Meg Wilcox

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Bioplastics create a composting conundrum

Biodegradable food packaging is a step in the right direction, experts say, but when composted carries risks of microplastic and chemical contamination.

GROTON, Mass. — Steam billows inside Black Earth Compost’s processing facility as Syed Dong, regional operations manager, opens the building’s delivery door and lets in the chilly March air.

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From plant-based bottles to supermarkets’ opaque produce bags, bioplastics are proliferating across the food industry (Credit: Unsplash+)
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Bioplastics: sustainable solution or distraction from the plastic waste crisis?

From Chipotle’s compostable burrito bowls to Coca Cola’s plant-based bottles to supermarkets’ opaque produce bags, bioplastics are proliferating across the food industry.

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Making toxic-free births a Christian issue

Reverend Mitchell Hescox was on Capitol Hill in February, urging members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee not to gut an air pollution rule that protects children from the brain-damaging chemical mercury.

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Companies from Chanel to Ben and Jerry’s are benefiting from the new “carbon insetting” trend.

Insetting does more than just offset carbon emissions — it helps companies boost resilience and care for the ecosystems that provide their raw materials.

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Can upscale chocolate turn the tide on Haiti's devastating deforestation?

September 14, 2016 — When a tiny Quebec chocolate maker won a gold prize at this year’s premier International Chocolate Awards for a bar made with Haitian cocoa beans, it rocked the specialty chocolate world. The cocoa beans had been on the market for less than a year, and a Haitian chocolate bar had never before received the award.

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