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Publication highlights upstream solution to minimize plastic packaging waste

Publication highlights upstream solution to minimize plastic packaging waste
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The U.K.-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation has released its newest publication, “Upstream Innovation: A guide to packaging solutions,” which it describes as “a practical guide to eliminating plastic pollution through circular economy solutions.”

The organization’s New Plastics Economy innovation team also has created assets to accompany the publication that include a case study database, a workshop toolkit, videos and more to help those involved in packaging creation to develop upstream solutions that prevent plastic waste and pollution.

The guide’s release comes just weeks after the foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, published its second New Plastics Economy “Global Commitment Progress Report,” which notes that businesses must increase their elimination and reuse efforts to meet their 2025 targets to address plastic pollution.

The organization adds that by focusing more efforts on upstream innovation and not solely downstream activities such as waste management businesses can prevent waste.

“We cannot recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis, we need to move upstream and look at what is put on the market in the first place, so we can eliminate waste, not simply manage it better,” says Sara Wingstrand, innovation programme manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. “The circular economy allows us to redesign the entire plastics system to not only overcome the global challenge of plastic pollution but to do so in a way that allows us to build better growth and create solutions at speed and scale. Designers and businesses are at the heart of this transition and we hope this guide will help them on that journey.”

“Upstream Innovation” provides more than 110 examples, including from Tesco, Lush, Walmart and Abel & Cole, that demonstrate how businesses are using circular economy solutions across a range of sectors, the foundation says.  

Case studies are offered in the areas of elimination, reuse and material circulation, including:

Elimination – Lush has created concentrated solid formulations of its liquid personal care products, eliminating the need for packaging. Currently, roughly 65 percent of Lush’s product range is “naked.” Since 2005, the company has sold nearly 50 million naked shampoo bars globally, eliminating more than 150 million plastic shampoo bottles. Additionally, the Lush Labs app product recognition feature Lush Lens can be used in-store to access content, such as ingredients or directions for use, removing the need for labeling and packaging.

Reuse – Unilever and Walmart de México y Centroamérica have introduced refill stations at 10 Walmart stores in Mexico to help customers dispense shampoo into reusable aluminum bottles. Following a successful three-month trial, Walmart says it aims to scale this initiative during 2021.

Material circulation – Sprite has begun to transition away from its iconic green bottle to a clear bottle in many markets to improve its value during recycling. In Southeast Asia, for example, clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles sell for an average of 84 cents per metric ton more than colored bottles, a 35 percent increase. Some Sprite bottles are now also being made from 100-percent-recycled PET.

 

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Source: Recycling Today
Publication highlights upstream solution to minimize plastic packaging waste
<![CDATA[The U.K.-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation has released its newest publication, “Upstream Innovation: A guide to packaging solutions,” which it describes as “a practical guide to eliminating plastic pollution through circular economy solutions.”The organization’s New Plastics Economy innovation team also has created assets to accompany the publication that include a case study database, a workshop toolkit, videos and more to help those involved in packaging creation to develop upstream solutions that prevent plastic waste and pollution.The guide’s release comes just weeks after the foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, published its second New Plastics Economy “Global Commitment Progress Report,” which notes that businesses must increase their elimination and reuse efforts to meet their 2025 targets to address plastic pollution. The organization adds that by focusing more efforts on upstream innovation and not solely downstream activities such as waste management businesses can prevent waste. “We cannot recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis, we need to move upstream and look at what is put on the market in the first place, so we can eliminate waste, not simply manage it better,” says Sara Wingstrand, innovation programme manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. “The circular economy allows us…

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Mushroom Cultivation Produces Three Times as Much Waste

European researchers are looking for ways to reuse the significant amount of waste produced from mushroom cultivation. For every one kilogram of mushrooms that is harvested, three times the amount of waste is produced. The substrate after product is
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New Remote Audit Options for Stage 2 Audits

Advisory 19 has been revised to include new remote options for Stage 2 audits.  In cases where an onsite Stage 1 Audit has already been successfully completed,  Certification Bodies have these additional options for conducting the Stage 2 portion of the audit:

  1. Part of the Stage 2 audit may be completed remotely if feasible. The remaining portion of the Stage 2 audit shall be completed onsite before the certificate is issued. The audit time allotted for the onsite Stage 2 audit must not be less than 50% of the total audit time allotted for Stage 2 audit.
  2. The entire Stage 2 may be completed remotely if there are restrictions imposed by the region where recycler is located that prohibit an auditor to travel to or access the site.  The CB shall maintain a record to document restrictions that necessitate a remote Stage 2. If the recycler failed the onsite Stage 1 audit or has numerous concerns that require the CB to go onsite to verify concerns, the CB shall not conduct the Stage 2 audit remotely.  If a remote Stage 1 Audit is performed, the Stage 2 audit must be performed onsite.

