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6 Principles for Building a Pathway to Circularity for Plastics
6 Principles for Building a Pathway to Circularity for Plastics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Developing and optimizing a fully circular plastics value chain is a complex challenge that can’t be achieved with any single solution. We challenge our peers and other key stakeholders to be courageous and take risks, to explore new possibilities and partnerships, and persist until we have solutions.

Q&A: Why Partnerships Are Essential for Delivering Circular Packaging for the Food Industry
Q&A: Why Partnerships Are Essential for Delivering Circular Packaging for the Food Industry

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - While flexible packaging plays an important role in keeping food fresher longer, it has long been difficult to recycle. Designing more recyclable flexible packaging from the start and determining a better end-of-life process for current materials is a vital step in reducing food waste.

New Program Aims to Expand Plastic Film Recycling Capacity in US
New Program Aims to Expand Plastic Film Recycling Capacity in US

COLLABORATION - The joint effort from WM and Dow aims to provide a solution to make it easier for households to recycle the film while the companies explore new options to reuse it. When fully implemented, the program is expected to prevent 120,000 tons of plastic film from reaching landfills each year.

Brand Blind Spots, Empty Promises Hindering Effective Action Against Plastic Pollution
Brand Blind Spots, Empty Promises Hindering Effective Action Against Plastic Pollution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As seen in ongoing incidents of greenwashing and a new Greenpeace report, the onus is on consumer product manufacturers to take more comprehensive approaches to stemming their flow of plastic into the world — and turning the tide of public opinion.

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This Company’s 3D-Printed Terracotta Tiles Are Paving the Way for Coral Restoration
This Company’s 3D-Printed Terracotta Tiles Are Paving the Way for Coral Restoration

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Archireef has developed the world’s first-ever biomimetic, artificial reef tile — promoting coral survivorship and growth in an environmentally friendly, adaptive and scalable way.

Bridgestone Wins $35M USDA Climate-Smart Grant to Further Advance Guayule Natural Rubber Production
Bridgestone Wins $35M USDA Climate-Smart Grant to Further Advance Guayule Natural Rubber Production

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The USDA has awarded Bridgestone $35M to grow its investment in desert shrub guayule to advance a climate-smart domestic rubber industry and offer a water-smart solution amid the ongoing drought in the Southwestern US.

Tramontina Courts Circularity, First by Addressing Packaging Pain Points
Tramontina Courts Circularity, First by Addressing Packaging Pain Points

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Brazilian cookware giant released its first comprehensive sustainability and environmental impact review, detailing its progress toward and ongoing pursuit of sustainability.

New Menswear Brand Out to Remind Industry That Nature Is the Ultimate Luxury
New Menswear Brand Out to Remind Industry That Nature Is the Ultimate Luxury

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Men’s apparel startup HyperNatural is aiming to subvert the industry’s reliance on synthetic materials with its unique fabric made from a blend of recycled and organic waste streams. While it’s still ironing out circularity kinks, the brand is determined to not make perfection the enemy of progress.

Recycling Isn’t Enough: Our Goal Should Be ‘Uncycling’
Recycling Isn’t Enough: Our Goal Should Be ‘Uncycling’

WASTE NOT - On a practical level, we simply cannot recycle our way out of the damage that plastic waste is doing to our world, our environment and ourselves. That’s why it's time to consider uncycling — or reducing our use of single-use plastics down to zero.

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Outdoor Drinkware Brands Join Forces to Drive Supply Chain Sustainability
Outdoor Drinkware Brands Join Forces to Drive Supply Chain Sustainability

COLLABORATION - Klean Kanteen, MiiR, Stanley and YETI have partnered to reduce emissions and establish science-based targets across their manufacturing supply chains.

Accelerating Circularity Requires Creating a Viable Marketplace for Advanced Recycling
Accelerating Circularity Requires Creating a Viable Marketplace for Advanced Recycling

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - A circular plastics supply chain is still in its infancy. So, how do we work together to create a viable marketplace for advanced recycling to thrive? Here are a few strategies and approaches that show early promise.

After Formal Apology, Ocean Conservancy Works to Repair Damage Done by 2015 Plastics Report
After Formal Apology, Ocean Conservancy Works to Repair Damage Done by 2015 Plastics Report

WASTE NOT - Key recommendations failed to understand plastic pollution from a holistic perspective — placing too much blame on the five most impacted Asian countries and suggesting carbon-heavy options for disposal.

Empowering Waste Pickers, Building Communities and Closing the Loop
Empowering Waste Pickers, Building Communities and Closing the Loop

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - In Latin America, where recycling rates remain below 10%, grassroots circular solutions are slowly beginning to scale — thanks to growing legitimacy, education, organization and protections for informal waste workers, who remain the backbone of the region’s collection and recycling infrastructure.

Andreu World Takes Next Steps Towards Circular Furniture Production
Andreu World Takes Next Steps Towards Circular Furniture Production

THE NEXT ECONOMY - CEO Jesús Linares discusses the rigors of achieving Cradle-to-Cradle certification, and venturing further into reuse and upcycling for the goal of 100% circularity by 2025.

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This Startup Shows That Tackling the Plastic Crisis May Not Be a Stretch
This Startup Shows That Tackling the Plastic Crisis May Not Be a Stretch

WASTE NOT - Great Wrap aims to be a plug-and-play replacement for film wraps for both home and business. It replaces petroleum-based films with a bio-based waste product that, unlike most other bio-based polymers, completely decomposes within three months.

Brands Are Only as Strong as the Weakest Link in Their Supply Chain
Brands Are Only as Strong as the Weakest Link in Their Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Demand for low-cost goods has pushed manufacturing into the farthest regions of the world — many of which are increasingly vulnerable to climate change and harsh conditions. Eliminating the most vulnerable links only creates more problems; brands are only as strong as the weakest link in their supply chain.

Technological Ingenuity in African Nations: How They Are Solving the Plastic Waste Challenge
Technological Ingenuity in African Nations: How They Are Solving the Plastic Waste Challenge

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Enabling a circular economy is a complicated challenge that governments, communities and businesses globally are struggling to solve. But as Dow’s work in Africa proves, solutions exist — and success comes when organizations and communities collaborate to create change rooted in local context.

Report: An Asset Mindset Is Needed to Make a Circular Economy a Reality
Report: An Asset Mindset Is Needed to Make a Circular Economy a Reality

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Latest research from Planet Tracker proposes a practical business solution to the problem of plastic waste, whereby packaging is treated as an asset to be returned, rather than a liability to be tossed.

Trending: Pangaia, Primark Expand Efforts to Turn Waste Textiles Into New Colors
Trending: Pangaia, Primark Expand Efforts to Turn Waste Textiles Into New Colors

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The latest in a growing wave of circular textile innovations, the materials-science company and the global retailer have both launched collections that turn waste materials into new, colored textiles that require no dyeing.

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The Problem with Plastic-Free July
The Problem with Plastic-Free July

WASTE NOT - The problems we’re facing aren’t going to be solved by forgoing plastic straws. Yes, every small action makes a difference; but these actions need to be a piece of a greater puzzle in which every council, government, company and community is building towards better waste management overall.

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