Plant-based materials catch on with home-goods designers

With an eye toward sustainability, makers of home furnishings are experimenting more and more with plant-based materials. You can find things like bark, leaves and seeds transformed into vegan leather...

Toy manufacturers look to reduce carbon footprint

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking a toy out of the box can make a mess. Hardly eco-friendly, the process can yield more clutter from plastic and cardboard than the actual toy. ...

Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as...

Sustainability in the fashion industry faces an uphill climb

LONDON (AP) — Sustainability in fashion is a hot button topic, with retailers large and small racing to prove their green credentials, but the desire for new attire churns and the industry remains one...

Taiwan temple’s floating lanterns are now environmentally friendly

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – To mark Ghost Festival, a century-old temple in eastern Taiwan has organized an environmentally-friendly lantern floating event. Xietian Temple (協天宮), Yuli Township, Hu...

7-Eleven, FamilyMart to stop offering plastic straws in Taiwan on Sept. 11

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In keeping with Taiwan's ban on single-use plastic straws, the country's largest convenience store chains 7-Eleven and FamilyMart are going to phase out plastic straws ...

Family Mart in Taiwan rolls out line of biodegradable tableware

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Taiwan officially implements new environmental policies for restaurants and other food vendors, the Family Mart convenience store chain is preparing to unveil a line of...

Taiwan's ban on plastic straws kicks in today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's ban on the use of single-use plastic straws goes into effect today (July 1), although those who order take-out or delivery will receive a reprieve, for now. In ...

Japan’s 7-Eleven stores to wrap rice balls in biomass plastic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Japan’s convenience store giant, 7-Eleven Japan, announced on Monday (June 24) it will begin wrapping its onigiri rice balls in biomass plastic wraps from July, reported ...

Taiwan to see plastic straws slashed by 100 million as new policy takes effect July 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is expected to cut the number of plastic straws by 100 million with new regulations going into effect July 1, although the island consumes a staggering 3 billion st...

Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G-20 summit

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individu...

Environmentalists warn: Balloons provide no joy for wildlife

DETROIT (AP) — Environmental advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of balloons for wildlife in the Great Lakes and elsewhere. Volunteers for the Alliance for the Great La...

Mexico City passes ban on plastic bags, utensils

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City lawmakers have passed a ban on plastic bags, utensils and other disposable plastic items to take effect at the end of 2020. The city of more than 9 mil...

Hawaii weighs first-in-nation plastic bans at restaurants

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of ci...

Pea-sized pill delivers insulin shot from inside the stomach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists figured out how to hide a shot inside a pea-sized pill — creating a swallowable gadget, inspired by a tortoise shell, that can inject medicines like insulin from inside th...