Who keeps buying California’s scarce water? Saudi Arabia

Who keeps buying California's scarce water? Saudi Arabia

Saudi-based Almarai owns 15,000 acres of an irrigated valley – but what business does a foreign food production company have drawing resources from a US desert?

Four hours east of Los Angeles, in a drought-stricken area of a drought-afflicted state, is a small town called Blythe where alfalfa is king. More than half of the town’s 94,000 acres are bushy blue-green fields growing the crop.

Massive industrial storehouses line the … [more…]

Disposable Fashion Is Growing, and It’s Hell on the Environment

photo: Fast Fashion

Photo: Disposable clothing is part of a trend toward fast fashion, in which companies market an ever-changing array of apparel based on 50 to 100 “micro seasons” a year.

One response is sustainably conscious and “circularly” produced clothing.

When she was younger, Katherine Nation recalls going on shopping binges at Forever 21 and H&M to spend all the cash she’d received on Christmas or her birthday. Now an eighteen-year-old student, … [more…]

EPA Has Announced Development of Water Reuse Action Plan

EPA Has Announced Development of Water Reuse Action Plan

Photo: The EPA has announced the development of a water reuse action plan to leverage the expertise of both and industry and government.

At a summit in San Francisco on Feb. 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the development of a Water Reuse Action Plan intended to leverage the expertise of both industry and government to ensure the effective use of the nation’s water resources.

“The Nation’s water … [more…]

Levi’s New Hemp Clothing Uses Less Water to Grow and Feels ‘Just Like Cotton’

photo: Levi’s New Hemp Clothing Uses Less Water to Grow and Feels ‘Just Like Cotton’

Levi Strauss & Co. has created a new line of clothing made with hemp that “feels just like cotton.” Hemp requires far less water and land in the growing phase and has roughly half the carbon footprint of conventionally grown cotton but has not had wide adoption in the apparel industry because of its coarse feel.

Now, however, Levi’s has employed a process developed by fiber technology specialists that softens … [more…]

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé found to be worst plastic polluters…

photo: diver collecting plastic debris, holding sign asking: Coca-Cola, is this yours?

…worldwide in global cleanups and brand audits

Photo: A Greenpeace diver holds a banner reading “Coca-Cola is this yours?” and a Coke bottle found adrift in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Even hundreds of kilometres from any inhabited land, plastic can be found polluting our environment. © Justin Hofman / Greenpeace

Manila, Philippines – Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé were the most frequent companies identified in 239 cleanups and brand audits … [more…]