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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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How Dow Is Helping Global Communities Tackle Plastic Waste

By helping to incentivize, develop and scale circular and environmentally beneficial projects, we can maximize the value of waste, empower communities and create a more sustainable future.

A Designer Fix to Our Current State of 'Broken'

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. From alternative materials to circular production methods, sustainable design continues on a viable path forward; it is an approach that I hope other manufacturers embrace as the ultimate design challenge.

The Ocean Cleanup: Into the Twilight Zone

As the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to fragment into microplastics, it is key that we reach proven technology status as soon as possible; we are closer than ever to having a tool capable of cleaning up the oceans for good.

Trending: Waste-Free Personal Care Products Set to Revolutionize Industry

Blueland debuts another plastic-free offering, Lush develops carbon-positive packaging, and Maiiro calls out the beauty industry’s ‘Pack of Lies’ in a new plastic-awareness campaign.

Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution

Molson Coors, Dasani and Poland Spring all unveil ambitious plans to eliminate problematic single-use plastic from their packaging — and help keep consumers up to speed on what’s #NotTrash.

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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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