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New ZDHC Platform to Provide 'Gateway' to Safer Chemicals in Textiles
New ZDHC Platform to Provide 'Gateway' to Safer Chemicals in Textiles

2 years ago - The issue of hazardous chemicals isn’t new in consumer products; the Romans knew lead was harmful over 2000 years ago. Scheele’s Green, a copper-arsenic-based pigment, was one of the first colourfast greens used for textiles in the early 1860s. However, as the picture below demonstrates, it didn't take long for the toxic effects of this pigment to become known. Something has to be going wrong if hundreds of years ago we knew arsenic and lead were hazardous, and today, we still have to communicate this to the value chain.

Nevada Facility Begins ‘Clean Lead Recycling,’ Could Lead to Sustainable Lead-Acid Batteries
Nevada Facility Begins ‘Clean Lead Recycling,’ Could Lead to Sustainable Lead-Acid Batteries

2 years ago - Recycling and refining high-quality lead has commenced in Nevada, and will soon reach commercial-scale production. Aqua Metals has used its patent-pending ‘AquaRefining’ technology, which the company is calling “the only clean lead recycling method.” Unlike smelting, AquaRefining uses a water-based, room-temperature process to produce lead. Aqua Metals says the process is “fundamentally non-polluting,” and has verified verified that the lead produced in the AquaRefining module is over 99.99 percent pure. The company expects its AquaRefining systems to allow the lead-acid battery industry to simultaneously reduce negative environmental impacts and increase production to meet rapidly growing demand.

Walmart Unveils New Sustainable Packaging Priorities to Complement Zero-Waste Goal
Walmart Unveils New Sustainable Packaging Priorities to Complement Zero-Waste Goal

2 years ago - Walmart hopes to reignite the passion around sustainable packaging with vendors, store buyers, packaging suppliers and consumers with three new, clear goals: Optimize Design; Source Sustainably; and Support Recycling. The priorities were unveiled along with the company’s new “Sustainable Packaging Playbook” at the Walmart Sustainable Packaging Summit this week.

Disney Thought ‘Outside the Box’ for Its New Moana Doll, Challenges Families to Do the Same
Disney Thought ‘Outside the Box’ for Its New Moana Doll, Challenges Families to Do the Same

2 years ago - Disney is inspiring fans to think outside the toy box and help protect the planet in celebration of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana.” Inspired by the Disney Store’s new Classic Moana doll box, which can be turned into a boat inspired by the character’s journey, the non-profit Destination Imagination launched a photo challenge to encourage children and their parents to create inventions out of recycled materials found in their ho

Trending: New Cross-Sector Collaborations Delve Into Circular Packaging Solutions
Trending: New Cross-Sector Collaborations Delve Into Circular Packaging Solutions

2 years ago - Newly formed groups in Europe and Canada are working to deliver a circular economy for packaging materials: PlasticsEurope has created a Plastics Packaging Circular Economy Group to maximize resource efficiency across the plastics value chain; and Ontario’s Circular Economy Innovation Lab is hosting a series of workshops as part of a Printed Paper and Packaging Rapid Lab.

Dow Pledges $2.8M to Help Advance Solutions to Ocean Plastic Waste
Dow Pledges $2.8M to Help Advance Solutions to Ocean Plastic Waste

2 years ago - The Dow Chemical Company has announced that it has committed $2.8 million over the next two years to drive solutions that address global marine debris and litter. The company made the announcement on Friday, September 16th, at the inaugural Our Ocean Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Trending: Breakthroughs in Biomimicry, Recycling Unlock ‘Tarantula Blue’ Textiles, Closed-Loop Tencel
Trending: Breakthroughs in Biomimicry, Recycling Unlock ‘Tarantula Blue’ Textiles, Closed-Loop Tencel

2 years ago - The latest textile innovations include a new TENCEL® made from cotton fabric waste, recently picked up by Patagonia, and a research breakthrough that could lead to ‘tarantula blue’ textiles.

Trending: EPA, Olam Seeking Chemistry, Food Security Research that Can Change the World
Trending: EPA, Olam Seeking Chemistry, Food Security Research that Can Change the World

2 years ago - The hunt is on for potentially ground-breaking scientific research in food security and green chemistry. Entries and nominations are now open for the second global Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security (Olam Prize) and the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

Could the iCHIP Bring an End to Animal Testing?
Could the iCHIP Bring an End to Animal Testing?

2 years ago - We could finally be entering an age where medical and research testing on laboratory animals for human safety is no longer necessary. A team of scientists and engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is developing an alternative called the Isolation Chip (iCHIP). Formally known as the in-vitro Chip-based Human Investigational Platform (still iCHIP), it can replicate the central nervous system (brain), peripheral nervous system, the blood-brain barrier and the heart – the basic four biological systems required for life.

Trending: Sewage Sludge, Seaweed Hold Promise for Fuel Innovation, Industrial Symbiosis
Trending: Sewage Sludge, Seaweed Hold Promise for Fuel Innovation, Industrial Symbiosis

2 years ago - Add sewage sludge and seaweed to the list of raw materials that have potential for circular economy solutions: Toyota is experimenting with converting human waste into hydrogen to fuel its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car; and Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has been exploring seaweed’s potential for a range of products including fuels, bioplastics and animal feed, as well as opportunities for symbiosis for seaweed cultivation and byproduct use.

