Iowa City, IA—In conjunction with 36 industry partners, National Co+op Grocers (NCG), based here, made a donation of $64,425 to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Based in Portland, OR, the Society is a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. The donation was officially made as part of National Co+op Grocers “Convergence” grocery and wellness conference held in St. Paul, MN.
Denton, TX—A survey from Tetra Pak Inc., undertaken with the Global Footprint Network, showed that while consumers may not be completely aware of resource scarcity when making their purchasing choices, as education spreads, so does demand for sustainable packaging.
At the “Sustainable Harmony: The Successful Marriage of Activism, Research, and Business” session sponsored by Aker BioMarine U.S., several speakers came together to discuss sustainability initiatives.
Cooking. Cleaning. Organizing. These routine tasks can add up, not just in time or in money, but also in environmental impact. As the consumer base grows more eco-conscious and terms like safety and sustainability become viable selling points, alternatives to traditional offerings become popular. This is a main element behind the rise of green household products, a category that has steadily grown over the last few years with little sign of stopping.
Bath, UK—Researchers at the University of Bath are hopeful that a type of fermented yeast can give palm oil a run for its money, and ease the damage caused in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia by high demand for palm oil.
Stanford, CA—In making decisions about how to address climate change, policy makers routinely perform a cost-benefit analysis that pits the costs of going green against the expected economic damage of climate change. New research out of Stanford paints a picture where the numbers being used in these decisions are far out of touch with reality. The consequence is that global climate change policies may end up being far less aggressive and ambitious than they need to be.