion in revenue may be at risk from lack of water available for irrigation or animal consumption and $198 billion is at risk from changing precipitation patterns affecting current crop production areas.

 The Rhine, a Lifeline of Germany, Is Crippled by Drought – One of the longest dry spells on record has left parts of the Rhine at record-low levels for months, forcing freighters to reduce their cargo or stop plying the river altogether.

 XPRIZE announced the results of The Water Abundance XPRIZEpowered by Australian Aid and Tata Group during Visioneering 2018The Skysource / Skywater Alliance is very honored to have received this magnificent award, $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE. It’s been over two-years of hard work, competing against 97 teams from 27 countries to collect a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter.

Paper towels or air hand dryers: Which is better for the environment and hygiene? –

Michael R. Bloomberg and Ray Dalio’s OceanX Announce Over $185 Million for New Partnership to Increase Ocean Exploration and Protection –



Authenticity Matters: Three Ways To Reach College Students – Gen Zers feel strongly about brands investing in corporate social responsibility efforts: 94% of them believe companies should be helping to address social and environmental issues. Offering a voice on issues that plague college campuses and the world at large can position your brand as a compassionate, socially conscious organization that cares about real issues students face, not just how much money students are spending.

EU: Investment Firms Must Tell Clients about Environmental Risks – The European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs decided on Monday that investment firms will from now on have to make sure they inform their clients about the risks of their projects infringing upon human rights, endangering the environment, or similar violations.  The Regulation “lays the foundation for an EU framework which puts environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations at the heart of the financial system to help transform Europe’s economy into a greener, more resilient and circular system,” the document titled “Disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks” said.

European Commission, Partners Launch ‘Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles’ – The European Commission (EC), European Investment Bank (EIB), World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched the world’s first global framework to finance a sustainable ocean economy at the fifth edition of the Our Ocean Conference.  The Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles put forward 14 Principles.  The Principles provide guidance on how to ensure that investments support more sustainable marine and coastal development and ensure the sustainability of ocean ecosystems. The Principles aim to engage investors, insurers and banks “to bring sustainability into the boardrooms of all ocean-based industries,” including aquaculture, biotechnology, energy, fisheries, shipping and tourism.

The TreeZero News October 29 – November 4, 2018

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, increase and disseminate knowledge about papermaking – past, present and future. Located in the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech, the museum’s exhibits feature Hunter’s historic collection, tools from the early industrialization of papermaking, environmental issues related to papermaking, and changing gallery spaces.



The Princeton Review Releases Its “Guide to 399 Green Colleges” For 2018 – is accessible for free at It profiles colleges that the education services company names as having the most exceptional commitments to sustainability out of several hundred institutions. Among nearly 11,000 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2018 “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 63% overall said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school. The full survey report is at

The Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) has released its Green Supply Chain Index detailing the top green supply chains of brands operating in China. Developed by the non-governmental Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the rankings are the result of independent environmental management evaluations of brands across 16 industries. CITI’s evaluation criteria include: “responsiveness and transparency, compliance and corrective action, extended green supply chain practices, energy conservation and emissions reduction, as well as performance disclosure.”

Time to end modern slavery in supply chains – The International Labor Organization estimates that 40.3 million people are affected by modern slavery. One in four of these people are children.  This week, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, a group of MPs within the Canadian government, took a step in the right direction. A new report, entitled A Call to Action: Ending the Use of All Forms of Child Labour in Supply Chains, outlines bold recommendations to eradicate child and forced labour in supply chains.

Human Pressures Have Shrunk Wildlife Populations by 60 Percent – Humans have wiped out about 60 percent of the world’s wildlife populations in the last four decades, a new report has found.

Over-exploitation of species, deforestation and agricultural use have destroyed key animal habitats around the planet from 1970 to 2014. And now, the growing threat from human-caused climate change is increasing pressure on animals, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s 2018 Living Planet report.

Firms’ Environmental Ratings Reduce Analyst Coverage, UC Davis Study Finds – As investors and creditors demand to know about the environmental performance of firms, the cost of processing that information is leading analysts to cover fewer firms and affecting their earnings revisions. That’s among the major findings of new study from the University of California, Davis. Paul Griffin, lead author and a professor at the university’s Graduate School of Management, said the higher the costs, the less information and less timely information analysts provide. And that means it takes longer for capital markets to reflect earnings announcements and discover the right price of stocks. “These results have implications for firm managers considering voluntary environmental disclosures and for investors deciding on what stocks to include in socially responsible portfolios,” Griffin said. The higher costs come mainly from the time analysts spend trying to understand the environmental performance of each firm in their portfolio through environmental ratings or indicators such as the use of renewable energy and the liability for hazardous waste.

