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McGill Chemists Develop Chemical-Free Metal Refining Solution
McGill Chemists Develop Chemical-Free Metal Refining Solution

1 year ago - McGill is at it again. Just months after researchers at the Canadian university revealed that metal powders could provide a zero-carbon, closed-loop alternative to traditional fossil fuels, a team of chemists have uncovered a way to produce and refine metals without the aid of toxic solvents or reagents.

As Cobalt Declines, Demand-Growth Rises by 500%
As Cobalt Declines, Demand-Growth Rises by 500%

1 year ago - Circular initiatives may be on the rise, but an impending commodity crisis for cobalt indicates that we still haven’t learned our lesson as far as resource depletion is concerned. The ferromagnetic metal is primarily used in the preparation of magnetic, wear-resistant and high-performance alloys and is a critical component of batteries designed for electric vehicles, laptops, smartphones and a host of other electronics. And we’re running out.

Trending: Two New Textile Innovations Aim to Take Circular Fashion Towards the Mainstream
Trending: Two New Textile Innovations Aim to Take Circular Fashion Towards the Mainstream

1 year ago - The launch of two new textile innovations continues to drive the apparel industry towards greater circularity.

Harnessing Nature’s Technology: The Biomimicry Toolkit
Harnessing Nature’s Technology: The Biomimicry Toolkit

1 year ago - This was no introductory workshop. Everyone in attendance on Monday afternoon, day one of SB'17 Detroit, raised their hand when asked if they knew what biomimicry is, and everyone was interested in diving in and learning how to use biomimicry in their own work. Thus, organizers Nicole Hagerman Miller and Dr.

Experts from EMF, GreenBlue, Recycling Partnership Ponder Principles of Sustainable Packaging
Experts from EMF, GreenBlue, Recycling Partnership Ponder Principles of Sustainable Packaging

1 year ago - What does it take to achieve the perfect sustainable packaging? This Monday morning workshop offered insights into the question. It’s harder than one might assume. Competing interests between corporations and municipalities, and added complexities given the unique nature of their stakeholders for both businesses and governments, adds to the challenge.

Unilever Develops New Technology to Drive Sachet Packaging Towards Circularity
Unilever Develops New Technology to Drive Sachet Packaging Towards Circularity

1 year ago - Recycling protocol for consumer products packaged in plastic bottles and tubes is fairly straightforward. But for sachets, it’s a whole other story. To tackle industry-wide sachet waste, Unilever teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Germany to develop CreaSolv Process, a groundbreaking new technology to recycle sachet waste.

Canopy Releases Updated Version of Ecopaper Database
Canopy Releases Updated Version of Ecopaper Database

1 year ago - Being dubbed the “Holy Grail” of directories for sustainable paper and packaging, Canopy’s updated Ecopaper Database now features more than 450 printing and writing grade papers, office stationery products and packaging with high recycled, agricultural residue, alternative or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) fiber content.

Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever to Roll Out How2Recycle Label Program Across North America
Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever to Roll Out How2Recycle Label Program Across North America

1 year ago - During the Walmart Sustainability Milestone Summit, eight global brands representing over $72 billion in revenue announced that they will be joining the How2Recycle label program. The program seeks to educate consumers about how to recycle packaging correctly.

UPS, Sealed Air Corporation Unveil New Packaging Innovation Center
UPS, Sealed Air Corporation Unveil New Packaging Innovation Center

1 year ago - Following the announcement of a new partnership in November 2016, UPS and Sealed Air Corporation have opened a Packaging Innovation Center in Louisville, KY on the UPS Supply Chain Solutions campus. The center will focus on creating solutions for packaging and shipping challenges faced by e-commerce retailers and a variety of other sectors by maximizing efficiency, minimizing waste and reducing shipping costs.

Trending: Fairtrade Foundation, Finnish Researchers Push for Alternative Textiles
Trending: Fairtrade Foundation, Finnish Researchers Push for Alternative Textiles

1 year ago - Just in time for Fashion Revolution Week, the Fairtrade Foundation and researchers in Finland have revealed new studies and initiatives aimed at driving the fashion industry towards a more sustainable, ethical model.

Target Commits to 5 Bold Sustainable Packaging Goals for 2022
Target Commits to 5 Bold Sustainable Packaging Goals for 2022

1 year ago - Just weeks after releasing a new forest products policy, in which it pledges to source all of the wood, paper, paper-based and wood-based fiber used in its brand-owned products from post-consumer recycled materials and credibly certified forests, retail giant Target has announced five new sustainable packaging goals.

