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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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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.

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.

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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.

US Retail Giants Convene to Reinvent the Plastic Retail Bag

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Leading retailers CVS Health, Target and Walmart — joined by Kroger and Walgreens, and NGOs Conservation International and Ocean Conservancy — unite to tackle retail bag waste and invite others to join the effort.

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Trending: Meet the Innovators Hell-Bent for Plant-Based Leather

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. While companies such as Amadou and MycoWorks are charging ahead with mushroom-based leather, here we see the material made from eggplant, cacti and apples — and taking a bite out of food waste at the same time.

Q&A: Dole ‘Promise’ Sees Shift to New, Shared Value Principles by 2025

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. Dole Packaged Foods’ new sustainability commitment is based on a Japanese philosophy called 'sampo yochi' — in which business operates for the good of the seller, the buyer and society.

Private Sector Can (and Must) Clean Up the Oceans

The private sector must collaborate with the public sector to clean up plastic pollution in our waterways. Entities such as the TerraCycle Global Foundation have an opportunity to increase conservation and create value for all stakeholders in the work towards healthier oceans.

HP Sets Ambitious Plastic Goals, Doubles Down on Diversity Commitments

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Along with the release of its 2019 Sustainable Impact Report, the tech giant has set bold goals around reduction of single-use plastics and increasing recycled materials; and committed to doubling its number of Black executives by 2025.

A Brief History of Food Declarations; and the Path to Better Ones

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Food is not about boxed brands on a shelf, but about people and the environment — hence, our need for food declarations. We’re working on one that not only certifies the ingredients, but shows consumers the impact they make with the purchase of each product.

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How to Redesign Our Food System for Resilience

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent Big Food Workshop, a variety of experts from throughout the food space spoke on the need to radically redesign for circularity and regionalism, to help us heal our broken global food system.

Small Fashion Brands Throw Collective Weight Behind Circular Fashion Pledge

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Over 110 small and medium-sized apparel brands from around the world have signed on to the 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge, with actionable steps to make circular fashion an industry-wide reality.

Trending: Reports Examine Corporate Progress on Tackling Plastic Pollution

New reports from As You Sow and WWF dig into action taking place around corporate commitments to eliminate plastic waste in their operations and environment — along with ways to effectively trudge forward.

Meet the Innovators Ensuring the COVID Plastic Boom Doesn't Last Forever

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. With health concerns momentarily outweighing mindful consumption, global efforts to wean the world off of single-use plastics have ground to a halt — and suddenly, in the race to protect citizens, plastic is everywhere. Thankfully, lockdown has also triggered radical innovation and ingenuity.

Sisters’ Social Enterprise Breaking the Cycle of Limited Personal Mobility in the UAE

Meet Charicycles — the upcycled cycles that are helping improve mobility and air quality in Dubai, while improving the wellbeing and motivation of children in refugee camps.

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