- Climate change: ‘Right to repair’ gathers force
- Tesla brings ‘S3XY’ back with the launch of Model Y
- San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation
- How VF Corp Turns Sustainability And Responsibility Strategies Into Practical Action For Change
- Plastic waste has met its match with the viral #Trashtag challenge
1) Climate change: ‘Right to repair’ gathers force
It is frustrating: you buy a new appliance then just after the warranty runs out, it gives up the ghost. You can’t repair it and can’t find anyone else to at a decent price, so it joins the global mountain of junk. You’re forced to buy a replacement, which fuels climate change from the greenhouse gases released in the manufacturing process. But help is at hand, because citizens in the EU and parts of the USA will soon get a “right to repair” – of sorts. This consists of a series of proposals from European environment ministers to force manufacturers to make goods that last longer and are easier to mend. The European proposals refer to lighting, televisions and large home appliances. At least 18 US states are considering similar laws in a growing backlash against products which can’t be prised apart because they’re glued together, or which don’t have a supply of spare parts, or repair instructions.
2) Tesla brings ‘S3XY’ back with the launch of Model Y
After so much anticipation, Elon Musk walked on stage at the LA Design Studio in Hawthorne California and introduced Tesla’s newest addition to its line-up, the Model Y. Fortunately, Model Y looks to share some commonality with Model 3 which could translate to a production ramp that moves more rapidly than prior new cars introduced by Tesla. Above: Musk, Model Y, and hmmm… could Elon be teasing a custom ‘Tesla x Nike’ sneaker collaboration coming soon? (Twitter: LikeTesla ) So what did we learn last night? According to The Verge , “The cheaper, standard range version with a range of 230 miles won’t be available until 2021, Musk said, and will sell for $39,000… [whereas] The long range version will travel 300 miles on single charge, and will sell for $47,000, while the $60,000 performance version will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.”
3) San Francisco Municipal Utility To Focus On 100% Renewable Energy & Job Creation
Creative destruction is one of the fundamental principals of capitalism. In theory, when a business no longer serves the needs of the marketplace, it will be destroyed and replaced by one that does. That’s pretty much what officials in San Francisco have in mind as they contemplate what will replace Pacific Gas & Electric after it filed for bankruptcy in January. “We need to take advantage of this opportunity because the crisis of climate change is a crisis,” San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen said during a recent hearing. “We really need to take it to the next level, and that next level is a complete build out so that we are providing 100 percent renewable energy to all of our customers.”
4) How VF Corp Turns Sustainability And Responsibility Strategies Into Practical Action For Change
VF Corporation , a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, has been recognized as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute , a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Steve Rendle, VF’s Chairman, President and CEO, said, “As a purpose-led company, we take deliberate actions to embed high ethical, social and environmental standards throughout all aspects of our business. This recognition is a testament to the commitment of VF associates across our global enterprise to work with integrity and lead by example.”
5) Plastic waste has met its match with the viral #Trashtag challenge
It is rare when a social media trend actually results in a physical change to the environment, especially when it comes to picking up plastic waste . But a new viral challenge has thousands of people from around the world coming together to clean up places that have become overrun with plastic. Unable to play video. HTML5 is not supported! The new challenge, #trashtag, encourages people to clean up litter and share photos from before and after the clean-up job is over. So far, tens of thousands of individuals have participated in the social media challenge. These participants have cleaned up roads, parks, beaches and wilderness areas. The challenge has also increased awareness of important environmental issues, like how much plastic waste ends up in the trash.