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Sustainability alert: Nespresso launches capsule recycling program in China

Sustainability alert: Nespresso launches capsule recycling program in China

Sustainability alert: Nespresso launches capsule recycling program in China
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Customers of Switzerland-based Nespresso can now recycle their coffee capsules through a new “doorstep recycling program,” which leverages Waukesha, Wisconsin-based JD Logistics’ in-house logistics network.

Any Nespresso customer across China can now use the program to schedule a JD courier to come to their door and pick up their used coffee capsules on either the same day or next day, according to a news release. Previously, this service was only available for deliveries to Nespresso boutique locations or for select customers, including offices, restaurants or hotels.

“It’s a great honor to work with JD for this project. Sustainable development is Nespresso’s brand responsibility, as well as the core concept of our business strategy," says Alfonso Troisi, business executive officer Greater China of Nespresso. “With the support of JD’s premium in-house logistics network, we will be able to reach more consumers and recycle more than ever before. We believe that we can achieve 100 percent recycling capacity all over the world in 2020.”

Based on a user’s location, JD will deliver the used Nespresso capsules to the nearest recycling plant in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou. The aluminum from the capsules will be made into novelty gift products, including Nespresso-branded knives, while the used coffee grounds will be used as fertilizer for Nespresso’s eco-farm on Chongming Island, by the Yangtze River near Shanghai.

“Environmental protection is a huge priority for us so we are thrilled to be part of this initiative,” says Wei Tang, head of key account management at JD Logistics. “Working with Nespresso to leverage our logistics is making it easier than ever for consumers and businesses to do their part to be green. This is one of many initiatives in this vein, and there will certainly be more in the future.”

This is not JD Logistics’ first foray into recycling. Last year, JD leveraged its in-house logistics fleet to collect used clothes from households across China as part of an effort with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland, to raise awareness of sustainable development in the retail industry.

Ball Corp. debuts aluminum cup for sports, entertainment venues

Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colorado, has announced the launch of a pilot of “infinitely recyclable” aluminum cups in the U.S. Ball developed the aluminum cup over the past several years as an alternative to plastic cups for use at home and in other areas where plastic cups are common, including indoor and outdoor venues across the country. The pilot will produce a limited supply of aluminum cups through 2020 for use in entertainment venues, major concessionaires and other locations.

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"As our customers and consumers increasingly seek sustainable beverage packaging options, the launch of the aluminum cup is a significant moment for our company," says John Hayes, Ball chairman, president and chief executive officer. "It is our responsibility as the leader in aluminum beverage packaging to continuously innovate and provide solutions for our customers. We’re excited to bring the aluminum cup to market and expand the product line next year and beyond."

Beginning September 2019, Ball will roll out a number of pilots with major venues and concessionaires across the U.S. to replace their plastic cups with aluminum cups. Ball’s research shows that 67 percent of U.S. consumers say they will visit a venue more often if they use aluminum cups instead of plastic cups and that 78 percent of consumers expect beverage brands to use environmentally friendly containers in the next five years.

The company adds aluminum is the most sustainable beverage packaging material and aluminum cups can be easily recycled. Seventy-five percent of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today, Ball says.

The cup is currently available in a 20-ounce size. Ball aims to introduce additional sizes in the future based on market demand. Ball expects to ramp up production in its Westminster, Colorado, innovation facility by the end of 2020, and hopes to expand adoption of the cups to restaurants, bars, convenience stores, breweries and retail locations.

Nike’s new Air Max 90 sneakers made with recycled foam

Nike, Beaverton, Oregon, has launched the vegan Air Max 90s made from upcycled sawdust, recycled foam and organic cotton. The sneaker is made in collaboration with clothing brand Maharishi in celebration of its flagship in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, which opened last month.  

The outside of the shoe was designed with sustainability and recycling in mind and includes material created from recycled athletic footwear, recycled foam and manufacturing scraps.

Nike is among a number of shoe brands that have increased recycled content in new products amid consumer demand for more sustainable products as well as heightened awareness of the global plastic problem. Adidas also makes shoes from recycled materials and has launched a sneaker in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans.

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Source: Recycling Today
Sustainability alert: Nespresso launches capsule recycling program in China
<![CDATA[Customers of Switzerland-based Nespresso can now recycle their coffee capsules through a new “doorstep recycling program,” which leverages Waukesha, Wisconsin-based JD Logistics’ in-house logistics network.Any Nespresso customer across China can now use the program to schedule a JD courier to come to their door and pick up their used coffee capsules on either the same day or next day, according to a news release. Previously, this service was only available for deliveries to Nespresso boutique locations or for select customers, including offices, restaurants or hotels.“It’s a great honor to work with JD for this project. Sustainable development is Nespresso’s brand responsibility, as well as the core concept of our business strategy," says Alfonso Troisi, business executive officer Greater China of Nespresso. “With the support of JD’s premium in-house logistics network, we will be able to reach more consumers and recycle more than ever before. We believe that we can achieve 100 percent recycling capacity all over the world in 2020.”Based on a user’s location, JD will deliver the used Nespresso capsules to the nearest recycling plant in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou. The aluminum from the capsules will be made into novelty gift products, including Nespresso-branded knives, while the used coffee grounds…

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Project demonstrates a circular economy for hard disk drives

Project demonstrates a circular economy for hard disk drives
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The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), Morrisville, North Carolina, has announced the publication of a report by the consortium’s Value Recovery from Used Electronics project participants describing how the project successfully used end-of-life hard disk drives (HDDs) to demonstrate a viable process toward the development of a multistakeholder circular economy.