Sustainalytics Launches its Sustainable Products Research – Sustainalytics, a leading provider of ESG and corporate governance research, ratings and analysis, today launched its Sustainable Products Research, designed to identify companies that derive revenue from sustainable products and services. Investors can use this research for sustainability-themed product creation, portfolio construction and capital allocation strategies, integration of product involvement data into ESG analysis and for client portfolio reporting. With its Sustainable Products Research, Sustainalytics assesses the products and services of more than 10,000 companies, identifying those that derive more than five percent of their revenue from sustainable products and services.

6 Ways to Boost Corporate Support For Your Nonprofit – Corporations donated more than $20 billion to nonprofits and charities last year, according to Giving USA. But forming successful and lasting relationships with corporate partners remains a challenge for many nonprofit groups. How do you attract a corporation’s attention? How do you interact with their team? And how do you create a bond that will stand the test of time? Social Solutions—a technology company based in Austin, Texas—provides performance management software to help government agencies and nonprofits, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United Way of Metro Chicago, maximize their impact by tracking the outcome of their programming. Top tips: Be clear about the business case; Keep your mission front and center; Understand the company’s culture; Form relationships across the company; Treat donors as people, not paychecks; Don’t forget donor-advised funds.

Americans Demand Authenticity in Corporate Citizenship, According to New Research by Changing Our World – Over 75% of Americans think companies can be more talk than action when it comes to supporting social issues, according to Changing Our World’s latest report, “The Authenticity Opportunity.”  Nearly 70% of people will endorse a company that they believe is genuinely committed to making a difference in society, while 67% will speak out against a company they don’t believe is authentic in its actions.

Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment One – By voting YES on Amendment One, voters will support the allocation of up to 80% of the EXISTING sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods to:

  • Protect lands critical to clean water
  • Acquire and improve parks and trails
  • aintain and improve access to wildlife management areas
  • Support Georgia’s $27 billion outdoor recreation industry

Weather you enjoy fishing within Georgia’s globally-significant salt marsh ecosystems, taking brisk autumn morning hikes in our State Parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or biking with your family through your favorite local park, support for Amendment One this week will only help to enhance those experiences and expand opportunities for others – throughout Georgia and beyond – to share in them.

Sustainable investing assets reach $12 trillion – The US SIF Foundation’s 2018 biennial Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends, released on October 31, 2018, found that sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) assets now account for $12.0 trillion—or one in four dollars—of the $46.6 trillion in total assets under professional management in the United States. This represents a 38 percent increase over 2016.

Wheels of Happiness: Coke’s Enzo Piscopo Creates Foundation to Help People With Mobility Disabilities in the Underdeveloped World. Vincenzo Piscopo is paralyzed from the waist down, but says he has neither reason to complain nor inclination to give in. His responsibility, he says, is to give back.Piscopo – who has worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 22 years – established the Wheels of Happiness Foundation shortly after suffering a debilitating spinal cord injury in 2010. Inspired to pay forward all the support they’d received during his rehabilitation and return to work, they established The Wheels of Happiness (WOH) Foundation in 2011 to help victims of spinal cord injuries and people with mobility disabilities in underdeveloped countries. WOH provides medical supplies, hygiene products, psychological support and more to help them become independent, reintegrate into society and add value to their communities.  To date, the foundation – which is staffed by 10 volunteers around the world and supported by corporate and individual donors – has helped 70 people in Uganda, Kenya, Colombia and Venezuela.

Cities urge the G20 to work with them to tackle climate change, the future of work and social integration – The communiqué, endorsed by the mayors of 34 cities, representing 1.5 billion citizens, called on G20 member states to implement a series of measures, including: Fully and rapidly implement the Paris Agreement, to achieve emissions neutrality by 2050 and keep global atmospheric temperatures from rising above 1.5°C Accelerate a global shift away from fossil fuels toward clean and renewable energy, including carbon pricing that reflects the social cost of carbon.

What’s that green thing on top of Georgia State Stadium?Georgia State Stadium on Georgia State’s campus has a garden sprouting on its rooftop. The year-old stadium made Georgia State one of three finalists for the United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) NACDA Sustainability Award, given by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG. The award is given to universities who incorporate “sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities.” Georgia State did not win the award but still received $10,000 in USG merchandise to put towards athletic and academic buildings.   One of Georgia State’s student organizations, the Student Environmental Team (SET), is building the garden and has optimistic goals for the future. SET member Gina Sheridan said the club will use the garden to provide educational opportunities for students and the Georgia State Athletics staff. It will engage the community by letting them grow in the garden, providing them the opportunity to improve their agricultural literacy.



