The Unexpected Cost of a Pistachio Nut

A small city in California is dealing with a big dilemma. Ridgecrest is the home of thriving pistachio farmers. The city also depends on a nearby U.S. Navy base for most of its tax revenue. They both need a lot…

When Communal Mugs Are Like Gym Memberships

When companies replace single use cups with mugs and glasses, the employee response has been somewhat like our use of gym memberships.

Why We Want Sneakers Made From Coffee

Whether it relates to coffee grounds or new clothing patterns, zero waste design can optimize economic efficiency in surprising ways.

How Legos Discovered It’s Not Easy to be Green

If we want our Legos to match, attach, and detach, we might have to wait awhile for them to develop the appropriate bio-based plastic.

Will We Really Pay More to be Green?

Although many of us express a willingness to pay more for green products, a close look reveals that price can still have a big impact on our decision.

Why Less Land Needs To Make More Food

With population growth adding almost three billion people by 2050, we need to figure out how to produce more food with less land and fewer emissions.

Four Fantastic Charts That Tell What We Need to Know About the Plastic Problem

Store by store, through one aisle that has 700 items, the Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza will support sustainability with plastics-free grocery shopping.

The Problem With a Bendy Straw Law

The bendy straw was invented at the Varsity Sweet Shop in 1937. Where are we going? To why it’s tough to eliminate the bendy straw. But first some history… The Invention of the Bendy Straw Sitting at the Varsity Sweet…

Why Recycling is More Expensive

Because recycling is a broad social norm, we do not differentiate between good and bad recycling and, as a result, have a higher cost.

Weekly Roundup: From More Money to Fewer Restrooms

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