Africa’s New Biofuel Literally Grows on Trees!

The Croton megalocarpus tree is common throughout much of East and Central Africa, and until now it has been used for little more than firewood.

The nuts of the tree have been shown to contain high concentrations of oil and protein, and they are now being used to produce a fuel that could serve as a clean alternative to diesel.

With an abundant supply of croton nuts available at minimal cost, a new industry is emerging with sky-high ambitions.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/28/africa/croton-nuts-biofuel-aes/index.html

Saving the Oceans One Step at a Time

Adidas has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a shoe design that utilizes one of the most detrimental forces against our ocean ecosystem- plastic waste. They are producing close to 7,000 pairs of these Eco-friendly shoes, with the ultimate goal of eliminating virgin plastic from their supply chain altogether. To find out more, check them out here.

Homegrown: How to Grow a Forest in Your Own Backyard

This incredible Ted Talk from Shubhendu Sharma shows us that it is possible to have nature in our own backyards. Learn how to grow a 100 year old forest in just ten years through engineered soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart the natural growth process.

Inspiration Hour with 5 Companies Dedicated to Sustainability

Take a few minutes out of your day to hear from 5 incredible CEOs of companies dedicated to sustainability in their products, and their processes. Jessica Alba touches on founding The Honest Company, Yvon Chouinard speaks about his company Patagonia, acting as an activist, rather than a business, and much more. Click here to see more from these amazing individuals.

Biofuel is Taking Flight

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With restrictions on airline greenhouse gas pollution looming, JetBlue is looking to get ahead of the curve. The airline has made a deal with bioenergy company SG Preston to turn 20% of it’s fuel use into a biofuel blend. Their aim it to “jump-start the industry and quite frankly enable all airlines, very much ourselves included, to diversify our fuel supply.”- Sophia Mendelsohn, Head of Sustainability, JetBlue. Learn more about the airline’s effort here.

Making Climate Change Work

An interesting take on the complexities of integrating renewable energy into industry. This article focuses on the job potential within the green energy industry, especially as we move away from traditional energy production methods. To learn more, click here.

Finding Power and Profits out of Poop

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The creation of a portable, odourless, and  waterless washroom system which can be used to power the communities in which it is used, has revolutionized the lives of those living in Madagascar. Originally created for music festivals, the human waste disposal system created by American student Virginia Gardiner is turning fecal waste into biogas, as well as eliminating human-waste born diseases. These solvers of the sanitation crisis are turning poop into electricity which can power electric lights, batteries, or gas cookers. Learn more here.

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