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Chemical Recycling of Plastic: Waste No More?
Chemical Recycling of Plastic: Waste No More?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - When it comes to the circular economy transition, plastics recycling is as much of a challenge as an opportunity. Could chemical recycling make the plastics value chain more circular whilst providing a profitable new industry branch?

‘Round and ‘Round We Finally Go: Why I Believe We’ll Achieve a Circular Economy, Part 1
‘Round and ‘Round We Finally Go: Why I Believe We’ll Achieve a Circular Economy, Part 1

THE NEXT ECONOMY - While a growing number of industries are working to eliminate waste globally, two in particular — which happen to be two of the world’s biggest culprits where waste is concerned — also have me feeling particularly inspired.

Understanding Plastic Recycling Codes: Your Guide to the RIC
Understanding Plastic Recycling Codes: Your Guide to the RIC

CORPORATE MEMBER UPDATE - if you’ve ever wondered what the arrows and numbers located on the bottom of a plastic object actually mean, this is your answer. What is the RIC, and what does each plastic recycling code represent? Read on.

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The Circular Economy: Reducing Ocean Plastics at the Source
The Circular Economy: Reducing Ocean Plastics at the Source

CORPORATE MEMBER UPDATE - While recycling is one way to ensure that plastics are saved from finding their way into the ocean, reducing our need for these plastics in the first place is the number one thing we can do to dramatically decrease the number of plastic products harming our oceans and marine wildlife.

New Reports Reveal Details, Impacts of Efforts To Tackle Plastic Waste and Pollution
New Reports Reveal Details, Impacts of Efforts To Tackle Plastic Waste and Pollution

WASTE NOT - In the first New Plastics Economy Global Commitment report, major companies publish data on their annual plastic packaging volumes, many for the first time; while Closed Loop Partners’ 2018 Impact Report measures the effect their investments are having on reducing emissions, diverting valuable commodities from landfill and creating jobs.

Trending: Collaborations Continue to Fuel Solutions to Plastic Pollution
Trending: Collaborations Continue to Fuel Solutions to Plastic Pollution

COLLABORATION - These days, we can’t go a week without the launch of another initiative, innovation or collaboration aimed at eradicating plastic waste around the world – which means we may actually have a fighting chance at doing it.

CDP: Top FMCGs in Race to Keep Up with 'Fast-Moving Consumers'
CDP: Top FMCGs in Race to Keep Up with 'Fast-Moving Consumers'

LEADERSHIP - FMCGs need to accelerate innovation to keep up with changing consumer preferences for plant-based products and less packaging.

Trending: IBM, Subaru Announce Recycling Milestones
Trending: IBM, Subaru Announce Recycling Milestones

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The tech giant and the automaker both announced progress in their respective attacks on plastic waste.

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Cisco Announces New Goal to Reduce its Use of Virgin Plastic by 20%
Cisco Announces New Goal to Reduce its Use of Virgin Plastic by 20%

PRESS RELEASE - At Cisco, we are focused on making sustainable thinking a business imperative. Using the lens of the circular economy, we are changing the way we do business, including being more deliberate about how and when to use plastic.

Novozymes, VTT Crafting Next-Gen Solutions to Plastic Waste (and More)
Novozymes, VTT Crafting Next-Gen Solutions to Plastic Waste (and More)

WASTE NOT - Promising technologies from Finland, France could bring waste-free future closer to reality.

Trending: BASF, Coca-Cola, EC Break New Ground on Plastics Recycling
Trending: BASF, Coca-Cola, EC Break New Ground on Plastics Recycling

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Continuing this year’s wave of near-constant innovations aimed at responsible management of post-consumer plastics are new advancements from both the private and public sector. BASF making products with chemically recycled plastics BASF announced it has broken new ground in plastic waste recycling with its ChemCycling project. Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize currently unrecyclable plastic waste, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Depending on the region, such waste is usually sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery.

