Major retailers in Britain say no to glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?
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Morrisons to remove plastic 'bags for life' and trial paper alternative

Supermarket says move follows evidence that reusable plastic bags are being thrown away after one use.


For the Navajo Nation, a fight for better food gains new urgency

As the pandemic has brought home the importance of the global movement for food sovereignty, members are planting and sharing.
Plastic Pollution

Use of plastic bags in England drops by 59% in a year

Shoppers' use of plastic carrier bags in England has continued to fall – by 59% in the last year alone – since the introduction of the 5p charge, according to recent figures.


Plant-based ‘meats’ catch on in the pandemic

As the meat industry struggles to respond to the outbreak, makers of vegan substitutes are ramping up production to meet new interest from shoppers.

With coronavirus roiling food supply, local agriculture seeks resurgence

Coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking facilities and shortages in groceries are driving some consumers to reconsider local food options.


Coronavirus is also creating a food security crisis in Indian Country

‘There’s no way this is going to end well.’ The coronavirus is devastating Indigenous communities, long been shut out of traditional food supply chains and infrastructure development.

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi: Nowhere is remote anymore

Coronavirus in the Navajo Nation exposes underlying vulnerabilities.

What grocery workers say stores have done wrong amid COVID-19

Policies incentivized sick and vulnerable workers to report for duty. Masks and gloves were forbidden. Confusion reigned within chains.

Now more than ever it seems we can’t live without plastic. Can we learn to live with it?

Companies and governments are working to minimize environmental harm of plastic packaging and products, but they face a nuanced reality.


Grocers seek veto of plastic bag tax, saying reusable bags pose coronavirus risk

The virus stays infectious for days on some surfaces, but an expert doubts risk from bags is high.

UK's sewage system in danger of gridlock from toilet paper substitutes

Consumers have been warned of the dangers of substituting kitchen roll and wet wipes for toilet paper which – if flushed down the loo – could overwhelm the UK's sewers.


Get ready, New York: The plastic bag ban is starting

A statewide law, which takes effect on Sunday, forbids businesses from providing the single-use bags that many shoppers rely on.

Giant Eagle to end use of plastic grocery bags

In a move that follows national trends away from single-use plastic, Giant Eagle on Tuesday will announce a six-month pilot project, in cooperation with the City of Pittsburgh and Sustainable Pittsburgh, to eliminate such materials from the supermarket chain's operations by 2025.
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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