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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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In the Spirit of Sustainability: Absolut Set to Unveil Fully Recyclable Paper Bottles

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. While still in the testing phase, The Absolut Company hopes that its new paper bottle will be the first of many in a wider range of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers.

Rubicon Reports Progress on Building a New Plastics Economy

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. In 2018, we committed to grow the volume and quality of recycled plastics by 15% each year. This year, Rubicon is proud to report a 40% increase in the volume of recycled plastics from 2018 to 2019, which far exceeds our goal.

Retailers Could Be the Most Important Player in Reducing Food Waste

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. If we want to reduce food waste, we need consumer-led solutions — which can be sparked by retailers. Brands, manufacturers and other food system actors get their message through to consumers if retailers open the door for them.

Can We Halve Global Food Waste by 2030? Not Without Our Suppliers

While some nations and food companies have made encouraging progress and crossed the halfway mark towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, there’s still a long way to go.

Is Plastics Recycling Still a Lie?

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. More and more plastic is finally being recovered and recycled by companies that share Oceanworks’ commitment to ensuring that this feedstock becomes — and remains — a first choice for the industry going forward.

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What Is Ocean-Bound Plastic? And Does It Really Matter?

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. To fully address the plastic waste challenge, it is urgent to capture as much of it as possible. Diverting ocean-bound plastics is a worthy cause, but it only scratches the surface of the broader challenge of mismanaged waste.

McDonald’s, Loop Partner on Industry-First Cup Return Scheme

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Beginning in 2021, McDonald's customers in select UK restaurants will be able to choose a reusable hot beverage cup, which can be returned to be sanitized and reused.

Dried and True: The Food Service World Works to Rein in COVID-Fueled Waste

As COVID-19 continues to change the landscape for food-service establishments, initiatives to mitigate food waste that combine creativity, technology and flavor with good business sense will become a necessity. 

The Business Case(s) for Blending Ocean Plastics

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Forging a path that recognizes both the importance of recycling and the specific needs of manufacturers will enlist far more companies into the world of recycled plastic. The key to this happy medium is blending.

US Plastics Pact Aims to Ignite Further Change Toward Circular Economy for Plastic

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. 60+ brands, retailers, government agencies, and NGOs collaborate to advance all plastic packaging to become reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

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Algramo Brings Refillable, Waste-Free Cleaning Products to NYC

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. In partnership with major brands and small business owners, Algramo gives consumers a better way to refill household-name cleaning products through a cost effective, smart dispensing system.

General Mills, Nestlé, Walmart CEOs Lead Coalition to End Food Waste Worldwide

The Coalition of Action to End Food Waste aims to enact measures that benefit the environment and the global economy, and ensure more food makes it to stores and onto consumers’ tables.

prAna’s Responsible Packaging Movement Aims to Foster Sea Change in Fashion

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Leading by example, the sustainable fashion brand has pledging to eliminate plastic from its consumer packaging by 2021, the use of Ancient and Endangered Forest by 2022, and to eliminate virgin forest fibers by 2025.

The Future of Fashion Is in Biomaterials and Circularity

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The circular economy is here to stay — and no industry is better positioned to take on this challenge than fashion. The designers, innovators and business people in this industry are starting a revolution that ensures doing good never goes out of style. 

New Innovations Simplify Ocean Plastic Supply Chain

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Incorporating recycled ocean plastics into products is no longer a risky affair, and more brands are following in the footsteps of earlier pioneers to revolutionize their own product lines and story with these salvaged materials.

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Interior Design Firm’s Product Exchange Minimizes Construction & Demolition Waste

Schott Design’s product exchange program, SchottXchange, goes beyond its carpet reclamation and recycling efforts on its projects to facilitate the reuse of items within or between buildings, diverting materials from the landfill.

How a Classic Brand Is Tackling the Marine Plastic Problem

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Zipper giant YKK Group has used recycled PET yarns in the woven tape of its Natulon® zippers since 1994. But when it wanted to help address the challenge of ocean plastic, the company saw it as an opportunity to get creative.

6 Tips for Avoiding Recycled Materials Supply Chain Disruptions

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Don’t wait until a breakdown happens to explore alternatives. Start evaluating your supply chain today and expand your recycled plastic sources to keep things humming no matter what the world throws at you.

Report: Existing Technologies Can Stem Flow of Plastic into the Oceans by 80%

We know the problem; and, increasingly, we know how to solve it. It’s time for decision-makers, including leading global consumer brands that have been identified as part of the problem, to start taking the necessary steps to prevent plastic from ending up in the ocean, now.

Trending: Levi’s, Dockers, Sheep Inc Moving Sustainable Apparel Ever Forward

Dual launches from Levi Strauss include recycled denim Levi’s and Water<Less Dockers; while carbon-negative wool sweaters from Sheep Inc come with full supply chain transparency.

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