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Andrew Zimmern Is Now Advising a Plant-Based Chicken Brand

As the co-creator, host, and executive producer of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern has tried it all—fermented shark meat, tarantulas… even cane toads. So the celebrity chef’s latest job role may come as a surprise. Zimmern has signed on as Next Gen Foods’ business and culinary advisor for its flagship vegan chicken brand…

EV Chargers Will Outnumber Fuel Pumps in the UK By 2030

The UK could be home to more EV charge points by 2030 than traditional fuel pumps. Britain’s government just announced plans to increase the current number of public chargers tenfold by the end of the decade, ahead of the expected national and global transition away from combustion engines and towards electric cars. The £500 million Department for…

Gleaning Can Fill Your Plate—And Also Help the Planet

Even in the 21st century, there’s an ancient agricultural practice detailed in both the Old Testament and the Koran that could hold the keys to feeding hungry people and saving the planet at the same time.  Gleaning, the simple process of gathering surplus produce from farm fields and even residential backyards, puts food on plates and keeps it out…

Boston Is Getting the Largest Vegan Sports Bar in the World

A new vegan sports bar is opening in Boston, Massachusetts, this spring. PlantPub will open its second location right across from Fenway Park baseball stadium, the 110-year-old home of the Red Sox. The restaurant is a collaboration between the company’s co-founders, serial entrepreneur Pat McAuley, vegan investor Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, and…

Celebrity Investors Are Transforming the Zero-Waste Space

The world of celebrity investments is becoming more and more commonplace. And headlines about a famous person backing a new Silicon Valley startup seem to make the rounds every week. From professional athletes and actors to models and musicians, A-listers are putting their substantial wealth to good use.  A growing number of celebs are using their…

Climate Justice Is The Weapon Against Racism We Need Now

Somewhere between the history of enslaved Africans, Indigenous peoples, and agriculture in America lies the intersection of protecting both the planet and the people on it. Despite systemic racism, the ancestors were supernatural, armed with the skills to transform bits of nothing into a way of life. Generations of indigenous and enslaved people turned…

New Canadian Bill Seeks to Ban Elephant Captivity

A new bill aims to prohibit the keeping of wild animals in captivity in Canada. Senator Marty Klyne reintroduced Bill S-241, also known as the Jane Goodall Act, in the Senate on March 22. If passed, the bill would ban new captivity of a number of wild animals—including bears, wolves, and big cats. This would effectively end the use of exotic animals…

The Funeral Industry Is Toxic. Could Green Burials Be the Answer?

My introduction to green burials came from a very personal place. My dad died unexpectedly when I was 19. During his funeral, he lay in his powder blue casket, looking very doll-like in his embalmed and makeup-adorned state. In my warped, grief-stricken brain, the makeup and casket all seemed a bit comical, and unsettlingly wrong.  Over a decade later…

Kate Mara-Produced Documentary Exposes the Pork Industry’s Dirty Deeds

Kate Mara is set to executive produce a new documentary about Elsie Herring, a North Carolina environmental activist who fought against the region’s multibillion-dollar hog farming industry. Mara, a Primetime Emmy-nominated actor known for her roles in House of Cards (2013–2016) and American Horror Story (2011), is joined by The Green Knight (2021)…

How to Low-Waste Your Life if You’re a Maximalist

I’ve always loved a more-is-more aesthetic—so much so, that I became dismayed over the past five years as I watched a flood of minimalist, beige living rooms take over my Pinterest home decor feed. Moaning that these living rooms lacked color, personality, and anything remotely resembling a pulse, I longed for vivid rooms that bucked the trend of…

Women are the Future of Sustainable Innovation

Dishwashers, filtered coffee, car heaters, fire escapes, home security, windshield wipers; all of these things make our lives easier, more comfortable, safer. And all of them were invented by women. While the history books may be dominated by men and their creations, women have also consistently innovated to help propel society forward. Today is no…

How America Became a Trash Nation

An 1829 book titled The American Frugal Housewife, written by Lydia Maria Child, provides hundreds of pieces of advice for cooking, cleaning, preserving food, and making the most out of what a family would already have. In the introduction, Child advises her readers: “Nothing should be thrown away so long as it is possible to make use of it.” How…

This Startup Is Making Sustainable Roads Out of Recycled Asphalt

A Norwegian startup is building carbon-negative roads. Carbon Crusher combines recycled asphalt with plant-based glue to repair the blacktop instead of using traditional bitumen—a viscous form of petroleum that has a significant environmental impact and even continues to emit air pollution once in place on the road. According to the company, the over…

