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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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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.

Designing for Humanity: New Possibilities for Plastic

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Ensuring recyclability starts with putting people at the forefront to develop new systems and materials to create a continuous lifecycle for plastics. We need to design systems for humanity. By harnessing design thinking, it’s possible to make human-centered recycling systems a reality.

$25M Circular Plastics Fund to Catalyze Investment in US Recycling Infrastructure

The partnership between Closed Loop Partners and Dow, LyondellBasell and NOVA Chemicals represents an initial investment and an invitation to stakeholders across the plastics recycling value chain to join forces with this catalytic capital strategy.

Are 3D-Printed Buildings the Sustainable Future of Construction?

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The construction industry must adopt technologies that increase productivity while mitigating the impact of our growing housing needs on the climate crisis. Mighty Buildings’ technology may be ‘one of the only in existence’ that could unlock the needed productivity alongside reduced emissions.

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Mattel PlayBack to Give Old Toys New Life

With new takeback program, families can now send old toys back to Mattel, which will recover and reuse materials for use in future Mattel products.

Trending: Fashion Industry Advancing Transparency, Circularity – Thread by Thread

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Two new initiatives leveraging connected products and scaling recycled polyester aim to accelerate industry transparency and circular materials and business models.

How the Washington Nationals Will Avoid Using 5M Ketchup Packets This Season

A smart, win-win, local partnership will enable the team to provide a combination of sustainable tech and healthier condiment options for a sustainable and COVID-safe solution.

Does Waste Have an Image Problem?

For circularity to become mainstream, where nothing is wasted and everything is fed back into the system, it requires businesses to find value in resources already in circulation — and reframe how they perceive waste in the first place.

Two Good, Marcus Samuelsson, Full Harvest Team Up to Fight Food Waste

The partnership between the yogurt brand, the celebrity chef and the food-rescue marketplace aims to inspire restaurants across the US to fight food waste by using rescued produce on their menus.

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For Bumble Bee, Circular Packaging Solutions Are Both New, Tried and True

Cross-Posted from Redefining Sustainable Seafood for the Future. The Bumble Bee Seafood Company is diving in headfirst to tackle circular packaging strategies in new ways — and some old ways.

Even COVID Can’t Stop Sustainable Packaging

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. As hopes mount for a new, post-COVID “normal,” many systems are in flux and the state of sustainable packaging is once again in question. How will businesses adapt? Or re-adapt? Or un-adapt? Shelton Group CEO Suzanne Shelton and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Adam Gendell share their insights.

Anheuser-Busch Revitalizes St. Louis Community, Spent Barley with New Production Facility

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As part of a recently announced $1B planned investment across the US, a new production facility that repurposes spent grain will create jobs and further the brewer’s commitments to sustainability and the St. Louis Community.

Food Rescuers Shouldn't Fight Over Limited Supply; Instead, Diversify

I’ve always been frustrated by infighting between food-rescue organizations working together to distribute scarce food donations — mostly from retailers. So, here’s my list of untapped sectors of the food system — where food is almost always genuinely going to waste.

5 Ways Retailers Are Winning by Aligning Financial Performance, Sustainability

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Many retail and food giants are proving that businesses can grow, improve margins and bolster competitive advantage through examination of waste streams and investing in creative solutions — even during a pandemic.

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Partnerships Helping Dow Create Shared Value, Eliminate Waste Across the World

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Through strategic partnerships in Brazil and South Africa, Dow has helped create jobs, education and infrastructure for more efficient waste management, in turn generating sustainable ripple effects throughout the regions.

Johnson’s Baby Overhauls Pumps in Packaging to Aid Recycling

Cross-Posted from Our Healthy Lives Mission. By removing this small part of the packaging of Johnson's® Baby products, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health predicts it will keep 24M difficult-to-recycle pumps out of landfills each year – and that’s just the beginning. The company aims to strike a balance between consumers’ and the planet’s needs.

Milwaukee Startup Helping Small African Farms Turn Waste into Livelihoods

Agricycle wants to address poverty and put a dent in global food waste. So far, it has created nearly 7,000 livelihoods in Africa and diverted 177 tons of food waste — and counting.

The Zero-Waste Movement Is Taking Hold in the Restaurant Sector

For a growing number of restaurant operators and diners, our throwaway culture is no longer acceptable. The growing landscape of zero-waste dining and zero-waste restaurant logistics is cause for optimism that a low-waste restaurant industry is achievable. 

Trending: Scalable, Circular Solutions Promise to Revolutionize Plastic Packaging

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. New innovations from Nature Valley and the winners of Closed Loop Partners’ Beyond the Bag challenge continue to chip away at consumer packaging waste.

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