Republic Services CEO says recycling has become a ‘broken’ system – CNBC’s Jane Wells reports from a Republic Services facility on the “broken” recycling business as the commodity value of recyclables drop.

Consumer Goods Industry Moves to Act on Plastic Waste – The Board of Directors of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) issued a statement calling for the consumer goods industry to play a leading role in eliminating plastic waste on land and sea and endorses the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy vision.

Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging – Britain will levy a new tax on those who make or import plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled material, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday. The measure, to be introduced in April 2022 subject to consultation, is an attempt to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. “We will introduce a new tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging which contains less than 30 percent recycled plastic transforming the economics of sustainable packaging,” Hammond announced as part of his annual budget. “The tax will provide a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in the production of packaging which in turn will create greater demand for this material,” the Treasury said, following Hammond’s announcement.

SC Johnson Accelerates Progress Boosting Plastic Recycling and Reuse – SC Johnson is announcing a series of commitments to further reduce its own plastic footprint, by boosting recycled plastic content in its packaging, supporting reuse of plastic bottles through concentrated refills, and launching an effort to make Ziploc® bags recyclable at curbside.

HP Inc. and IKEA Join Initiative to Develop First Global Network of Ocean-Bound Plastics Supply Chains – NextWave Member companies are committed to having maximum impact today and currently are on track, in alignment with UN SDG 14.1, to have diverted a minimum of 25,000 tonnes of plastics, the equivalent to 1.2 billion single-use plastic water bottles, from entering the ocean by the end of the year 2025. There is currently more than 86 million tonnes of plastic in our ocean. And each year, up to 12 million tonnes of new plastic will enter the ocean. Given this crisis, NextWave Members are continually looking for ways to have more impact.  www.nextwaveplastics.org

These socks and underwear are made from 100% recycled yarn – Arvin Goods doesn’t make its socks from manufactured, uniformly dyed threads. Rather, they compile them from scrap fabrics, sourced from factory cutting-room floors, sorted by colors, and ground up and woven into a new, 100% recycled fiber. The name “Arvin,” comes from an old English and Germanic word meaning “friend of the people.”  A pair of socks goes for around $10, and a pack of six boxer briefs goes for $69.

Ahold Delhaize Helping to Eradicate Plastic Waste – Ahold Delhaize has teamed up with almost 300 organizations as part of an international effort to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source. The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, signed by packaging manufacturers, retailers and recyclers representing 20 percent of all plastic packaging produced worldwide, officially kicked off Oct. 29 at a conference in Bali.

Danone Striving for 100% Circular Packaging by 2025 – Danone has committed that by 2025 all its packaging will be designed to be 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable. At present, 86 percent of Danone’s packaging is circular, Danone says the company also is planning to launch alternatives to single-use and plastic packaging in all its major water markets by 2025. It is also evaluating alternative solutions to replace plastic straws through a pilot program to be launched in Indonesia in 2019.

Costa enlists Ogilvy to study consumer behaviour for ‘solutions’ to meet recycling pledge – Costa Coffee has embraced Ogilvy UK’s behavioural science unit to help it, and customers, recycle more disposable coffee cups. The findings will be piloted by Heathrow Airport before they are scaled up globally.

Sealed Air Corporation has announced a sustainability and plastics pledge to design its packaging solutions to be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company will accelerate its use of recycled materials, expand reuse models for packaging and lead the collaboration with partners worldwide to ensure execution.

Recycle your HP packaging in the UK – We are working to replace hard to recycle materials with more easily recycled substitutes. If you need help recycling your packaging, please fill out the form completely so that we may properly assist you.

Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Nestle vow to cut all plastic waste in bid to tackle ocean pollution  Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Nestle are among 250 major brands pledging to cut all plastic waste from their operations – a move described by the UN as the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution. “We are focused on improving the sustainability of all of our packaging, regardless of the type, and increasing the amount of recycled and renewable material,” said Ben Jordan, senior director of environmental policy at Coca-Cola.

Darling Ingredients uses larvae to produce oil, animal feed and other products. Darling converts recycled animal fats and oils used in cooking into feed and fuel ingredients, such as biodiesel. Even residual bakery products can be turned into feed ingredients. The Irving, Texas-based company also acts as an environmental cleanup provider, with grease collection and disposal for food service firms.