Vegan Cooking Competition ‘Peeled’ Debuts This Summer

Between Gordon Ramsay’s nerve-wracking, high-pressure Hell’s Kitchen, the scrappiness and innovation of Chopped, and the absolute wholesomeness of The Great British Bake Off, television cooking competitions have a lot of variety. But, despite their differences, they have one thing in common: they all use animal products. That’s about to change…

Cadbury’s New Chocolate Shop Is 100% Vegan

For nearly two centuries, Cadbury has been churning out some of the UK’s favorite candy bars. Now, as more Brits embrace plant-based food, the confectionery giant is moving with the times and opening its first vegan chocolate shop.The new pop-up store is opening in Soho, London, and every customer that walks through the doors will be given one of…

Pigs Aren’t Just Oinking—They’re Talking

A team of researchers has developed first-of-its-kind technology to understand how pigs communicate, and their grunts, oinks, and snuffling all express different emotions. The EU plans to introduce the world’s first carbon dioxide emissions tariff on imported and high-polluting goods to encourage sustainability at home and abroad. A San Antonio architectural…

Maserati Goes Electric. But Who Can Afford It?

Maserati is bidding adieu to gas-guzzling engines and rolling towards an all-electric future.  The Italian luxury car brand has announced the launch of an entirely electric range, called Maserati Folgore. By 2025, the company plans to offer electric versions of every model in its lineup. Maserati’s first EV in the range will be its new GranTurismo…

Target Will Now Tell You If You’re Buying Sustainable Beauty

Our oceans are in crisis. Every single day, roughly 8 million pieces of plastic threaten underwater ecosystems. Retailers are, undeniably, a huge contributor to all of this waste. But Target is trying to make changes. The department store chain has revealed a new initiative called Target Zero. The idea is simple: every refillable, reusable, compostable…

Jeff Bezos and Microsoft Backed This ‘Green’ Energy Startup

Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s recent round of investments are helping to retrofit old buildings across the US with clean energy. BlocPower, a Brooklyn-based clean-tech startup, received a $5.5 million grant from the Bezos Earth Fund in December. Bezos launched the initiative in February 2020, pledging $10 billion in grants to companies and organizations…

How Important Is Recycling?

Recycling takes time, space, and effort. But even when it feels like your actions are a drop in the metaphorical (and literal) ocean, recycling makes a big difference to the planet. Here’s why. The history of recycling Modern recycling programs were founded out of concern for the environment. They first began appearing in the US in the 1960s and 1970s…

New Documentary Dispels Dairy Industry’s Greenwashing Efforts

In a new documentary released this week called Milked, Māori activist Chris Huriwai follows the environmental and cultural crises caused by New Zealand’s dairy industry—and specifically, by multi-billion-dollar dairy producer Fonterra. Fonterra is New Zealand’s largest company, producing approximately 30 percent of the world’s dairy exports…

Barack Obama Hosts New Netflix Series About National Parks

Former President Barack Obama leads a five-part nature docuseries set to debut on Netflix next month.  The 44th president of the US and best-selling author is the narrator and star of Our Great National Parks, an intercontinental trip to conservation areas across the world, from Monterey Bay, California to Tsavo, Kenya. The educational series will…

The First Fully Electric Cadillac Is Coming

General Motors is set to begin production on customer models of its first-ever electric Cadillac. The Cadillac Lyriq was first unveiled in August of 2020 and, following production, could be in customers’ hands as soon as May 2022. It is one of General Motors’ next-generation sustainable vehicles, featuring the company’s flagship “Ultium EV architecture.”…

The Human-Animal Bond Can Save Us From Ourselves

From the outside looking in, Dan McKernan had it all. Founder of Barn Sanctuary, a Michigan-based, farm animal rescue, he was at the pinnacle of his career. His non-profit was thriving, and his work gave him the rewarding opportunity to help abused and abandoned farm animals in need. His work gained national attention: He amassed a large following on…

Amazon Has Its Own Plant-Based Line Now

Amazon Fresh is cashing in on the growing appetite for plant-based products.The subsidiary of e-commerce giant Amazon has launched a new “budget-friendly” range of meatless and dairy-free products, including meatballs, patties, nuggets, and almond milk. The line, called Fresh Plant-Based, is available online and in-store at its growing empire of…

Here’s What ‘Bad Vegan’ Gets Wrong About Vegans

If there’s anything to be said about society as a whole, it’s that all of the water in the world’s oceans wouldn’t be enough to quench our collective thirst for hot goss—it’s simply insatiable. Case in point: The Kardashians. Should they have graced television screens for 20 seasons? No. Did I watch every episode with an eager ear, an unwavering…

The Beauty Founder Redefining What It Means to Be ‘Clean’

The beauty world is full of labels. From “green” to “clean,” every product we put on our faces is marketed to us with words that should help us identify what is in it, or how it has been made. But it’s not that simple.Despite its size, the beauty industry—which is worth more than $630 billion globally—isn’t regulated. The US, in particular…

Shell Is Facing a Lawsuit Over Climate Change. (Again.)

