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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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Reducing Food Waste Saved UK Food Industry £100M in Just 3 Years

According to a new report released by WRAP, retailers and brands across the UK saved over £100 million by reducing food waste.

P&G's New Year's Resolution: Zero Waste to Landfill From All Production Sites by 2020

Procter & Gamble announced today additional investments in recycling and beneficial reuse that will eliminate all manufacturing waste from its global network of more than 100 production sites by 2020. Since P&G began qualifying sites as zero manufacturing waste to landfill, 56 percent of its global production sites have achieved this milestone. Plans are now in place to complete the remaining facilities over the next four years. This means eliminating or beneficially reusing roughly 650,000 metric tons of waste, equivalent to the weight of nearly 350,000 mid-sized cars that would typically go to landfills.

Trending: Emerson, AT&T, London Startup Find More Creative Ways to Fight Food Waste

Today, approximately 40% of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste and 97% ends up in landfills. There it decomposes and produces methane gas — 25 times more harmful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer. A similar story can be told across the globe. Food waste poses a significant risk to both food security and the planet, but new technologies and creative reuses of waste streams are pushing the food industry towards more sustainable, circular models.

Baldor Specialty Foods Reaches Sustainability Goal Early by Reimagining Waste

It’s no secret that the food industry struggles to control the vast amount of waste it generates. In the United States alone, 30-40 percent of the national food supply (roughly 52 million tons of food) finds its way into landfills every year — a staggering and shocking statistic considering that 1 in 7 Americans don’t have access to affordable, nutritious food.

UK Universities Poised to Lead Europe in Cutting Food Waste in Half by 2030

Ending food waste is a key concern across the Western world, with new initiatives such as WWF and Sodexo’s sustainable meals program and Sainsbury’s Waste Less, Save More campaign seeming to crop up almost daily.

Lagunitas Poised to Save $22.5M Through Cambrian’s New Water-Energy Purchase Agreement

Cambrian Innovation, a commercial provider of distributed wastewater-treatment and resource-recovery solutions for industrial facilities, announced today that it is offering a novel water-energy purchase agreement (WEPA) - a new form of financing that it’s calling the wastewater industry’s answer to solar’s power purchasing agreements (PPAs) – and that Lagunitas Brewing Company will be the first to use it.

Carbon Trust Launches Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Certification

As businesses around the world continue to innovate closed-loop solutions and other initiatives to eliminate waste throughout their operations, The Carbon Trust will now be able to audit those efforts through its new standard for Zero Waste to Landfill.

Trending: Finally, End-of-Life Solutions for Two of Our Least Recyclable Products

As the ongoing effort to mitigate climate change leads many businesses and governments to create a circular economy, we still face a number of roadblocks – namely in the end of life of certain products that weren’t designed for reuse, recycling or safe disposal. But two initiatives announced this week could represent progress.

ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines Streamline Industry Efforts to Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals

On Friday, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme - a collaboration of 22 leading brands, including Kering, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Coop Switzerland and New Balance, along with 13 value chain affiliates and 7 associates - released its Wastewater Guidelines, a unified expectation on wastewater quality for t

15 Food Giants, Retailers Step Up to Chop Food Loss and Waste by 2030

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy have recognized 15 U.S. businesses and organizations pledging concrete steps to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50 percent by 2030, as recommended by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sainsbury's Commits £1m to Radically Reduce Food Waste in the UK

UK retailer Sainsbury’s has unveiled its latest move in the fight against food waste, by announcing a £1 million fund available to towns and cities across the United Kingdom. The commitment is the second phase of its Waste Less, Save More strategy - a five-year plan designed to help households save money by reducing food waste in the UK.

Trending: C&A Foundation, Volcom Continue to Advance Market for Closed-Loop Textiles

This past week saw even yet still more circular economic initiatives sprouting up in the apparel industry. First, the C&A Foundation granted €250,000 ($276,000) to the social enterprise Circle Economy, which is dedicated to accelerating the practical and scalable implementation of the circular economy. Circle Economy will use the funding to advance its Circle Textiles Program with a mission to close the loop for textiles and create a zero-waste industry.

Safety from Volatility: How SUEZ Is Future-Proofing by Investing in Regenerative Waste Management

One of the largest waste management companies in North America is disinvesting in recycling. Waste Management CEO David Steiner recently went on to discuss the company’s current business spend, which went from 12 percent five years ago down to 8 percent now.

Champions 12.3 ‘Progress’ Report Details Why We Must Target, Measure, Act on Food Waste

Up to one-third of all food produced is never eaten by people, and this food loss and waste is responsible for $940 billion in economic losses and 8 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Target 12.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls on all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030, but nations, cities and businesses in the food supply chain need to move more quickly to set reduction targets, measure their progress and taken action if the goal is to be achieved.

Ford Aims to Reduce Water Use 72%, to Zero Potable Water Use in Manufacturing

Ford is aiming to reduce its use of the world’s most precious resource – water – by nearly three-fourths as it takes its next step toward using zero potable (drinking) water for vehicle manufacturing. By 2020, Ford aspires to have reduced its water usage per vehicle by 72 percent and will have saved more than 10 billion gallons of water since the turn of the millennium. In layman’s terms, that roughly means for every one gallon of water Ford used in manufacturing in 2000, it aims to use about one liter by 2020.

Giant Coffee Cup Bins Offer Paper Cup Recycling in New Social Experiment

Eleven bins shaped like giant coffee cups have popped up along one of Manchester’s busiest streets, Oxford Road. They’re part of a new campaign and social experiment from environment charity Hubbub that aims to give paper cup recycling #1MoreShot.

Industry Associations Partner on Pilot Program to Increase Automotive Recycling

Approximately 12 to 15 million vehicles are scrapped each year in the United States. The average lifespan of a vehicle is estimated to be about 11.5 years, and increasingly those vehicles are comprised of more and more plastics. Recovery of plastic components before shredding is largely driven by the resale market, but some recovery for mechanical recycling is also occurring.

Give Back Box, Goodwill Helping Growing List of Retailers, Consumers Eliminate Waste

Mission-driven startup Give Back Box® was founded in 2012 by Monika Wiela, who at the time was running an online shoe store. The idea was inspired by a homeless man she encountered in Chicago, who was holding up a sign saying he needed a pair of shoes. Wiela returned later that day with shoes for him, but he was gone. She spent that night thinking about what she could do with all the empty boxes in her warehouse and also help people like that man, and a new social enterprise was born.

These Students’ Environmental Science Projects Are Greening Their Communities

Competitive school science fairs are a motif in the grade school education story. Often requiring a significant investment on the part of parents, the circumstances in which students must produce a contending project can create more stress than interest for the sciences and environmental studies.

Closed Loop Foundation, SC Johnson Award Grants to Innovators in Plastic Film Recycling

The Closed Loop Foundation, in partnership with SC Johnson, today awarded two innovation grants to companies working to help solve film plastic packaging recycling:

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