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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.

Revolutionary Program to Convert Previously Non-Recycled Plastics into Energy Launches in the Omaha Area
Revolutionary Program to Convert Previously Non-Recycled Plastics into Energy Launches in the Omaha Area

PRESS RELEASE - Hefty Energy Bag - a unique program designed to convert previously non-recycled plastics into energy, recently launched in the Omaha area. Plastics collected through the program will be sorted at a local recycling facility and converted into energy used in cement production. The program’s initial phase could divert an estimated 36 tons of previously non-recycled plastic from Omaha area landfills, equivalent to the use of 50 tons of coal.

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:

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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:

Dow Commits $2.8 Million Toward Collaborative Efforts to Reduce Marine Debris
Dow Commits $2.8 Million Toward Collaborative Efforts to Reduce Marine Debris

PRESS RELEASE - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today that it has committed to spend $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. Dow, in alignment with the global plastics industry and key association partners, recognizes marine debris and litter as a critical issue and is committed to collaborating to address this global challenge with effective science-based solutions.

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.

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Greenpeace Calls for UK Microbead Ban, Outlines Risk of Plastic in Seafood in New Report
Greenpeace Calls for UK Microbead Ban, Outlines Risk of Plastic in Seafood in New Report

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - Just a day after a group of cross-party MPs called on the UK government to ban microbeads, Greenpeace released a report outlining the science on the impact of microplastics, including microbeads, on oceans and seafood.

“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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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