Trending: Nike, Britvic Using Recycled Drink Containers, Wood Fiber to Revolutionize Packaging
Trending: Nike, Britvic Using Recycled Drink Containers, Wood Fiber to Revolutionize Packaging

1 year ago - The development of innovative packaging solutions continues to help brands reduce impact and drive future growth.

Trending: New Checklist, Data Mark Important Step Forward for Sustainable Packaging
Trending: New Checklist, Data Mark Important Step Forward for Sustainable Packaging

1 year ago - In an effort to help companies optimize their packaging systems, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) have teamed up to create a new sustainability checklist.

Garnier, DoSomething.org Aim to Divert 10M Personal Care Empties from Landfill
Garnier, DoSomething.org Aim to Divert 10M Personal Care Empties from Landfill

1 year ago - Nearly half of Americans do not recycle their beauty and personal care products, accounting for a significant amount of landfill waste. Garnier and DoSomething.org are hoping to change that with their new Rinse, Recycle, Repeat campaign and college campus competition, which aims to educate consumers about the importance of recycling beauty product empties.

Trending: Danone, Nestlé Move Towards Circularity with Bio-Based PET Bottles
Trending: Danone, Nestlé Move Towards Circularity with Bio-Based PET Bottles

1 year ago - Food industry giants Danone, Nestlé and Kroger are the latest companies to harness design and circular principles to move the food and beverage industry towards zero waste. Danone and Nestlé Waters, two of the world’s largest bottled water companies, have partnered with California-based startup Origin Materials to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. Together, they aim to develop and launch at commercial scale a PET plastic bottle made entirely from bio-based materials.

Trending: Breakthroughs in EPS, PE, PP Recycling Bring Plastics Closer to Circularity
Trending: Breakthroughs in EPS, PE, PP Recycling Bring Plastics Closer to Circularity

1 year ago - According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, only 2 percent of the 78 million tons of plastic used each year for packaging is actually recycled. The remaining 98 percent finds its way into landfills, incineration plants and the environment. New innovations and initiatives from across the U.S. and Canada, however, are offering new solutions to tackle the ever-growing plastics problem.

Circularity of Hazardous Chemicals Requires New Legal Framework, NGOs Say
Circularity of Hazardous Chemicals Requires New Legal Framework, NGOs Say

1 year ago - Policymakers must limit chemicals entering the material cycle and adapt existing legislation in order to protect human health and the environment from toxic substances in a circular economy, say ClientEarth and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) in a new report. The NGOs indicate that the current legal framework has failed to ensure information about dangerous chemicals is diffused throughout the whole material cycle and potential subsequent lifecycles.

Trending: Liquid Hydrogen, Ocean Plastics Could Revolutionize Aviation Industry
Trending: Liquid Hydrogen, Ocean Plastics Could Revolutionize Aviation Industry

1 year ago - Transport constitutes approximately 20 percent of global energy use — a figure that is set to grow — and a new study published by physicist Jo Hermans in MRS Energy and Sustainability — A Review Journal has identified liquid hydrogen as a realistic option for what can be considered the most problematic modes of transportation in terms of sustainability — air travel. While Professor Hermans of Leiden University’s Huygen’s Laboratory admits that traditional oil-based fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene are both convenient and boast an appealing energy-to-volume ratio, liquid hydrogen could offer a potential solution for sustainable air travel in the future.

BASF Touts Sustainability, Efficiency Benefits of Construction Solutions in New Campaign
BASF Touts Sustainability, Efficiency Benefits of Construction Solutions in New Campaign

1 year ago - Increasing economic benefits while reducing global-warming potential: How products from BASF’s Master Builders Solutions® range help achieve this is the focus of the new Europe-wide campaign, “Quantified Sustainable Benefits – Reduce your Footprint and Boost Your Bottom Line.” Through a series of ads and a dedicated website, BASF’s Master Builders Solutions experts, together with European customers, present selected cases that demonstrate how superior chemistry enables customers to increase their productivity while decreasing their operational costs and carbon footprint.

Trending: New Tech Breakthroughs Design Impacts Out of Everyday Products
Trending: New Tech Breakthroughs Design Impacts Out of Everyday Products

1 year ago - While recycling most certainly plays an important role in the shift to the development of a more circular, sustainable economy, it largely focuses on a product or material’s end of life. But recent initiatives and technological breakthroughs are helping more companies design impacts out of their products’ life cycles.

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