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Trending: Liquid Hydrogen, Ocean Plastics Could Revolutionize Aviation Industry
Trending: Liquid Hydrogen, Ocean Plastics Could Revolutionize Aviation Industry

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Transport constitutes approximately 20 percent of global energy use — a figure that is set to grow — and a new study published by physicist Jo Hermans in MRS Energy and Sustainability — A Review Journal has identified liquid hydrogen as a realistic option for what can be considered the most problematic modes of transportation in terms of sustainability — air travel. While Professor Hermans of Leiden University’s Huygen’s Laboratory admits that traditional oil-based fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene are both convenient and boast an appealing energy-to-volume ratio, liquid hydrogen could offer a potential solution for sustainable air travel in the future.

New Campaign from Outerknown Aims to Remind Us #ITSNOTOK to Pollute the Oceans
New Campaign from Outerknown Aims to Remind Us #ITSNOTOK to Pollute the Oceans

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - This week, sustainable menswear brand Outerknown launched #ITSNOTOK, an evergreen giveback program designed to bring awareness to environmental issues – particularly the declining health of our oceans, mostly due to pollution – all over the world. #ITSNOTOK is a call to action to consumers to become part of the solution, rather than the problem, by helping to clean up the oceans.

Thread's 2016 Impact Report Traces Company's Work, Down to the 'First Mile'
Thread's 2016 Impact Report Traces Company's Work, Down to the 'First Mile'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Pittsburgh, Pa.-based startup Thread - a Certified B Corporation on a mission to end poverty by creating dignified jobs and responsibly sourced and manufactured, high-performance fabric – has just published its fourth annual impact report.

Trending: Disruptive Design Drives Sustainable Fashion Forward
Trending: Disruptive Design Drives Sustainable Fashion Forward

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The fashion industry shows no sign of slowing down in regards to reducing its environmental impact, with new initiatives and schemes emerging almost daily. Though the concept of fast fashion stands in stark contrast to the notion of conscious consumerism and arguably sustainability itself, innovation and disruptive design play an important role in driving the industry towards a more circular, sustainable model.

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As You Sow Urges Global Brands to Nix Polystyrene Foam Packaging
As You Sow Urges Global Brands to Nix Polystyrene Foam Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Environmental and corporate social responsibility non-profit As You Sow has called upon four major US companies — Amazon, McDonald’s, Target and Walmart — to ditch polystyrene foam packaging from their operations. And they’re not the only ones: A new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, endorsed by leaders of 15 global brands, has also called for globally replacing polystyrene.

Sky's #OceanRescue Campaign Aiming to Put an End to Ocean Plastic Pollution
Sky's #OceanRescue Campaign Aiming to Put an End to Ocean Plastic Pollution

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Marine plastics pose a serious problem for both marine ecosystems and human health. In fact, with between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tons of plastic ending up in the world’s oceans every year, it could be considered one of the most dangerous environmental catastrophes the world currently faces.

Creating the World's First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic
Creating the World's First Recyclable Shampoo Bottle Made with Beach Plastic

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, Procter & Gamble announced that it has teamed up with us at TerraCycle and SUEZ, the largest waste management company in Europe, to source, develop and put out the first fully recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25 percent recycled beach plastic, for the world’s #1 shampoo brand, Head & Shoulders.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Unilever Set to 'Catalysing Action' on New Plastics Economy
Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Unilever Set to 'Catalysing Action' on New Plastics Economy

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Due to their functional properties and low cost, plastics have become an integral part of our global economy and have seen their production increase twenty-fold over the past half-century. Despite their indisputable benefits, plastics have significant economic and environmental drawbacks. By 2050, it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. These negative impacts are sources of concern for business and government, who are recognizing the need to rethink the global plastic system.

Indian Chemical Firm Makes Carbon Capture Breakthrough Turning CO2 into Baking Soda
Indian Chemical Firm Makes Carbon Capture Breakthrough Turning CO2 into Baking Soda

CLEANTECH - Whether it be turning food scraps into cold-pressed juices or transforming PET waste into raw materials or converting beer waste water into batteries — just a few of the latest examples of the circular economy at work — companies are increasingly finding unique ways to transform and repurpose their waste, byproducts and emissions.

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Coke, Avery Dennison Drive Smartwater Towards Circularity with Recycled PET Waste
Coke, Avery Dennison Drive Smartwater Towards Circularity with Recycled PET Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While plastic packaging has a reputation for being convenient, it presents a serious problem for the planet — and brands’ bottom lines. One-use plastic packaging currently accounts for over $80 billion in losses annually. But more and more companies are beginning to see the value of employing circular practices to develop sustainable packaging options.

Trending: New Research Looking to Turn Fabric Into Fuel, Keep Microfibers Out of Water
Trending: New Research Looking to Turn Fabric Into Fuel, Keep Microfibers Out of Water

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We’ve seen a rash of textile-recycling schemes emerge of late — in which the textiles in question may become new garments, but for the most part they remain, well, fabrics.

Hospitals Share Successes, Challenges from Pilot Healthcare Plastics Recycling Program
Hospitals Share Successes, Challenges from Pilot Healthcare Plastics Recycling Program

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On Monday, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) announced the completion of a multi-hospital plastics recycling project in Chicago, collaborating with the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS). Focused on non-infectious plastic packaging and products collected from clinical areas of the hospitals, the project sought to demonstrate a viable business model for recycling healthcare plastics on a regional level.

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.

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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.”

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.

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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.

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