Give More This Season: The 2018 SB Holiday Gift Guide
Give More This Season: The 2018 SB Holiday Gift Guide

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - What better way to commemorate the season of giving than with gifts that really give more - by improving ecosystems, business practices and financial security; and eliminating waste, pollution and carbon emissions around the world - while spreading holiday cheer? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be proud to give. For sustainable urban active-ists

Trending: Kellogg, UK Gov Waste No Time Repurposing 'Throw Away' Food
Trending: Kellogg, UK Gov Waste No Time Repurposing 'Throw Away' Food

WASTE NOT - New initiatives from both the private and public sector aim to further chip away at the UK’s food waste issue, as the nation attempts to rebound from being designated Europe’s biggest food waster in 2015. Kellogg's Cornflakes adding sweet touch to Throw Away IPA

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Plastic, Be Gone! Unilever, Stora Enso Developing Better Sachets, Straws
Plastic, Be Gone! Unilever, Stora Enso Developing Better Sachets, Straws

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, more momentum on the anti-plastic front: Unilever will develop a crowdsourced, plastic-free laundry solution to combat single-use sachets; while Stora Enso and Sulapac are developing renewable drinking straws. Unilever to invest €100K in crowdsourced alternative to plastic packaging CPG giant Unilever has announced that it will invest €100,000 in a new, plastic-free laundry tablet — a crowdsourced innovation that has the potential to replace single-use sachets of laundry powder, a popular format for laundry detergents in the developing world that is problematic in terms of plastic waste.

BASF receives Honda of America’s Waste Stewardship award
BASF receives Honda of America’s Waste Stewardship award

PRESS RELEASE - HUNTSVILLE, AL, November 28, 2018 – BASF’s facility in Huntsville, Alabama received the Green Excellence Recognition in Waste Stewardship Award by Honda of America Manufacturing. The award recognizes BASF’s continuous and innovative efforts toward sustainability by significantly reducing production waste and achieving a Zero Waste to Landfill validation from UL. Less than 0.2 percent of waste goes to the landfill at the production facility.

Stanley Black & Decker Commits to Combatting Plastic Pollution
Stanley Black & Decker Commits to Combatting Plastic Pollution

PRESS RELEASE - Signs the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment at the Our Ocean Conference.  

North Ayrshire School Unveils a Playground Made From Recycled Plastic
North Ayrshire School Unveils a Playground Made From Recycled Plastic

PRESS RELEASE - Castlepark Primary School in North Ayrshire will unveil its very own playground made from recycled plastic after winning a national competition to receive a sustainable play area for children. The playground unveil will happen at 1.30pm on Tuesday, 27th November 2018 at Castlepark Primary School, Irvine, North Ayrshire, with children, parents and representatives from Febreze, Fairy, TerraCycle, Tesco and North Ayrshire Council attending. Over the summer, Febreze and Fairy partnered with TerraCycle and Tesco to give schools in the UK a chance to win a playground made from recycled plastic. Community members were encouraged to get involved and help their local schools win by voting for them in the competition.

The New Black: How New Breed of Consumers Will Spend Money, Energy This Friday
The New Black: How New Breed of Consumers Will Spend Money, Energy This Friday

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - During this season of giving, many of today’s more discerning consumers won’t be joining the masses scrambling to answer the siren call to stock up on discounted “stuff” — they’ll be remembering the values meant to be at the heart of this season, by taking REI’s advice to #OptOutside to enjoy nature and giving back by cleaning up; and when they do shop, they’re increasingly basing their loyalty and purchasing decisions on companies’ reputations rather than just product features and price.

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Tesco, WWF Partner to Improve Sustainability of UK Food, Diets
Tesco, WWF Partner to Improve Sustainability of UK Food, Diets

COLLABORATION - UK grocery giant Tesco and WWF have announced a groundbreaking, four-year partnership aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the average UK shopping cart by 50 percent, improving the sustainability of food while ensuring it remains affordable for all.

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