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The latest developments in safe and sustainable chemicals, new materials, fuels, and more.

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Preventing Toxic Pollution in a Pandemic: Retailers Report Progress Toward Safer Chemicals

Preventing Toxic Pollution in a Pandemic: Retailers Report Progress Toward Safer Chemicals

The fifth annual 'Who's Minding the Store?' retailer report card shines a light on both market leaders and laggards in chemical safety. Grading retailers against one another motivates action to improve; and mobilizing public concern reminds companies that customers matter the most.

Co|Lab is a HITT: Innovative Facility Serves as Hub for R&D of Emerging Materials

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. HITT Contracting’s demo facility was designed to highlight circular design; focus on healthy material selection; and meet the most rigorous, sustainable standards for the construction industry.

Are you ‘Looped In’? Circular Economy Leaders Share Their Latest Solutions

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. In Dow’s ‘Looped In’ series, Global Sustainability Director Jeff Wooster talks with circular economy advocates from major brands to discuss promising initiatives and partnerships, and what we can learn from the results.

One Life Is Not Enough for Plastics: How Dow Is Designing for Recyclability

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Dow’s Pack Studios has collaborated with consumer brands and helped create products that enable plastic packages to be lighter with the design features consumers want — improving packaging, meeting consumers’ needs and ultimately reducing waste.

For Bumble Bee, Circular Packaging Solutions Are Both New, Tried and True

Cross-Posted from Redefining Sustainable Seafood for the Future. The Bumble Bee Seafood Company is diving in headfirst to tackle circular packaging strategies in new ways — and some old ways.

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Even COVID Can’t Stop Sustainable Packaging

As hopes mount for a new, post-COVID “normal,” many systems are in flux and the state of sustainable packaging is once again in question. How will businesses adapt? Or re-adapt? Or un-adapt? Shelton Group CEO Suzanne Shelton and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Adam Gendell share their insights.

Dow Unwraps Packaging Science, Sustainability Topics with New Podcast

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. "Plastics Unwrapped" provides savvy brands an insider’s look into some of the latest innovations in recyclable plastics, and tackles complex and fascinating science and sustainability questions.

Value-Engineered Packaging: Does Your Packaging Reflect Your Brand Values?

Consider working with a packaging engineer the next time you release a new product or as you take steps to make your brand more sustainable. Customised packaging solutions create less waste, fewer emissions, and more savings to pass on to your customers. 

New C2C Certified Product Standard Pushes Companies Beyond Compliance, Toward Leadership

V4.0 of the newly released Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard is designed to meet companies wherever they are on their sustainability journey and help them set achievable milestones through actionable pathways as they work towards their ultimate goals.

Johnson’s Baby Overhauls Pumps in Packaging to Aid Recycling

Cross-Posted from Our Healthy Lives Mission. By removing this small part of the packaging of Johnson's® Baby products, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health predicts it will keep 24M difficult-to-recycle pumps out of landfills each year – and that’s just the beginning. The company aims to strike a balance between consumers’ and the planet’s needs.

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How Sustainability at Eastman Has Evolved to Tackle Global Challenges

Here, Cathy Combs, Eastman’s Director of Sustainability, details the materials giant’s ongoing journey to embedding sustainability into its core strategy — to enhance quality of life in a material way.

LanzaTech’s Carbon-Negative Ethanol to Help Coty Pioneer Sustainable Fragrance Production

A new partnership will see fragrance giant Coty incorporating LanzaTech’s upcycled, CarbonSmart ethanol, sourced from carbon capture, into its manufacturing process — with the goal of using it in the majority of its fragrance portfolio by 2023.

Where Dow and the Packaging Industry Are Headed in 2021 and Beyond

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. At Dow, our goal is to be a sustainability leader by providing products that support people and our planet’s wellbeing — whether by combatting climate change or working to eliminate waste. But we can’t do this alone.

Trending: Scalable, Circular Solutions Promise to Revolutionize Plastic Packaging

New innovations from Nature Valley and the winners of Closed Loop Partners’ Beyond the Bag challenge continue to chip away at consumer packaging waste.

Beautycounter, HP, Humanscale, Naturepedic Report Progress on Managing Chemical Footprints

33 companies participated in the 5th Annual Chemical Footprint Project survey. For the first time, seven companies scored over 80% of possible points.

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Lenzing Rolling Up Its Sleeves to Lead Textile Industry on Climate Action

In its first year disclosing to CDP, the fiber maker earned ‘A’ scores for its global climate and forests stewardship. Here’s what got it there.

250+ Orgs Outline Plan for Biden, Congress to #BreakFreeFromPlastic

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Report identifies 13 solutions to reduce the environmental and health impacts of plastics, with particular attention to helping communities disproportionately affected by the effects of petrochemical pollution.

Global Innovation Competition Seeks Solutions to Microplastic Pollution

Conservation X Labs’ $650,000 challenge aims to “harness planetary genius” to create solutions to replace plastic in textiles and textile manufacturing.

The Shift from Sustainable to Regenerative Design

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The language and terms we use influence our approach to the problems we face. Switching from sustainable to regenerative design enables us to more easily leave behind strategies that are no longer equal to the challenges we face.

Sika Sarnafil’s Retractable Roof for the Rogers Centre Is a Case Study in Recycling and Reuse

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. When Toronto’s Rogers Centre stadium needed a new roof, the owner turned to Sika Sarnafil — the manufacturer of the original vinyl roof membrane. Choosing a Sarnafil roof provided the additional benefit of the company’s recycling program

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