Positive Eco News from March 2022: Data, policy change and legal victories that are anything but boring!

Whilst policy change and new data may not be the sexiest aspects of sustainability, they certainly are some of the most exciting! Here at Wearth, we truly believe that the only way to make a lasting impact on the environment (for the better) is to change legislation and make legal shifts based on the cold, hard facts.

That’s why we’re so excited by some of the positive eco news from this month. Let’s get into it…

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California’s microplastics policy is a nation first

California has taken some huge steps towards greener waterways with their new microplastic reduction policy, the first of its kind in the USA. In a bid to improve its coasts and the health of its oceans, they’ve created a whopping 37-page document! It contains case studies, policy prescriptions and monitoring methods.

YES! Talk eco to me!

This multifaceted approach aims to eliminate microplastics at the source, block them from entering waterways and monitor trends in microplastic pollution statewide.

With an estimated 11 million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every single year, this is huge news. We just hope that other locations follow suit.

Honolulu wins against big oil

We all know that oil companies need to be held accountable for the huge part they’ve played in climate change, right?

Well, Hawaii’s capital decided to take action, filing a lawsuit against the likes of Sunoco, Chevron, ExxonMobil and others for the way their climate-damaging actions are affecting Hawaii. Rising sea levels will cause unprecedented harm to the island of Oahu, causing flooding, extreme weather and beach loss.

Excitingly, Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Crabtree ruled in Honolulu’s favour!

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Electric vehicles are getting greener

Electric transport is the future.

However, there are still some barriers that mean these new vehicles aren’t as eco as they could be. Namely, their batteries. When not disposed of properly, they can cause serious harm to the environment, as well as often being made from non-renewable resources.

That’s why it’s such brilliant news that the battery recycling market is growing. Whilst battery production still takes clear priority, we’ve seen some great steps to create a greener life cycle for the hearts of our electric vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz is creating a battery recycling plant in Germany, where leftover materials will be used to create – you guessed it! – more electric vehicles. It will have the capacity to recycle 2,500 metric tons of batteries each year!

Refillable groceries go mainstream

Waitrose. Ocado. Morrisons. M&S.

All of these UK supermarkets have joined forces as a part of the Refill Coalition group, which is run by Unpackaged. This brilliant company creates refill stations in stores like Planet Organic, as well as in local shops.

The collaboration means that countless supermarkets will soon be offering refillable options, including dry goods like pasta, rice, cereals and even personal care products like washing-up liquid and shampoo.

Catherine Conway, Unpackaged’s founder said: “Working together to create a universal system gives us the best chance of scaling refills so they become accessible to every shopper in the UK, as we know consumers want less single-use plastic packaging on the items they buy.”

It’s not just food. It’s refillable, sustainable food…

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Data that could change the world for good

Net-zero pledges are being thrown around left, right and centre by business leaders. This is, obviously, amazing news! However, in order for these companies to be able to effectively instigate change, they need access to verifiable data to see how they’re doing.

Thank goodness for technology, hey?

Chloris Geospatial has the solution, bringing together space-borne remote sensing and machine learning, to offer real-time emissions data. Data on a global scale like this that is high-quality and gives us context on the impacts of individual companies is totally invaluable in the mission to meet net zero. So this is massive news in terms of sustainability!

It’s safe to say that March gave us some fabulous news stories in the eco world. If we’ve missed one, make sure to tell us all about it on Instagram! We always love hearing from you.