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Go green: The Estee Lauder Companies announces 2020-2025 ESG goals

Go green: The Estee Lauder Companies announces 2020-2025 ESG goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Estee Lauder Companies has announced additional Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals in a bid to advance its legacy of responsible corporate citizenship. The goals comprise actions on responsible sourcing of ingredients, including a target of 90 percent of palm-based ingredients to be certified sustainable; building upon its net-zero carbon emissions commitment to reduce emissions; and pledging that 75 to 100 percent of packaging will be recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable by 2025.

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Meet CupClub, the startup out to tackle the global plastics epidemic

Meet CupClub, the startup out to tackle the global plastics epidemic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Over 14 million disposable coffee cups are used every day in the UK, with just 1% being recycled. CupClub is the world’s first returnable packaging service for drinks that utilizes RFID technology and cloud-based IoT software to provide complete supply chain traceability to brands and retailers, making drinking coffee on-the-go more sustainable.

EcoVadis's insight:

A large number of companies are already making great progress to better manage their use of plastics, which is an encouraging start. The problem is that collection and recycling systems around the world are failing to keep up with the ever-increasing volume of plastic bottles being sold. It’s estimated that by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic (by weight) than fish unless drastic measures are put in place globally to stop rubbish leaking into the ocean.

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Walmart introduces new plastic waste reduction commitments for US private brand suppliers

Walmart introduces new plastic waste reduction commitments for US private brand suppliers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Walmart has introduced a new wave of plastic waste reduction commitments and it will look to achieve these through its vast US supply chain ecosystem. The company announced the new commitments at its annual supplier forum this week and confirmed that it will affect more than 30,000 Stock Keeping Units (SKU) within Walmart’s portfolio. Walmart identified that it will focus heavily on its private brand packaging as it will look to encourage national brand suppliers to follow in its sustainable footsteps.

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Walmart unveils plan to reduce plastic packaging waste

Walmart unveils plan to reduce plastic packaging waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Walmart is partnering with its private labels on a number of initiatives including: achieving 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for private brands by 2025; achieving 20% post-consumer recycled content in private brand packaging by 2025; labeling all food and consumable private brand packaging with the How2Recycle label by 2022; eliminating the non-recyclable packaging material PVC in general merchandise packaging by 2020; and decreasing private brand plastic packaging.

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How Nestlé Is Innovating Its Way to 100% Recyclable or Reusable Packaging 

How Nestlé Is Innovating Its Way to 100% Recyclable or Reusable Packaging  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Walt Peterson, Nestlé's manager of packaging innovation and sustainability, talked about the world's largest food and beverage company's ambitious goal of moving to 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025. Among its sustainability actions, Nestlé is championing reusable packaging through the new Loop circular shopping platform, set to launch this spring in Paris and the New York area.

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Tesco and Carrefour pilot reusable packaging

Tesco and Carrefour are to pilot refillable containers in their stores as part of an initiative designed to change the world’s reliance on single-use packaging. The containers are part of the “Loop” programme developed by TerraCycle and consumer product companies including PepsiCo, Unilever, Mars Petcare, The Clorox Company, The Body Shop, Coca-Cola European Partners, Mondelez International and Danone. Carrefour said it would initially test the system in France but it plans to sell around 20 products, such as honey, oil and spices, in returnable containers. 

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China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas shopping boom

China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas shopping boom | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Chinese government has issued standards to promote sustainable packaging materials in its billion-dollar logistics industry, as it looks to reduce waste in a country where millions of packages are delivered to consumers every day. In a meeting attended by senior post officials, State Post Bureau Director-General Ma Junsheng said the industry should adopt Chinese president Xi Jinping’s mindset of “ecological civilisation” to “revolutionise” production and promote the development of sustainable packaging and lower the carbon footprint of the industry.

EcoVadis's insight:

Sustainable packaging has started to receive increased attention, and rightly so. This has encouraged leading brands across all sectors to review their use of plastics and consider alternative, recyclable materials. But even more than fear of penalties, consumer demand is leading the way.

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Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw"

Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw" | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sipping on a gin and tonic hasn’t been the same recently for many drinkers as plastic straws have been cast aside for environmental reasons in some countries – but Finnish inventors are hoping to help the world out with renewable straws. Environmentally-friendly packaging companies Stora Enso and Sulapac have based their straw on biocomposite material made of wood and natural adhesive, which is biodegradable in marine environments and recyclable via industrial composting.