ASTRX Partnership Aims to Shape the Future of U.S. Recycling through Systems Approach
ASTRX Partnership Aims to Shape the Future of U.S. Recycling through Systems Approach

2 years ago - The Sustainable Packaging Coalition and The Recycling Partnership have teamed up to increase recovery of quality recyclables in the U.S. through a new initiative called ASTRX – Applying Systems Thinking to Recycling. The partners will work closely with a number of other industry groups to fully capture the perspective of the entire recycling landscape, in hopes of unlocking new insights to improving recovery.

Big, Bold Goals Needed to Drive Ongoing Quest for Sustainable Materials
Big, Bold Goals Needed to Drive Ongoing Quest for Sustainable Materials

2 years ago - We currently produce enough plastic to wrap Denmark in plastic film every day of the year all year round. This was just one of the shocking facts revealed by Sofus Midtgaard – Managing Partner & Nordic Lead at Leaderlab & LAUNCH, and moderator for Tuesday’s panel discussion that explored accelerating the transition to healthy products through the development of sustainable materials.

Carlsberg's Circular Community Unveils Newest Green Fiber Bottle Design
Carlsberg's Circular Community Unveils Newest Green Fiber Bottle Design

2 years ago - This morning, from the main stage at SB’16 Copenhagen, Carlsberg’s Sustainability Director, Simon Hoffmeyer Boas, unveiled the brewer’s latest design for its Green Fiber Bottle.

Prince Ea, Neste Unleash Powerful Indictment of US School System in Latest Video
Prince Ea, Neste Unleash Powerful Indictment of US School System in Latest Video

2 years ago - Renewable diesel and materials producer Neste and spoken word artist Prince Ea have unveiled the latest collaboration in their Pre-order the Future project, this time with a film that focuses on the future of learning. In “The People vs.

JetBlue Makes One of the Largest Renewable Jet Fuel Purchases in Aviation History
JetBlue Makes One of the Largest Renewable Jet Fuel Purchases in Aviation History

2 years ago - JetBlue today announced a ten-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with bioenergy company SG Preston, for jet fuel made from rapidly renewable, bio-based feedstocks that do not compete with food production. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, and the largest, long-term, binding commitment by any airline globally for HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids)-based renewable jet fuel.

90 NGOs Asking the World to #BreakFreeFromPlastic
90 NGOs Asking the World to #BreakFreeFromPlastic

2 years ago - A network of 90 NGOs from around the world including big names such as Greenpeace, Oceana, the Story of Stuff Project, GAIA, 5Gyres and Clean Water Action have come together to launch a massive global movement to achieve a “future free from plastic pollution.” Under the banner Break Free From Plastic, the group aims to change society’s perception and use of plastics, as well as identify and pursue solutions that reduce and prevent plastic pollution.

Bill Gates, Total Invest $14M in Cellulosic Sugars Company
Bill Gates, Total Invest $14M in Cellulosic Sugars Company

2 years ago - Business magnate Bill Gates and energy giant Total have backed biofuels company Renmatix in a $14 million investment round. Renmatix developed a new process called Plantrose® that makes converting biomass into cellulosic sugars – the critical intermediary for second-generation biochemicals and biofuels – more affordable for biorefineries. The investment will help fund the process’ commercialization, which will expand the supply of cost-competitive alternatives to petroleum-derived molecules.

H&M Partners to Develop More Textile Recycling Technologies
H&M Partners to Develop More Textile Recycling Technologies

2 years ago - Recycling single-fibre fabrics – such as denim jeans and wool sweaters – is mechanically possible, but garments are often made from a blend of different fibres, which has historically caused a host of challenges for recycling them. Even for many of the most popular blends such as cotton and polyester, commercially viable separation, sorting and recycling technologies are not yet available. As a result, used apparel of blended or unknown materials are typically discarded in landfills or down-cycled into insulation, carpeting or other low-value applications.

Trending: Evian Strips Down its Multipacks; Columbia, James Cropper Turn to Plastic Alternatives
Trending: Evian Strips Down its Multipacks; Columbia, James Cropper Turn to Plastic Alternatives

2 years ago - More sustainable packaging options are cropping up – from water bottle multipacks to moulded paper packaging to renewable, recyclable bags, leading brands are changing the way products are wrapped. Evian, a water brand under the Danone Group umbrella, is introducing a new way to multipack PET bottles using Nature MultiPack™, a technology developed by German packaging company KHS. Launching in select stores across France, the method uses a few small dots of specially-developed adhesive and a standard tape handle to carry the pack.

Packaging Industry Urges EU to Embolden Circular Economy Strategy
Packaging Industry Urges EU to Embolden Circular Economy Strategy

2 years ago - The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) and 35 other associations1 representing a wide range of sectors including major consumer goods brands, packaging producers, material producers and extended producer responsibility (EPR) organizations have presented the European Union with a set of joint recommendations for its circular economy legis

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