Plastics

This month, we dig deeper into the growing number of innovations and initiatives aimed at eliminating pollution caused by the most ubiquitous material on earth.

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Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution

Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - 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.

Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation

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.

Partnerships, Education Helping Braskem Pave Way Toward a Circular Future

COLLABORATION - With dedication to research, investment in technology and partnerships, Braskem has been transforming the plastics value chain.

Trending: Fashion Edges Ever Closer to Circularity

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Prada's new Nat Geo series highlights its Re-Nylon line; while the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Guidelines aim to ensure jeans are made better for the environment and the health of garment workers.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Leave Pro-Plastics Lobbying Association

WALKING THE TALK - As more and more companies are transitioning away from single-use plastics and actively seeking more sustainable alternatives, The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo have announced their exit from the Plastics Industry Association.

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New Film Highlights South Africa’s Unsung Plastic Waste Heroes

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.

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

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?

6 Ways to Shift Business for Real, Positive Impact

LEADERSHIP - To answer the call of this climate emergency, we need business to shift from being ‘less negative’ to being ‘for good,’ and to redefine ‘profit’ to include social and environmental benefit.

Nestlé Creates Industry-First, Recyclable Paper Snack Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Until now, high-speed production of shelf-stable snacks was only achieved using plastic films and laminates.

VEOCEL™ Launches New Certification Criteria to Elevate Sustainability and Biodegradability in Personal Care and Beauty Products

PRESS RELEASE - With the new certification scheme for its VEOCEL™ branded fibers, Lenzing establishes its fiber brand as a label of trust for eco-conscious consumers.

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US Consumers More Concerned About Ocean Plastic Than Climate Change

WASTE NOT - 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.

PepsiCo’s Multi-Pronged ‘Recycling with Purpose’ Initiative Launches in Peru

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The PepsiCo Foundation’s US$2M grant to Ciudad Saludable will support recyclers and their organizations to become part of the recycling system within the country.

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

WASTE NOT - 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.

SB’19 Detroit: L’Oréal, TerraCycle Illustrate How Products Should Be Made, Packaged

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The innovators behind Seed Phytonutrients and the Loop reusable packaging platform shared lessons learned, and the potential impacts these disruptive new approaches could hold for their respective industries.

SB’19 Detroit: #BrandsForGood, #Strawless Laying Groundwork for Sustainable Behavior Change

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - On Wednesday, day three of SB’19 Detroit, the focus was on collective brand efforts to create the significant shifts in consumer behavior necessary for The Good Life to become a reality.

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Rethinking Vinyl Today to Optimize for Tomorrow

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We hear a lot about the use and alternatives of single-use plastic these days. But another type of plastic is embracing a new ambitious business model: Vinyl.

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

WASTE NOT - 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.

Collaborating for the Better: Helping Consumers Enjoy Convenience with a Clear Conscience

COLLABORATION - One of the biggest challenges today is to encourage both brands and consumers to opt for more sustainable alternatives. Collaboration and alliances with like-minded partners along the value chain can help solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Q&A: Nat Geo on Its Mission to ‘Activate’ Global Citizens, Drive Change Through Stories

LEADERSHIP - National Geographic’s efficacy lies at the nexus of science, entertainment and purpose. We spoke with CMO Jill Cress to learn how this ‘purpose-native’ media giant maximizes its impacts through strategic partnerships.

Trending: Breakthrough Innovations Forging Next-Gen Plastic Recycling Solutions

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Unilever UK solves the problem of rejection of black plastic; while Berkeley Lab’s new circular plastic can be recycled again and again into new materials of any color, shape or form.

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