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Sustainable Investments at All-Time Popularity High

More and more investors believe sustainable investments lead to higher returns.

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Calling All Super Awesome Recyclers!

CRA is accepting nominations for our 2021 Annual Awards!

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Compostable, Recyclable Pandemic Gear Needed

With the growing use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic, the Canadian government has asked the private sector to develop compostable masks and recycling technologies for single-use PPE, so they won’t land up in landfills. Inn
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New Report Shows ‘Explosive Growth’ of Renewable Energy Technologies Across the US

In 2019, the US produced 30 times more solar power and more than triple the amount of wind energy than it did in 2010.

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Distracted Driving and Enhance Fleet Safety

Distraction behind the wheel, even for a split second, can mean serious injury or death. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicates that distraction or inattention is the second most common driver-related cause of fatalities
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Google Furthers its Sustainability Commitments with Pledges for Plastic-Free Packaging and Zero Waste

Google has announced three new sustainability commitments.

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New Report Shows 60% Increase in Companies Publishing Sustainability Reports Compared to 2018

65% of the companies included in the Russell 1000 published sustainability reports in 2019, an increase from 60% in 2018

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New Report Shows Power Purchase Agreement Prices Rising Across North America

In North America, LevelTen’s Q3 2020 Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Price Index report reveals that PPA offer prices are on the rise for both wind and solar projects.

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Plastics Industry Association releases study on plastics bottles, packaging applications

Plastics Industry Association releases study on plastics bottles, packaging applications
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The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics), Washington, has released a report, "Plastics Market Watch: Bottling," to explain why plastics, particularly polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), have become leading materials for bottles and packaging.

According to a news release from Plastics, plastic bottles tend to be associated with water and carbonated drinks, but they also are being used by brands that manufacture medicine, personal care and cleaning supplies, food and beverages. Competition among packaging materials, including paper, steel, aluminum and glass, has been intense as innovations are adopted and brands look for the best packaging material to protect and market their products, Plastics states.

“When nearly 40 percent of food products in the U.S. are not consumed, it is evident why plastics packaging is so essential to the food chain that delivers products from the farm to kitchen tables,” says Plastics President and CEO Tony Radoszewski. “Spoiled foods represent wasted water, land and fuel; and they are the single largest material sent to landfills and emit methane gas.”

Plastics says estimates vary on the market size for plastic bottles. In 2019, the trade volume in plastic bottles totaled $ 18.5 billion based on data from the International Trade Center, a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

“The bottling landscape is expected to remain competitive as manufacturers innovate, redesign packaging, evaluate packaging materials and costs to stay competitive, and introduce or develop new products in response to changing consumer tastes and preference or adapt to industry trends,” says Plastics Chief Economist Perc Pineda. “Thinking back, the choices of fruit juices and drinks were somewhat limited decades ago. Over time, due to demographic changes, different variations of fruit juices including drinks from exotic fruits can now be found in most U.S. grocery stores.”

The unique qualities of plastics make them ideal for a wide range of bottling applications, Plastics says in its news release on its new report. The association states that plastic is a “low-cost” material that can be flexible or rigid with multiple design options. Plastic is also shatterproof and can be clear or colored and offers an array of closures. The material is also safe for food and medical applications and can be recyclable and feature a lower carbon footprint in manufacturing and transportation.

The "Plastics Market Watch: Bottling" report is available for Plastics members and nonmembers to download or purchase here.

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Source: Recycling Today
Plastics Industry Association releases study on plastics bottles, packaging applications
<![CDATA[The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics), Washington, has released a report, "Plastics Market Watch: Bottling," to explain why plastics, particularly polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), have become leading materials for bottles and packaging. According to a news release from Plastics, plastic bottles tend to be associated with water and carbonated drinks, but they also are being used by brands that manufacture medicine, personal care and cleaning supplies, food and beverages. Competition among packaging materials, including paper, steel, aluminum and glass, has been intense as innovations are adopted and brands look for the best packaging material to protect and market their products, Plastics states.“When nearly 40 percent of food products in the U.S. are not consumed, it is evident why plastics packaging is so essential to the food chain that delivers products from the farm to kitchen tables,” says Plastics President and CEO Tony Radoszewski. “Spoiled foods represent wasted water, land and fuel; and they are the single largest material sent to landfills and emit methane gas.”Plastics says estimates vary on the market size for plastic bottles. In 2019, the trade volume in plastic bottles totaled $ 18.5 billion based on data from the International Trade Center, a joint agency…

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European PVC industry builds 2030 sustainability program at online forum

European PVC industry builds 2030 sustainability program at online forum
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VinylPlus, Brussels, the voluntary commitment to sustainable development of the European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry, brought together more than 180 participants from 24 countries at its virtual VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF).

Reflecting on a decade of leadership in PVC sustainability, VinylPlus Managing Director Brigitte Dero outlined VinylPlus’ success in tackling sustainability challenges, embracing the circular economy and addressing issues such as safe recycling to further advance the circularity of PVC.

“I am proud of the work done by VinylPlus and its partners to increase the sustainability performance and use of PVC. We are fully committed to being circular, working closely with the European Commission and actively contributing to the Circular Plastics Alliance,” Dero said.

Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, head of unit at DG GROW, said, “VinylPlus is a perfect example of how to make the circular economy a reality, being the first value chain in 2001 to take on the challenge of transforming a problem into an opportunity. In addressing the environmental concerns of PVC, VinylPlus and the industry came up with an ambitious and forward-looking approach: to organize, cooperate and communicate with the whole value chain, from the producer to the downstream user and the waste manager.”

The event was an opportunity to discuss and give feedback on the new 2030 sustainability program, which is currently in development. The conversation built on an external stakeholder consultation carried out by Accenture on key sustainability drivers, and challenges and opportunities for the PVC industry to respond to over the next decade.

The VSF participants engaged in a debate and provided their views on the direction of the program and on pertinent issues such as enhancing VinylPlus’ engagement with stakeholders and ensuring the long-term sustainability of PVC.    

The event concluded with the VinylPlus Product Label Awards Ceremony, celebrating companies and partners of VinylPlus who offer PVC products with the highest sustainability performance. To date, 10 companies have been awarded the Product Label for 112 PVC products manufactured in 18 European sites. Based on well-defined sustainability criteria, the VinylPlus Product Label is open to all PVC building and construction products.

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Source: Recycling Today
European PVC industry builds 2030 sustainability program at online forum
<![CDATA[VinylPlus, Brussels, the voluntary commitment to sustainable development of the European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry, brought together more than 180 participants from 24 countries at its virtual VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF). Reflecting on a decade of leadership in PVC sustainability, VinylPlus Managing Director Brigitte Dero outlined VinylPlus’ success in tackling sustainability challenges, embracing the circular economy and addressing issues such as safe recycling to further advance the circularity of PVC. “I am proud of the work done by VinylPlus and its partners to increase the sustainability performance and use of PVC. We are fully committed to being circular, working closely with the European Commission and actively contributing to the Circular Plastics Alliance,” Dero said.Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, head of unit at DG GROW, said, “VinylPlus is a perfect example of how to make the circular economy a reality, being the first value chain in 2001 to take on the challenge of transforming a problem into an opportunity. In addressing the environmental concerns of PVC, VinylPlus and the industry came up with an ambitious and forward-looking approach: to organize, cooperate and communicate with the whole value chain, from the producer to the downstream user and the waste manager.”The event was an opportunity to…

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