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Project MainStream Launches 3 Programs to Help Scale Circular Economy
Project MainStream Launches 3 Programs to Help Scale Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - Project MainStream, part of the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy initiative, has launched three new programs focused on developing ways of scaling the circular economy through materials management, information technology and business model innovation, among others.

Millennials Up Pressure on Brands for Sustainable Packaging
Millennials Up Pressure on Brands for Sustainable Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Millennials have higher expectations for sustainable product packaging than their older counterparts, according to a new study by Finnish packaging solutions company Stora Enso.Millennials, defined as those born between 1980 and 2000, are the focus of the Stora Enso Packaging divisions’ fourth Viewpoint report, which looks at their preferences and decisions when it comes to product packaging. Since this age group will comprise almost half of the European workforce (and therefore dominant consumers) by 2025, it is a key target for retailers and a prime category for brands to win over.

Grand & Toy, TerraCycle Launch National Office Products Recycling Program
Grand & Toy, TerraCycle Launch National Office Products Recycling Program

WASTE NOT - Grand & Toy, an affiliate of Office Depot, and TerraCycle Canada have announced the launch of a new, national retailer recycling program for office products.The program comes after a successful five month K-Cup® Pack pilot recycling partnership between Grand & Toy and TerraCycle for customers in Southern Ontario. The program will now be expanded nationally and will include coffee capsule recycling, as well as recycling for office supplies and computer accessories.

Ford Challenges 10 Designers to Transform Its Seat Covers Into Couture for Hong Kong Fashion Week
Ford Challenges 10 Designers to Transform Its Seat Covers Into Couture for Hong Kong Fashion Week

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - On Monday, Ford Motor Company and Redress — a sustainable fashion charity organization — announced the winners of The Redress Forum: Ford Design Challenge, in which 10 emerging designers from around the world transformed sustainable seat fabrics from Ford vehicles into couture garments as part of The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 at Hong Kong Fashion Week.

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New MasterCard Rewards with Nike Carbon Offsets, Tracks Footprint Reduction
New MasterCard Rewards with Nike Carbon Offsets, Tracks Footprint Reduction

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustain:Green has created a new biodegradable MasterCard® rewards card, which provides carbon offsets for everyday purchases — specifically, helping to fund Nike’s Mata no Peito rainforest preservation projects in Brazil.

Pesticide Industry Resists Calls to Reveal Inert Ingredients
Pesticide Industry Resists Calls to Reveal Inert Ingredients

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Pesticide manufacturers are pushing back against increasing consumer and environmental advocacy group demands for disclosure of the chemicals in pesticide formulations—claiming the information is proprietary.Of particular interest are the so-called inert ingredients such as chemicals in pesticides that perform functions other than controlling pests. Examples include emulsifiers, solvents, aerosols, fragrances, dyes and other chemicals that are not necessarily benign, according to those calling for mandatory labeling of inert ingredients in pesticides.

Valio Debuts First Product Using Tetra Pak’s 100% Plant-Based Carton Package
Valio Debuts First Product Using Tetra Pak’s 100% Plant-Based Carton Package

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Finnish dairy producer Valio has become the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in carton packaging made entirely from plant-based materials. Consumers are able to buy these packages at retail shops in Finland beginning this week.

Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant
Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Honeywell has announced that it has started full-scale commercial production of a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) material used as an aerosol propellant, insulating agent and refrigerant.The diversified technology and manufacturing company says the material, known by the industry designation HFO-1234ze and marketed by Honeywell under its Solstice® line of low-global-warming materials, is being produced at the Honeywell Fluorine Products facility in Baton Rouge, La.

BASF, Boeing Join DOE Program to Develop Advanced Composites
BASF, Boeing Join DOE Program to Develop Advanced Composites

COLLABORATION - 57 companies, including BASF, Boeing and Ford, have joined the Department of Energy’s new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites. A consortium of companies, nonprofits and universities led by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are investing more than $250 million to launch the Institute, focused on cutting-edge research on advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites, which combine strong fibers with tough plastics that are lighter and stronger than steel.

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Forbo Closes Loop on Its 'Back to the Floor' Recycling Scheme
Forbo Closes Loop on Its 'Back to the Floor' Recycling Scheme

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Dutch flooring supplier and manufacturer Forbo Flooring has now closed the loop on its Back to the Floor recycling scheme, according to Environmental Expert. Now in its third year, the scheme now recycles Forbo flooring off-cuts into new products.

BMW, Nestlé, Rio Tinto Alcan Develop New Standard for Sustainable Aluminum Sourcing
BMW, Nestlé, Rio Tinto Alcan Develop New Standard for Sustainable Aluminum Sourcing

SUPPLY CHAIN - BMW Group, Hydro, Nestlé Nespresso SA and Rio Tinto Alcan and other members of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) have generated a new Standard to help improve environmental and social standards for sourcing the material, as well as government performance to improve the sector’s conditions throughout its value chain. The new Standard also aims to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, which are historically high.

