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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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How we can fight the pandemic by embracing circularity 12.6.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How we can fight the pandemic by embracing circularity Garry Cooper Fri, 06/12/2020 - 01:30 Throughout the pandemic response, a key issue has been a lack of communication and coordination to get personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies to where they are most needed, with many areas of the country suffering from severe resource shortages as a result. The only truly successful solution has been, and will continue to be, to strategically adopt two core elements of a circular economy model: reuse and resource sharing. The key goals of the circular economy are " designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems ." Unlike in our current linear economic model, which generally discards materials once used, the circular economy enables more value to be extracted from an item by eschewing the "take-make-waste" pattern. In a situation where supply is limited, the circular model gets far more use out of the same supply. While the need for ...
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How Dell and Levi's envision the future of repair 27.5.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
How Dell and Levi's envision the future of repair Elsa Wenzel Wed, 05/27/2020 - 02:00 Doing away with a culture of disposability is one of the big dreams of the circular economy. A jolt in this direction came overnight as COVID-19 drove people indoors, forcing many to rethink how they reduce, reuse or recycle items they took for granted only weeks earlier. As U.S. unemployment claims soared to 30 million, buying non-essentials became an act of either audacity or foolishness. Even window shopping has been confined to a web browser. People have been making every can of beans and square of toilet paper last. "Like it or not, the coronavirus is changing the rules of consumption," said GreenBiz Editorial Director Heather Clancy during the Circularity Digital virtual event last week. "Millions of consumers are putting off retail purchases and looking at the stuff in their closets and cabinets and desktops in a very different way. Why should this item be thrown away when it could be repaired or refreshed and ...
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How TerraCycle's safety and cleaning practices can be adopted across industries 22.5.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
How TerraCycle's safety and cleaning practices can be adopted across industries Deonna Anderson Fri, 05/22/2020 - 00:05 The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the safety of reuse into question. But Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, thinks when the crisis is over there will be even more opportunity for reusable packaging and containers to become more commonplace, if done right. "Recycling is going to take a real punch to the face, to be quite fair," Szaky said during GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 20 Digital event this week, pointing to the continued decrease in oil prices and the pressure that's putting on the economics of using recycled plastics. "That’s disastrous for the recycling industry, which creates its revenue by selling recycled plastics, which are hedged against, in many ways, the price of oil." Many recycling activities have been paused as the pandemic has raised health and safety concerns, which could lead to a waste crisis post-pandemic, he said. Recycling centers have closed temporarily or ...
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Bush Brothers counts on water reuse to reduce local impact of bean production 20.5.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Bush Brothers counts on water reuse to reduce local impact of bean production Jesse Klein Wed, 05/20/2020 - 03:20 "There was nothing except a pipe going out the back of the plant." This was how Rodney Aulick, president of integrated solutions and services at Evoqua Water Technologies, described the wastewater system at Bush Brothers and Company’s Tennessee plant, when it first engaged with the food company. Bush Brothers is the largest manufacturer of prepared beans in the United States, and its work with water treatment titan Evoqua resulted in massive improvements, Aulick said. The plant is now able to reuse much of its water, lowering the strain on the community system and environment as a whole. The company is also better equipped to tightly control its water usage, according to Evoqua.   Bush Brothers, a family-owned business, has been operating in the small community of Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, for over 110 years. The company keeps the community in mind when pushing for new production goals and ...
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Reusable packaging in the time of COVID-19 18.5.2020 GreenBiz.com
Reusable packaging in the time of COVID-19 Tom Szaky Mon, 05/18/2020 - 01:00 The novel coronavirus had cases on every continent except Antarctica when it was declared a global pandemic March 11. The crisis was brewing long before, and the United States federal emergency and stay-at-home orders would come after, but it was in that official moment of alarm that consumer behavior, and business’s response to it, changed across the country. Almost immediately, reusables and durable items took a spotlight as potentially undesirable . The socially sanctioned practice of bring-your-own shopping bags and coffee mugs came to a halt and was enforced at retail locations , as did the use of glass and durable tableware in bars and restaurants before dine-in service stopped. Even in states that previously had instituted bans on single-use items such as plastic bags ( temporarily lifted  with new bans on their reusable counterparts ), there has been a swap to disposables, thought to be more sanitary than durable ...
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How cosmetics retailer Lush is making purposeful profit through circularity 12.5.2020 GreenBiz.com
How cosmetics retailer Lush is making purposeful profit through circularity Katrina Shum Tue, 05/12/2020 - 01:30 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 . Commerce as we know it is going through a rapid evolution. The convergence of new technology, emerging social platforms, constrained natural resources and the evolving values of each new generation is changing the way we do business — whether it’s the sharing economy, the rise of products as a service or the retail shopping experience itself. But the accelerated growth of the retail industry has come at a cost. There’s no doubt about it — we are in the midst of a plastic pollution crisis. We’ve all seen the viral images of turtles with straws stuck up their noses, or whales washed up with bellies full of plastic bags. And one of the biggest contributors to ...
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Circular economy principles are alleviating COVID-19 shortages 10.4.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
With medical supplies and personal protection in short supply, hospitals and companies are embracing refurbishment and reuse.
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Andy Tomkins brings Canon's new circular focus into view 13.3.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The sustainability engagement manager explains the goals of working for the common good with a circular business model that makes sense economically.
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GreenBiz 20 Day 3 welcome 10.3.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Day 3 welcome with GreenBiz's Eric Faurot, Shana Rappaport, Lauren Phipps and Ellie Buechner. Waste Management's Eric Gray gives a zero waste update.
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Zero-waste refill stations in and around L.A. 6.3.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Zero-waste refill stations let you reduce plastic waste and potentially save money because you pay only for what you take. Here's where to find them.

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Reduce, reuse, replenish: Zero-waste refill stations and the end of recycling 6.3.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Angelenos have already trained themselves to bring reusable bags on grocery store runs. Are reusable bottles next?

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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What’s driving the industry shift to circularity? 29.2.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
For some industries, rising consumer demand and expectations are a clear driver. In others, there's regulatory pressure.
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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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The potential for circular textiles to have a positive impact on work and workers 7.2.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Can unwanted clothes make for happy workers?
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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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Fashion's latest trend? Why H&M, other big brands are investing in garment recycling 22.1.2020 GreenBiz.com
Less than 1 percent of clothing material today is refashioned to produce new clothing. This is one potential solution.
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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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Starbucks commits to give more than it takes from the planet, and ditch disposable cups for good 21.1.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
To become "resource positive," the coffee colossus seeks to shift toward circularity, including reusable packaging.
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