 Project activities focused on three areas:

  1. Construction of a set of decision trees to identify the options (pathways) at each step in the value recovery chain in the context of a circular economy and what information each of the stakeholders needs to pursue higher value recovery along a given pathway.
  2. Development of economic models, life cycle assessments and logistics models to determine which value recovery options generate the highest value/profit by type and size of drive. These models provide the basis for business decision-making by the stakeholders, individually and collectively, as part of supply chains.
  3. Demonstration projects to prove the efficacy of major critical-to-market circular economy pathways. The demonstration teams were able to successfully reuse magnet assemblies, recover intact magnets for non-HDD use, make magnets from magnets and shred, make rare earth element (REE) oxides from HDD magnets and develop business models that would allow functioning HDDs to be reused/resold after secure, verifiable, economically viable data wiping.

“This report represents a significant body of work,” says Marc Benowitz, CEO of iNEMI. “It details the well-coordinated efforts of organizations from across the electronics supply chain that worked together on a practical application of circular economy concepts for electronics. These electronics manufacturing companies, national labs, universities and research institutes were able to successfully demonstrate that a circular economy can be a reality for used electronic products. We recognize the many contributions from the individuals and organizations involved in this effort and thank them for helping achieve such meaningful results.”

The Value Recovery project was organized explicitly using the Ostrom Framework as a self-managing, sustainable system. The project team went beyond the theoretical in demonstrating major value recovery pathways for used HDDs in a circular economy, iNEMI says in a news release announcing the results of the project. “This systems approach has never been done before and, as far as the team knows, the Ostrom Framework has never been used to design a multistakeholder system for self-managing and creating value from a man-made common pool resource—in this case, HDDs,” iNEMI adds.

“A major emphasis of this work was going beyond theory to identify existing economic and technology challenges to achieving sustained circularity,” says Bill Olson, formerly with Seagate Technology and co-leader of the Value Recovery project. “In areas where we identified gaps, we worked to bridge those gaps via demonstrations. Our multistakeholder teams’ demonstrations overcame gaps by applying existing technology in new ways, developing new technologies or capturing existing but as yet unrecovered value to achieve sustainable supply via the Ostrom Framework.” 

These demonstration projects proved the effectiveness of multiple recovery pathways for reusing HDDs, including business models needed to securely destroy data so that functioning hard disk drives can be sold to new users, iNEMI says.  

“The most ambitious goal of the project team was true circularity at the highest possible value—making hard drives from hard drives,” says Carol Handwerker, professor of materials engineering and environmental and ecological engineering at Purdue University and co-leader of the Value Recovery project. “The team was able to accomplish this goal, as well as create all the other value recovery pathways needed to make a circular HDD life cycle a reality.”

“Today, almost all of the value of HDDs is lost by shredding them into mixed aluminum scrap sold at 25 cents per pound,” Handwerker adds. “This is in contrast to the significantly higher value recovery that this iNEMI project demonstrated is possible, from HDD and component reuse to recovery of REEs as magnet powders, oxides or metals to turn them back into RE magnets. Establishing that all of these pathways can be realized economically, logistically and with lower environmental impact is a significant accomplishment.”

 Stakeholders who participated in the Phase 2 project included representatives from Ames Laboratory, Momentum Technologies, Cascade Asset Management, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Cisco, Purdue University, Critical Materials Institute, Rifer Environmental, Echo Environmental, Seagate Technology, Geodis, Teleplan, Google, University of Arizona, Idaho National Laboratory, Urban Mining Co. and Microsoft.  

 

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Source: Recycling Today
Project demonstrates a circular economy for hard disk drives
<![CDATA[The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), Morrisville, North Carolina, has announced the publication of a report by the consortium’s Value Recovery from Used Electronics project participants describing how the project successfully used end-of-life hard disk drives (HDDs) to demonstrate a viable process toward the development of a multistakeholder circular economy.  Project activities focused on three areas:Construction of a set of decision trees to identify the options (pathways) at each step in the value recovery chain in the context of a circular economy and what information each of the stakeholders needs to pursue higher value recovery along a given pathway.Development of economic models, life cycle assessments and logistics models to determine which value recovery options generate the highest value/profit by type and size of drive. These models provide the basis for business decision-making by the stakeholders, individually and collectively, as part of supply chains. Demonstration projects to prove the efficacy of major critical-to-market circular economy pathways. The demonstration teams were able to successfully reuse magnet assemblies, recover intact magnets for non-HDD use, make magnets from magnets and shred, make rare earth element (REE) oxides from HDD magnets and develop business models that would allow functioning HDDs to be reused/resold after secure, verifiable,…

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Environmental Groups Slam Amazon’s Non-Recyclable Packaging in the UK

Environmental groups and customers in the United Kingdom are publicly criticizing Amazon for delivering products in non-recyclable plastic packaging.

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