Trader Joe’s ditching single-use plastics for more eco-friendly options

March 11, 2019 by  
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An increasing number of grocery stores are ditching single-use plastics to help curb the amount of synthetic materials that end up in landfills around the world. Trader Joe’s is the most recent business to reduce plastic use in stores across the country, a move that comes after a Greenpeace initiative that garnered close to 100,000 signatures. In 2018, Trader Joe’s vowed to use more sustainable packaging to help decrease the 1 million pounds of waste it generates annually from plastics. A big chunk of that waste comes from single-use plastic bags , which the outlet has already stopped offering to customers. The company has also stopped using plastic in the produce section, replacing the traditional bags with biodegradable alternatives. Related: Cove launches the first 100% biodegradable water bottle “As a neighborhood grocery store, we feel it is important for us to be the great neighbor our customers deserve. Part of that means better managing our environmental impact,” Trader Joe’s Kenya Friend-Daniel shared. Plastic waste is a growing issue for countries around the globe. Only a quarter of plastics manufactured in the states are recycled, despite the fact that it takes significantly more energy to make plastic from scratch. If we increased recycling efforts up to three quarters, then we could save around a billion gallons in oil production and free up some 44 million yards of landfill every year. Trader Joe’s is not the first business to get rid of single-use plastics and hopefully will not be the last. Several grocery retailers in the United Kingdom have also removed single-use plastics from their stores. McDonald’s has also vowed to replace its packaging with sustainable materials within a decade, while Evian will go completely plastic free by next year. Reducing our reliance on single-use plastic is the first step in eliminating plastic waste , which often ends up in the ocean. With more and more companies like Trader Joe’s ditching single-use plastics for more eco-friendly options, we can only hope that other businesses will follow their lead and cut down on plastic use at a larger scale. Via Eco Watch Images via Shutterstock

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Change the Course: Lessons from a water stewardship movement

September 10, 2015 by  
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WhiteWave, Coca-Cola, Cinemark and Waste Management have joined us in restoring 4 billion gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands.

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Change the Course: Lessons from a water stewardship movement

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WhiteWave, Coca-Cola, Cinemark and Waste Management have joined us in restoring 4 billion gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands.

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Inexpensive Truck Aero-Tweak Could Save 1.5 Billion Gallons of Diesel Each Year

August 3, 2011 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC It’s all about low-pressure areas… Most long-haul freight should be transported on trains rather than trucks, since rail shipping is more fuel-efficient, doesn’t add to road congestion, and reduces infrastructure maintenance costs (70,000lbs trucks can be very damaging to roads). But sadly, the reality in the U.S. is that over the past few decades, the number of long-haul trucks has only gone up. There is now about 1.3 million semi trucks transporting goods over long distances, each tra… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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September 4, 2010 by  
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Colorado Approves 30% by 2020 Renewable Energy Standard

March 9, 2010 by  
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Yesterday, Colorado’s state legislature finalized a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 30 percent by 2020. Colorado was one of the first states to adopt a renewable energy standard at all, committing in 2004 to get 10 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2015 and increasing that to 20 percent by 2020 in 2006.  This latest measure puts the state right behind California, who has the highest standard at 33 percent by 2020. The bill also requires utilities to get 3 percent of their electricity from distributed sources like rooftop solar and other smaller wind and solar installations in order to give a boost to local renewable energy and construction companies.  That requirement alone will be responsible for 1 GW of clean energy, save 6.8 billion gallons of water and reduce emissions by 30 million tons of CO2 a year.

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New Recycling Technology Turns Winery into Water Saver

January 6, 2010 by  
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Wineries are notorious for using large amounts of water , with estimates ranging up to 20 gallons of water needed to produce a singe gallon of wine. Jackson Family Wines is one wine maker that has found a high tech way to put a billion-gallon dent in its own annual water consumption, and the implications could be enormous for wine rich, water poor states like California

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4,000,000 Fewer Vehicles on US Roads in 2009

January 6, 2010 by  
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4 million fewer vehicles. This is the first year there was such a large decline in automobile ownership since the US Department of Transportation (DOT) began modern recordkeeping in 1960

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