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Unilever and Dozens of Other Biz Leaders Publicly Commit to Step Up Climate Efforts

Twenty-seven companies – including AstraZeneca, Royal DSM and Unilever – have responded to a call to action from the UN to step up their sustainability efforts, committing to reducing emissions further and setting science-based targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In its call to action … Read more »

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Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha embraces sustainable packaging design

Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha embraces sustainable packaging design
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Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, a beverage company based in Boulder, Colorado, has nationally launched its new aluminum can designs. Customers will see the new packaging across 32 states as early as July, with a goal for the entire lineup to be 100 percent glass-free by September.

The new can designs were rolled out in locations across Texas first and reflect Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha’s “commitment to environmentalism while increasing portability to match the on-the-go lifestyle of the company’s consumer base,” the company says in a news release.

“We believe functional health extends to the environment we live in as well as ourselves,” says Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha founder and CEO Jamba Dunn. “In an effort to increase our presence and offerings while being mindful of environmental concerns, we’ve shifted to clean supply chains and more sustainable packaging. Cans are lighter to ship, require less energy to recycle and keep our products fresher longer for the consumer to enjoy.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aluminum cans have a recycling rate of 67 percent compared with a 26.4 percent rate for glass bottles. The cans provide a “light-free environment, which increases product integrity, adds to shelf-life and allows for 24 hours of refrigeration-free shipping,” the company says.

“Function before flavor has always been at the root of our brewing philosophy,” says Michelle Dziuban, marketing manager for Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha. “It was time our packaging reflected these performance-enhancing benefits in a bolder way.”

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Source: Recycling Today
Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha embraces sustainable packaging design
<![CDATA[Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, a beverage company based in Boulder, Colorado, has nationally launched its new aluminum can designs. Customers will see the new packaging across 32 states as early as July, with a goal for the entire lineup to be 100 percent glass-free by September.The new can designs were rolled out in locations across Texas first and reflect Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha’s “commitment to environmentalism while increasing portability to match the on-the-go lifestyle of the company’s consumer base,” the company says in a news release.“We believe functional health extends to the environment we live in as well as ourselves,” says Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha founder and CEO Jamba Dunn. “In an effort to increase our presence and offerings while being mindful of environmental concerns, we’ve shifted to clean supply chains and more sustainable packaging. Cans are lighter to ship, require less energy to recycle and keep our products fresher longer for the consumer to enjoy.”According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aluminum cans have a recycling rate of 67 percent compared with a 26.4 percent rate for glass bottles. The cans provide a “light-free environment, which increases product integrity, adds to shelf-life and allows for 24 hours of refrigeration-free shipping,” the company…

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Zara Owner Inditex Pledges 100% Organic, Sustainable or Recycled Materials

Zara brand owner Inditex Group announced corporate sustainability commitments this week that include switching to 100% organic, sustainable or recycled cotton, linen, and polyester by 2025. Some critics are calling the move “greenwashing.”

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Cambodia to Send 1,600 Tonnes of Waste Back to the U.S., Canada

Eighty-three shipping containers containing plastic waste were improperly labeled and are now being sent back to their source.
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EPA Says Asian Nations Are to Blame for Ocean Plastics Problem

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently stated 60 percent of the world’s marine litter comes from Asian countries.
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Vatican Ramps Up Waste Reduction Efforts

Vatican City has increased its waste diversion rate and will soon stop selling single-use plastics.
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Senate Approves Wright to Head EPA’s Waste Programs

After a 493-day delay and opposition from Senate Democrats, the Senate approved the former Dow Chemical lawyer to head EPA’s Superfund and waste programs.
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Alliance to End Plastic Waste adds members

Alliance to End Plastic Waste adds members
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The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) has welcomed 12 additional companies from across the plastics value chain as members: Equate Petrochemical Co., Gemini Corp., Grupo Phoenix, Mondi, Novolex, PepsiCo, Sealed Air Corp., Sinopec, SKC Co. Ltd., Storopack, Tomra and Westlake Chemical Corp. The new members expand the group’s global footprint and the participation of companies across the plastics value chain seeking to develop and bring to scale solutions to help eliminate plastic waste in the environment.

“As leaders of companies that represent the full spectrum of the plastics value chain, we are acutely aware that plastic waste in our environment is a serious and growing problem, especially in our oceans,” said David Taylor, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, and Chairman of the AEPW, speaking earlier this week from the New York Stock Exchange. “This complex, global challenge requires a comprehensive approach across the plastics life cycle, and we are committed to bringing forth sustainable solutions.”

Launched in January 2019 with 27 founding members, the alliance now includes 39 companies around the world that make, use, sell, process, collect and recycle plastics. This includes chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters and waste management companies. Member companies have committed more than $ 1 billion to the organization, with the goal of investing $ 1.5 billion during the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a founding strategic partner.

By bringing together the entire plastics value chain, the AEPW says it will apply the expertise of each sector, the collective resources and reach of companies from around the world and insights from those that operate in the regions where the challenge is greatest.

AEPW members have developed a global vision and a strategy focusing on:

  • infrastructure development to collect and manage waste and increase recycling, especially in developing countries where the need is greatest;
  • innovation to advance and scale new technologies that minimize waste, make recycling and recovering plastics easier and create value from all postuse plastics;
  • education and engagement of governments at all levels, businesses and communities to mobilize action; and,
  • cleaning concentrated areas of plastic waste already in the environment, particularly major rivers that carry vast amounts of land-based plastic waste to the ocean.

“By advancing a globally coordinated effort focused on recovering, recycling, and reusing plastics, we will develop a global business model that creates value from waste, making it a resource rather than a throw-away,” added Taylor. “By working together to implement solutions across continents, we can tackle this problem and continue to support the growing needs of a more prosperous and healthy world. Ending plastic waste takes a coordinated effort, and we are moving with urgency to meet the challenge.”

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Source: Recycling Today
Alliance to End Plastic Waste adds members
<![CDATA[The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) has welcomed 12 additional companies from across the plastics value chain as members: Equate Petrochemical Co., Gemini Corp., Grupo Phoenix, Mondi, Novolex, PepsiCo, Sealed Air Corp., Sinopec, SKC Co. Ltd., Storopack, Tomra and Westlake Chemical Corp. The new members expand the group’s global footprint and the participation of companies across the plastics value chain seeking to develop and bring to scale solutions to help eliminate plastic waste in the environment.”As leaders of companies that represent the full spectrum of the plastics value chain, we are acutely aware that plastic waste in our environment is a serious and growing problem, especially in our oceans,” said David Taylor, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, and Chairman of the AEPW, speaking earlier this week from the New York Stock Exchange. “This complex, global challenge requires a comprehensive approach across the plastics life cycle, and we are committed to bringing forth sustainable solutions.”Launched in January 2019 with 27 founding members, the alliance now includes 39 companies around the world that make, use, sell, process, collect and recycle plastics. This includes chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters and waste…

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EPA Completes $20M Soil Cleanup in Eureka, Nev.

Since 2012, EPA removed more than 56,000 cubic yards of arsenic- and lead-contaminated soil from residential and commercial properties in Eureka.
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Chicago PACE Introduces Funding for Efficiency and Sustainability

Chicago PACE makes it possible for owners and developers of commercial properties to obtain low-cost, 100% financing for 20+ years for sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency infrastructure deployed in new or existing buildings. There are many financial and operational benefits that Chicago PACE provides to building owners, especially compared … Read more »

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