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Trending: BASF, Coca-Cola, EC Break New Ground on Plastics Recycling
Trending: BASF, Coca-Cola, EC Break New Ground on Plastics Recycling

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Continuing this year’s wave of near-constant innovations aimed at responsible management of post-consumer plastics are new advancements from both the private and public sector. BASF making products with chemically recycled plastics BASF announced it has broken new ground in plastic waste recycling with its ChemCycling project. Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize currently unrecyclable plastic waste, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Depending on the region, such waste is usually sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery.

Trending: Fashion Giants Take Further Steps to Create Climate-Friendly Industry
Trending: Fashion Giants Take Further Steps to Create Climate-Friendly Industry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The fashion industry has kicked December off with a bang, launching a number of game-changing initiatives and partnerships aimed at further improving its image by reducing its impacts.

The Art of Failure: Lessons for Brands from the Bottom of the Pyramid
The Art of Failure: Lessons for Brands from the Bottom of the Pyramid

SUPPLY CHAIN - Let me tell you a few things about failure — a subject on which I’m something of an expert.

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Kickstarter, EDF Partner to Push for Better Product Development
Kickstarter, EDF Partner to Push for Better Product Development

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Kickstarter PBC and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today unveiled new features on Kickstarter aimed at helping innovators evaluate and reduce the environmental impact of their products from the concept stage. Kickstarter and EDF worked together to develop an information hub called the Environmental Resource Center, as well as a space where project creators are asked to publicly commit to environmental practices. These features will help thousands of people create sustainable products by embedding environmental considerations into the early planning stages.

Dow Wins Six Prestigious 2018 R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine
Dow Wins Six Prestigious 2018 R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine

PRESS RELEASE - Six innovative technologies from Dow, the world’s leading materials science company, were recognized with R&D 100 awards on November 16, 2018. The R&D 100 Awards, a signature program of R&D Magazine, is designed to identify and celebrate the top 100 revolutionary technologies introduced during the past year.

Wildlife Habitat Council Recognizes General Motors’ Ongoing Commitment to Biodiversity and Conservation
Wildlife Habitat Council Recognizes General Motors’ Ongoing Commitment  to Biodiversity and Conservation

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors’ CAMI Assembly Plant in Canada has received the Wildlife Habitat Council’s highest recognition for overall excellence in corporate conservation, the Gold Program Award. General Motors continues to lead the industry with the most WHC Conservation Certification sites — 75 — and is at nearly 85 percent of its goal to achieve certification at all its manufacturing sites by 2020.

Braskem plans initiatives to promote the Circular Economy
Braskem plans initiatives to promote the Circular Economy

PRESS RELEASE - Braskem, the Americas’ largest resin producer and the world’s leading biopolymer producer, has defined a series of global initiatives to boost the Circular Economy in the production chain of manufactured plastic goods. “We are firmly committed to the goal of helping to transform the linear economy into a Circular Economy, effectively demonstrating our commitment to sustainable development,” said Fernando Musa, Braskem’s CEO. “By establishing a series of global initiatives, engaging in voluntary commitments and expressing publicly its global positioning for the Circular Economy, Braskem is inviting clients, its partners in the value chain, its Team Members and society in general to intensify their joint quest for innovative and sustainable solutions using plastic.”

Mimicking Nature, But Not as Nature Intended: An Introduction to Geomimicry
Mimicking Nature, But Not as Nature Intended: An Introduction to Geomimicry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This is the first in a series of posts by Dr. Gregory Unruh about geomimicry and its implications for sustainability.

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Beyond Transparency: The Next Essential Step in Product Optimization
Beyond Transparency: The Next Essential Step in Product Optimization

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - If you’ve been around the building products industry in the last five years, you’ve probably encountered conversations about transparency — around material health, chemical hazards, environmental impacts, you name it. To be fair, if you were around the building products industry 10 years ago, no one was really talking about transparency (at least not like today). The buzzword of the day back then was recycled content. Before that, it was indoor air quality. And over time those attributes have become commonplace for most manufacturers; transparency is the next attribute to achieve.

