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The latest in the growing number of efforts directed at reducing, repurposing and ultimately eliminating waste in all its forms.

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Circular Solutions Edging Us Closer to a Zero-Waste Future for Convenience Food

Circular Solutions Edging Us Closer to a Zero-Waste Future for Convenience Food

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Since day one, we have had a vision of eliminating all single-use packaging from the meal kit experience. We’ve heard time and time again about how individuals need to do more; but the reality is, businesses need to innovate to enable the solutions that consumers are increasingly demanding.

What Does 'Upcycled Certified' Mean for Our Food System?

Upcycled Certified is a big step towards a circular economy, and a food system that acts like nature itself — a place where there is no waste — and where shoppers can participate in the best solution to climate, via the products they buy.

How Can We End the Blame Game in Waste Diversion?

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Global recycling rates are at a discouragingly low 13.5%. But who, or what, is to blame? Finger-pointing won’t help: Policy, consumer demand and companies must work in tandem to close the loop in a still-lacking US recycling system.

Trending: Could Food Waste Be the Future of Fashion?

A recent study analyzes agricultural waste streams in Asia and charts a roadmap for establishing alternative textile value streams at scale; while Lenzing puts this into practice with a lyocell fiber made from orange pulp and wood fibers.

Pushing Beyond Infinite: How Circular Plastics Can Help Reduce GHGs

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. As issues caused by plastic waste and climate change come to a head, finding new uses for end-of-life plastics and other materials will be vital to achieving a low-carbon future.

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Beyond Burgers: Eating Insects Is Just One Small Part of Their Potential

Asking Westerners “Would you eat bugs to save the planet?” makes for great headlines — but it only scratches the surface of how bugs can help solve global challenges. Essentially, insects such as black soldier flies are a quintessential addition to a circular economy.

Digital Disruption Paving the Way for More Collaborative, Transparent Waste Collection

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. In Dow's 'Looped In' series, sustainability experts across the company connect with other industry leaders to discuss circular initiatives and partnerships, and what we can learn from the results.

Just Salad Poised to Take Zero-Waste Dining Nationwide

The fast-casual chain plans to scale both its geographic footprint and its pioneering reusable bowl program, thanks to a cash infusion from circular-economy drivers Closed Loop Partners.

LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The carbon-capture experts and the high-end yoga pants purveyor have developed a waste-gas-based polyester with the same appearance, properties and functionality of virgin polyester — a lower-carbon potential game-changer for the apparel industry.

ChaRM: The Nonprofit on a Mission to Keep Hazardous Household Materials Out of the Environment

The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), run by Atlanta-based nonprofit Live Thrive, not only helps to safely divert a wide array of hazardous household materials from local landfills, it educates residents on the critical role of recycling in creating jobs and stimulating our economy.

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Partnerships for Scaling Impact: Private Sector Rallies Around Circularity with $25M Investment

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. As the world races to find solutions to some of the greatest challenges of a generation – from climate change to reducing plastic waste – the Closed Loop Circular Plastics Fund offers a unique opportunity for business and investors to reimagine what’s possible for plastics and our planet.

L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, Suntory Unveil World’s First Enzymatically Recycled Bottles

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Food-grade sample bottles produced by a consortium of companies dedicated to the cause are using Carbios' breakthrough enzymatic recycling process.

Report: Circular Apparel Market Projected to Reach $77B by 2026

thredUP’s 2021 Resale Report estimates that the secondhand clothing market will double in the next 5 years, reaching $77 billion. Policy incentives to end fast fashion production and disposal would fuel the movement.

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. While packaging waste is a critical issue, it must be considered alongside the issue of food waste. Fortunately, advances in plastic food packaging are helping to delay spoilage across the food production cycle more sustainably.

Disposables to Reusables: Food-Service Businesses Can Save $5B a Year, Avoid Countless Environmental Impacts

Cross-Posted from Business Case. Any product designed to be used for a matter of minutes and then thrown away is not a sustainable option, regardless of whether it’s made from plastic, paper, metal or plants. Businesses and the environment will reap undeniable benefits as the new reuse economy for food service gains steam.

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Vermont Family Farm Raises a Crop of Energy and Teaches Us a Lesson

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The anaerobic digester at Goodrich Farm turns cow manure and food waste into carbon-negative, renewable natural gas that benefits much more than the farm. And the family’s journey is highly replicable.

With Aggressive Expansion, Too Good to Go Doubles Down on Commitment to Address Food Waste

Beyond being the world’s largest business-to-consumer marketplace for surplus food, Too Good to Go is a movement. Not only does it offer a win-win-win solution for food, people and the planet — the company seeks to inspire and empower individuals around the world to take action against food waste.

US Plastics Pact Unveils Plan to Achieve Circular Economy in US by 2025

Holding accountable over 95 organizations, The US Plastics Pact Roadmap outlines specific actions and responsibilities to propel the US closer to other developed nations in its management of plastic waste.

Tree Water and … Goose Droppings? Cheers to New, Creative Uses of Waste Streams

Asarasi has turned sap water — a waste byproduct of maple syrup production — into a delicious, carbonated beverage; and for intrepid beer lovers, the city of Lahti, Finland has turned the blight of local parks into a line of ‘Wasted Potential’ brews.

Perspectives from the Food Waste Trenches

Food waste is catalyzing everyone in the food, waste and recycling industries to create new solutions and best practices to convert a negative into value for the environment and for business. Here are insights from some food industry leaders about efforts to reduce waste first, then recycle what cannot be eliminated.

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