California Regulators Want Safer Chemical Alternatives

Environmental Management & Energy News - The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) wants manufacturers to find alternatives to three chemicals contained in consumer product. The regulatory follows DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulations, which took effect Oct.1, 2013. DTSC selected these priority products because they contain at least one of more than 1,100 toxic chemicals that the department identified as […] (c) Environmental Management & Energy News - … [Read more...]

Cone: Americans Willing to Pay More for Sustainable Produce

Environmental Management & Energy News - Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat in a more environmentally and health conscious manner, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker. Some 89 percent of respondents consider where a product is produced when making food purchasing decisions, and 66 percent would pay more for food that is […] (c) Environmental Management & Energy News - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

The Dish on ‘Clean Plates’ (Or What You Don’t Know About Healthy Eating)

Latest News - As part of our ongoing series of conversations with interesting people making the world a better place, BBMG welcomed to our studio Jared Koch, the author and co-founder of Clean Plates: A Guide to the Healthiest, Tastiest and Most Sustainable Restaurants. Following Deepak Chopra’s remark that “Jared’s nutritional advice has the power to transform your individual health and our collective well-being,” we were eager to hear … [Read more...]

Fearing Child Labor, LUSH Promises to Remove Mica From All Products

Latest News - Global bath and body brand LUSH Cosmetics has committed to removing all traces of mica from its products over concerns that it is unable to guarantee that the mines that extract the product are free from child labor, the Guardian reports.The company made the announcement after being contacted by the Guardian, which was investigating how cosmetics producers are trying to clean up the mica supply chain. An earlier story by the … [Read more...]

Generation Gap: Wind Power Opens Big Lead over Nuclear in China

Sustainablog - China’s Ningxia Yinyi Wind Farm By J. Matthew Roney In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away—outdoing nuclear by 22 percent. The 135 terawatt-hours of Chinese wind-generated electricity in 2013 would be nearly enough to power New York State. Once China’s Renewable Energy Law established the development … [Read more...]

Why Preppers Garden: Different Reasons for Growing Your Own Food

Sustainablog - As I’ve pointed out before, I think we greenies have a lot in common with preppers/survivalists. Even if the ideologies underlying our actions are completely different, both groups value self-sufficiency, take a hands-on approach to health and well-being, and distrust large institutions (of certain kinds, anyway) telling us what to do.  While you’ll see that Organic Prepper Daisy Luther is suspicious of international-scale sustainability efforts in here post below, the … [Read more...]

Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy politics

green alliance blog - This post is by Matthew Lockwood, a senior research fellow in the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter. Angela Merkel’s visit to London yesterday is being widely reported in the context of David Cameron’s efforts to secure EU … Continue reading → (c) green alliance blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Three ways green policy can reassure voters at the next election

green alliance blog - This post first appeared on The Guardian’s Environment blog. After years of economic uncertainty and falling living standards the 2015 election will have a defensive feel to it. The electorate will want reassurance, not big change. Whoever ends up in … Continue reading → (c) green alliance blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

5 key issues in the fight for better fuel

GreenBiz - Commercial fleet operators, their value chain operators and policymakers can create change by paying attention to these big ideas. (c) GreenBiz - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Consumers may change behavior if delivered the right message

GreenBiz - I used to preach that education couldn't make people change their behavior. I was wrong. (c) GreenBiz - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Tips to Recycle Your Garden

Dude, Sustainable! - Going green is something that has really become front and center in everyone’s mind. With landfills at their maximum capacity and people really starting to see the effects of excessive waste, now, more than ever, it is important for people to cut back on their waste and start looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Recycling can touch every part of your life, including the garden. In fact, if you think about it, it is really kind of fitting to feature recycled … [Read more...]

Why the Steel Industry Should Now be Considered Green

Dude, Sustainable! - The steel industry has been one of the most successful stories in the progressive green movement. The steel product is very green by its own merits as well. The material is extremely versatile, durable and recyclable. Throughout the past century, the world has produced steel at an exponential rate, all while decreasing the amount of energy used for the improved production. Image Source Recycling Steel Generally speaking, steel is composed of two materials: iron ore and … [Read more...]

