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What Is Ocean-Bound Plastic? And Does It Really Matter?

What Is Ocean-Bound Plastic? And Does It Really Matter?

To fully address the plastic waste challenge, it is urgent to capture as much of it as possible. Diverting ocean-bound plastics is a worthy cause, but it only scratches the surface of the broader challenge of mismanaged waste.

McDonald’s, Loop Partner on Industry-First Cup Return Scheme

Beginning in 2021, McDonald's customers in select UK restaurants will be able to choose a reusable hot beverage cup, which can be returned to be sanitized and reused.

The Business Case(s) for Blending Ocean Plastics

Forging a path that recognizes both the importance of recycling and the specific needs of manufacturers will enlist far more companies into the world of recycled plastic. The key to this happy medium is blending.

Chicago Parks Fight Hand Sanitizer Shortage Through Innovative Biodiesel Partnership

An unlikely partnership has enabled the Chicago Park District to produce enough much-needed hand sanitizer to keep its employees and park visitors safe during the pandemic.

Fashion, Beauty Brands Pushing the Envelope with Sustainable Packaging Stories

Sustainable packaging is on track to becoming the norm in both industries, leaving the thing that sets brands apart as the way they communicate the message.

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prAna’s Responsible Packaging Movement Aims to Foster Sea Change in Fashion

Leading by example, the sustainable fashion brand has pledging to eliminate plastic from its consumer packaging by 2021, the use of Ancient and Endangered Forest by 2022, and to eliminate virgin forest fibers by 2025.

The Future of Fashion Is in Biomaterials and Circularity

The circular economy is here to stay — and no industry is better positioned to take on this challenge than fashion. The designers, innovators and business people in this industry are starting a revolution that ensures doing good never goes out of style. 

Going Green (and Blue): Three Lessons Learned from a Circular Partnership

As CHEP and Ice River Springs have worked together in pursuit of a stronger circular economy, we’ve learned a number of lessons. We want to share a few with you, in hopes that they’ll spark inspiration for your own operations.

How a Classic Brand Is Tackling the Marine Plastic Problem

Zipper giant YKK Group has used recycled PET yarns in the woven tape of its Natulon® zippers since 1994. But when it wanted to help address the challenge of ocean plastic, the company saw it as an opportunity to get creative.

BASF to Release Carbon Footprint Data for Its 45K Products

The chemical giant has been a leader in innovative approaches to quantifying the impacts of its diverse product portfolio.

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6 Tips for Avoiding Recycled Materials Supply Chain Disruptions

Don’t wait until a breakdown happens to explore alternatives. Start evaluating your supply chain today and expand your recycled plastic sources to keep things humming no matter what the world throws at you.

Trending: Returnity, Venetian Resort Working to Cut Out COVID Waste

Surgical mask upcycling and antimicrobial, reusable packaging solutions are some of the latest initiatives aiming to clean up some of our COVID-fueled, plastic-covered mess.

From the Source: New System Offers Brands Data on Sustainable Cotton-Growing Practices

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The US Cotton Trust Protocol provides measured and verified data about US cotton; which allows fashion and textile brands and retailers to track annual progress toward their targets, and help them tell their sustainability stories.

US Retail Giants Convene to Reinvent the Plastic Retail Bag

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Leading retailers CVS Health, Target and Walmart — joined by Kroger and Walgreens, and NGOs Conservation International and Ocean Conservancy — unite to tackle retail bag waste and invite others to join the effort.

Recycled Plastic Certifications Are Stifling Innovation

Recycled plastic certification makes sense. Manufacturers need confidence that the raw materials they’re acquiring meet their requirements and are truly recycled. But more certifications likely means higher costs and thus less recycled plastic.

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Diageo Announces World’s First 100% Plastic-Free, Paper-Based Spirits Bottle

Looks like Johnnie Walker scotch could be first to market with a paper-based packaging solution, made from sustainably sourced wood pulp, early next year.

Trending: Meet the Innovators Hell-Bent for Plant-Based Leather

While companies such as Amadou and MycoWorks are charging ahead with mushroom-based leather, here we see the material made from eggplant, cacti and apples — and taking a bite out of food waste at the same time.

‘About the Box’ Thinking: A Brewer's Sustainability Story

Watch what happens when a sustainable hard kombucha brand teams up with WestRock for packaging that reflects its brand values.

Regenerative Agriculture the Linchpin for a Sustainable Fashion Future

New report reveals how emulating nature’s lessons in the fashion industry can enhance ecosystems to boost biodiversity, build soil, support communities, and clean up existing pollution.

Trending: Reports Examine Corporate Progress on Tackling Plastic Pollution

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. New reports from As You Sow and WWF dig into action taking place around corporate commitments to eliminate plastic waste in their operations and environment — along with ways to effectively trudge forward.

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