Latest Sustainable development News

A lorry drives along a country road that between a flowering rape field and a freshly tilled field in Pattensen, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

EU wants to reduce pesticides use, promotes organic farming

May. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday to protect biodiversity across the 27-nation bloc while building a more sustainable food system, insisting on the need to both reduce the use of pesticides and promote organic farming. In line with its ambition of cutting greenhouse gas...

This undated photo provided by Gantri shows one of their lamps made from PLA, a product the San Francisco-based Gantri makes which processes corn kernels into a biodegradable thermoplastic fiber that can then be formed into a sturdy vegan plastic. The material can be treated in different ways, so it's translucent or opaque; Gantri is currently making contemporary wall, floor and table fixtures, like the light shown here. Many manufacturers of home decor are working on producing sustainable products. Plant-based materials now include things like bark, leaves and seeds transformed into vegan leather, fabric and organic plastic. (Gantri via AP)

Plant-based materials catch on with home-goods designers

May. 20, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

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, fabric and organic plastic. At Frankfurt’s Heimtextil 2020 trade fair earlier this year, for example,...

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks, behind a protective plastic barrier to protect against coronavirus during a debate for a new environmental law at the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Environmental groups in Greece are urging the public to join a campaign against plans by the center-right government to overhaul off-shore oil-and-gas exploration rules which authorities argue will help the country end its dependency on coal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek parliament approves controversial environmental bill

May. 5, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers approved a controversial environmental bill Tuesday that the opposition and environmental groups slammed for opening the door to exploratory oil and gas drilling in protected areas. Lawmakers voted 158 -56 for the bill, with 214 of parliament’s 300 members...

Mega Bloks, by Mattel, are displayed at Toy Fair New York, in the Javits Convention Center, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. From Baby Yoda to eco-friendly stacking rings, toymakers displayed an array of goods that they hope will be on kids' wish lists for the holiday 2020 season. The four-day Toy Fair comes as the U.S. toy industry has been whipsawed by a number of obstacles.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Toy manufacturers look to reduce carbon footprint

Apr. 9, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

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. But there are moves to change that as some toy manufacturers say they’re going green with a series of environmentally friendly...

FILE - This Nov. 26, 209 file photo shows Omega Protein's menhaden processing plant on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville, Va., The company that makes fish-oil supplements will keep its certification for sustainable fishing despite defiance of catch limits in the Chesapeake Bay. The Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability marker is prominently displayed on seafood packages in grocery stores. It means that a company catches fish from a healthy population and leaves little impact on the food chain, among other factors.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Fish-oil firm keeps 'sustainable' label despite controversy

Apr. 2, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A company that makes fish-oil supplements will keep its certification for sustainable fishing despite defiance of catch limits in the Chesapeake Bay. The Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability marker is prominently displayed on seafood packages in grocery stores. It means a...