Allyson Chiu

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering climate solutions

Education: Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Allyson Chiu is a reporter focusing on climate solutions for The Washington Post. She previously covered wellness and worked overnight on The Post's Morning Mix team. She has also contributed to the South China Morning Post and the Pacific Daily News. Allyson graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 where she studied journalism and integrated marketing communications.
Latest from Allyson Chiu

3 tips for warming your home that can save energy and help the planet

Heating uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in the average home.

January 20, 2024

You could be doing laundry wrong. How to save energy and your clothes.

Doing laundry guzzles water, gobbles energy, releases polluting tiny plastic particles and can shorten the life of your clothes.

January 16, 2024

Which proteins contain the most microplastics?

A study of more than a dozen kinds of protein, including beef, tofu and breaded shrimp, found microplastics in nearly 90 percent of the tested samples.

January 12, 2024

Why many coffee shops won’t let you bring your own mug

Starbucks lets customers use reusable cups. Why don’t all coffee shops?

January 10, 2024

How age-old food science could make fake meat taste better

Protein-rich products made from fermentation could play a significant role in supporting a shift away from resource-intensive ways of producing food.

December 25, 2023

Why reindeer eyes shine blue in the winter

Rudolph’s red nose may have gone down in history, but wait until you hear about the reindeer’s powerful vision.

December 18, 2023

How to make holiday gift wrapping less wasteful

Festive wrapping paper, bows and ribbons can be costly for the environment. Here’s what to know about recycling gift wrap and how you can reduce waste.

December 17, 2023

The secret to getting people to eat more plant-based food

New research suggests many people are less likely to choose food products without meat and dairy if they’re labeled as “vegan” or “plant-based.”

December 12, 2023

Don’t use a space heater this winter. Do this instead.

Space heaters generally use 750 to 1,500 watts, which translates to six to 12 kilowatt hours of electricity for eight hours of use.

December 8, 2023

    Two people were killed by sharks in encounters that are very rare

    Shark bites are “amazingly rare,” said one expert.

    December 5, 2023