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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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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.

Curbing Ocean Plastic Waste: Is Your Brand Missing the Boat?

Reducing plastic waste is a winning issue for consumers. With so many examples of early success and ROI, there’s no better time to join the movement by committing to reduce plastic pollution and limiting the need for virgin plastic.

Startups Continue to Cultivate Alternative, Animal-Free Food Offerings

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Singapore-based Karana and Montreal-based Opalia both have the potential to lead the growing markets for lower-impact, cruelty-free food options.

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Behavior Change Research Shows How to Spur Consumer Recycling, Reduce Contamination

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Even when effective collection, messages and messenger are skillfully deployed, there are still factors that complicate consumer recycling behavior.

Trending: Starbucks, A&W Advancing Coffee Cup Circularity

This week, Starbucks and A&W Canada unveiled their latest strategies for ending disposable-cup waste with the introduction of reusable and compostable options, respectively.

How Can Apparel Brands Solve a Problem Like Deadstock?

A growing number of niche brands are finding success with apparel repurposing; but many larger apparel companies have no best practices in place for managing their enormous volumes of unsellable merchandise. Fortunately, a new sub-industry of upcycling partners is stepping in to ‘reimagine’ increasingly large volumes of deadstock.

Airline Industry Chips Away at Climate Impacts with Long-Term Sustainability Initiatives

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Alaska, Delta share progress on meantime-measures, lofty goals ahead of industry net-zero targets.

Racing to Zero, Part 3: Reimagining Construction for Circularity

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The latent circular revolution is slow in getting off the ground in construction — but it’s time to reimagine and transform the industry. Here we explore eight key shifts to help construction actors rise to the circular challenge.

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Design for Recycling: High-Tech or Back to Basics?

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Maybe before companies spend millions on futuristic high-tech, they should go back to the drawing board and start sketching from a different perspective. Because there is no technology more powerful than the creative mind.

New UN Global Treaty Seeks to Break the ‘Plastic Wave’

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. We can cut annual flow of plastic into the ocean by 80% in the next 20 years. The technology and will is there, but one important piece of the puzzle is missing — and the UN is hopeful they can pull it together.

From Shores to Shelves: Codifying Ocean Plastic Supply Chains

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Brands committed to increasing sustainability by putting ocean plastic to good use deserve the infrastructure and data they need to verify their products and meet the standards that consumers demand.

Why There Won’t Be Quite So Much Waste from the Big Game This Year

From cups and straws to the over 300 million gallons of beer expected to be drunk in the US this weekend, companies are stepping up with innovative solutions to rein in the fallout from one of our most wasteful celebration days of the year.

Mayo x Mayo: Hellmann’s, Jerod Mayo Team Up During the Big Game to Tackle Food Waste

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. In Hellman’s newest Super Bowl spot, former football player and current coach, Jerod Mayo, shows would-be home food-wasters how they can ‘make taste, not waste.’

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Driscoll’s Working to Scale Circular Plastics Economy, from Field to Clamshell

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Driscoll’s leads the produce industry in increasing the circularity of packaging and landfill diversion of agricultural plastics. It’s the first berry company to make public commitments and inject serious funding into innovation — with a goal to create economies of scale.

US Plastics Pact Unveils List of 11 ‘Problematic and Unnecessary’ Materials to Be Eliminated by 2025

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The US Pact’s brands, retailers and materials manufacturers are seek to develop immediate solutions to the 11 ubiquitous and unrecyclable materials — but the plastics industry is up in arms.

Lidl, Swiss Scientists Developing Circular Food-Preservation Solution

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. New cellulosic bio-coating for fresh produce greatly reduces both packaging and food waste by coating the produce with, well, produce.

Timberland Gives Worn Items New Life Through Timberloop™ Take-Back Program

Timberloop enables Timberland and its community to work together to keep products and materials in circulation for as long as possible — critical to the company’s goal for 100% of its products to be designed for full circularity by 2030.

PCR & Ocean-Bound Plastic Both Have a Place in Sustainable Beauty

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Big Plastic (and Big Oil) have a five-decade lead and massive economies of scale that will take a little longer to match in terms of costs and simplicity. But working with the right partners and openness to shaking up the status quo is paying off for brands willing to put their principles and profits on equal footing.

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