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Fuel-Efficient Chevrolet Malibu Built at an Energy-Efficient Plant
Fuel-Efficient Chevrolet Malibu Built at an Energy-Efficient Plant

PRESS RELEASE - KANSAS CITY, Kan. — General Motors’ Fairfax Assembly plant, home of the Chevrolet Malibu, earned ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S.

Dell, Philips, Timberland Working Out Kinks in Circular Plastics Strategies
Dell, Philips, Timberland Working Out Kinks in Circular Plastics Strategies

WASTE NOT - Capturing littered plastic – whether in the oceans, on beaches or from city streets – and transforming it into new products has become something of a creative marketing drive, with brand owners investing in high-profile launches to demonstrate leadership in this space: P&G’s beach plastic shampoo bottle and the

Decision-Making Science: One Woman’s Method for Creating an Industry Sea Change
Decision-Making Science: One Woman’s Method for Creating an Industry Sea Change

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - There was the agrarian revolution, followed by the industrial revolution and now the digital revolution. With each came efficiency and added value. But with each also came a loss of jobs and painful adjustments. Currently, the world straddles two distinctly different ways of life: On one side sits the taxi cab and newspaper users among us; on the other, the Uber and Twitter devotees. These distinctly different worlds lead many businesses to a fork in the road where the path toward survival and long-term growth is often complex and unclear.

Trending: CVS, Nestlé Embrace Sustainable Packaging Practices
Trending: CVS, Nestlé Embrace Sustainable Packaging Practices

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The market for sustainable packaging is expected to reach $440.3 billion over the next decade and businesses that hop on the bandwagon early are expected to reap economic benefits as well as increased consumer satisfaction and a lower environmental footprint. Two industry giants are riding the wave of change with the help of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the roll out of new sustainable packaging initiatives.

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Why Strong Data Is Key to Any Sustainability Effort
Why Strong Data Is Key to Any Sustainability Effort

WALKING THE TALK - It’s increasingly clear that becoming more sustainable is a business imperative. And it’s not enough to “go green”; companies and industries need to factor in the social and economic impacts of their decisions locally and across their supply chains.

C2C Products Innovation Institute Now Guiding Designers, Manufacturers on Achieving Certification
C2C Products Innovation Institute Now Guiding Designers, Manufacturers on Achieving Certification

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and MBDC are making it easier than ever for manufacturers and designers to create and certify products according to the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard with the launch of a new guidance program.

UPS Logistics, Tech Solutions Helped TerraCycle Divert 40M Lbs of Waste from Landfill in 5 Years
UPS Logistics, Tech Solutions Helped TerraCycle Divert 40M Lbs of Waste from Landfill in 5 Years

WASTE NOT - A partnership between global customs and logistics company UPS and TerraCycle has reached a major milestone — by transforming hard-to-recycle items such as toothpaste tubes and snack bags into new products, the two organizations have diverted 40 million pounds of waste from landfills since 2012.

Digital Mapping Initiative Aims to Boost Transparency in Bangladeshi Garment Sector
Digital Mapping Initiative Aims to Boost Transparency in Bangladeshi Garment Sector

NEW METRICS - With its sights set on reducing the social and environmental impacts of its garment sector, Bangladesh has launched an initiative to map all of its apparel factories.

New Report Reveals Chemical Footprinting Moving Towards Mainstream
New Report Reveals Chemical Footprinting Moving Towards Mainstream

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Chemical Footprint Project — an initiative driving the effective management of chemicals in products and supply chains — has released its second annual report, which measures corporate chemicals management performance through a 20-question survey that evaluates companies on management strategy, chemical inventory, footprint measurement and public disclosure and verification.

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Canopy Releases Updated Blueline Ranking for Sustainable Printing
Canopy Releases Updated Blueline Ranking for Sustainable Printing

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Working with sustainable print partners and using environmental papers is becoming increasingly important for brands working to meet their own sustainability targets. Environmental nonprofit Canopy has released the 2017 update to its Blueline Ranking — a tool profiling the sustainability performance of North America’s largest printers. Printers analyzed in this year’s assessment represent $34 billion in annual sales.

Lower Emissions In Car Interiors With Improved BASF Polyether Polyols
Lower Emissions In Car Interiors With Improved BASF Polyether Polyols

PRESS RELEASE - BASF has now improved the process for manufacturing Lupranol® (polyether polyol) so that car components which are made of BASF polyurethane systems emit an average of 20 percent less aldehyde. This allows automotive suppliers, that manufacture e.g. acoustic parts, seats and steering wheels or back-foam instrument panels and doors, to meet the increasing requirements of car manufacturers and the law for lower emissions (VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds) in vehicle interiors. Following the process change at BASF’s Asian production sites at the beginning of 2017, the modification is now being made in Europe and will take place in the US plants during the course of this year. Alongside isocyanate, polyol is the starting product for polyurethane foam systems.

