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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How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean

How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Our vision is to embed effective recycling across the region’s islands and enable value-added processing of materials where it makes commercial sense — but we’ve been held back by many challenges. For businesses and brands that sell into the Caribbean, it’s an opportunity to be part of our mission and walk their talk around plastic pollution reduction and circularity.

A Sustainable Moo-vement: How the Dairy Industry is Fighting Climate Change

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Dairy farming has quickly evolved for sustainability. Here are just a few examples of how innovative dairy organizations and farmers are working to fight climate change by reducing their impacts, improving soil health and using regenerative agriculture.

Protecting the Collectors: A Case Study in Ensuring Safe, Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in the ‘First Mile’

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Many companies still shy away from responsibility for what’s happening in the first mile of their supply chains; but First Mile, along with its nonprofit and brand partners, is actively engaging with these issues — and creating positive impacts for thousands of waste collectors around the world.

Shein Acknowledges Textile Waste with $50M EPR Commitment; But Critics Say It’s Small Change

What some are calling 'a significant step toward accountability' for fast fashion brands, others say is lip service and an inadequate approach to supporting waste-management efforts in communities deeply impacted by textile waste.

European Retailers Called Out for Cutting Corners on Curtailing Plastic Pollution

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. First-ever ranking of leading European supermarkets’ commitments to dial back their use and waste of plastic reveals lack of real action.

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A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. These investments offer proof-of-concept for scaling more investments in waste infrastructure across North America. Modernizing Sims’ recycling capabilities acts as a circularity laboratory, which can lead to better design for the whole US recycling system.

Rhum J.M Offers How-to for Fellow Distillers Seeking Sustainability

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. The EDDEN Project highlights the Martinique distillery’s circular and sustainable efforts to date and its roadmap for improvement, as well as advocating for similar commitments from distilleries around the world.

eBay Releases Methodology for Calculating Environmental, Financial Benefits of Recommerce

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The resale giant says the information allows consumers to make meaningful decisions about what used or refurbished products to purchase, by understanding how the positive environmental impact from purchases are calculated.

What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As the global plastic-pollution crisis continues to deepen, key stakeholders must come together to find and fund solutions. The introduction of plastic credits has brought with it a renewed cause for optimism.

Tattersall Distilling Offers Proof of Concept for Locally Produced, Circular Spirits at Scale

The microdistiller not only sources grains, fruit and materials from local suppliers — it repurposes as many byproducts of the distilling process as possible, in what’s likely one of the most scalable examples of circularity so far in the spirits business.

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How Brands Can Help Solve the Macro Problem of Microplastics

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The impact of microplastics on our world is daunting; but every step we take to curb the creation of more microplastics, while also reducing how much of them continue lurking in the environment, makes a difference.

Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. In an effort to combat climate change and reduce waste in its value chain, Estée Lauder Companies’ charitable wing, the ELC Charitable Foundation, has partnered with Plastics for Change to improve the livelihoods of waste collectors in India while diverting ocean-bound plastics.

Forget EPR: Researchers Outline Blueprint for ‘Ultimate Producer Responsibility’ for E-waste

Existing EPR systems limit electronics producers’ responsibility to national jurisdictions, not to the countries to which we export our electronics waste, and neither lead to multiple product use cycles nor to safe e-waste management.

eBay UK’s ‘Imperfects’ Marketplace Gives Flawed Fashion Items a Second Chance

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The platform features items from over 100 high-street and high-end designers at up to 60% off. All items are considered new, but feature minor defects that would prevent brands from selling them in stores at full retail prices.

New Kia-Ocean Cleanup Partnership the Latest in Ongoing Effort to Rein in Our Global Plastic Footprint

Through the seven-year partnership, Kia will support The Ocean Cleanup’s work and construction of new plastic-collection devices, and integrate portions of the harvested plastic into its value chain.

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The Circularity Paradox: Overcoming the Problem of Scale in Achieving a Closed Loop

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. In finding innovative ways to ensure new electronics are made from their recycled counterparts, one of the biggest barriers for manufacturers continues to be the supply chain.

Bridgestone, LanzaTech Partner to Explore Opportunities for Tire Circularity

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The exclusive partnership will leverage LanzaTech’s technology to create a pathway toward tire material circularity and the decarbonization of new tire production.

From Seed to Recycling Center: How Companies Can Enable a Circular Economy at Every Step

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. While not every company is equipped or positioned to follow its products through their entire lifecycle, there are a few ways companies can think about participating at individual or multiple points in the circular cycle.

Blue Apron, Too Good to Go Show Achieving Climate Goals Can Be a Piece of Cake

Well, maybe not exactly ... But this week, the two food-delivery services detailed how they’re eliminating their operational impacts and continuing to engage consumers in climate-friendlier food practices.

Why Restaurants Overusing Their Fry Oil Are ‘Fresh’ Out of Excuses

Who knew that overused fry oil represented such an untapped health and sustainability market opportunity? FreshFry CEO Jeremiah Chapman breaks it down.

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