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Washington State’s Plastic Waste Legislation Presents Opportunity for Packaging Alternative Startups

Washington State’s Plastic Waste Legislation Presents Opportunity for Packaging Alternative Startups | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Washington State lawmakers are considering a hardline measure that would force companies to take responsibility for plastic waste or forgo using it at all. The bill would require some companies to join a plastic packaging stewardship organization by 2022 or be forced to refrain from using packaging made in whole or in part from plastics, The Daily Intake reports. The legislation would apply to “producers of plastic packaging,” which are specifically defined as companies that have legal ownership of the brand using or applying plastic packaging, are the first importers of the product into the state, sell a retail product that bears plastic packaging, or otherwise assumes responsibility for the product.

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How PepsiCo closes the sustainability loop with reusable packaging

How PepsiCo closes the sustainability loop with reusable packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The food and beverage giant is designing containers with reuse in mind, prompting new ways of thinking about packaging, reverse logistics and KPIs. Loop, a new reusable packaging system, aims to reduce waste by enabling consumers and manufacturers to recycle packaging in an easy, seamless and efficient manner. Loop was founded by waste management company TerraCycle and several CPG companies, including Procter & Gamble and Nestlé.

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As the competition for resources is increasing,more companies are turning to recycling of products in order to reduce costs and drive growth.

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AB InBev Takes Aim at Scope 3 Emissions

AB InBev Takes Aim at Scope 3 Emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s sustainability team has been busy. Since launching ambitious new sustainability goals for 2025 early last year, the world’s largest brewer began requesting supplier data through CDP and placed an order for 800 hydrogen-electric semi trucks, and started sending leftover alcohol from their European headquarters to a biofuel plant.Their 2025 goals cover smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging, and climate action. Virginia Covo, AB InBev’s global director for sustainability supply chain, is responsible for the climate action pillar. She’s also in charge of the company’s sustainability reporting and supply chain engagement. We recently caught up with Covo to learn about her approach to reducing emissions, particularly the indirect Scope 3 ones.

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NextGen Cup Challenge: Nestlé joins initiative to build a fully recyclable, compostable to-go cup

NextGen Cup Challenge: Nestlé joins initiative to build a fully recyclable, compostable to-go cup | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé announced today that it is joining forces with other industry partners to build a fully recyclable, compostable fiber cup as part of the NextGen Consortium and Cup Challenge. This announcement follows a series of initiatives and concrete steps taken by Nestlé to accelerate action to tackle plastic waste, in line with its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

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KFC working with suppliers to cut plastic

KFC has pledged that all its plastic-based packaging that reaches the consumer will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. The chain said the goal supported its long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants by developing and using sustainable packaging options and eliminating plastic packaging items.

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Nestlé details plan to hit sustainable packaging goals by 2025

Nestlé details plan to hit sustainable packaging goals by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé will form partnerships with sustainable packaging pioneers as part of its actions to meet its 2018 commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The food and drink company, has initiated a series of actions to set itself on a sustainable, waste-free path that will phase out all plastics that are not recyclable or are hard to recycle for global products between 2020 and 2025.

EcoVadis's insight:

With 33% of consumers choosing to buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good, businesses have started making a public effort to move toward more sustainable practices. This has forced top CPG companies to rethink their sustainability efforts, starting with packaging — from increasing the use of recycled materials to reducing the amount of packaging altogether.

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Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic

Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is making a new strategic investment from Loop Industries to purchase a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles.
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Collaborating and innovating with suppliers will be essential to  combating barriers and reaching the potentials of a circular economy, as well as motivating and educating consumers about their purchasing habits and its impact on sustainability.

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Printing industry sets sustainability goals for labeling

Printing industry sets sustainability goals for labeling | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, (SGP) has set its goals for the print manufacturing on how to acheive higher levels of responsibility and sustainability. The fifth anual SGP Community Day, held in Cincinnati, included in-depth discussions on a wide range of issues that the print and retail industries are facing, specifically with respect to the circular economy, green procurement and recycling. For the cosmetics and personal industry, printing plays a large part in the production of packaging, both for labeling and for the design of secondary packaging.

EcoVadis's insight:

The concept of a ‘Circular Economy’ has been growing in prominence over the past few decades, particularly as corporate social responsibility has become increasingly integrated into mainstream business strategy. This trend is likely to continue as the current linear economic system is challenged by growing resource scarcity. 

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