Grains of Salty Truth

  • Littorary Goes Climate Neutral

    Littorary has committed to Climate Neutral certification, ensuring that the entirety of our business, including our supply chain, will be in compliance with net-zero emissions goals from the outset.
  • California Becomes First in World to Develop Health Guidelines for Microplastics in Drinking Water

    California will become the first government in the world to develop formal health guidelines for microplastics in drinking water, a sign of increasing concern about the ubiquity of small non-biodegradable pieces of plastic in the environment and their potential harm to human health.
  • Learn to Make Good Coffee!

    Today is March 365+, 2020 and I still need coffee as much as I need the ritual to make that goodness. In steps James Hoffmann and his seductive accent. The first time I applied James' technique my coffee was noticeably more delightful. There is value in learning how to do things better. What a pleasant reminder that, sometimes, it’s okay to walk away from what you feel is “correct.”

  • Big Plastic Sued over Recycling Claims and Pollution Scourge

    Berkeley, California-based NGO, Earth Island Institute, is suing a number of plastics producers over misleading recycling claims and environmental damage caused by their products. The NGO asserts that most of the plastics produced by these companies cannot be recycled and end up as pollution in the environment, which requires costly cleanup efforts.
  • Multisensory Experience of Coffee

    Whether conscious or not, we rarely drink anything without first having made a prediction about how it will taste. The coffee cup has an outsized impact on the experience of drinking coffee. Research points to specific characteristics of coffee cups that are important including color, weight, size, texture, and shape.
  • Environmental Bill Links Climate Change to Plastics Lifecycle

    The CLEAN Future Act is a climate change bill that addresses the scourge of plastic production and waste ending up in the environment. The plastic related GHG emissions and plastic waste reduction goals written into the legislation signify a shift in tactics used to address the interrelated environmental challenges.

  • A Health Reason to Ditch Single-Use Cups

    While awareness is increasing around the harm that single-use cups can wreak on the environment, a new study reveals that disposable plastic products could also present hazards to human health.
  • Plastic Pollution Grows Worse During Pandemic

    At the outset, Covid-19 appeared to be an unexpected boon to many environmental movements. Carbon emissions in 2020 were at some of the lowest levels in decades. A lack of demand in manufacturing led to a reduction in pollution. Some Southeast Asian countries would shutter their wet markets while making wildlife tracking illegal. But one area of environmental outcomes has grown worse during the pandemic – plastic pollution.

  • IBM Develops Cloud Platform to Track and Analyze Plastic Pollution

    The Alliance to End Plastic Waste has partnered with IBM on a technological initiative to track and eliminate plastic waste. As a new and more environmentally minded administration takes office, it is encouraging that technology companies in the private sector are also marshaling their capabilities to address this persistent and pernicious problem. As with most endeavors, the follow through matters.
  • Work in the Time of Pandemic - Part 2

    Along the way someone taught us that success comes only to those who work hard. Hard work is key. I’m not denying that. However, tying incessant work to success, especially if we define it in terms of material wealth, isn’t the reality for many. Luck also plays a role. When we think about achieving our dreams, we don’t address luck as a factor because it is inimical to narratives about personal sacrifice.
  • The United States Is Contributing Much More to Global Plastic Pollution than Previously Realized

    American consumers believe plastic consumption is without consequence because of waste management and recycling systems present in our advanced economy. However, a new analysis of worldwide plastic pollution casts these beliefs into serious doubt.
  • Groups Urge Biden to Take Action on Plastic Pollution Crisis

    A coalition of conservation organizations released its Presidential Plastics Action Plan, urging Biden to craft and issue a series of executive orders intent on significantly curbing plastic production in the United States, given its capacity to pollute as well as its reliance on the petrochemical industry for production.