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Chilean Startup Eliminating Packaging Waste, ‘Poverty Tax’ in Latin American Product Market
Chilean Startup Eliminating Packaging Waste, ‘Poverty Tax’ in Latin American Product Market

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Algramo’s unique, refillable packaging system allows customers to buy as much or as little of a product as they want, in reusable containers, with no difference in the price per gram — then recycles all packaging at the end of its life.

As REI Prepares to #OptOutside for 5th Year, CEO Says It’s Not Enough
As REI Prepares to #OptOutside for 5th Year, CEO Says It’s Not Enough

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Outdoor retailer unveils aggressive, new sustainability commitments around waste and eliminating unnecessary packaging; urges employees, business leaders and consumers to “opt to act” on waste.

With New Absolute-Reduction Strategy, Unilever 'Gets Drastic on Plastic’
With New Absolute-Reduction Strategy, Unilever 'Gets Drastic on Plastic’

WASTE NOT - By 2025, the CPG giant says it will eliminate more than 100K tonnes of plastic packaging, and collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells. This makes Unilever the first global CPG company to commit to an absolute plastics reduction across its portfolio.

WWF’s ReSource Hub: A System-Wide Feedback Loop for Solving Plastic Pollution
WWF’s ReSource Hub: A System-Wide Feedback Loop for Solving Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - WWF's ReSource: Plastic platform is helping companies implement ways to reduce the most plastic, measure the impact — and hold them all to account in the process. WWF’s Erin Simon told us more.

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Can There Be Harmony Between Plastics and Sustainability? Greiner Says Yes.
Can There Be Harmony Between Plastics and Sustainability? Greiner Says Yes.

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastics companies are key to solving our plastics problem. We spoke with Stefan Grafenhorst, Head of Sustainability at Greiner, to find out more about the path toward making plastic a sustainable material.

Maldives, Parley for the Ocean Creating New Model for Healthy ‘Future Island Nations’
Maldives, Parley for the Ocean Creating New Model for Healthy ‘Future Island Nations’

COLLABORATION - They plan to develop a scalable model for government- and industry-led responses to ocean and climate threats, and establish proof of concept for a new economy in which harmful materials and business practices are relics of the past.

Do We Need Science-Based Targets for Plastic?
Do We Need Science-Based Targets for Plastic?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - How much plastic recycling is enough to save our seas? It might be time to do the math and set forth quantifiable expectations and accountabilities for plastic production, use and recovery, as we’ve started to do with emissions.

Alaska Airlines Asks Guests to #FillBeforeYouFly, to Reduce Inflight Plastic Waste
Alaska Airlines Asks Guests to #FillBeforeYouFly, to Reduce Inflight Plastic Waste

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Alaska’s new initiative aims to rally flyers to bring their own water bottle and fill it before they board; the airline will now plant trees when guests bring their own pre-filled water bottle.

Trending: Circular In, Single-Use Out for Food and Beverage Containers
Trending: Circular In, Single-Use Out for Food and Beverage Containers

WASTE NOT - 12 UK projects have earned grants for creating a circular economy for coffee cups; and a Toronto restaurant is trialing reusable to-go containers, and asking others to follow suit.

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How Dow Is Helping Global Communities Tackle Plastic Waste
How Dow Is Helping Global Communities Tackle Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - By helping to incentivize, develop and scale circular and environmentally beneficial projects, we can maximize the value of waste, empower communities and create a more sustainable future.

A Designer Fix to Our Current State of 'Broken'
A Designer Fix to Our Current State of 'Broken'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - From alternative materials to circular production methods, sustainable design continues on a viable path forward; it is an approach that I hope other manufacturers embrace as the ultimate design challenge.

Trending: Waste-Free Personal Care Products Set to Revolutionize Industry
Trending: Waste-Free Personal Care Products Set to Revolutionize Industry

WASTE NOT - Blueland debuts another plastic-free offering, Lush develops carbon-positive packaging, and Maiiro calls out the beauty industry’s ‘Pack of Lies’ in a new plastic-awareness campaign.

Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution
Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - Molson Coors, Dasani and Poland Spring all unveil ambitious plans to eliminate problematic single-use plastic from their packaging — and help keep consumers up to speed on what’s #NotTrash.

Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation
Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastic in and of itself is not the problem — creating value for it is key to ensuring it doesn’t just get thrown “away.” Here are just a few of the innovations eliminating the idea of [plastic] waste.

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Partnerships, Education Helping Braskem Pave Way Toward a Circular Future
Partnerships, Education Helping Braskem Pave Way Toward a Circular Future

COLLABORATION - With dedication to research, investment in technology and partnerships, Braskem has been transforming the plastics value chain.

Trending: Fashion Edges Ever Closer to Circularity
Trending: Fashion Edges Ever Closer to Circularity

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Prada's new Nat Geo series highlights its Re-Nylon line; while the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Guidelines aim to ensure jeans are made better for the environment and the health of garment workers.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Leave Pro-Plastics Lobbying Association
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Leave Pro-Plastics Lobbying Association

WALKING THE TALK - As more and more companies are transitioning away from single-use plastics and actively seeking more sustainable alternatives, The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo have announced their exit from the Plastics Industry Association.

New Film Highlights South Africa’s Unsung Plastic Waste Heroes
New Film Highlights South Africa’s Unsung Plastic Waste Heroes

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new short documentary explores the lives and livelihoods of the young men indirectly serving the environment through recycling as a means of income.

Reuse & Repurpose: Innovation will Unlock the Solution to Plastic Waste
Reuse & Repurpose: Innovation will Unlock the Solution to Plastic Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Innovative solutions to reduce plastic waste come in all shapes and sizes — but how do we combat the issue without taking plastic products away from those who need them most for everyday living?

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6 Ways to Shift Business for Real, Positive Impact
6 Ways to Shift Business for Real, Positive Impact

LEADERSHIP - To answer the call of this climate emergency, we need business to shift from being ‘less negative’ to being ‘for good,’ and to redefine ‘profit’ to include social and environmental benefit.

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