Please keep in the mind that the decision to conduct a remote audit is still at the complete discretion of the certification body.   

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Plastic Entangling, Choking 1,800 Marine Animals in U.S. Waters

WASHINGTON –In a report released today, Oceana reveals for the first time the available data on marine mammals and sea turtles swallowing or becoming entangled in plastic in U.S. waters. After surveying dozens of government agencies, organ
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Henkel Joins Amazon’s Climate Pledge

Today, Amazon and Global Optimism announced that Henkel has joined The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040 — a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.

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Companies focus on sustainability on America Recycles Day

Companies focus on sustainability on America Recycles Day
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In its 23rd year, America Recycles Day is celebrated Nov. 15 to inspire more recycling across the country. Companies take part each year. Here are a few initiatives tied to America Recycles Day that are working to increase sustainability and recycling.

Call2Recycle

This year, Atlanta-based Call2Recycle is encouraging consumers to expand their recycling efforts and include batteries.

Call2Recycle says this effort is to make sure more items are recycled, such as electronics. 

“Recycling goes beyond separating our paper and plastic. The common cordless devices in our home – like power tools, laptops, cellphones and even toothbrushes – contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that also needs to be safely stored and recycled,” says Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle.

With the impact of the ongoing pandemic, Call2Recycle sees America Recycles Day as an opportunity to further educate consumers on the importance of battery recycling and encourage them to become environmental stewards while at home.

“America Recycles Day is a great time for consumers, manufacturers, and their families to become more engaged and recommit their efforts to living a more sustainable lifestyle,” adds Smith. “While many industries have faced declining sales during COVID-19, the use of home electronics and the batteries to power them continues to go up. This is a trend that requires all of us to be more responsible with their end-of-life management.”

Frost & Sullivan

With COVID-19 generating more single-use materials, Santa Clara, California-based Frost & Sullivan shared three areas of development in waste and recycling for America Recycles Day.

Frost & Sullivan’s sustainability team finds refocusing stakeholder efforts to improve market competitiveness is central to its future growth success.

“Global markets were already responding to bans on international destinations of waste and recycling materials, and the ongoing disruptions within 2020 require even further adjustments to balance the market,” explains Seth Cutler, principal consultant for sustainability at Frost & Sullivan.

 “A combination of unsustainable practices, increasing regulation and public demand for change, and industry disruptions from international trade reductions and COVID-19 have come together to demand fundamental change in how waste and recycling is managed globally,” adds Cutler. “Moving forward, government entities, waste and recycling management organizations, and the greater public will increasingly demand more sustainable practices. Frost & Sullivan recognizes three development areas that highlight just some of the opportunities seen through innovation and investment.”

The three areas of development in waste and recycling that show particular promise include:

1. Waste to methanol: Enerkem, based in Canada, produces ethanol, biomethanol and renewable chemicals from nonrecyclable and noncompostable waste. It is partnering with the Port of Rotterdam, AkzoNobel and Air Liquide to develop a facility capable of converting 350,000 tons of waste, including plastic, into 270 million liters of methanol a year.

2. Artificial intelligence, robotics and drones: Sensors attached to garbage bins and dumpsters measure waste levels and send data to schedule timely collection. Sensors can read, collect and transmit data on volume and content type to optimize collection and disposal by leveraging machine-learning capabilities. Drones add aerial monitoring to gauge the level of gases, especially poisonous ones, which escape landfills to ensure site operators are alerted and mitigation efforts are undertaken. 

3. Landfill diversion, zero landfill targets and waste to energy (W2E): W2E is classified as a renewable energy source. It is leveraged worldwide to convert waste materials into energy, which diverts the volumes away from landfills. China is a global leader in W2E and generated roughly 6.8 gigawatts of energy from waste by the end of 2017.

ISRI

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, highlights the important role of those working in the recycling industry on this year’s America Recycles Day.

“Each year America Recycles Day provides us with an opportunity to recognize the critically essential role recycling plays in our everyday lives, as well as celebrate the men and women who are devoted to ensuring the industry remains strong,” says ISRI President Robin Wiener. “We encourage every individual to take a moment on this day to learn more about the strength of the industry and its significant impact on everything from the products we consume to the planet we call home.”

