The Environmental Impact of COVID-19

The Environmental Impact of COVID-19

Face masks, vaccines and testing have become a daily theme for the past two years. Battling the virus has changed our society and, as a World Health Organization report on Feb. 1 notes, it has also generated an incredible amount of medical waste. For example, the more...
Waste Not … Your Influence

Waste Not … Your Influence

I never heard my parents quote the adage, “Waste not, want not,” but they taught it to me by example. Many of my clothes were passed down to my younger brothers. When shirts were worn out, they became rags. We didn’t dump food scraps into a slop bucket for the hogs...
Major U.S. Supermarkets Failing on Plastic Reduction

Major U.S. Supermarkets Failing on Plastic Reduction

Major supermarkets in the U.S. are not doing enough to reduce single-use plastics and the resulting waste, according to a Greenpeace report published March 1. The organization analyzed 20 major U.S. supermarkets regarding their initiatives “to reduce their reliance on...
US Leads World in Plastic Waste Generation

US Leads World in Plastic Waste Generation

The U.S. is the world’s leading producer of plastic waste by volume, the largest plastic waste producer per capita and the second-largest exporter of plastic waste, according to a report published in Science Advances on Oct. 28. Globally, there was a 26% increase in...