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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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New Reports Reveal Details, Impacts of Efforts To Tackle Plastic Waste and Pollution

In the first New Plastics Economy Global Commitment report, major companies publish data on their annual plastic packaging volumes, many for the first time; while Closed Loop Partners’ 2018 Impact Report measures the effect their investments are having on reducing emissions, diverting valuable commodities from landfill and creating jobs.

Trending: Collaborations Continue to Fuel Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. These days, we can’t go a week without the launch of another initiative, innovation or collaboration aimed at eradicating plastic waste around the world – which means we may actually have a fighting chance at doing it.

Trending: Taking the Carbon, Waste Out of eCommerce

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Between Amazon and Etsy’s carbon-neutral ambitions, and more and more options for circular shipping containers, the millions of tons of emissions and waste generated by e-commerce could soon be a thing of the past.

#WearNext: Make Fashion Circular, NYC Partner to Tackle Clothing Waste

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. As well as being able to drop off clothing at stores and other collection points, New Yorkers will be encouraged to get involved by donating, repairing, reselling or swapping their old clothes to give them a new life.

The Big Climate Issue We Need to Focus on in 2019: Textiles and Circularity

I want to encourage all of the stakeholders — brands and consumers — to work together to move the needle, as we look to mitigate fashion and textile waste impact over the next two decades.

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How Imaging Technology Could Solve the Global Food Waste Problem

One of the biggest food retailers in the US has used the software to better understand the shelf life of its beef, cutting potential waste by 25 percent.

UK Gov Proposes Tax, Other Incentives to Help End Throwaway Fashion

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. The Environmental Audit Committee is calling on the UK government to make fashion retailers take responsibility for the waste they create.

Renewal Mill: Turning By-Products Into More Nutritious Food

Through its proprietary technology, the company transforms organic, high-fiber food by-product streams into nutritious raw ingredients.

Champions 12.3: Restaurants Realize 7:1 ROI by Reducing Food Waste

Cross-Posted from Business Case. New research finds rather compelling business case for restaurants to reduce the amount of food they throw away.

Novozymes, VTT Crafting Next-Gen Solutions to Plastic Waste (and More)

Promising technologies from Finland, France could bring waste-free future closer to reality.

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That’s the Spirit: Optimizing the Inputs, and Outputs, of Alcohol

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Players large and small are innovating to optimize what goes into — and comes out of — alcohol production.

Passion Fruit: Growing a Farm into a Climate-Beneficial Enterprise

Many farmers avoid wasting excess fruit by turning it into animal feed, but Sidehill Farm has found much more delicious solutions.

EPR in Action: TerraCycle, CPG Giants Close ‘Loop’ on Single-Use Packaging

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. First-of-its-kind, global shopping platform aims to offer zero-waste packaging options for the world’s most popular consumer products.

Dell Continues to Close the Loop on E-waste

“We’ve made a really good run at making electronics recycling convenient and easy, but there is an opportunity for the entire IT industry."

Trending: Lush, M&S, Nestlé Accelerate Plastic-Free Strategies

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The work to clean up our plastic mess continues with new initiatives from more major brands.

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Global Alliance Commits Over $1B to End Plastic Waste

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The global plastics value chain has banded together to advance solutions to plastic waste in the environment.

Q&A: Savers on a Mission to Help Us All ‘Rethink Reuse’

Fashion and sustainability: Can they go together?

How WWF, Hilton Are Beating Hospitality Food Waste

If you’re visiting a hotel this holiday season for either work or pleasure, take a moment to observe the way food is prepared and served at the buffet or your holiday party dinner. Is it presented in abundance? Are people taking more than they can eat? Is the hotel staff replenishing the buffet even as the party is winding down? How much food is going back to the kitchen? Can you tell if the hotel is donating edible food or composting its scraps?

Trending: Kellogg, UK Gov Waste No Time Repurposing 'Throw Away' Food

New initiatives from both the private and public sector aim to further chip away at the UK’s food waste issue, as the nation attempts to rebound from being designated Europe’s biggest food waster in 2015. Kellogg's Cornflakes adding sweet touch to Throw Away IPA

Soap Recycling Creating Win-Win-Win for Hotels, Women, Developing Communities

It was 2014 and social entrepreneur Samir Lakhani was working on sustainable aquaculture projects in the villages of Northern Cambodia. Watching a mother wash and bathe her new baby using laundry powder rather than soap is a vision that has stayed with him to this day. It was also the inspiration for his next business venture. “I noticed that nobody seemed in good overall health — whether it was an infection that wouldn’t go away or a child with diarrhea,” he told Sustainable Brands in a recent interview.

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