The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for July 18, 2022

The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for July 18, 2022

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This week we have two guest posts. The first is by Dan M, a digital marketer who tells us why we should switch to sustainable jewlery. The second post is by Alysa McCall, Polar Bears International Director of Conservation Outreach and Staff Scientist who tells us everything we need to know about Arctic Sea Ice Day. We also have stories about how 3M has cut their greenhouse gas emissions, how California connects renewables to the grid, switching to plastic free gum, California’s plastic waste law, and rewilding projects you can visit.

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Switching to Sustainable Jewelry: What You Need to Know

Guest Post byDan M, Digital Marketer

Premium fashion brands have been embracing innovative ways of manufacturing accessories. While vintage clothing rises, designer brands are executing practices to promote sustainable fashion. Recycled goods and fresh ingredients are now used to create sustainable accessories.

The goal of fashion designers is to create a fashion industry that utilizes fiber-to-fiber recycling in the future. No doubt that sustainability has weaved its way into the fashion industry. As a result, major fashion brands have noticed this and shifted production towards sustainability.

Sustainable jewelry, for instance, is items made from lab-created diamonds. These diamonds are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments with the use of advanced technological processes. The processes duplicate the conditions under which mined diamonds develop when forming in the mantle…[read more].

The Belugas Have Arrived! Tune Into Their Migration on Arctic Sea Ice Day

Guest Post by: Alysa McCallPolar Bears International Director of Conservation Outreach and Staff Scientist

The beluga whale migration in Churchill always brings a smile to my face – it’s hard not to grin when they look like they’re smiling themselves. Often called the canaries of the sea because they’re so chatty, belugas are a curious, charismatic species that seem always to be happily singing as they swim.

Believe it or not, even in the summer, my mind is on sea ice. Monitoring the patterns of summer Arctic sea ice can give us important clues about the future of belugas, polar bears, and the planet as a whole. That’s why we’re celebrating Arctic Sea Ice Day today (July 15), to share this ecosystem with the world and inspire action to protect it.

Though they may be in a remote place, we’re so excited to be able to bring the belugas right to you. Today marks the kick-off of the wonderful Beluga Whale Live Cam in partnership with explore.org. Be sure to watch the live feed with sound on, so you can hear the whales’ amazing vocalizations through the hydrophone…[read more].

Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. 3M Has Cut its Greenhouse Gases by 71% Over Two Decades. How?

Takeaways:

  • 3M has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 71.1% over the last two decades.
  • They have set a goal of using 50% of renewable energy by 2025, which they have almost reached.
  • The company has also reduced water usage by 10.7%…[read more].

2. Groundbreaking California Rule Transforms How Renewables Connect to the Grid

Takeaways:

  • The California Public Utilities Commission is simplifying the interconnection process for distributed energy resources (like solar) and providing valuable transparency for project developers.
  • This will replace parts of the frequently imprecise expedited screening processes that can result in costly, time-consuming, and often unnecessary project reviews.
  • “Today’s decision by the CPUC takes the first step toward a vastly improved interconnection process that better reflects the realities of the grid and makes it faster and easier to install the levels of clean energy that will be needed to reach California’s decarbonization goals,” said Sky Stanfield, Partner at law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger…[read more].

3. It’s Time To Switch To Plastic-Free Chewing Gum

Takeaways:

  • Today’s chewing gum gets its chewiness from plastic, but there are alternatives to plastic gum.
  • Many plastic-free chewing gums are made of chicle, a material extracted from the sapodilla tree, which the Mayans chewed.
  • These gums also contain natural sweeteners derived from the bark of birch and beech trees…[read more].

4. California Passes Nation’s Toughest Plastic Waste Law

Takeaways:

  • California has passed a single-use plastic and packaging waste law which requires that by 2028 at least 30% of plastic packaging in the state be recyclable.
  • The law also requires that recycling polystyrene hit 25% by 2025.
  • If this number isn’t reached, the material will be banned entirely in the state…[read more].

5. Go Wild in These Countries: Five Exciting Rewilding Projects to Visit

Takeaways:

  • Rewilding projects are taking place all over the world. Here are a few that you can visit:
  • Affric Highlands, Scotland, is the UK’s biggest rewilding project and aims to protect the red grouse, short-eared owls, Scottish wildcat and more.
  • The Patagonia National Park has over 750,000 acres of vast grasslands, forests, alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks and has seen the return of the guanaco and puma…[read more].

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