ForestMapper – This interactive tool is the only one of its kind to visually represent ancient and endangered forests at a global scale. ForestMapper includes information on numerous ecological values divided into four categories: forests, species, carbon and landscapes. ForestMapper is the first iteration of a mapping tool that incorporates geospatial data from scientific experts to assist companies transitioning to more sustainable fibre supply chains and to help identify areas of potential sourcing risk.

The Forest Resilience Bond – is a public-private partnership that enables private capital to finance much-needed forest restoration across the western U.S. Investors provide upfront capital with public and private beneficiaries then making contracted payments based on the water, fire, and other benefits created by the restoration activities. By scaling restoration treatments, the Forest Resilience Bond can decrease the risk of severe wildfire while protecting air quality, water supply, rural communities, and habitat. The Forest Resilience Bond utilizes investor capital and cost-sharing among beneficiaries to redefine how society addresses environmental challenges.

Over 5,000 trees to be planted for 2022 FIFA World Cup – According to Jose Retana, Sustainability Senior Manager at Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee, reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to delivering a sustainable and inclusive 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament and football experience, as evident in the various 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium projects. The 2022 FIFA World Cup will help further plant more than 5,000 trees, and create more than 850,000 m2 new green spaces and parks.

Sheedo – experts in original ecofriendly corporate gifts. They create original business products and gifts that can be planted.  Seed paper that grows into trees when planted – Made from residual cotton from the textile industry, Sheedo’s seed paper doesn’t require trees to be cut down nor does it involve toxic bleaching — it’s a 100% sustainable product and it ends up germinating into a plant at the end of its life.

Seed Phytonutrients– Created the first shower-friendly paper bottle, made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper with a post-consumer recycled liner.

OZ Paper industry to transform biowaste with research hub – The Australian Research Council (ARC) Hub for Processing Advance Lignocelluosics into Advance Materials, launched by Monash University, will enable pulp and paper companies to become biorefineries. Over five years, a total of $6.8 million will be invested to convert wood, plant-based matter and other biomass into materials such as cellulose-based hydrogels for personal medicine, nanocellulose films to replace plastic food packaging and nanogels to help farmers maintain crops in the ever-changing climate.

Bamboo Stakeholders Appeal To Local Banks For Support As They Gear Up To Start Paper, Value-Added Production – The organisation overseeing the development of a bamboo industry in Jamaica has launched an appeal to financial institutions for support. Chairman of the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Robert Rainford, said several initiatives were currently under way that would see Jamaica producing paper and other valued-added products from bamboo in a year’s time.

Asda commits to new zero-deforestation soy policy – Supermarket giant Asda has this week made a fresh sustainability pledge to ensure that the soy it sources for agricultural raw materials and animal feed is “net-zero deforestation” verified by 2020.  Through its membership to the Consumer Goods Forum and with support from parent company Walmart, Asda will work with suppliers to identify those in at-risk areas for deforestation caused by soy planting.

Koalas among species threatened by Australia deforestation – A new study says that the country’s east coast is likely to lose three million hectares of trees in the next 15 years.  Australia‘s east coast has become a global deforestation hotbed, according to a new study. The World Wide Fund says that part of the world is likely to lose three million hectares of trees in the next 15 years, eradicating the habitats of animals such as koalas.

Deforestation continues upward trend in the Brazilian Amazon – On Monday, Imazon, a Brazilian NGO, published its monthly report on deforestation in the Amazon from its satellite-based Sistema de Alerta de Desmatamento (SAD) forest monitoring platform. Imazon reported 444 square kilometers of clearing in September 2018, an increase of 84 percent over September 2017. More importantly given the variability of month-to-month deforestation figures, the twelve month total according to the system amounts to 4,859 square kilometers, the highest level since July 2008.



Water Scarcity Atlas – The Global Water Scarcity Atlas provides an introduction to water scarcity and showcases analyses that cover the whole world, based on cutting-edge research. Water scarcity means there is not enough water to go around. There is a need to reduce demand or increase supply – or someone loses out.

How Coca-Cola Is Committing to Sustainability By Reducing Water Usage – The Coca-Cola Company is keeping our sustainability promise with water stewardship efforts, focusing on the areas where the Company can have the greatest impact: Replenishing water we use in finished beverages across communities and watersheds; Improving water-use efficiency and reuse in bottling plants; Helping manage water resources in agricultural ingredient supply chain. Since 2015, The Coca-Cola Company has replenished 100% of the water we use in it’s beverages, returning it to nature and communities.

