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Nestlé Creates Industry-First, Recyclable Paper Snack Packaging

Until now, high-speed production of shelf-stable snacks was only achieved using plastic films and laminates.

One Degree Organics: The Case for Glyphosate-Free Certification

While various agencies may continue to debate the safety of glyphosate, there’s no debate for us at One Degree Organics — and we have made a deliberate decision to ensure all our products are free from this questionable herbicide.

SB’19 Detroit: L’Oréal, TerraCycle Illustrate How Products Should Be Made, Packaged

The innovators behind Seed Phytonutrients and the Loop reusable packaging platform shared lessons learned, and the potential impacts these disruptive new approaches could hold for their respective industries.

Rethinking Vinyl Today to Optimize for Tomorrow

We hear a lot about the use and alternatives of single-use plastic these days. But another type of plastic is embracing a new ambitious business model: Vinyl.

Collaborating for the Better: Helping Consumers Enjoy Convenience with a Clear Conscience

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. One of the biggest challenges today is to encourage both brands and consumers to opt for more sustainable alternatives. Collaboration and alliances with like-minded partners along the value chain can help solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

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Collaboration Accelerates Green Chemistry Innovation Throughout an Industry

In its pilot run, the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council's Collaborative Innovation Challenge helped the likes of Beiersdorf, P&G, SC Johnson and Unilever address a pressing product formulation issue.

How to Overcome Challenges to Reducing Plastic Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. These are some of the many ways Dow is working to keep plastic waste from entering our ecosystems. We need even more collaboration within the supply chain to implement meaningful solutions that tackle plastic waste on a broad scale.

Trending: Breakthrough Innovations Forging Next-Gen Plastic Recycling Solutions

Unilever UK solves the problem of rejection of black plastic; while Berkeley Lab’s new circular plastic can be recycled again and again into new materials of any color, shape or form.

Nike’s Circular Design Workbook Offers Sustainability Guidelines for All Designers

The company says it hopes that the workbook helps to inspire considered choices that will reshape the future of product design around the world.

Evolving Plastic Packaging Strategies — Beyond the Straw

With rising demand for plastic, little recycled content and poor recycling rates, companies need to look carefully at their packaging strategies to ensure improvement of packaging design, recycling systems and consumer engagement in recycling.

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Biodegradable Seat Covers: Lenzing on the Latest in Circular Auto Parts

Through a partnership with Swiss automaker Rinspeed, textile giant Lenzing is expanding into auto upholstery — and changing what it feels like to sit on wood.

Good Scents: An Inside Look at Cradle to Cradle’s New Certified Fragrances

What do actress Michelle Pfeiffer; William McDonough, creator of the Cradle to Cradle® design framework and a pioneer of the circular economy movement; and perfume have in common? Likely nothing, until recently — when two newly launched products brought the certification into new territory.

Beer, Plastic, Insect Feed: Almonds Find Unexpected Uses in Journey to Zero Waste

Almonds are a fantastic food — they’re packed with protein, have good fat, are an excellent snack themselves and make great alternatives to milk and flour products. But almonds may soon bring us joy in a host of new ways.

Beverage Giants, L’Oréal, Tupperware Continue Paving Way for Circular Plastics Economy

Expanded collaborations aimed at scaling the use of the world’s first enzymatic plastic-recycling technology and introducing recycled polymers into durable storage ware.

Trending: Billerudkorsnäs, Evian, PepsiCo Aim to Redesign How We Hydrate

From shrinking jugs to paper bottles to eschewing bottles completely, here are some of the latest ways beverage and packaging giants are innovating to eliminate plastic pollution.

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Trending: Cannabis Companies Cultivating Circular, Degradable Packaging Solutions

As the cannabis industry continues to proliferate, so, too, does it packaging waste. But more and more companies are taking a long view, incorporating sustainability into their products and processes.

Chemical Recycling of Plastic: Waste No More?

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?

Trending: Players Large and Small Leveling Up Sustainable Personal Care

While momentum builds around improving our food system — what we put in our bodies — chemical giants and savvy startups alike are hard at work creating next-generation products that take just as much care of the environment as they do for our bodies.

The Impact of Aluminum in a Circular Economy

Hydro's new products and processes will increase recycling of post-consumer scrap to 250,000 metric tons per year by 2020, reduce waste to landfill by 60%, and reduce water usage in water-stressed areas by 15%.

Trending: IBM, Subaru Announce Recycling Milestones

The tech giant and the automaker both announced progress in their respective attacks on plastic waste.

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