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Chemistry, Materials & Packaging

The latest developments in safe and sustainable chemicals, new materials, fuels, and more.

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Lidl, Swiss Scientists Developing Circular Food-Preservation Solution

New cellulosic bio-coating for fresh produce greatly reduces both packaging and food waste by coating the produce with, well, produce.

PCR & Ocean-Bound Plastic Both Have a Place in Sustainable Beauty

Big Plastic (and Big Oil) have a five-decade lead and massive economies of scale that will take a little longer to match in terms of costs and simplicity. But working with the right partners and openness to shaking up the status quo is paying off for brands willing to put their principles and profits on equal footing.

Improving the Sustainability of Wet Processing: An Investment Pot of Gold

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. In the textile industry, one area ripe for investment is making wet processing more sustainable. As with most pots of gold, it’s not without its challenges — but data indicate that the returns are well worth the effort. Investors keen to seize this nascent opportunity should consider three primary steps.

Water Wins: When Sustainability Becomes Part of the Company Culture

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. “Sustainability is best played together. It's validating to see what we started and see it grow first across the other teams in our plant, and eventually across Lubrizol.” — Kalli Stull

Widespread Engagement at Heart of Dow’s Mission to Transform Into a 125-Year-Old Sustainability Leader

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Today, Dow considers its sustainability strategy and business strategy to be one and the same; employees understand that the two can no longer be separate. But, as Global Sustainability Director Haley Lowry explains, this didn’t happen overnight.

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Full-Circle: AZEK Disrupts PVC Recycling by Revolutionizing Takeback

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. AZEK’s FULL-CIRCLE PVC Recycling program helped it collect approximately 400M pounds of recycled product for reuse in 2020 — with the hope that this entire value-chain approach can disrupt the plastic waste paradigm meaningfully, as AZEK continues to scale up collection and processing.

This Industry-First Online Marketplace Is Helping Companies ‘SourceGreenPackaging’

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The newly launched B2B marketplace helps connect companies with vetted, sustainable, plastic-free packaging options, as well as education on materials and the evolving regulatory landscape.

Meeting Your Corporate Circularity Commitments: Welcome to the Age of Advanced Recycling

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. We believe that the solution to stopping plastic waste is understanding that the material is too valuable to be lost in landfills. We can change what is traditionally considered waste and transform it into a valuable, sustainable resource through advanced recycling.

Composting Consortium Aims to Advance Recovery of Compostable Packaging, Food Scraps

The new Consortium — which includes Closed Loop Partners, PepsiCo, the NextGen Consortium, the US Plastics Pact and other value chain players — aims to pilot industry-wide solutions and map tech and infrastructure investment to advance the circularity of compostable packaging in the US.

Dramatically Decarbonizing Our World: A Blueprint for Global Circularity

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. With specific investments, partnerships and innovations all directed at the various steps of the plastics system, Dow’s approach provides a blueprint for how industry can build a foundation for a circular economy and the reduction of emissions.

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Brightworks: Looking at the ‘Brightside’ of Material Health & Sustainable Design

Brightworks’ materials scoring methodology distills existing product sustainability standards and attributes into holistic, comparable, numerical scores — making it easier for manufacturers, the design industry and design clients to create and select more sustainable materials.

Starbucks, McDonald’s Direct $10M More to Accelerate Circularity of Food-Service Packaging

The NextGen Consortium and its partner brands are expanding their work to advance reusable packaging systems, strengthen recycling and composting infrastructure, and scale foodservice packaging innovation.

Trending: Beauty Brands Building Biodiversity, Better Packaging Solutions

Aveda and L’Occitane Group continue to raise the bar for beauty industry sustainability ambitions with new packaging innovations and a ‘nature-positive’ biodiversity strategy.

Renewable Materials and Value Chain Circularity: The Case of Tetra Pak

From manufacturing to end of life, Tetra Pak is committed to engaging its entire value chain to drive low-carbon circularity. But as VP of Sustainability Jason Pelz explains, just looking at recyclability and recycled content won’t get you there.

Marci Zaroff: Regenerative Ag Can Heal the Textile Industry — and the Planet

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Entrepreneur and author Marci Zaroff coined the term ‘eco-fashion’ back in the mid-‘90s. Here, we discuss why sustainable fashion has taken so long to have its ‘moment’ and how regenerative ag could heal the planet along with the damaging textile industry.

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Clearing the Way for Action: The Need for Coordination, Consistency to Close the Loop on Plastics

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Dow aims to not only provide more sustainable products, but to share our expertise to support people and our planet’s wellbeing. For that expertise to reach its highest potential, it must be backed by international cooperation at every level.

New Design Challenge Seeks Sustainable Solutions for Unit-Dose Medicine Packaging

Cross-Posted from Our Healthy Lives Mission. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health developed its QuickFire Challenge platform to enlist students, entrepreneurs, researchers and startup companies to help tackle some of the most challenging problems in healthcare.

Mighty Buildings Now Further Reduce Carbon Footprint of Homes with CO2-Based Cement

New partner Fortera’s material converts carbon dioxide into cement, reducing CO₂ emissions by more than 60% — and costs 10% less than conventional cement.

Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles

On completion of a two-year, collaborative industry study, the two companies will share the findings to understand potentials and challenges with recycled textiles from a chemical-contamination perspective and to impact circular economy legislation.

Craft Brewer Extols Benefits of Pivot to Better Packaging

Through materials innovation and technology advances, the packaging industry can be a critical component in working toward a world without waste and a truly closed-loop, circular economy.

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