Why the nuclear fusion breakthrough matters

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California made a pretty cool breakthrough in nuclear fusion this month. Fusion is when atoms fuse...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 14, 2022

Can compostable undies prevent waste?

Clothes are often difficult to recycle and fill up landfills because they contain blended fabrics and plastics. Some you can at least donate, repurpose, or...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 6, 2022

Zoomtowns are drying up, literally

Many remote workers moved from pricey cities to cheaper areas where they could afford a home. This not only drives up housing costs, but transplants...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 25, 2022

Sponge cities are sopping up climate change

When it rains, it pours. And climate change means it’s been raining more than ever. Global cities, built in dryer times, aren’t prepared to handle...
Sara Friedman • October 20, 2022

The man who gave away his company

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, 83, is making headlines for giving away his ~$3B company. But for an environmentalist who never wanted wealth, it makes...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 16, 2022

Could the climate bill help you nab an EV?

Electric vehicles can save drivers money in the long run, but adoption is hindered by high costs (~$66k on average in the US) and...
Mia Sullivan • August 9, 2022

Are recyclable shoes the future of footwear?

Interest in sustainable fashion has been rising for years. While many companies offer refurbished styles and recyclable materials, On, a Swiss running upstart, is looking...
Rob Litterst • July 11, 2022

Uh, what is peecycling?

It might sound weird, but people have been nourishing crops with human urine for centuries. Why? We ingest nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, then...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 21, 2022

Funding is coming for green school buses

Currently, less than 1% of the ~480k school buses in the US are electric. To electrify 20% of them would cost $20B, making the...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 24, 2022

Wind power is blowing up

Step aside, coal. On March 29, wind generated more power than coal and nuclear sources in the US for the 1st time over a 24-hour...
Mia Sullivan • April 22, 2022

The rise of solar businesses

Because it’s Earth Day, let’s talk about the sun. Specifically, how solar power has grown and where it might be going. Today, the US has...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • April 22, 2022

To BEV or not to BEV, that is the question

Every year since 1981, the Ford F-150 has outsold every car in America. The F-150 lineup is responsible for $40B+ in annual revenue. As an...
Jacob Cohen • April 12, 2022

Pinterest, Ford among companies responding to grim climate report

A new climate report that expounds on how screwed we are dropped last Monday. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report warns that unless...
Mia Sullivan • April 11, 2022

Where are the electric mail trucks?

Mail trucks are a perfect fit for EVs. They have short, slow, predictable routes, and park in the same spot every night. So, of the...
Rob Litterst • March 11, 2022

Plastic looks great — but comes at a cost

There’s a good chance the clothing you’re wearing right now is made from plastic. New plastics — including fabrics like polyester, nylon, and elastane — have...
Singdhi Sokpo • March 3, 2022

Fake snow: Big business on a warming planet

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics saw athletes compete on fake flakes. But what exactly is artificial snow? The simple answer: It’s made by combining water...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • February 28, 2022

Rebundle makes sustainable hair extensions out of plants

Rebundle, a St. Louis-based D2C hair startup, just scored $1.4m to make extensions out of banana fiber. It’s a unique solution that tackles 2...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 20, 2022

Digits: Butter, boy bands, and electric mail

Looks like a platypus lol. (Source: USPS) 1) Spread this news: For the week ending Dec. 11, 2021, the price of grade AA butter hit...
Jacob Cohen • January 17, 2022

Ford’s EV progress pushes the carmaker past $100B

One of corporate America’s favorite quotes is from Henry Ford, who founded Ford Motor Company in 1903. Speaking about his product development process, Ford said,...
Trung T. Phan • January 14, 2022

TikTokers are sharing eco-hacks

TikTok is all about the hacks. Getting free stuff, modifying Starbucks drinks, learning Excel. But apparently, another trend includes… going green with sustainability …
Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 15, 2021

These startups offer alternatives to single-use plastics

Between 4.8m and 12.7m metric tons of plastic winds up in the ocean every year. Much of this waste comes from single-use plastics, like disposable...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • November 29, 2021

Google is putting sustainability in the hands of consumers, one product at a time

Google prides itself on its sustainability efforts, which include being carbon neutral since 2007, and plans to be carbon-free by 2030. Now, the search giant...
Rob Litterst • October 19, 2021

Can California’s landscapers still make money with electric equipment?

Sleeping in’s natural enemy, the gas-powered leaf blower, is on its way out in California. A new state law bans the sale of small off-road...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 15, 2021

Flood premiums are about to flood America

Visual: Singdhi Sokpo The National Flood Insurance Program — created in 1968 — provides flood insurance for 3.4m US homes, with a $739 average annual...
Jacob Cohen • October 8, 2021

Peas are a hot plant protein, but they may soon cost more

Easy peasy (Source: Ripple Foods) Peas are a buzzy alternative protein, but one supplier says bad weather may cause a price hike ultimately shouldered by...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 4, 2021

The environmental cost of fast fashion

Photo by Maniglia Romano/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images They say there’s no such thing as a biological free lunch, and the same principle seems to...
Rob Litterst • September 23, 2021

The $60B clean tech comeback

Photo: DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images) Remember Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth”? It was released in 2006, coinciding with a period of...
Trung T. Phan • August 24, 2021

Digits: Brazilian butt lifts, $10 palm prints, South Park, and more

We have 14 new South Park movies headed are way (Source: Comedy Central) 1) The number of Brazilian butt lifts performed globally has increased 77.6%...
Jacob Cohen • August 9, 2021

Lego’s latest project: Greener bricks

While a part of us wishes this were a story about a new Lego brick that inflicts less pain when stepped on, that’ll have...
Jacob Cohen • August 3, 2021

Flat-packed pasta could be a sustainable solution for a carb favorite

Pasta is taking shape (Source: Ars Technica) There are a few major problems with pasta. It’s incredibly delicious and very difficult to portion control The many shapes...
Trung T. Phan • June 8, 2021

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