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Trending: BioSteel, Self-Healing Protective Fabrics Among Latest Innovations Revolutionizing Textiles
Trending: BioSteel, Self-Healing Protective Fabrics Among Latest Innovations Revolutionizing Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Hot on the heels of its release earlier this month of the world’s first football and running performance products made from upcycled marine plastic waste, adidas continues its journey toward revolutionizing materials with the unveiling of the world’s first performance shoe made using Biosteel® fiber – a synthetic version of spider silk.

Braskem Takes Biobased Plastic to the International Space Station
Braskem Takes Biobased Plastic to the International Space Station

PRESS RELEASE - Green Plastic, which is made from sugarcane, is now being used to fabricate parts in space, thanks to a partnership between Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas, and U.S.-based Made In Space, the leading developer of zero gravity 3D printers and an official supplier to NASA. The technology allows astronauts to fabricate tools and spare parts in space using the biobased resin, which effectively increases the autonomy of space missions.   

Avery Dennison Helps Coca-Cola European Partners to Drive Recycling Efforts in the UK
Avery Dennison Helps Coca-Cola European Partners to Drive Recycling Efforts in the UK

PRESS RELEASE - Avery Dennison has collaborated with partners throughout the supply chain namely Viridor and PET UK, to help Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) reduce waste, costs, and the carbon footprint of Smartwater production in the United Kingdom. According to Joe Franses, Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners, “This example shows how we can turn the crisis of resources into a business opportunity through close collaboration across the value chain. Businesses which can be truly innovative with the products and services they provide, optimising the resources they use and encouraging consumers to do the same, have the potential to transform our economy.”

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Innovative Kimberly-Clark Recycling Program Helps Two Midwestern Universities Turn Used Gloves into Eco-Responsible Durable Goods
Innovative Kimberly-Clark Recycling Program Helps Two Midwestern Universities Turn Used Gloves into Eco-Responsible Durable Goods

PRESS RELEASE - The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University have diverted almost six tons of waste from landfills through an innovative recycling program that turns used lab gloves and garments into shelving, flowerpots and lawn and garden furniture.

adidas, Parley Unveil First Performance Apparel, Footwear Made from Ocean Plastic
adidas, Parley Unveil First Performance Apparel, Footwear Made from Ocean Plastic

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, sportswear leader adidas and environmental organization Parley for the Oceans unveiled the first football and running performance products made from upcycled marine plastic waste, recovered via Parley’s interception and cleanup operations in coastal areas of the Maldives.

Safety from Volatility: How SUEZ Is Future-Proofing by Investing in Regenerative Waste Management
Safety from Volatility: How SUEZ Is Future-Proofing by Investing in Regenerative Waste Management

WASTE NOT - One of the largest waste management companies in North America is disinvesting in recycling. Waste Management CEO David Steiner recently went on to discuss the company’s current business spend, which went from 12 percent five years ago down to 8 percent now.

Trending: New Cross-Sector Collaborations Delve Into Circular Packaging Solutions
Trending: New Cross-Sector Collaborations Delve Into Circular Packaging Solutions

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Newly formed groups in Europe and Canada are working to deliver a circular economy for packaging materials: PlasticsEurope has created a Plastics Packaging Circular Economy Group to maximize resource efficiency across the plastics value chain; and Ontario’s Circular Economy Innovation Lab is hosting a series of workshops as part of a Printed Paper and Packaging Rapid Lab.

Dow Pledges $2.8M to Help Advance Solutions to Ocean Plastic Waste
Dow Pledges $2.8M to Help Advance Solutions to Ocean Plastic Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Dow Chemical Company has announced that it has committed $2.8 million over the next two years to drive solutions that address global marine debris and litter. The company made the announcement on Friday, September 16th, at the inaugural Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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ASTRX Partnership Aims to Shape the Future of U.S. Recycling through Systems Approach
ASTRX Partnership Aims to Shape the Future of U.S. Recycling through Systems Approach

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Sustainable Packaging Coalition and The Recycling Partnership have teamed up to increase recovery of quality recyclables in the U.S. through a new initiative called ASTRX – Applying Systems Thinking to Recycling. The partners will work closely with a number of other industry groups to fully capture the perspective of the entire recycling landscape, in hopes of unlocking new insights to improving recovery.

Big, Bold Goals Needed to Drive Ongoing Quest for Sustainable Materials
Big, Bold Goals Needed to Drive Ongoing Quest for Sustainable Materials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We currently produce enough plastic to wrap Denmark in plastic film every day of the year all year round. This was just one of the shocking facts revealed by Sofus Midtgaard – Managing Partner & Nordic Lead at Leaderlab & LAUNCH, and moderator for Tuesday’s panel discussion that explored accelerating the transition to healthy products through the development of sustainable materials.

