Waste Not

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

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Dell Continues to Close the Loop on E-waste

Dell Continues to Close the Loop on E-waste

(2 days ago) - “We’ve made a really good run at making electronics recycling convenient and easy, but there is an opportunity for the entire IT industry."
Q&A: Savers on a Mission to Help Us All ‘Rethink Reuse’

(1 week ago) - Fashion and sustainability: Can they go together?

How WWF, Hilton Are Beating Hospitality Food Waste

(1 month ago) - If you’re visiting a hotel this holiday season for either work or pleasure, take a moment to observe the way food is prepared and served at the buffet or your holiday party dinner. Is it presented in abundance? Are people taking more than they can eat? Is the hotel staff replenishing the buffet even as the party is winding down? How much food is going back to the kitchen? Can you tell if the hotel is donating edible food or composting its scraps?

Trending: Kellogg, UK Gov Waste No Time Repurposing 'Throw Away' Food

(1 month ago) - New initiatives from both the private and public sector aim to further chip away at the UK’s food waste issue, as the nation attempts to rebound from being designated Europe’s biggest food waster in 2015. Kellogg's Cornflakes adding sweet touch to Throw Away IPA

Soap Recycling Creating Win-Win-Win for Hotels, Women, Developing Communities

(2 months ago) - It was 2014 and social entrepreneur Samir Lakhani was working on sustainable aquaculture projects in the villages of Northern Cambodia. Watching a mother wash and bathe her new baby using laundry powder rather than soap is a vision that has stayed with him to this day. It was also the inspiration for his next business venture. “I noticed that nobody seemed in good overall health — whether it was an infection that wouldn’t go away or a child with diarrhea,” he told Sustainable Brands in a recent interview.

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Trending: Bison Down Jacket, Circular Undies Latest Apparel Nixing Waste

(2 months ago) - The global movement to end textile waste continues, with the release of outer- and undergarments from new and established brands alike.

The Earth's Circular Economy: Not a Practical Solution to Our Waste Issues

(2 months ago) - This is the second in a four-part series on geomimicry by renowned author and George Mason University professor Dr. Gregory C. Unruh. Read part one here.

Rubicon Global Crowns Inaugural 'Waste Fit Champions' at New Metrics '18

(2 months ago) - Rubicon Global — a technology company providing waste, recycling and smart city solutions to businesses and governments worldwide — along with the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and surplus food donation-management platform Goodr, tonight announced the list of inaugural “Waste Fit Champions,” a program designed to recognize the best sustainability leaders that are cutting down on waste, improving rec

Rubicon Pilots Driving Customers of All Sizes Toward Zero Waste

(2 months ago) - Working with customers of all sizes, B Corporation Rubicon Global is advancing its mission to end waste worldwide through delivering comprehensive waste reduction and recycling programs for its partners. The movement towards a zero-waste environment is growing in industries like restaurants, retail, education, grocery stores, and small and large corporations alike, and Rubicon is situated to help businesses achieve their goals in this area.

Brands Starting to ‘Go Postal’ Around Packaging Waste

(2 months ago) - Consumers are increasingly told to recycle more, say ‘no’ to plastic straws, bring reusable bags and containers for shopping, and prevent food waste by buying local and composting scraps. With the new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) saying that even if we were to make massive changes, we only have about twelve years to divert away from climate catastrophe, this narrative has only heightened.

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HP, IKEA Join Group Developing Global Supply Chain for Ocean-Bound Plastics

(3 months ago) - Today, NextWave Plastics — a collaborative, open-source initiative convening leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains — announced that HP Inc. and IKEA are joining its global consortium. The addition of HP and IKEA marks 10 companies collaborating to “turn off the tap” of plastic entering the ocean.

Trending: Scottish Ale, 3D Printing Filament Among Latest Food Waste Innovations

(3 months ago) - A Canadian startup called Genecis, formed by a group of graduates from the University of Toronto Scarborough, is upcycling food waste into biodegradable plastics, which can then be used in everything from 3D printing filament to packaging.

African Union, Champions 12.3 Unveil 3 Latest Weapons in Food Waste Fight

(3 months ago) - At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2015, countries committed to Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3, calling for the world to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Now three years on, Champions 12.3 — a global coalition of sustainable food champions — is tracking progress toward this fast-approaching target and finding that the private sector has seized the opportunity to tackle food loss and waste.

The Ocean Cleanup, Story of Stuff Set Their Sights on San Francisco's Marine Plastic Pollution

(4 months ago) - The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization that made waves in 2015 with its grand plans and new approach to ridding the oceans of plastic, last weekend launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system from the San Francisco Bay. “System 001” headed to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup. System 001 is being towed from the San Francisco Bay by the vessel Maersk Launcher, which has been made available to the project by A.P.

But What Happens If You Use Up All the Plastic?

(4 months ago) - One of the most frequently asked questions I get when pitching Thread is “what happens if you run out of plastic to recycle?”

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Plastics’ Effect on Waste: The Answer Might Surprise You

(4 months ago) - The latest plastic product to come under fire is plastic straws. Before that, it was bags; and before that, foam foodservice items. Have you ever stopped to ask, why do we use so much plastic, especially plastic packaging? The answer depends on the type of packaging, but one of the overriding answers is that plastic is more resource efficient than its competing materials. In other words, it takes less energy (a key resource) to do the job.

Could You or Your Colleagues Be Waste Fit Champions?

(5 months ago) - Have you been busy shedding paper weight? Do you know someone who’s lost pounds of plastic, aluminum and glass? Is your business slimming down sustainably? Rubicon Global — a leader in providing waste, recycling, and smart city solutions to businesses and governments — is on the hunt for the leaders who are shaping up their organization’s sustainability plans by slimming down on waste.

Interactive Calculator Reveals True Cost of the Food We Waste

(5 months ago) - We’ve all occasionally bought too much or waited too long to eat our fresh fruit and veg, but what is the true impact of the food we throw away? UK food tech company It’s Fresh! has launched a food waste calculator to enable consumers to understand the true cost of the fruit and vegetables they discard.

Thread Forges 'Better Backpack' with 'Most Responsible Fabric on the Planet'

(5 months ago) - Thread, the Pittsburgh-based startup that's collected over 41 million plastic bottles from landfill communities in Haiti and Honduras and created fabric for some of the world's leading brands, today launched its own product on Kickstarter with a first-of-its-kind bag — the Better Backpack.

Rethinking Plastic Litter: Improve Your LCAs and Reduce Your Personal Impacts

(5 months ago) - Litter. It seems like such a ‘60s word, but it’s time to dust it off and rethink it — especially in the context of plastics and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs). Start with the fact that more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the environment annually, much of it into our oceans. That’s almost 3 percent (and perhaps more) of all plastic produced annually.

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