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Trending: Enter Plastic Waste; Exit Stronger, Safer Materials
Trending: Enter Plastic Waste; Exit Stronger, Safer Materials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This week, we examine two innovations that not only divert plastic waste but turn it into stronger, more beneficial materials: IBM has discovered a way to convert polycarbonates into plastics safe for water purification, fiber optics and medical equipment; while shredded plastic waste is helping to create more durable, weather-resistant roads in Chennai, India.

BASF Launches New Global Pigments Brand
BASF Launches New Global Pigments Brand

PRESS RELEASE - BASF announced today the launch of its Colors & Effects brand, bundling BASF’s global pigments business. The new brand encompasses BASF’s distinct colorants and effect pigments portfolio, and serves customers across five key industries, including coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics, and agriculture. “To continue to grow and develop their business, our customers need a diverse selection of pigments and global expertise,” said Alexander Haunschild, Senior Vice President, Global Pigments Business. “In this competitive marketplace, we created a brand focused entirely on pigments to provide our customers with products and solutions from one single source.”

New Guide Aims to Help Designers Increase Plastic Packaging Recycling
New Guide Aims to Help Designers Increase Plastic Packaging Recycling

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) claims it has created the plastics recycling industry’s most comprehensive plastic packaging design resource. The latest iteration of its APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability outlines detailed steps for packaging and design engineers to consider the implications of new products or containers in the recycling process. The organization suggests that the new and improved guidelines are more user friendly, align with APR test protocols, and provide a variety of additional resources.

Trending: Flexible Plastic Pouches, Coffee Cups (Finally) Ready for Recycling
Trending: Flexible Plastic Pouches, Coffee Cups (Finally) Ready for Recycling

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Earlier this year, Chef-turned-waste-activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall drew attention to the huge problem of coffee cup waste. He claimed that in the U.K., less than 6 million takeaway hot beverage cups are recycled each year, while 7 million are thrown out each day, and specifically called on Starbucks and Costa to be more transparent about their cups.

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3M, Aveda, Target Among Members of New Coalition Aimed at Advancing Circular Economy in U.S.
3M, Aveda, Target Among Members of New Coalition Aimed at Advancing Circular Economy in U.S.

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Today, more than 25 businesses and organizations announce the launch of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, a business-led public-private partnership harnessing their collective expertise to advance the next frontier of corporate sustainability – the circular economy.

Timberland Partners with Thread to Look Beyond Sustainability and Toward Responsibility
Timberland Partners with Thread to Look Beyond Sustainability and Toward Responsibility

PRESS RELEASE - Global outdoor lifestyle brandTimberland today announced a partnership with responsible fabric manufacturer Thread, furthering both brands’ longstanding commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Crafted from plastic bottles collected in Haiti and Honduras, Thread™ Ground to Good™ fabric challenges how the world thinks about recycled PET. Going beyond environmental sustainability, Thread also creates social value in the form of cleaner neighborhoods and job creation for thousands of people.

Forget Incremental Improvements: 40 Companies, Cities Working to Activate New Plastics Economy
Forget Incremental Improvements: 40 Companies, Cities Working to Activate New Plastics Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative kicks off today with an inaugural workshop that brings together more than 40 leading companies including Amcor, Coca-Cola, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Indorama Ventures, Marks & Spencer, MARS, Natureworks, Novamont, Sealed Air, SUEZ, Unilever

Student Scientists Develop Bacteria That Could Take a Bite Out of Plastic Pollution
Student Scientists Develop Bacteria That Could Take a Bite Out of Plastic Pollution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - 21- and 22-year-old Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang are making the most of their student years; since high school, the pair have filed 2 patents, founded a company, and raised about $400,000 in pursuit of developing a bacteria that can break down ocean-bound plastic waste.

Report: $3.5B+ Business Opportunity in Scaling Up Circular System for Plastics
Report: $3.5B+ Business Opportunity in Scaling Up Circular System for Plastics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastic has many benefits ranging from reducing food waste by providing packaging to cutting transport pollution due to its light weight. However, waste plastic is undervalued by the economy due to externalization of environmental costs. In a new discussion paper, Trucost estimates that scaling up companies’ use of sustainable plastic could deliver environmental savings of $3.5 billion.

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Ford Turning Captured CO2 Into Car Parts, Expanding Healthcare Outreach in Africa
Ford Turning Captured CO2 Into Car Parts, Expanding Healthcare Outreach in Africa

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ford Motor Company claims to be the first automaker to formulate and test new foam and plastic components using captured carbon dioxide (CO2) as feedstock. Within five years, the company expects to be using the new biomaterials in its vehicles. Foams formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols have shown promise in ‘rigorous’ automotive tests, and could be used in seating and under-hood applications. The company claims that the CO2-derived foam will reduce the use of fossil fuels in Ford vehicles – potentially reducing petroleum use by more than 600 million pounds annually. Other plastic materials are currently under development.