White Coffee Introduces Organic Coffee in Biodegradable, Compostable Single-Serve BioCup
White Coffee Introduces Organic Coffee in Biodegradable, Compostable Single-Serve BioCup

WASTE NOT - White Coffee Corporation has introduced a new line of single-serve organic coffees in a new BioCup that is completely biodegradable when aerobically composted.Consumers committed to sustainable packaging will have a large selection of blends and flavors, the company says. These certified organic coffees evoke nature and the environment with earthy, deep and aromatic flavors. The BioCup is available in 11 flavors: Colombian, Breakfast Blend, French Roast, Full City Roast, Mexican High Grown, Peruvian, Rainforest Blend, Hazelnut, French Vanilla, Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Morsel.

Ecover Partners with Sonoco on Plant-Based Plastic Bottles for New North American Cleaning Products
Ecover Partners with Sonoco on Plant-Based Plastic Bottles for New North American Cleaning Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Ecover, the world's largest maker of non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products, has teamed up with packaging producer Sonoco for a series of plant-based plastic bottles for its new North American home care line.

Dow, Nestlé UK, Unilever Researching New Options for Recycling Flexible Packaging
Dow, Nestlé UK, Unilever Researching New Options for Recycling Flexible Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Nestlé UK and Unilever are among organizations coming together on a new project aiming to improve the recyclability of flexible packaging products, in the hope of pushing the resource industry closer towards a circular economic approach.

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BASF, Schuster Developing Greaseproof, Recyclable Cardboard for Fast Food Packaging
BASF, Schuster Developing Greaseproof, Recyclable Cardboard for Fast Food Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - BASF and recycled cardboard company Schuster have announced they are working on a solution for a combined migration and grease barrier on recycled cardboard.The biopolymer ecovio® PS 1606 is applied to recycled cardboard in an extrusion coating process. This enables the proportion of recycled paper fibers in fast food packaging to be increased while simultaneously making it industrially compostable. The polymer coating applied to the cardboard is several times thinner than a human hair, but provides the packaging with good protection against potential migration of undesired substances while also offering high greaseproofness and liquid tightness. This cardboard is more than 90 percent biobased, recyclable and industrially compostable.

Sustainable Supply Chains: Can Retailers Be the Rising Tide That Lifts All Boats?
Sustainable Supply Chains: Can Retailers Be the Rising Tide That Lifts All Boats?

SUPPLY CHAIN - A whopping 97 percent of environmental impacts in the retail sector come from the product itself — from raw materials, transportation and product manufacturing. With impacts so heavily weighted in the supply chain, retailers are increasingly and creatively wading upstream to partner with their suppliers on their greatest impacts. The key to success lies in selecting the appropriate supplier engagement method and then using that approach as a vehicle to deeper collaboration. But can successful retailer approaches truly motivate meaningful supply chain improvements?The benefits of engagement

Plum Organics Joins GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label Program
Plum Organics Joins GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label Program

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition announced this week that Plum Organics is the latest company to join its How2Recycle Label program. Plum joins 30 other participating companies — including most recently, Kellogg and McDonald’s — committed to educating consumers on packaging recyclability by providing clear on-package instructions.

BASF and Schuster develop recycled cardboard for fast food packaging
BASF and Schuster develop recycled cardboard for fast food packaging

PRESS RELEASE - Ludwigshafen and Hebertshausen, Germany – December 3, 2014 – BASF and "Feinpappenwerk Gebr. Schuster GmbH & Co. KG" are working jointly on a solution for a combined migration and grease barrier on recycled cardboard. The biopolymer ecovio® PS 1606 is applied to recycled cardboard in an extrusion coating process. This enables the proportion of recycled paper fibers in fast food packaging to be increased while simultaneously making it industrially compostable.Greaseproof, liquid tight and migration resistant due to ecovio® PS 1606

Report: Global Environmental Industry Grew in 2013
Report: Global Environmental Industry Grew in 2013

MARKETING AND COMMS - The global environmental industry grew 3.6 percent in 2013, generating revenues of $1.047 trillion, while the U.S. environmental industry grew only 0.7 percent in 2013 compared to 4.5 percent in 2012, according to new research from Environmental Business International.In 2013, the U.S. environmental industry’s total of $344.84 billion in annual revenues represented 2.81 percent of the gross domestic product, while the environmental industry employment reached 1.75 million.

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Philips, Bank of America Announce Plans to Improve Global Access to Clean Cooking Technologies
Philips, Bank of America Announce Plans to Improve Global Access to Clean Cooking Technologies

COLLABORATION - Philips and the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation have partnered to improve access to clean cooking solutions in Africa by introducing clean and efficient household cook stoves to rural communities across the continent. Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) announced separate plans to raise $100 million to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of people worldwide.The Philips-SNV partnership aims to improve the health and wellbeing and income of rural populations while having a direct positive impact on the environment. It will include research, community education and access to financing for adopting clean cooking technologies.

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