Shell has failed to prepare for the global net-zero goals needed to mitigate climate change, so ClientEarth is opening a lawsuit against the company’s directors. In a first-of-its-kind case, the environmental law charity will argue that the board’s inadequate preparation for net-zero will ultimately harm Shell’s future and the prosperity of its…

Natalie Portman Helps Startup Raise $12 Million to Mimic Animal Muscle

A new startup is getting closer to bringing realistic plant-based meat to market, thanks to a recent $12 million investment. The round was led by climate-focused venture capital firm Lowercarbon Capital, plus actor Natalie Portman and others.  Boston-based Tender Foods launched in 2020 with a drive to create plant-based meat with a whole-cut texture…

Solar-Powered Ovens Could Help Developing Nations

Sustainable cooking may soon be possible in developing countries, thanks to two Nigerian engineers who have created a concept design for a solar-powered oven. The new concept was published in a recent study in Frontiers in Energy Research. Clement A. Komolafe and Clinton E. Okonkwo—senior and assistant lecturers, respectively, at Landmark University…

Solar-Powered Ovens Could Power Developing Nations

Sustainable cooking may soon be possible in developing countries, thanks to two Nigerian engineers who have created a concept design for a solar-powered oven. The new concept was published in a recent study in Frontiers in Energy Research. Clement A. Komolafe and Clinton E. Okonkwo—senior and assistant lecturers, respectively, at Landmark University…

How to Cook Vegan Like Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is a modern-day Renaissance personality. You may know her through her TV roles, whether as a Jeopardy! host, the irrepressibly spirited Blossom from the eponymous hit 90s TV show, as nerdy, lovable neurobiologist Amy from The Big Bang Theory, or through her recent star turn as a joyfully single woman on Call Me Kat. Or, you may know her…

Guinness Is Brewing a Plan to Restore the Soil

Guinness fans could soon be supporting sustainability with every pint of the “black stuff” poured. Parent company Diageo just announced the start of a three-year pilot program to cut carbon emissions emitted during the production of Guinness by changing the way its primary ingredient, barley, is farmed. The project aims to partner with at least…

Adidas Gives Polyester the Boot and a Vegan Chef Slays Bobby Flay

In case you missed it… The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published its latest report, which focuses on the devastating impacts of global warming, as well as potential solutions to the climate crisis. In food news… Tamearra Dyson, the owner of Souley Vegan, is the first contestant to win on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay…

The Plant-Based Meat Market Is Getting Litigious

Impossible Foods has sued food technology company Motif FoodWorks, claiming that the start-up’s new heme ingredient is too similar to its own. When the Impossible Burger debuted in 2016, headlines were quick to hone in on one detail: it looked, cooked, and tasted like meat. This was all thanks to Impossible’s star ingredient, heme, an iron-rich…

Google Pledges to Keep Food Waste Out of the Landfill

Google’s latest sustainability pledge takes aim at a growing global issue: food waste. The multinational tech company says it will halve its food waste by 2025 and send zero food waste to landfills by the same date. Google currently employs upwards of 150,000 full-time workers worldwide. That’s more people than live in Gainesville, Florida; Berkeley…

This Hot Pot Is the Ultimate Zero-Waste Feast

If you think hot pot is a big project, you’re not wrong—but that’s what makes it worth trying. The coolest thing about hot pot, though, is that you can use up all the leftovers from your fridge—whether veggies or vegan meats, almost everything simmers to deliciousness in the forgiving broth. The broth in hot pot is so tasty, it flavors everything…

The Latest Addition to IKEA’s Menu: Vegan Chicken Nuggets

IKEA just introduced two different types of vegan chicken to its restaurant menus. In the US, the Swedish furniture giant has launched plant-based chicken nuggets as part of a Kids Meal, served with broccoli. In the UK, IKEA updated its menu with plant-based chicken strips, available as part of the Chickenless Strip Meal with fries and a drink. While…

Burger King Opens (Another) Fully Vegetarian Restaurant

Burger King just announced the launch of another 100 percent vegetarian restaurant, with a month-long pilot takeover of its flagship Leicester Square restaurant in London, UK. Alongside existing options such as the Vegan Royale, Plant-based Whopper, and the recently launched vegan katsu range, Burger King is also introducing more than 15 new meat-free…

Will Gen Z Cancel Fast Fashion for Good?