Alter Eco's Gone4Good™ Packaging Eliminates Plastic Pouch Problem
Alter Eco's Gone4Good™ Packaging Eliminates Plastic Pouch Problem

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - According to a 2013 study by PCI Films Consulting, 17 billion plastic pouches ended up in landfills throughout the U.S. that year and production is expected to reach 24 billion plastic pouches by 2018 — but that staggering statistic isn’t one that we have to accept. As a company deeply rooted in the food industry, Alter Eco has seen the continual evolution of food packaging, and plastic pouches have become one of the newest, convenient and most sought-after formats on grocery store shelves.

G-Star, Plastic Soup Foundation Call on Industry to Help Stop Ocean Microfiber Pollution
G-Star, Plastic Soup Foundation Call on Industry to Help Stop Ocean Microfiber Pollution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In 2025, there is one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish in the oceans, and in 2050 the weight of plastic has overtaken that of fish. While the cause of this future scenario would largely be the work of plastic bottles and other types of packaging, part of the blame falls on our clothing. So denim giant G-Star and marine pollution campaign group the Plastic Soup Foundation (PSP) are joining forces to stop this process in its tracks with a battle against microfiber.

Trending: Beauty, Packaging No Longer Need to Come at the Expense of Our Oceans
Trending: Beauty, Packaging No Longer Need to Come at the Expense of Our Oceans

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The ocean’s value has been estimated as high as $24 trillion, yet despite its inherent connections to the health and well-being of wildlife, humans, and the global economy, it continues to be overexploited and polluted. Scientists have estimated that a minimum of 5.25 trillion plastic particles are in the oceans, and some studies suggest that these contaminants can make their way all the way up the food chain.

Bioplastic Advancements Show Promise for Biodegradable Milk, Juice, Food Packaging
Bioplastic Advancements Show Promise for Biodegradable Milk, Juice, Food Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Food packaging is one of the main generators of packaging waste in developed countries. In 2012, each person in the European Union (EU) countries generated an average of 156.8kg of packaging waste, and plastic containers accounted for 19 percent of it. In total, 15.1 million tons of plastic packaging waste was generated. Of course, many organizations are working on cutting back this waste, and new materials are under development, including biodegradable bioplastics made from renewable materials or even waste.

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Unilever, J&J Campaigns Aim to 'End Bottle Bias,' Boost Bathroom Recycling
Unilever, J&J Campaigns Aim to 'End Bottle Bias,' Boost Bathroom Recycling

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - When it comes to in-home recycling habits, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson have found the same thing: Not all packaging is treated equally. Unilever reports that only 14 percent of Americans are recycling their bathroom bottles, while 56 percent of American households recycle kitchen items. Similarly, a recent consumer survey commissioned by Johnson & Johnson found that 34 percent of ‘regular recyclers’ admit that it never even occurred to them to recycle in the bathroom. Each company announced they would be reprising, and building upon, behavior change campaigns to encourage families to recycle, with an emphasis on bathroom product packaging.

Leave No Bottle Behind: Unilever campaign promotes equal treatment of all household recyclables
Leave No Bottle Behind: Unilever campaign promotes equal treatment of all household recyclables

PRESS RELEASE - When it comes to recycling, soda bottles and shampoo bottles are not treated equally: only 14% of Americans are recycling their bathroom bottles, while more than half of American households are recycling their kitchen items. That is why Unilever is reprising Rinse.Recycle.Reimagine., a campaign designed to rally Americans to reassess their recycling habits and treat their Unilever bathroom empties – like Simple®, Dove®, Suave® and more – with the same respect as their kitchen counterparts.

GM Recycles Water Bottles to Make Chevy Equinox Part
GM Recycles Water Bottles to Make Chevy Equinox Part

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into a new life: noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles – collected from five of its Michigan facilities – are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless community. Given its drive to zero waste, all of GM’s global facilities recycle their water bottles. However, the bottles collected at the five locations are now funneled into its “Do Your Part” project, where 11 businesses collaborate to give them a second life.

Recovery Toolkit, Zero-Waste Grocers Aim to Fight Food Packaging Waste
Recovery Toolkit, Zero-Waste Grocers Aim to Fight Food Packaging Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Following the success of grocery stores such as in.gredients in Austin, TX, and day by day in locations across France, other shops focused on eliminating packaging waste from their shelves have been popping up around the world. Opening this year: new locations in Copenhagen, Vancouver, and Brooklyn.

Avoiding Greenwashing: 10 Principles of Truly Sustainable Packaging Design
Avoiding Greenwashing: 10 Principles of Truly Sustainable Packaging Design

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As a packaging designer and nature lover, I dream of the day when material science and manufacturing can deliver on the promise of zero environmental impact, high performance, premium finish and low costs. Many breakthroughs have begun to deliver on the promise - PaperFoam, recycled PET (rPET), and polylactic acid (PLA), to name a few. But many of these materials still cannot compete on performance, and especially not on price. On the opposite end of the spectrum, commodity materials markets have been flooded with new eastern manufacturers, increasing the global supply and significantly lowering commodity materials costs. Add to that the light-weighting movement in plastics bottling and single-stream recycling.

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London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen to Collaborate on Circular Model for Plastics
London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen to Collaborate on Circular Model for Plastics

THE NEXT ECONOMY - From “competitors” to collaborators – several European cities in a race to be capitals of the next economy are joining forces to develop practical projects to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen have announced they will work together to design a project that will improve the capture of plastics.

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