One of the challenges the company identified was the lack of land: Some land that was originally forested is now covered by cities or used for farming. Other areas might not be available for sale. But there’s a large amount of desertified land that is available. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification reports that around 4.7 billion acres on the planet—about twice the size of China—have been affected by drought or desertification, but could potentially be restored. Finding enough water to grow trees there is a challenge. But the folks at Terraformation believe that if desalinated water is used to irrigate seedlings, a restored forest will eventually be able to sustain itself. … [Read more...] about Reddit’s former CEO is now in the forest-planting business
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The pandemic has been a rare opportunity to nudge more consumers to consider shopping secondhand. Poshmark’s revenues grew by 28% in 2020, while fashion industry sales dropped by more than a third. Stuck at home, many people were intrigued by the possibility of clearing out their closets to make some cash; some shoppers, worried about the unstable economy, are attracted to the deals. “I expect the velocity of sales to go up once we’re able to go out again and need outfits for more occasions,” Chandra says. … [Read more...] about Poshmark’s explosive IPO bodes well for the resale industry, but how sustainable is secondhand?
96% less land to make a burger than if it had been made from beef. A lifecycle analysis of Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger, also made from plants, found that it used 93% less land. So-called “cultured or “cell-based” meat, grown from animal cells in bioreactors, also shrinks land use and is poised to soon come to market, with the first regulatory approval recently announced. Companies working on dairy equivalents—such as vegan cheese that uses lab-grown milk proteins—can also eliminate the need for huge pastures. (If people voluntarily choose to eat less meat and dairy, that would also reduce land use, but it may be an easier sell to provide options that just have less impact on the environment.) … [Read more...] about Why we need to “rewild” our environment