Thread Partners with Timberland, HP to Provide Dignified Jobs, Education to Plastic Collectors In Haiti
Thread Partners with Timberland, HP to Provide Dignified Jobs, Education to Plastic Collectors In Haiti

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2016 Annual Meeting in New York City, Thread - the Pittsburgh-based B Corp that transforms plastic bottle waste from Haiti and Honduras into ‘the most responsible fabric on the planet’ - announced a new Commitment to Action to address the problem of undignified and child labor in global supply chains, through a targeted effort in Haiti.

Ford F-150 Leads in Sustainability
Ford F-150 Leads in Sustainability

PRESS RELEASE - Henry Ford was committed to using natural and recycled material in his manufacturing and the company that bears his name continues to follow his business practices. As part of its 'Further with Ford' presentation, Ford elaborated on its efforts to use everything from ‘Blue jeans to pop bottles’ to reduce waste. The F-150 uses a number of different recycled materials:

Closed Loop Foundation, SC Johnson Award Grants to Innovators in Plastic Film Recycling
Closed Loop Foundation, SC Johnson Award Grants to Innovators in Plastic Film Recycling

WASTE NOT - The Closed Loop Foundation, in partnership with SC Johnson, today awarded two innovation grants to companies working to help solve film plastic packaging recycling:

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90 NGOs Asking the World to #BreakFreeFromPlastic
90 NGOs Asking the World to #BreakFreeFromPlastic

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A network of 90 NGOs from around the world including big names such as Greenpeace, Oceana, the Story of Stuff Project, GAIA, 5Gyres and Clean Water Action have come together to launch a massive global movement to achieve a “future free from plastic pollution.” Under the banner Break Free From Plastic, the group aims to change society’s perception and use of plastics, as well as identify and pursue solutions that reduce and prevent plastic pollution.

GM’s Environmental and Social Initiatives Land Company on Dow Jones Sustainability Index
GM’s Environmental and Social Initiatives Land Company on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

PRESS RELEASE - DETROIT – General Motors was again ranked on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for corporate sustainability leadership in the automotive industry. This is the second year GM has been selected as an index component and the company remains the only automaker on the North American index. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the leading global benchmark for corporate sustainability. DJSI tracks leading sustainability-driven companies based on investment firm RobecoSAM’s analysis of financially relevant environmental, social and governance factors.

New Film Drives Home Impacts of Single-Use Plastics on Oceans, Wildlife, Humans
New Film Drives Home Impacts of Single-Use Plastics on Oceans, Wildlife, Humans

WASTE NOT - A new short film featured by National Geographic highlights the plight of the Sargasso Sea – a diverse ecosystem of free-floating seaweed and unique wildlife – that is threatened by plastic waste. From microplastics to bioaccumulation, Care About the Ocean? Think Twice About Your Coffee Lid walks viewers through the dangers of plastic pollution in the Sargasso Sea (and other parts of the ocean) – and for human health.

“Sport Infinity” Project Promises Zero Waste and Recyclability
“Sport Infinity” Project Promises Zero Waste and Recyclability

PRESS RELEASE - BASF is contributing its polymer expertise to the three-year WRAP Consortium project kicked off by the European Commission last year and aimed at developing high-performance sporting goods that can also be recycled. The “Sport Infinity” concept being pursued by cross-industry teams of companies is spearheaded by German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas and is focused in particular on applications in European football, or soccer, as the sport is known in the US.

ByFusion: Creating the Building Blocks for Tackling Ocean Waste
ByFusion: Creating the Building Blocks for Tackling Ocean Waste

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “It’s all about timing,” says Gregor Gomory, CEO of ByFusion, a startup he believes is about to take advantage of a “perfect storm” brewing as the world wakes up to the enormous problem of plastic waste filling up our oceans. By now, we’ve all heard the statistics: By 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The 4-12 million tonnes of plastic that is spewed into our waters ever year is a problem that can no longer be ignored.

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Ford, Jose Cuervo Explore the Only Scenario in Which Tequila, Cars Might Be a Good Mix
Ford, Jose Cuervo Explore the Only Scenario in Which Tequila, Cars Might Be a Good Mix

COLLABORATION - In the latest of a string of innovative partnerships in its quest for more sustainable materials (which so far have yielded CO2-based and tomato-based plastic, and guayule-based rubber, to name a few), Ford Motor Company and Jose Cuervo® are exploring the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles.

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