Campbell's Severs Ties with Grocery Manufacturers Association Over Differences in Purpose
Campbell's Severs Ties with Grocery Manufacturers Association Over Differences in Purpose

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Pursuing purpose beyond profit is becoming paramount for brands looking to shift towards more sustainable, responsible business practices and maintain a competitive edge, the proof of which is evidenced by the Campbell Soup Company's withdrawal from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) late last week. The company will sever ties with the trade group, which represents the food and beverage industry, at the end of 2017.

Heineken USA Assists The Recycling Partnership with a Win for Recycling
Heineken USA Assists The Recycling Partnership with a Win for Recycling

PRESS RELEASE - In an effort to engage soccer fans in the mission of recycling, HEINEKEN USA is teaming up with The Recycling Partnership for the second year in a row at two matches of the International Champions Cup. Fans aged 21+ are encouraged to visit the Heineken® beer gardens before the match for a chance to win prizes and pitch in to help green the future.

97 GM Facilities Connect with Nature for World Environment Day
97 GM Facilities Connect with Nature for World Environment Day

PRESS RELEASE - Nearly 100 General Motors facilities participated in World Environment Day, an observation established by the United Nations. This year’s theme: “connect people to nature.” While all of GM’s manufacturing sites conduct at least one environmental outreach activity a year, this is the second time GM rallied its teams to measure its collective impact within roughly the same period.  

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BillerudKorsnäs Collaboration on Sealed Paper Packaging wins Sustainability Awards 2017
BillerudKorsnäs Collaboration on Sealed Paper Packaging wins Sustainability Awards 2017

PRESS RELEASE - Bosch Packaging Technology and BillerudKorsnäs’ collaboration on Sealed Paper Packaging has won the 2017 Sustainability Awards in the Bio-Based Packaging category. The international jury recognized Sealed Paper Packaging specifically for its unique combination of mono-material Axello® paper from BillerudKorsnäs and the ZAP-Module from Bosch Packaging Technology, which together enable the production of 100 percent dust-tight yet fully recyclable packaging for dry products such as sugar, grains and flour. Launched in June 2016, the solution is currently available on vertical form-fill-seal as well as mandrel wheel machines, providing an attractive alternative to the traditional paper bags in this segment.

Timberland Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Original Earthkeepers® Boot
Timberland Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Original Earthkeepers® Boot

PRESS RELEASE - Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland announces an important milestone in its longstanding commitment to environmental responsibility – ten years since the launch of the Original Earthkeepers® 6-Inch Boot. To mark the anniversary and pay tribute to the product that fundamentally changed the company’s approach to product sustainability, Timberland today released a seasonal exclusive boot called the Eagle Bay.

Trending: BillerudKorsnäs, Kotkamills Innovations Make Scandinavia Hotbed of Food Packaging Revolution
Trending: BillerudKorsnäs, Kotkamills Innovations Make Scandinavia Hotbed of Food Packaging Revolution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Packaging remains a significant challenge for companies aiming to reduce the environmental footprint of their operations, but two new packaging innovations from industry giants in Scandinavia may be the solution. First, BillerudKorsnäs and Bosch Packaging Technology have scored a 2017 Sustainability Award in the Bio-Based Packaging category for their new Sealed Paper Packaging.

Tesco Reveals New Plans to Axe Toxic Chemicals, Slash Building Emissions
Tesco Reveals New Plans to Axe Toxic Chemicals, Slash Building Emissions

WALKING THE TALK - While UK supermarket giant Tesco has focused the majority of its sustainability efforts on slashing food waste, the company is now setting its sights on reducing impacts across its F&F clothing line. The retailer has announced that it is joining Greenpeace’s DETOX campaign in an effort to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in its own-brand clothing label’s supply chain.

The Freedom Sleeve: How One Reusable Coffee Sleeve Is Helping Create a Zero-Waste Future
The Freedom Sleeve: How One Reusable Coffee Sleeve Is Helping Create a Zero-Waste Future

WASTE NOT - Self-driving cars, solar panels and groundbreaking carbon-capturing technologies are essential tools in combating climate change and propelling the shift towards a more sustainable future, but complex, large-scale solutions aren’t the only ones driving change. New twists on seemingly inconsequential items that we use every day could be just as instrumental in turning the tides on systemic environmental and social issues.

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Trending: Dow, Coca-Cola Ramp Up Efforts to Make Packaging Circular
Trending: Dow, Coca-Cola Ramp Up Efforts to Make Packaging Circular

WASTE NOT - Industry heavy hitters are making moves to create circular solutions that keep everyday products, such as chip bags and plastic drinking bottles, out of landfills with the launch of groundbreaking waste-to-energy programs and closed-loop packaging solutions.

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