Green News Roundup and Eco Giveaways


I’ve been seeing a lot of interesting and important green news lately and have to share. From strange to scary to just plain greenwashing…

Wal-Mart Americas to Eliminate Phosphates from Detergent – Wal-Mart Americas, which encompasses Canada, Mexico and other countries outside the U.S., will require that laundry and dish detergents it sells are made with 70 percent fewer phosphates by 2011.

Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury – Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.

Row over scheme to ‘fertilise’ oceans – Scientists are planning this week to start a highly controversial experiment in changing the composition of the oceans, in apparent contravention of international law.

Pier-munching gribble may provide breakthrough for biofuels – A wood-boring crustacean that spends much of its time munching through the wooden supports that hold up piers could help provide the next breakthrough in green energy. The gribble uses enzymes in its gut to break down wood and scientists want to employ it to produce climate-friendly biofuels from natural products such as willow and straw.

Coca-Cola receives Environmental Stewardship Award – Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has received the Environmental Stewardship Award from Orion Energy Systems to acknowledge the beverage company’s commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Japan group launches “toilet poems” to save paper – Poetry in the loo can cut down on paper use too, says a Japanese group campaigning to save toilet paper as part of the country’s battle against global warming.

Names give cows a lotta bottle – A cow with a name produces more milk than one without, scientists at Newcastle University have found. Drs Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson have shown that by giving a cow a name and treating her as an individual, farmers can increase their annual milk yield by almost 500 pints.

KFC introduces eco-friendly packaging – In a bid to reduce its annual rubbish output by 1,400 tonnes, KFC is ditching its cardboard box packaging in favour of environmentally friendly paper wrappers. Starting this month, KFC in the UK and Ireland will switch its burger packaging from cardboard “clamshells” to paper wrappers, and its individual-portion meals from cardboard boxes to paper bags.

Reebok to Produce First Eco-Friendly Super Bowl Championship Locker Room Tees – Reebok announced that for the first time, Reebok’s Super Bowl Championship locker room Tees worn by the winning team following Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay, FL will be made using eco-friendly, 100% organic cotton fabric.

Hot PETA Ad Banned From Super Bowl: Sex Doesn’t Sell – A PETA commercial promoting vegetarianism has been deemed too explicit for the Super Bowl by NBC, which banned the ad. The spot shows a bevy of models who really like their vegetables, if you catch my drift, and ends with the phrase “Studies show vegetarians have better sex” (the study they’re referring to is unclear).

Gore Urges Quick US Action on Climate Change – Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has urged Congress to take “decisive action” this year and pass legislation that cuts greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

FDA expands recall list, adds more pet-food products – The list of recalled products containing peanut derivatives, compiled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has grown over the last few days, with seven additional pet-food products being added.


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