Can you Really Waste Water? How a Water Treatment Plant is Designed and Run

Dude, Sustainable! - In this current age of heightened environmental awareness, we are constantly being told how much water we waste on a daily basis. But Can water really be wasted? This is a very interesting question that is best answered through looking at how we treat water in today's society.Treatment PlantsWater treatment plants are very complex, large scale industrial compounds that help prepare water for its end use. There are many different methods of water purification that are used … [Read more...]

Food Lion Propels Sea Change in Responsible Fish Sourcing with New Policy

Latest News - Food Lion, one of America’s largest supermarket chains with more than 1,100 stores across the eastern and southeastern US, has announced the adoption of a sustainable seafood policy that will cover approximately 1,000 fresh, frozen, canned or packaged seafood products sold at its stores. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute will help Food Lion assess its suppliers.Highlights of the policy include:Suppliers will provide full … [Read more...]

3 Options for an Energy Efficient Home You May Not Have Tried Yet

Dude, Sustainable! - It’s wise to invest in energy efficient home improvements. With the right changes, you can lower your energy usage and enjoy savings for years to come. While you may have already made the switch to fluorescent bulbs and chosen Energy Star appliances, there are a few changes you may not have considered.Get Energy Efficient WindowsEven windows that are only 15 years old can have weakened seals and drafts in them. Modern energy-efficient window designs use cutting-edge … [Read more...]

DTSC Challenging Manufacturers to Make Products Safer

Latest News - On Thursday, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) challenged manufacturers to make their products safer and dramatically change the way consumers are protected from potential toxic harm.As a key step in its Safer Consumer Products regulations, DTSC is announcing three draft “priority products” — consumer goods sold in California that each contain at least one toxic chemical — and asking manufacturers to … [Read more...]

How Shell, Chevron and Coke Tackle the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Business - In the next 15-20 years, the world will need 30% more water, 45% more energy and 50% more food. (c) Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Business - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Solar innovation gives Nicaraguan community a brighter future

GreenBiz - In a region where most households lack electricity, the Solar Women is spreading clean, off-grid power. (c) GreenBiz - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Why don’t economists care more about rising resource prices?

green alliance blog - This post was first published on The Huffington Post. Britain faces many economic challenges: the need to restore macroeconomic stability, improve competitiveness, protect living standards and address rising inequality. These challenges have spurred much creative thinking by economists in areas … Continue reading → (c) green alliance blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

From huskies to now: 10 examples that show Tory green thinking is alive and well

green alliance blog - Some Conservative commentators have argued that the vote blue/go green period of David Cameron’s leadership was unconsidered advertising, not built on any foundation of conservative philosophy. But a review of recent conservative writing on green issues suggests otherwise.  The writers … Continue reading → (c) green alliance blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Garden [Spring Cleaning Week]

Sustainablog - Our friends over at Crafting a Green World are hosting Spring Cleaning Week this week… and, like many other sites in the Important Media network, we wanted to join in. Sure, we’ve published numerous posts in the past about greening up your house cleaning routine… but, as I tried to think of a uniquely sustainablog-gy way to contribute to this effort, I thought “Why not move outdoors?” Yep, your garden space will need “cleaning up” in … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Fighting Animal Overpopulation

Dude, Sustainable! - One of the most overlooked issues in the environmental world today is animal overpopulation. We spend so much time thinking about endangered species like the stellar sea lion and the bald eagle, but we don’t talk much about the species that have overrun an area and are causing damages to the plants and habitats of other animals. I live near an area that is way over populated with elk. I like watching elk just as much as the next guy - they are big, beautiful animals. They … [Read more...]

TOMS Now Providing ‘Coffee for You, Water for All’ with New Roasting Company

Latest News - On Tuesday at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie announced the launch of TOMS Roasting Company, and the grand opening of its first location, in Austin.“We’re super excited about it. It allows us to enter a totally new industry and allows us to really work on economic development impact, as well as being able to give water to people around the world — something I’ve been passionate about for a long time,” … [Read more...]