These refill stations now sell reusable aluminum bottles for the same price as single-use plastic

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FloWater wants to get people in the habit of not buying plastic. As water refill stations become more common, consumer habits of carrying reusable bottles haven’t necessarily kept up. That’s why FloWater, a company that makes refill stations, is now beginning to offer a new type of aluminum reusable bottle next to its equipment—for roughly the same cost as premium bottled water sold in single-use plastic. Read Full Story

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This reusable ‘Origami Bottle’ folds to fit in your pocket

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Foldable, reusable packaging could accelerate the switch away from single-use plastics. If you push down on certain points on the new reusable water bottle called the Origami Bottle , the container collapses, folding up so it can easily fit in your bag or even squeeze inside your pocket. The design makes use of a unique geometrical structure that’s sturdy when unfolded—and holds 25 ounces of water—but quickly transforms when empty, with the aim of helping reusable packaging compete with single-use plastic. Read Full Story

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The plastic industry is using the coronavirus to fight plastic bag bans

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Bag bans that were supposed to go into effect have been halted in several states as the plastic industry plays up fears of infection from reusable bags (but doesn’t mention anything about infection from plastic ones). As the groundswell against single-use plastic has grown, a recent study about the new coronavirus could lend more ammunition: The virus, SARS-CoV-2, can live on plastic for two to three days , versus 24 hours on cardboard. (Another study that looked at related viruses, SARS and MERS, found that some lived on plastic as long as nine days.) But the plastic industry is also using the coronavirus crisis for the opposite reason, to argue that public health requires us to overturn bans on single-use plastic bags at stores. Read Full Story

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Green is good, right? Consumers don’t always see it that way

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Researchers have found that consumers think eco-friendly products are less effective than their traditional, more polluting counterparts. Scroll through Instagram, and you’ll notice many brands touting their eco-friendly credentials. There’s an image of Allbirds, which uses sustainable wool to make high-tops, and Adidas, which is using plastic pulled out of the ocean to make running shoes. Blueland sells refillable cleaning spray bottles and tablets of soap that you dissolve in water, to cut down on waste. Grove makes toilet paper out of sustainable bamboo. Read Full Story

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This tech is bringing water to Navajo Nation by pulling it out of the air

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Zero Mass Water’s Source hydropanels use sunlight to absorb water vapor from the air. In the Navajo Nation, where running water is scarce and COVID-19 is surging, they’re providing a lifeline. In the Navajo Nation, sometimes a single spigot on an empty road is the only water source around for hundreds of residents. Others have to drive from their rural homes into towns miles away to buy all the water they need for cooking, drinking, cleaning, and livestock, because there’s no infrastructure to bring it through pipes. About 40% of households in the Navajo Nation live without running water. But now, at a few houses, panels positioned on the ground pull moisture from the air, connecting to a tap inside the home and providing up to 10 liters of water—or about 20 16-ounce bottles—a day, at no cost to the family. Read Full Story

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This California highway is now paved with plastic

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The technology mixes old plastic bottles with the existing asphalt to create a new road surface. Each mile uses 150,000 old bottles. A newly repaved stretch of highway in Oroville, California, looks like an ordinary road. But it’s the first highway in the country to be paved in part with recycled plastic—the equivalent of roughly 150,000 plastic bottles per mile of the three-lane road. Read Full Story

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This cleaning product refill service will help New York consumers ditch single-use plastic

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But the real selling point is offering low-income consumers a way to eliminate the “poverty tax,” where smaller sizes cost more by weight. Now you can get just as much as you need—for a set price per ounce. Inside a laundromat in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn, it’s now possible to buy standard cleaning products like Pine-Sol without having to buy a whole new container. Instead you’ll be able to bring your old container back, and refill it yourself. The location is one of the first to pilot a new system from a startup called Algramo. Read Full Story

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This eco-friendly hand sanitizer kills germs and is plastic-free

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By Humankind’s multitasking hand sanitizer kills viruses, moisturizes your skin, and keeps single-use plastic out of landfills. Just over a year after it launched on a mission to eliminate excess packaging and single-use plastic from personal care products, by Humankind has made a name for itself with smartly designed items such as an all-natural refillable deodorant stick, a well-reviewed bar shampoo and conditioner, and just-add-water mouthwash tablets . Read Full Story

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Walmart, Target, and CVS team up to reinvent single-use plastic bags

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First they came for plastic cups. Now they’re coming for plastic bags. In 2018, McDonald’s and Starbucks teamed up to create an eco-friendly alternative to the single-use soft drink cup. Coordinated by the investment firm Closed Loop Partners with support from the design studio Ideo, it was an unprecedented, joint effort between rivals to fix the ecological impact at the core of their business. Several of the resulting winners were piloted in stores earlier this year . Read Full Story

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