The U.S. scrap recycling industry provides the high value, environmentally friendly and energy-saving raw materials that feed critical U.S. manufacturing operations. As the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, scrap recycling has been integral to the U.S. economy, job creation, resource sustainability, energy savings and global trade. 

Recycling is a vital step toward building a sustainable future, the association says. It conserves limited natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by significantly saving the amount of energy needed to manufacture the products that we buy, build and use every day. The energy saved by recycling may then be used for other purposes, such as heating our homes and powering our automobiles, ISRI adds.

Pepsi

PepsiCo Recycling, a division of Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo, and six PepsiCo Beverage North America (PBNA) beverage brands are joining together for PBNA’s first-ever cross-branded sustainability campaign to inspire consumers to recycle at home.

Recycle at Home aims to motivate consumers to take actionable steps to incorporate recycling into their daily lives as families spend more time at home. On their Twitter feeds on America Recycles Day, KeVita, Lipton, PureLeaf, Izze, Naked Juice and Bubly asked consumers to answer one simple question: “Why do you recycle at home?” for a chance to win a cash prize.

The co-branded awareness campaign aligns with PBNA’s commitments to design 100 percent of packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable and increase recycled content in all of its plastic packaging to 25 percent by 2025. PepsiCo Recycling works with local communities to make recycling work and advance PepsiCo’s vision of a world where plastic need never become waste.

SWANA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its National Recycling Goals and will share more during the America Recycles: Summit and Innovation Fair Nov. 16 and 17.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Springs, Maryland, will participate in the summit as well.

Two years ago, SWANA joined 45 other organizations and signed the America Recycles Pledge to work toward improving recycling in the United States. During the past 12 months, EPA has converted the National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System into a proposed National Recycling Strategy and the National Recycling Goals, which will be announced at the Summit.

“SWANA is excited to assist EPA in implementing the National Recycling Strategy,” says David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO. “Last week’s EPA report identified a decline in the percentage of municipal solid waste that is recycled in the United States and highlights the need for EPA’s leadership. SWANA is committed to working with EPA and other stakeholders to successfully implement the new strategy and achieve the new national recycling goals, through education, research and communication, to our more than 10,000 members throughout the United States.”

SWANA calls on Congress to provide funding to local governments and others in support of U.S. recycling programs. Very few local governments have funds available to modernize their recycling facilities or to increase or update their current recycling education initiatives.

SWANA believes the National Recycling Goals and the proposed National Recycling Strategy will support state and local government efforts, as well as those by the private sector, to improve the U.S. recycling system.

Nov. 18 and 19, SWANA and ISRI will be hosting the MRF Summit. Peter Wright, EPA assistant administrator, will be speaking at the virtual event to discuss EPA’s efforts through the America Recycles Network.]]>
Source: Recycling Today
Companies focus on sustainability on America Recycles Day
<![CDATA[In its 23rd year, America Recycles Day is celebrated Nov. 15 to inspire more recycling across the country. Companies take part each year. Here are a few initiatives tied to America Recycles Day that are working to increase sustainability and recycling.Call2RecycleThis year, Atlanta-based Call2Recycle is encouraging consumers to expand their recycling efforts and include batteries.Call2Recycle says this effort is to make sure more items are recycled, such as electronics. “Recycling goes beyond separating our paper and plastic. The common cordless devices in our home – like power tools, laptops, cellphones and even toothbrushes – contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that also needs to be safely stored and recycled,” says Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle.With the impact of the ongoing pandemic, Call2Recycle sees America Recycles Day as an opportunity to further educate consumers on the importance of battery recycling and encourage them to become environmental stewards while at home.“America Recycles Day is a great time for consumers, manufacturers, and their families to become more engaged and recommit their efforts to living a more sustainable lifestyle,” adds Smith. “While many industries have faced declining sales during COVID-19, the use of home electronics and the batteries to power them continues to go…

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Industry And Government Collaboration Key To Addressing Recycling Challenges (Commentary)

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about major changes to daily life across the United States. For many, homes and apartments are now serving double and triple duty not only as family residences but as workspaces, classrooms and childcare centers
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AF&PA presents seven sustainability awards

AF&PA presents seven sustainability awards
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has announced its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award winners. According to AF&PA, the award winners all feature exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry. The association presents its awards based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

“We had a record number of submissions to our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 awards program, which underscores that sustainability is a top priority for our industry, even in the midst of a global pandemic,” says AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “I continue to be impressed by our industry’s commitment to leadership in sustainability. Our members are constantly striving to reach new limits of possibility and these awards give us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on innovative sustainability success stories.”

AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Initiative was developed nearly a decade ago. The initiative recognizes three pillars of sustainability—economic, environment and social—that collectively support long-term viability, growth and improvement. The following companies received AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards:

Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Resolute Forest Products for its modernization of Coosa Pines (Alabama) mill that has helped to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. AF&PA says Resolute’s $ 4 million upgrade to the Coosa Pines mill’s co-generation turbine resulted in a 65 percent reduction in purchased energy and enabled the mill to self-generate 40 percent of its energy use in 2019 and to increase total energy sourced from renewable sources, including biomass and hydroelectricity, to 68 percent.

Leadership in Sustainability – Safety: Clearwater Paper for its aspects and impacts process to identify and reduce serious injuries and fatalities risks. Taking a proactive and systematic approach, Clearwater Paper’s risk-based assessment program resulted in an immediate improvement in specific safety targets and employee engagement; each site met its 20 percent improvement goal within the first year.

Leadership in Sustainability – Sustainable Forest Management: Evergreen Packaging for its family forests project. Through major investments in regional programs, AF&PA says Evergreen Packaging is reducing barriers and increasing access for small landowners to participate in forest certification programs and ultimately increase sustainable forest management practices in the region.

Leadership in Sustainability – Water: Sappi for its Somerset mill’s caustic reclaim and reuse project. Sappi North America’s Somerset Mill designed and installed a system that recovers used sodium hydroxide during boiler feed water preparation and repurposes caustic. According to AF&PA, the process has reduced the use of caustic purchases of wood-related products by 660 tons per year, reduced water use by more than 12,000 gallons per day, as well as reduced acid consumption in the wastewater treatment plant by 816 tons per year.

Innovation in Sustainability (Large Company): WestRock for its Pak On Demand pouch system. Pak On Demand is a major advance for the paper-based packaging market, enabling companies to produce right-sized, highly sustainable fiber-based pouches, AF&PA states. The pouch system uses automation to increase packing rates by up to five times. In addition, the fiber-based pouches are 100 percent curbside recyclable.

Innovation in Sustainability (Small Company): Appvion for its innovative and sustainable direct thermal technology. Appvion’s patent-pending technology is an innovation in direct thermal paper. AF&PA says CleanSlate is a transformational technology that eliminates chemical developers and leuco dyes, as well as chemical reactions to form the image. The first application of CleanSlate technology is point-of-sale receipt paper and Appvion has applied the technology to thermal label and ticket products as well.

Innovation in Sustainability (Small Company): The Price Cos. for its restoration and management of marginal agricultural and timberlands. AF&PA reports that the Price Cos. are increasing conservation and sustainable forest management practices throughout the Mississippi Delta region, enhancing the profitability of marginal agricultural and timberland and restoring many of the original features that make the Delta unique.

The 2020 AF&PA Sustainability Award winners were selected by a judging panel of sustainability experts from the Department of Energy, GreenBlue, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Quad Packaging, Two Sides North America and Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology. Full project summaries can be found online.

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Source: Recycling Today
AF&PA presents seven sustainability awards
<![CDATA[The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has announced its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award winners. According to AF&PA, the award winners all feature exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry. The association presents its awards based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.“We had a record number of submissions to our Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 awards program, which underscores that sustainability is a top priority for our industry, even in the midst of a global pandemic,” says AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “I continue to be impressed by our industry’s commitment to leadership in sustainability. Our members are constantly striving to reach new limits of possibility and these awards give us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on innovative sustainability success stories.” AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Initiative was developed nearly a decade ago. The initiative recognizes three pillars of sustainability—economic, environment and social—that collectively support long-term viability, growth and improvement. The following companies received AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards: Leadership in Sustainability – Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Resolute Forest Products for its modernization of Coosa Pines (Alabama) mill that has…

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A Wake-Up Call for Sustainable Infrastructure

Beware the Ides of March. An apt Shakespearean warning that seems quite applicable to the office closings and community lockdowns in a large swath of North America from COVID-19’s rapid interruption to our way of life that month. Since then, work, sc
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Post-Covid Recovery Could Benefit from Carbon Pricing, Research Shows

As countries across the globe consider how they will build back their economies while they deal with the impact of Covid-19, it may be an opportune time to introduce carbon pricing, according to

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