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

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Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Molson Coors, Dasani and Poland Spring all unveil ambitious plans to eliminate problematic single-use plastic from their packaging — and help keep consumers up to speed on what’s #NotTrash.

Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation

Plastic in and of itself is not the problem — creating value for it is key to ensuring it doesn’t just get thrown “away.” Here are just a few of the innovations eliminating the idea of [plastic] waste.

Not Your Mother’s Raincoat: Meet the Latest in Sustainably Weatherproof Clothing

This week, VF Corp announced it will throw $20M of its weight behind the upcoming launch of The North Face’s revolutionary FutureLight fabric; and G-Star Raw launched its sustainably weatherproof Citishield jeans for men.

Ekoa: The Wonder Material That Could Help Save the Rainforests

Merely slowing our rate of deforestation won't cut it if humanity is going to make a dent in climate change — major disruptions are needed. That's where Ekoa comes in.

Partnerships, Education Helping Braskem Pave Way Toward a Circular Future

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. With dedication to research, investment in technology and partnerships, Braskem has been transforming the plastics value chain.

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Home Is Where the Heart — and Our Health — Is

In this four-part series, Shaw explores trends in where and how we live, and the movement toward more sustainable housing, offices and other buildings that embraces occupant wellbeing.

Reuse & Repurpose: Innovation will Unlock the Solution to Plastic Waste

Innovative solutions to reduce plastic waste come in all shapes and sizes — but how do we combat the issue without taking plastic products away from those who need them most for everyday living?

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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