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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 12, 2019 at 00:19. 16 comments

Cities ban gas stoves in favor of electric

Cities ban gas stoves in favor of electric

I’ve never once met a person who said, “I love my electric stove.” Culinary experts and food media alike have always driven home the point that these stoves are supposedly inferior in every way: They don’t get hot enough, and it’s harder to control their heat levels. There’s only one reason why anyone would say that electric is superior to gas, but it’s a good enough reason to ditch your gas...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 09, 2019 at 01:47. 18 comments

McDonald’s takes another big step in going green

McDonald’s takes another big step in going green

Last year McDonald’s announced it was about to get serious about climate change, vowing to reduce their carbon emissions by 36% by 2030 . This week, Nation Restaurant News reports that McDonald’s has invested in two renewable energy companies: Aviator Wind West, a wind farm in Coke County, Texas, and an unnamed solar power startup, also headquartered in Texas. Between them, the companies are...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Oct 29, 2019. 8 comments

Surprise, surprise: food that’s good for the planet is good for us, too

Surprise, surprise: food that’s good for the planet is good for us, too

Calling the Earth our mother didn’t get us to start treating it any better. (You don’t write, you don’t call, you don’t stop with the car exhaust...) But a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that maybe we should start thinking about environmental responsibility this way: What’s good for the planet is also good for our bodies, so...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Mar 11, 2019. 21 comments

Congressman rails against the “straw police” in California

Congressman rails against the “straw police” in California

California Republican Congressman Devin Nunes is apparently not a fan of recent legislation that prohibits servers in the state from asking before handing out straws. As Newsweek reports, the “California bill signed into law in September 2018 aimed at reducing plastic waste,” especially in the ocean. But when a waitress asked Nunes’ table if they wanted straws, instead of just handing them...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jan 24, 2019. 21 comments

City of Berkeley could require 25-cent tax on restaurants’ disposable cups

City of Berkeley could require 25-cent tax on restaurants’ disposable cups

Many environmental campaigns are pushing to eventually eliminate single-use items like plastic straws and paper cups. While some efforts point toward recycling, others stress that reduction is the only clear answer. To that end, the town of Berkeley, California, is voting next week on an ordinance that would charge customers 25 cents per disposable beverage cup, says The Sacramento Bee.

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jan 05, 2019. 20 comments

1979 Doritos bag washes up on North Carolina trail

1979 Doritos bag washes up on North Carolina trail

There are a lot of current efforts aiming to stem the amount of waste in oceans and elsewhere, like banning single-use plastic items and moving toward reusable or recyclable straws . Maybe you’re wondering what all the fuss is about. Here’s a good and upsetting example: WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina reports that an interesting piece of trash recently washed up on a nature trail on North...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Dec 14, 2018. 10 comments

Plastic water bottles may be drying up, says Wall Street Journal

Plastic water bottles may be drying up, says Wall Street Journal
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The bottled water industry is seeing a downturn, reports The Wall Street Journal. As consumers become more mindful about use of single-use plastic items like straws and utensils, single-serving water bottles have also dropped in popularity: “A consumer backlash against disposable plastic plus new government mandates and bans in places such...

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Kinja Kinja Nov 10, 2018. 16 comments

Prince Charles drives a car that (sorta) runs on white wine

Prince Charles drives a car that (sorta) runs on white wine

When one writes for a publication focused on foods and beverages, one does not necessarily expect to spend much of one’s time writing about His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, CC, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of...

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Kinja Kinja Sep 08, 2018. 15 comments

Carlsberg moves to eliminate six-pack rings with glue-based ‘Snap Pack’

Carlsberg moves to eliminate six-pack rings with glue-based ‘Snap Pack’

Six-pack rings are famously bad for the environment. (Just ask Peanut The Turtle.) That’s the reason behind the latest packaging innovation from Denmark’s Carlsberg Group, but even if it weren’t potentially terrific for, you know, the world, it would still be pretty cool. It’s glue. Just glue. Glue, and engineering, and physics, and a hopefully (hop-fully?) satisfying snap sound.

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Kinja Kinja May 30, 2018. 24 comments

Banning plastic straws is friendly to the earth, but not to people with disabilities

Banning plastic straws is friendly to the earth, but not to people with disabilities

In May, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the U.K. will look into banning plastic straws and stirrers, as well as cotton swabs with plastic stems. (Hey PM, the White Sox beat you to the punch .) But a report from iNews makes one thing clear: in at least one way, the straw ban could really suck.

Jamie Szymkowiak is the co-founder of One in Five, a Scottish disability rights...

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Kinja Kinja Apr 25, 2018. 16 comments

White Sox move to eliminate ballpark straws is an environmental touchdown

White Sox move to eliminate ballpark straws is an environmental touchdown

The Chicago White Sox have chosen to eliminate plastic straws from their ballpark for the rest of their season, making them a contender for Chicago’s most environmentally-conscious sporting franchise. This choice, the result of a partnership with the notorious straw-haters at the Shedd Aquarium, will probably make it more likely that fans will get some soda slopped down their backs this year....

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Apr 18, 2018. 4 comments

Finally, some good news: Tequila bats are off the endangered list

Finally, some good news: Tequila bats are off the endangered list

As it seems like ever other story we write talks about how our syrup or hummus or god forbid, even our tequila is in danger due to our increasingly faulty environment, we were pleased to see some unusually positive news in The New York Post today related to that last item. According to the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, “the lesser long-nosed bat, which ranges from Mexico to southern...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Feb 08, 2018. 23 comments

Dunkin’ Donuts to stop serving coffee in its iconic foam cups

Dunkin’ Donuts to stop serving coffee in its iconic foam cups

When The Takeout recently held a morning coffee taste test here in our offices, Dunkin’ Donuts won handily against the likes of McDonald’s, 7-11, even Starbucks brands of java. And yet, I often bypass the superior (and cheaper than Starbucks) coffee, due to my possibly misguided belief that the styrofoam cups it comes in are worse for the environment than paper (and often, also...

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