Here's how HP recycles its ink cartridges — and works on climate pledges

Aug 2, 2022
We visit an 80,000-square-foot facility in La Vergne, Tennessee, where the cartridges are taken apart and readied for their next life.
James McCall, left, and Kai Ryssdal stand next to one of the hundreds of boxes filled with used HP ink cartridges.
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Alaska Airlines, Microsoft and carbon capture firm join forces to develop sustainable fuels

Jul 14, 2022
Sustainable aircraft fuel is tricky — electric batteries and biofuels have big drawbacks. A startup is converting carbon dioxide into jet fuel.
Most existing sustainable fuel options are biofuels, which are made out of animal fat or used cooking oil. Those present their own sustainability challenges.
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"Refilleries" give consumers a way to reuse plastic bottles and cut waste

Jun 13, 2022
Businesses are reviving an old model to reduce single-use plastic in an effort to curb plastic pollution and fight climate change.
Samantha Keough browses the plastic-free products at Lite Foot, a mobile refillery that helps customers reuse containers instead of throwing out plastic.
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Gardening 101: Does it pay off for newcomers?

May 5, 2022
Pandemic lockdowns and high grocery prices have grown the ranks of gardeners. The costs of cultivation compete with savings on food.
Bobby Srour

Can supertall buildings help us build more sustainable cities?

Apr 11, 2022
The new book by urban designer Stefan Al explores what the history of skyscrapers can show us about the future.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, rises in downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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2 Black farmers promote resilience for food, land and people

Nov 22, 2021
Ashanti Williams and Arian Rivera of the Black Yard Farm Collective talk about agricultural practices and building community.
Black farmers are around 1% of all farmers in the U.S. The Black Yard Farm Collective aims to expand their numbers.
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What does it mean for a company to be "water-positive"?

Nov 5, 2021
Journalist Amanda Schupak explains how companies like PepsiCo are trying to put more water into the environment than they take out.
The Atchafalaya River in Louisiana is plagued by a buildup of dirt, sand and silt. As some water sources face stress, some companies have pledged to strengthen them.
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Why corporate America is making room in the C-suite for CSOs

May 26, 2021
According to a new report, the field of chief sustainability officers has grown by 228% over the past decade. And the role is evolving.
According to a new report, 31 publicly traded companies in the U.S. hired their first chief sustainability officer in 2020.
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How COVID-19 might change packaging for good

May 10, 2021
“I think you've had a lot of pent-up innovation,” says Matt Reynolds, editor of Packaging World.
Cardboard overflowing recycling bins. With home delivery a big part of the lockdown experience, Matt Reynolds says consumers are "asking brands to be more aware" of container sustainability.
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Survey finds consumers are concerned about waste from fast-food containers

Apr 27, 2021
That concern won't necessarily translate into a change in consumer behavior.
Young respondents in particular self-reported paying attention to a company’s sustainability practices.
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