The riverside town of Manningtree in Essex may be small, but when it comes to the environment, it’s making big waves. The tiny place on the River Stour has been given special environmental status after its businesses agreed to stop using unnecessary single-use plastics. Mother-of-two Bekki Bibko was the driving force behind that change. Three years ago she formed a community group with other residents who were growing increasingly concerned about the climate crisis. “I believe we are stewards of this planet and we have a responsibility to leave something behind that is not damaged,” she says.
Billions of euros of low-carbon energy investment could be at stake in an obscure European Union dispute about whether or not to set up a committee.
Natural and organic focused grocery stores are becoming more popular across the country, and Trader Joe’s has become one of the biggest of them all, generating an estimated $8.27 billion in sales in 2015 with numbers rising steadily each year. Customers enjoy Trader Joe’s focus on simplicity and unique gourmet foods, as well as its decision not to include high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, and other artificial ingredients in its signature label products.
Patrick Sherwin is raising funds for GoSun Flatware: Portable Utensils to End Single-Use Plastic on Kickstarter! Reusable utensils that fit in your wallet, purse or pocket.