Fast fashion made its grand entrance in the second part of the 20th century, helmed by companies like H&M and Zara. True to form, the industry moved through the early 21st century at a rate of knots. Now, e-commerce giants like Boohoo, ASOS, and Shein join the OGs in a $36 billion market. But also raised in the noughties? Gen Z. Fast fashion’s biggest…

Used EV Batteries Could Get a Second Life in Clean Energy

Beginning in 2035, all new cars and trucks sold in California must be zero-emission, thanks to a 2020 executive order issued by Governor Newsom. The move was a step forward for the state in reducing climate change-causing fossil fuels. But it’s led scientists scrambling to figure out what to do with all of those old electric vehicle batteries.  Engineers…

Investors Are in Love With Cultivated Meat and Fermentation

Investments in alternative protein continue to be more popular than ever before. But, the venture capital world is turning its attention to two areas in particular: fermentation, and cultivated meat and seafood. These findings came from the Good Food Institute’s (GFI) latest report, which revealed a record $5 billion invested in alternative proteins…

Meatballs Are the Zero-Waste Answer to Veggie Leftovers

Let’s be real—few of us are endeavoring to whip up Michelin-worthy weeknight dinners. Instead, we’re trying to get something on the table that’s replicable, delicious, and makes use of what’s already in our fridge. That’s why we’re super open to the simple, zero-waste beauty of meatballs, which absorb leftover herbs and veggies like the…

Amazon Launched a ‘Sustainable’ Collection. Is That An Oxymoron?

Amazon is the latest company trying to cash in on the growing sustainability market. The e-commerce giant, which raked in $469.8 billion in net sales in 2021—a 22 percent increase from the previous year, has launched its own line of sustainable products, called Amazon Aware.  From recycled denim jeans to vegan face cleansers housed in recycled aluminum…

All Weeknight Dinners Should Take Under 30 Minutes

Even when we’re so busy that we can only muster 30 minutes on a weeknight to make dinner, we’re rarely ever willing to sacrifice on flavor. Thankfully, time spent on a recipe and how good it tastes aren’t mutually exclusive and these three plant-based recipes are proof. The banana blossom “fish” tacos with corn salsa are deceptively complex…

Kroger and Impossible Foods Are Working Together

Late last week, supermarket chain Kroger announced its new partnership with plant-based food brand Impossible Foods and Custom Made Meals, LLC, which makes fresh entrees and appetizers for retail. For now, neither company has revealed the specific details about what type of products are in the works. But, what we do know so far (based on what was said…

The UK Said It Would Ban Fur and Foie Gras. But Now, It’s Backpedaling.

The UK is set to u-turn on some of its key new animal welfare and environmental policies, including its proposed ban on foie gras and fur imports. These two industries are controversially cruel, destructive, and an unnecessary luxury. But, “flip-flopping” on divisive issues is something that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is notorious for. Members…

World Leaders Are Working on the ‘Paris Agreement’ of Plastic Pollution

Representatives from nearly 200 countries have agreed to develop a legally binding treaty on plastics comparable to 2015’s Paris Climate Agreement.  Meanwhile, Australia’s mighty humpback whales are officially no longer on the nation’s endangered species list. And Yellowstone, one of the most famous national parks in the world, just turned 150…

Lululemon: It’s High Time You Actually Went Sustainable

Lululemon is working hard to get in on the ever-expanding—and ever-marketable—sustainable fashion game. But they’re playing it all wrong. In the fall of 2020, a consortium of four fashion powerhouses—Lululemon, Adidas, Kering, and Stella McCartney—revealed they’d been granted exclusive access to biotechnology company Bolt Thread’s innovative…

Can Food Giants and Vegan Brands Really Be Friends?

Chilean plant-based food tech company NotCo and food giant Kraft Heinz are joining forces. Their joint venture announced this month will foster the development of co-branded products, but neither company is ready to reveal what that first product will be. (We’ll be holding our breath for vegan Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. It’s not fair that only Australia…


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