Sustainability News of the Week: Good business, mental health & thinking outside the box
The businesses that are — and are not — leading on climate change – EDF + Business
In today’s political climate, consumers are having to count, more and more, on companies to make the right choices for the planet regardless of legislative pressure to do so. “The science on climate is clear and more than 680 companies are responding by setting science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets.” Which companies are stepping up and which still have a ways to go? Find out.
Natural Resources Defense Council’s senior resource specialist, Darby Hoover, says, “To me, it’s a little bit ludicrous to put your water in a carton and claim that that is more sustainable than putting it in a plastic bottle which is, in fact, more readily recyclable.” We’re all aware of the plastic problem and areas for improvement in our current recycling model, but simply switching to different materials doesn’t make them better for the planet or more easily recyclable. Learn more.
National parks estimated to save trillions in mental health costs – Cosmos, The Science of Everything
Turns out, protecting the planet may actually help keep medical costs low. How? The article states, “Multi-level evidence suggests that being in nature has numerous benefits for people’s physical health, as well as mental health and wellbeing, including improved cognition, sleep, stress relief and reduced anxiety and depression.” Read more about how visits to protected natural habitats may have a direct positive impact on your mental health. Read more.
Americans Say ‘Enough’ to Plastic
American consumers care about the problem of plastic waste more than ever – even more than climate change, in fact, our research reveals. We polled 1,000 Americans on environmental issues, and “plastics in the ocean” ranked as their top concern. Now is the time for brands to create solutions and tell their stories. Find out more in our free report.