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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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Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Plastic in and of itself is not the problem — creating value for it is key to ensuring it doesn’t just get thrown “away.” Here are just a few of the innovations eliminating the idea of [plastic] waste.

Coyuchi for Life: A Closed-Loop Approach to Textile Rentals

Organic linen purveyor Coyuchi is taking home textile rentals one step ahead with new, closed-loop program.

Down in the Dumps: The Need for Rational IT Sustainability Policies

25% of orgs that say they have a sustainable IT policy dump or destroy their obsolescent hardware — the least sustainable ways of handling them. Here's a business case for better IT lifecycle management..

New Film Highlights South Africa’s Unsung Plastic Waste Heroes

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. A new short documentary explores the lives and livelihoods of the young men indirectly serving the environment through recycling as a means of income.

Treasure8: The Systemic, Tech-Driven Solution to Food Waste

The regenerative food tech company is on a mission to revolutionize how food is managed along supply chains, while also addressing the global challenges of food waste, nutrition and climate change.

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Reuse & Repurpose: Innovation will Unlock the Solution to Plastic Waste

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Innovative solutions to reduce plastic waste come in all shapes and sizes — but how do we combat the issue without taking plastic products away from those who need them most for everyday living?

US Consumers More Concerned About Ocean Plastic Than Climate Change

New study finds bans of single-use plastic and awareness of circular alternatives are breaking through to consumers. The impacts of climate change remain much more intangible.

Can Green PE, Better Collection and Recycling Redeem Plastic? Braskem Thinks So

As ocean plastic in particular has captured the world’s attention, plastic producers such as Braskem have quickly ramped up efforts to use plastic responsibly and create better alternatives.

Sports World, CPG Brands Continue Charge Toward Sustainable Plastics Use

Announcements this week take skincare into refillable pods, set new standards designed to protect environment amid climate crisis, and increase recycled content in packaging.

There’s No Time to Waste, So Let’s Make Time for the Future

When you hear the word “Tupperware,” do you picture leftovers in your grandmother’s fridge? Or perhaps 1960s housewives displaying towers of product at a “Tupperware Party?” It’s time to paint a new picture.

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Trending: Startups Fighting Food Waste Continue to Shape ‘Future of Snacking’

Entrepreneurial innovators are still giving the big guys a run for their money — with new products and solutions making use of food waste or eliminating it completely — and also challenging each other to create winning new products with upcycled ingredients.

In Rhode Island, Mission to Improve Ocean Health Is Starting on Land

“If we’re going to solve for beach and ocean cleanliness, as well as climate change and ocean acidification — and we certainly have to do it all — then we have to acknowledge that the health of our soil is crucial.”

Beverage Giants, L’Oréal, Tupperware Continue Paving Way for Circular Plastics Economy

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Expanded collaborations aimed at scaling the use of the world’s first enzymatic plastic-recycling technology and introducing recycled polymers into durable storage ware.

Offset Your Coffee Habit with This Waste-Saving Soap

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Coffee lovers that hate waste and enjoy feeling fresh, clean and exfoliated — listen up: Grounded Upcycling makes a simple bar of soap that checks all three boxes.

How to Be a Better Recycler

Many people think because they’re recycling, they’re being earth-friendly, but the reality is that over one-third of what people in the US try to recycle can’t be recycled.

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SB’19 Paris, Day 2: Virtuous Value Chains, Next-Gen CSR and Redesigning the #GoodLife

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Our second day in Paris was chock-full of rich panel discussions with brands trading stories of the evolution of ideas and lessons learned — and still to be learned — on the long, windy road to creating a sustainable consumer economy.

Changing Behavior, One Reused Item at a Time

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. We are consuming more clothing, using it for nearly half as long and still filling up our Earth with unwanted and unused clothing and textiles. The existing solution we can utilize in our day-to-day lives and business practices is reuse.

The State of Recycling: What Does it Mean for Paper?

As the global recycling industry responds to political, financial and environmental factors, and as consumers become more aware of the sustainability issues facing society today — what should we be thinking about? I’ve put together my top three takeaways, especially as it relates to the paper market.

Hotel-Beverage Giant Project Makes Machu Picchu Pueblo First Zero-Waste City in Latin America

Having recently highlighted the importance and impacts of healthy ecosystems on tourism, as well as the role travel companies and their customers must play in preserving our global destinations, we love this story about two companies doing just that in Peru.

‘Round and ‘Round We Finally Go: Why I Believe We’ll Achieve a Circular Economy, Part 1

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. While a growing number of industries are working to eliminate waste globally, two in particular — which happen to be two of the world’s biggest culprits where waste is concerned — also have me feeling particularly inspired.

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