Sue Carpenter

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California weighs measure on single-use plastic

Aug 6, 2020
The Circular Economy bill is supported by hundreds of organizations. But the California Chamber of Commerce opposes it.
The bill would require 75% of single-use plastic packaging in California to be reduced or recycled into something else by the year 2030.
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As food insecurity grows during COVID-19, Little Free Pantries flourish

Jul 16, 2020
Like Little Free Libraries that offer free books for people in a neighborhood, the pantries offer a way for community members to donate food.
Deborah Binder of Edmonds, Washington, set up a Little Free Pantry in her yard to help food-insecure neighbors.
Courtesy Deborah Binder

With COVID-19, big weddings give way to "planned elopements"

Jun 26, 2020
Couples are still celebrating, but they are opting for small gatherings. There's a financial advantage, too.
A couple is married with just an officiant as friends join via Zoom in Virgina.
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COVID-19 forces auto industry to adapt

Apr 8, 2020
Dealerships are ramping up online sales and offering deferred payment plans.
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Reduce, reuse ... refill? Some stores are offering products without the packaging

Feb 17, 2020
Refill stations sell beauty products and home cleaning supplies in little to no packaging.
The refill station at No Tox Life in Los Angeles lets customers buy products like dishwasher detergent and hand soap from large glass jugs and pay by the ounce.
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Availability of charging stations a stumbling block for electric cars

Jan 9, 2020
Right now, there are 63,000 public charging stations in the country, according to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, compared with 168,000 stations that serve gas.
The new all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E.
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Scooters now sharing the delivery lane

Dec 19, 2019
Increasing demand for faster deliveries is part of what’s driving companies to experiment.
An URB-E electric folding bicycle is on display
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Despite influx of new models, electric car sales expected to remain low

Nov 29, 2019
Flashy new debuts from Ford and others will not lift electric vehicle ownership above 5% by 2025, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Tesla unveiled its Cybertruck at an event in Los Angeles.

Millennial women are fired up about motorcycles

Nov 18, 2019
As baby boomers hang up their leathers for good, younger women are saddling up.
Hayley Bell in Colorado for the Women Riders World Relay.
Courtesy Women Riders World Relay