Trending: Biomimetic Cement, Self-Healing Polymer Could Revolutionize Materials Game
Trending: Biomimetic Cement, Self-Healing Polymer Could Revolutionize Materials Game

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - New innovations in materials science by two of the US’ most respected engineering and research institutions could revolutionize the materials we use for a host of applications across industries. First, what if the inherent weaknesses of a material actually made houses and buildings stronger during wildfires and earthquakes?

BMW Group, Northvolt, Umicore to Develop Closed-Loop System for EV Batteries
BMW Group, Northvolt, Umicore to Develop Closed-Loop System for EV Batteries

CLEANTECH - The project aims to continue the sustainable industrialization of battery cells in Europe and the associated acquisition of skills — from cell chemistry and development through to production and ultimately recycling.

UPS/Greenbiz Study Identifies Motivators And Barriers To Electric Fleets
UPS/Greenbiz Study Identifies Motivators And Barriers To Electric Fleets

PRESS RELEASE - Attaining environmental benefits and lower cost of ownership are driving more commercial fleets to electrify, according to a

PepsiCo, Seventh Gen, CLF Bring Sustainable Plastics Closer to Reality
PepsiCo, Seventh Gen, CLF Bring Sustainable Plastics Closer to Reality

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - There’s a flurry of activity this week, as several heavy-hitters announce moves that promise big ripple effects in the plastics and packaging space. PepsiCo, Inc. today announced a multi-year supply agreement with Loop Industries, Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic, that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity from Loop’s joint venture facility in the US and incorporate Loop™ PET plastic, which is 100 percent recycled material, into its product packaging by early 2020.

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Stanley Black & Decker Launches Maker Month to Celebrate Innovators
Stanley Black & Decker Launches Maker Month to Celebrate Innovators

PRESS RELEASE - Throughout October Stanley Black & Decker will host activities that aim to inspire the next-generation of makers and creators

Two Types of Recycled Fiber, and Two Approaches to Making Recycled Paper
Two Types of Recycled Fiber, and Two Approaches to Making Recycled Paper

PRESS RELEASE - There are two types of recycled fiber – composed of either post-consumer reclaimed material or pre-consumer reclaimed material – that can be used to make recycled paper. The two are fundamentally different, as specified in these definitions from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®):

EcoVadis: Global Sustainability Performance, Business Ethics Picking Up
EcoVadis: Global Sustainability Performance, Business Ethics Picking Up

WALKING THE TALK - EcoVadis has published the second annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The report provides an updated look at the corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of more than 33,000 companies, across the calendar years 2015 through 2017.

HPE, WEF Enlisting Tech Sector to Solve World Hunger by 2030
HPE, WEF Enlisting Tech Sector to Solve World Hunger by 2030

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Sustainable Development Impact Summit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and WEF committed to help solve world hunger by 2030 through the innovative application of technology. HPE and WEF are calling on public and private organizations to join them in an open collaboration to find solutions that will eliminate food insecurity; and sustainably, nutritiously and inclusively feed a growing population.

EnviroLife by Sustana: A Sustainability Solution for Food Packaging
EnviroLife by Sustana: A Sustainability Solution for Food Packaging

PRESS RELEASE - Sustana promotes and applies sustainable manufacturing and business practices to deliver premium, eco-friendly recycled fibers to customers across North America. One example of this is the unique food packaging product EnviroLife. EnviroLife allows brands to reduce their environmental impact by using recycled fiber in direct-contact food packaging.

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Interface: How +Positive Spaces Can Create a Healthier Planet
Interface: How +Positive Spaces Can Create a Healthier Planet

PRESS RELEASE - Can a built space not only have a positive impact on those who occupy it, but also on the environment outside the building? We believe the answer is yes.

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