Sustainability – GBRI
 

Spain’s state-owned chain of paradores – grand heritage hotels that are mainly housed in ancient castles and monasteries – are all set to go green. The chain has announced that all 97 of its properties will be using electricity from only renewable sources with the start of 2019. The 90-year-old chain said the decision to switch to […]

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Across the globe, an increasing number of businesses and individuals are becoming environmentally conscious and moving towards the concept of zero-waste. The latest restaurant to join the trend is Ijen, located in Bali, Indonesia. Indonesia’s first zero-waste restaurant, Ijen’s design scheme reuses a variety of discarded materials and also serves fish that has been hand-caught locally. It […]

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World’s largest palm oil trader, Wilmar International, is planning to use satellite monitoring to stop deforestation by developing a comprehensive mapping database to better monitor the company’s palm oil suppliers in Indonesia and Malaysia. It has pledged to immediately suspend groups involved in deforestation or development on peatland, while also working with them to improve their operations. […]

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Pringles cans were called “villains” of the recycling world by the UK Recycling Association trade organization because it was almost impossible to separate their metal bases, plastic caps, metal tear-off lids, and foil-lined cardboard sleeves for recycling purposes. However, now Kellogg Company and TerraCycle have entered a deal that will allow consumers in the United Kingdom to […]

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Amazon recently announced that it will be investing $10 million in Closed Loop Fund to support recycling infrastructure in the US in an attempt to lessen the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Almost half of Americans do not have access to convenient, sufficient curbside recycling at their homes, so Amazon’s investment aims to provide this […]

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The Texas manufacturing facility of automaker giant General Motors will now be completely powered by wind energy from Cactus Flats Wind Farm, a 148-megawatt wind power project based in Concho County. The company’s business offices throughout the state of Texas shall also be powered by wind energy from the Cactus Flats and from the Los Mirasoles […]

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Taking an important step towards sustainability, beer giant Carlsberg just announced its plans to replace the plastic rings connecting its cans with a glue that withstands cold temperatures but can easily give when you are ready to break open a cold one. Carlsberg vice president of product development Myriam Shingleton said the company had been working […]

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In an attempt to fight climate change and minimize its carbon footprint, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it plans to cut its greenhouse gas emission by 75% and is working on making its global operations run on 100% renewable power by the end of 2020. On similar lines, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend that […]

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Although EPA proposed banning the deadly chemicals methylene chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) back in 2017, the Trump government refused to enforce the ban due to objections from the chemical industry. This, despite the fact that PubChem, the open chemistry database at the National Institutes of Health, calls methylene chloride “a possible mutagen and is reasonably anticipated to be […]

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We already have windows with transparent solar cells that are capable of generating electricity. And then, of course, there are tinted windows on cars and buildings that shut out excessive sunlight and boost cooling. Now Chinese scientists have invented a new material that can both block the sun and produce power. They predict that windows outfitted […]

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