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Closed Loop Partners teams with Walmart, CVS, Target to take on the plastic bag 24.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Closed Loop Partners teams with Walmart, CVS, Target to take on the plastic bag Deonna Anderson Fri, 07/24/2020 - 01:15 Single-use plastic shopping bags are a real problem. They take decades to break down but nearly 100 billion of them are used in the United States every year to cart away goods from retailers. Fewer than 10 percent of those are recycled  — often winding up in landfills and waterways because many recyclers don’t accept them . Now, Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy is partnering with Walmart, CVS Health and Target to address that problem. Their $15 million joint Beyond the Bag Initiative  — similar to a previous collaboration focused on redesigning cups — will focus on creating solutions that reinvent shopping bags and that more effectively divert single-use plastic bags from landfills.  "By coming together to tackle the problem, we aim to accelerate the pace of innovation and the commercialization of sustainable solutions," said Kathleen McLaughlin, executive vice ...
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Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand? 15.7.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand? Arlene Karidis Wed, 07/15/2020 - 01:00 One novel spin on emerging hydrogen fuel options is "clean hydrogen" made from trash.  Early pioneers of these hydrogen-from-waste technologies such as Ways2H, SGH2 Energy (SGH2) and Standard Hydrogen say not only are they making carbon-free, energy-rich fuel, their approaches also will divert mountains of trash from landfills and waterways, cutting greenhouse gas emissions.   Green hydrogen — made by splitting water’s hydrogen and oxygen using electricity produced by renewable sources — is a small fish in the "energies pond." Today, more than 95 percent of hydrogen is fossil-based and does not rely on renewables. Other technologies are in the mix, such as battery electric vehicles. Hydrogen from waste is an even smaller fish than hydrogen from renewable energy. There are only a few waste-to-hydrogen projects, most which are in early stages and relatively small scale. Still, there is potential for clean — low- ...
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How Perdue, Smithfield and Silver Fern Farms are reducing packaging waste 17.6.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Perdue Farms Close Authorship Generally speaking, zero waste strategies for animal protein companies don’t cover the meat, organs or bones of the slaughtered animals. Finding partners that can use those items is embedded into the core business strategy. Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, for example, created the Smithfield BioScience division in 2017 to come up with solutions for using meat production by-products such as mucosa, glands and skin for medical applications.  From a corporate perspective, Smithfield’s commitment is to reduce overall solid waste sent to landfills by 75 percent by 2025. In the U.S., it plans to certify at least three-quarters of its facilities as zero waste by that time frame. (It has 35 of them.)  The designation calls for it to recycle or reuse at least 50 percent of the waste at a given facility. So far, Smithfield has certified 30 percent of its U.S. sites including its largest facility in Vernon, California, according to the company's 2019 sustainability ...
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Rebuilding recycling to go circular 19.5.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Rebuilding recycling to go circular Keefe Harrison Mon, 05/18/2020 - 18:18 This article is part of our Paradigm Shift series, produced by nonprofit PYXERA Global, on the diverse solutions driving the transition to a circular economy. See the full collection of stories and upcoming webinars with the authors  here . After the coronavirus pandemic has passed, the world will need solutions to repair our economy in a way that protects both the planet and its people. The circular economy is a solution for our future health and wellness and recycling has a vital role to play. A circular economy is not possible without recycling, yet it can’t happen through recycling alone. As companies ramp up their circular economy goals, they’re often based on the concept that recycling will be the workhorse and catch-net of a bigger system. The truth is, that system is not yet a reality. Recycling isn’t just a thing you do when you’re done drinking your bottle of water or reading the morning paper. It’s a system supported by ...
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Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics 11.5.2020 GreenBiz.com
Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics Joel Makower Mon, 05/11/2020 - 00:44 At first glance, the sprawling industrial site, covering roughly 900 acres in Kingsport, Tennessee, appears to be just another chemical manufacturing facility. There are hundreds of buildings and countless miles of pipes, conveyors, distillers, cooling towers, valves, pumps, compressors and controls. It doesn’t exactly look or feel particularly noteworthy. But something extraordinary is going on at this Eastman chemical plant: two breakthrough processes to turn waste plastics of all kinds back into new plastics, continuously, with no loss of quality. Last year, the company announced two major initiatives: Carbon renewal technology, or CRT, which breaks down waste plastic feedstocks to the molecular level before using them as building blocks to produce a wide range of materials and packaging. The company claims this enables waste plastics to be recycled an infinite number of times without degradation of ...
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Coyuchi, full circularity and the challenge of textile recycling 29.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The home textiles company — and other players in the textile recycling space — want to show what's possible.
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The fire we need 24.4.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Can managed fire heal more than just the forests?
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Dyper and TerraCycle make composting diapers accessible 10.4.2020 GreenBiz.com
Leaders from the two companies hope others will be inspired to do more to reuse or compost their products.
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A tale of two snack pouches 8.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Millions of parents have come to rely on single-serve fruit squeezes, but the packaging piles up in landfills. Here's how GoGo Squeeze and Gerber are reinventing their packaging toward greater recyclability.
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How companies — from automotive to apparel — can transform waste into resources 3.4.2020 GreenBiz.com
One key is to design out waste in the first place.
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Hundreds of companies crack down on plastic from fast fashion to supermarkets and beyond 6.3.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The initial headline-grabbing pledges to phase out single use plastic may have become old news, but the new normal is seeing hundreds of companies quietly advance their plastic reduction strategies.
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A conversation with Ford's sustainability leader 3.3.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
How will the No. 2 American automaker focus on sustainability amidst restructuring and major transformation?
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Could Dubai’s $350 million sustainable supercity work in New York? 25.2.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Dreaming of what’s possible in the Big Apple.
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The complexities of composting 24.2.2020 GreenBiz.com
This article is adapted from GreenBiz's weekly newsletter, Circular Weekly, running Fridays. Subscribe here.These days, recycling gets all the attention. Yet while the world scoffs at global recycling rates and panics at plastic pollution, I often wonder when a similar wave of public outrage will arrive for recycling’s biological counterpart: the humble world of compost. 
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How digital identities could bring us closer to a circular economy 17.2.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Tracking technologies could provide information throughout a product's journey, from the start all the way through to its use at the consumer level, and ultimately to its disposal or reuse in the future.
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Rethinking the 'P' word 14.2.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
It's time for blue-sky thinking plus practical measures in the battle to reduce plastic waste.
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To manage plastic waste, you first have to measure it — here's how we did it for one Caribbean country 7.2.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Measuring the problem is often challenging for plastics, due to lack of data on where they come from and end up.
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Plastic to-go containers are bad, but the alternatives might not be much better 5.2.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Single-use plastic bans are showing up across the nation. But compostable plates and forks may not solve the plastic crisis.
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How companies can source polyester more sustainably 23.1.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The most widely used fiber in the world, polyester accounts for roughly half of the fiber market overall and about 80 percent of all synthetic fibers.
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Starbucks commits to give more than it takes from the planet, and ditch disposable cups 21.1.2020 GreenBiz.com
To become "resource positive," the coffee colossus seeks to shift toward circularity, including reusable packaging.
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