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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.

As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative
As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative

WALKING THE TALK - In 2021, WSL launched WAOO to protect and conserve surf ecosystems around the world. Over the 2022 tour season, it collaborated with community organizations, indigenous groups, surfers and others on activations including replanting native coastal vegetation in Hawaii, removing plastic pollution from Indonesian waterways, and restoring coral reefs in Tahiti.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

This Aquatic Robot Is Making a Meal Out of Marine Waste
This Aquatic Robot Is Making a Meal Out of Marine Waste

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - RanMarine has created the world’s first autonomous marine robot. Utilizing drone technology, it can collect up to 500 kg of plastic waste and destructive biomass each day, harmoniously clearing up and monitoring our waters.

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.

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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.

The Sum of Small Efforts: Engaging Suppliers to Ensure Brand Plastic Reduction
The Sum of Small Efforts: Engaging Suppliers to Ensure Brand Plastic Reduction

SUPPLY CHAIN - Whether the priority is to reduce the plastic in packaging, increase the recycled content or just figure out where to start, it all begins with opening up a dialogue with suppliers. That is exactly what one major US retailer did when it sought to re-energise its plastics and packaging pledge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trending: Industry Continues to Arm Itself in War on Plastic Waste
Trending: Industry Continues to Arm Itself in War on Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - A new accelerator from the US Plastics Pact aims to catalyze broader adoption of reusable and refillable packaging options, while an upskilling program from rePurpose Global aims to help sustainability leaders more effectively tackle plastic pollution.

CVS Health, Target, Walmart Share Insights from Piloting Ideas to Move ‘Beyond the Plastic Bag’
CVS Health, Target, Walmart Share Insights from Piloting Ideas to Move ‘Beyond the Plastic Bag’

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - New report shares insights to guide retailers on effective reusable bag models — a key solution as regulations to reduce reliance on single-use plastic bags grow across the US.

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.

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So Long, Coffee Pods ... Hello, Coffee Balls?
So Long, Coffee Pods ... Hello, Coffee Balls?

WASTE NOT - The inventive, waste-free, single-serve coffee system means that portioned coffee no longer needs to be surrounded by an aluminum or plastic capsule.

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.

10 Biomimetic Innovations Poised to Tackle Countless Climate, Biodiversity, Business Challenges
10 Biomimetic Innovations Poised to Tackle Countless Climate, Biodiversity, Business Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Biomimicry Institute’s 2022 cohort of Ray of Hope Prize finalists are leveraging nature’s genius to revolutionize textiles, wind turbines, waste remediation, building materials, cleaning products, sunscreen, plastics and more.

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.

With a Sustainability Strategy Fully Embedded, How Do You Maintain Momentum to Reach Your Goals?
With a Sustainability Strategy Fully Embedded, How Do You Maintain Momentum to Reach Your Goals?

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - “We’ve been working on design for recyclability for years now. But the next step is to make packaging fully recyclable and then collect the packaging to recycle it into new products. We’re very close to creating a low-carbon, circular economy.” — Han Zhang

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ISS National Lab, Estée Lauder Choose 2 Potential Plastic Pollution Solutions to Launch into Space
ISS National Lab, Estée Lauder Choose 2 Potential Plastic Pollution Solutions to Launch into Space

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Beyond Plastics Challenge aims to address the plastics dilemma on Earth through the design and production of solutions aided by access to space. The two winning concepts will be able to conduct research in the International Space Station’s unique, weightless environment.

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