Human urine bricks invented by South African students – They combined urine with sand and bacteria in a process that allows the bricks to solidify at room temperature. “It’s essentially the same way that coral is made in the ocean,” Dyllon Randall, their supervisor at the University of Cape Town, told the BBC. Normal bricks need to be baked in high-temperature kilns that produce large amounts of carbon dioxide. The engineering students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been harvesting urine from men’s toilets. After first making a solid fertiliser, the leftover liquid is then used in a biological process “to grow” what the university calls “bio-bricks”. The process is called microbial carbonate precipitation. The bacteria produces an enzyme that breaks down urea in the urine, forming calcium carbonate, which then binds the sand into rock hard, grey bricks. A “bio-brick” needs between 25 litres and 30 litres to grow – this may sound a lot, but most of this urine is also used to produce about 1kg of fertiliser

So to make one urine brick, you’d need to go to the loo about 100 times.

The Seafloor Is Dissolving Because of Climate Change – According to a new study, ocean acidification is setting off a dangerous feedback loop that’s dissolving the very bottom of the ocean.  According to a study published this week in PNAS , this sets off a feedback loop that acidifies the ocean even more quickly, a process that is already killing off foundational marine life species such as coral and threatening the balance of all ocean ecosystems on which we depend.



Majority of Americans Want Cleaner Energy from Renewable Sources – According to a recent survey by Consumer Reports, 53% percent say they would be willing to install solar panels on their own roof or participate in a community solar garden or array if they could recover their investment in five years. 48% percent say they’d be willing to pay $5 more per month for energy that comes from renewable sources.

American Energy Over the Last 45 Years – The amount of oil used in the transportation sector today is roughly 50% greater than that used in 1973 — and the US population has grown by roughly the same percentage in that timeframe. If one looks at each energy use sector (e.g., buildings, appliances, transportation, industrial), it is not far-fetched to conclude that it is technically and economically feasible to curb current energy use by at least 50% without risking harm to the economy, jobs, or lifestyles.

Y Combinator, the famed startup school that birthed companies like Airbnb Inc., Stripe Inc. and Dropbox Inc., said it would start looking for startups working on breakthrough technologies in the field of carbon capture, the science of pulling carbon-dioxide molecules out of the atmosphere. The customary deal for startups at Y Combinator is a $150,000 investment in exchange for a 7 percent stake in the company.

Online tool designed to calculate property energy efficiency in EU – Achieving energy efficient housing while maximising economic profit is the objective of RentalCal, an online tool designed by the University of Alicante together with experts from eight European countries. This is the first tool, open to anyone, designed for calculating the incentives and costs involved in energy efficiency renovation works in housing.

Energy Efficiency and Corporate Sustainability – nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies have targets for reducing GHG emissions, increasing renewable energy production, or decreasing energy usage.

7-Eleven’s RENEW™ Reduced Emissions Program and Customers Help Plant 100,000 Trees With The Arbor Day Foundation – A total of 934 7-Eleven® locations offer the RENEW program. Click here to locate a 7-Eleven store offering the RENEW program near you.

Indiana’s NIPSCO Lays Out Coal-To-Renewables Plan – to transition northern Indiana’s energy generation away from coal and toward renewable energy sources. The initiative accelerates the anticipated retirement of NIPSCO’s five remaining coal-fired units and a transition to renewable energy.

Zinc air battery project claims $100/kwh cost, could be headed to vehicles – NantEnergy has made some new and exceptional claims about its latest zinc air batteries: that they can be reliably recharged thousands of times, that the tech can be extended to cars in the future, and that they already clear the $100-per-kwh manufacturing-cost barrier—right now, in 2018.

Movie Theater Company Cinemark Inks Texas Wind Agreement – with Trent Mesa wind farm in Nolan County, Texas. Cinemark’s VPPA will support up to 40 MW of renewable energy from the Texas project; this is equivalent to the power consumption of approximately 120 Cinemark theaters, or nearly 14,000 homes. Cinemark will receive renewable energy certificates for the 40 MW of wind power capacity.

Jet biofuel mass production to begin in Japan – Japan’s biotechnology company euglena is to start mass production of bio jet fuel and biodiesel out of algae and waste oil, with the aim of being the first company to fuel green commercial flights out of Japan. The cost of biofuels is expected to drop from the current 10,000 yen ($88.6) per liter to 100 yen by 2025. This will be close to the current price of petroleum-based jet fuel at about 70 yen.

Tesla wades into tidal energy with Scottish developer – The Scottish tidal energy developer Nova Innovation has teamed up with Tesla to demonstrate the world’s first tidal energy storage system (TESS).

2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator – Johnson Controls conducts an annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey tracking current and planned investments, key drivers, and organizational barriers to improving energy efficiency in facilities.