June 7-9: Brand-Led Culture Change Virtual Event

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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Reducing E-Waste, Increasing Equity in Brazil by Reimagining the Smartphone Industry

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Brazil ranks fifth amongst countries producing the most electronic waste. The path toward a sustainable and equitable smartphone marketplace is through the sale of used and refurbished devices.

Better Recycling Helps Build More Sustainable, Circular Cities

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Long-standing, effective recycling systems are right at our fingertips, waiting for their full potential to be realized. Let’s reinvest in mechanical recycling to blend tried-and-true science with enhanced systems to reimagine how sustainable cities can operate and make them a reality.

The Road to Zero Waste Is Paved with Incremental Changes

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Shifting to new packaging formats can feel daunting for brands because of perceived costs and anticipated operational downtime. But through incremental changes, companies can reduce reliance on less sustainable materials in an efficient, cost-effective and scalable way.

Keurig Dr Pepper Collaborates to Fuel a Recycling Evolution

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Through ambitious commitments and cross-sector partnerships including the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, KDP is helping to further the shift to a circular economy.

This Spanish Water Utility Is Turning Orange Waste Into Green Power

Emasesa saw an opportunity to treat the 5.7M kilos of oranges littering the streets of Seville each year not as food waste, but as a powerful circular solution.

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New Amazon Programs Aim to Curtail Rampant eCommerce Return Waste

With its size and scale and proper follow-through, Amazon has the potential to make a significant dent in global product waste and offer models for other retailers to follow.

New Podcast Focuses on Sustainability ‘Game Changers’ Including Advanced Recycling, Circularity Policy

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Since we last dove into “Plastics Unwrapped,” Dow and its guests have continued to cover some of the most impressive innovations in the plastics industry, while also exploring solutions to our most daunting sustainability challenges.

Too Good to Go Releases First Impact Report, Commits to Climate Positivity

The world’s leading anti-food-waste app releases first Impact Report and commits to going beyond its carbon-neutral achievement to continue to fight climate change.

Circular Solutions Edging Us Closer to a Zero-Waste Future for Convenience Food

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Since day one, we have had a vision of eliminating all single-use packaging from the meal kit experience. We’ve heard time and time again about how individuals need to do more; but the reality is, businesses need to innovate to enable the solutions that consumers are increasingly demanding.

What Does 'Upcycled Certified' Mean for Our Food System?

Upcycled Certified is a big step towards a circular economy, and a food system that acts like nature itself — a place where there is no waste — and where shoppers can participate in the best solution to climate, via the products they buy.

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How Can We End the Blame Game in Waste Diversion?

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Global recycling rates are at a discouragingly low 13.5%. But who, or what, is to blame? Finger-pointing won’t help: Policy, consumer demand and companies must work in tandem to close the loop in a still-lacking US recycling system.

Trending: Could Food Waste Be the Future of Fashion?

A recent study analyzes agricultural waste streams in Asia and charts a roadmap for establishing alternative textile value streams at scale; while Lenzing puts this into practice with a lyocell fiber made from orange pulp and wood fibers.

Pushing Beyond Infinite: How Circular Plastics Can Help Reduce GHGs

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. As issues caused by plastic waste and climate change come to a head, finding new uses for end-of-life plastics and other materials will be vital to achieving a low-carbon future.

Beyond Burgers: Eating Insects Is Just One Small Part of Their Potential

Asking Westerners “Would you eat bugs to save the planet?” makes for great headlines — but it only scratches the surface of how bugs can help solve global challenges. Essentially, insects such as black soldier flies are a quintessential addition to a circular economy.

Digital Disruption Paving the Way for More Collaborative, Transparent Waste Collection

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. In Dow's 'Looped In' series, sustainability experts across the company connect with other industry leaders to discuss circular initiatives and partnerships, and what we can learn from the results.

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Just Salad Poised to Take Zero-Waste Dining Nationwide

The fast-casual chain plans to scale both its geographic footprint and its pioneering reusable bowl program, thanks to a cash infusion from circular-economy drivers Closed Loop Partners.

LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The carbon-capture experts and the high-end yoga pants purveyor have developed a waste-gas-based polyester with the same appearance, properties and functionality of virgin polyester — a lower-carbon potential game-changer for the apparel industry.

ChaRM: The Nonprofit on a Mission to Keep Hazardous Household Materials Out of the Environment

The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), run by Atlanta-based nonprofit Live Thrive, not only helps to safely divert a wide array of hazardous household materials from local landfills, it educates residents on the critical role of recycling in creating jobs and stimulating our economy.

Partnerships for Scaling Impact: Private Sector Rallies Around Circularity with $25M Investment

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. As the world races to find solutions to some of the greatest challenges of a generation – from climate change to reducing plastic waste – the Closed Loop Circular Plastics Fund offers a unique opportunity for business and investors to reimagine what’s possible for plastics and our planet.

L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, Suntory Unveil World’s First Enzymatically Recycled Bottles

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Food-grade sample bottles produced by a consortium of companies dedicated to the cause are using Carbios' breakthrough enzymatic recycling process.

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