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Axion Polymers believes Brexit could drive UK circular economy

Axion Polymers believes Brexit could drive UK circular economy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to Axion Polymers, Brexit offers fresh opportunities for the UK and its manufacturers to secure their raw material supplies, such as recycled plastics, from a stable domestic market and stimulate a circular flow of materials.
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Mondi partnerships focused on waste diversion and plastics recycling initiatives

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper has partnered with One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, on the Lead2030 initiative - a competition to find youth-led practical solutions to drive progress on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mondi has committed $50,000 to fund a project that will make a tangible contribution to SDG12 ‘Responsible Consumption and Production'.
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Plastic Watch: Five Flaws in the EU’s Single-Use Plastics Plan

The European Parliament late last month overwhelmingly approved a  plan to ban certain types of single-use plastic, recycle others, and make producing companies more accountable for what happens to such waste. The European Council may approve this measure as soon as this month, with the directive becoming law by the end of this year, according to the Guardian, in European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics.
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Kellogg sets sustainable packaging goal for 2025

Kellogg sets sustainable packaging goal for 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Kellogg Co. is working toward a goal of using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025. The packaging goal becomes part of Kellogg’s global sustainability commitments, which include responsible sourcing of ingredients, sustainable agriculture, and resources and training for holders of small farms. Battle Creek-based Kellogg cited data from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation showing 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally and 5% is retained for secondary use. Kellogg already has taken steps in sustainable packaging. The company has a goal of transitioning to compostable and paper food service products in all its plants and offices globally by the end of 2018. Kellogg also is working with suppliers to identify packaging designs that minimize waste. An example is in Europe where Kellogg wants its cereal pouches to be recycle-ready by late 2019, which would remove an estimated 480 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from its supply chain each year.

EcoVadis's insight:

The  Food and Beverage industry has a significant potential to impact the sustainability of supply chains, and makes it a crucial element to achieving a circular economy. Food and Beverage packaging is among the most recycled packaging and we see increasing recycling rates for bottle and containers every year.

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Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging

Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain will levy a new tax on those who make or import plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled material, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Monday. The measure, to be introduced in April 2022 subject to consultation, is an attempt to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. "

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Great sustainable initiative by Britain to reduce waste and help tackle climate change. Climate change has been acknowledged for a few decades now. Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change.

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Constantia Flexibles strives towards 100% recyclability by 2025

Constantia Flexibles strives towards 100% recyclability by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Constantia Flexibles aims to design products based on sustainable criteria with minimal impact on the environment, low material usage and high recyclability. Constantia Flexibles pledges that 100% of its consumer and pharma packaging will be recyclable by 2025. As a global flexible packaging producer and a company being committed to sustainability, Constantia Flexibles recognizes the importance of actively contributing to the circular economy. Future product innovations will therefore focus on the implementation of design guidelines to develop specifications which are recyclable – in practice and on a commercial scale.

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The sheer volume of packaging means the industry has a significant potential to impact the sustainability of supply chains, and makes it a crucial element to achieving a circular economy. Collaborating and innovating with suppliers will be essential to  combating these 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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In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover

In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In Hong Kong, more than 340 tonnes of textile waste is dumped each day into the city's overflowing landfills, according to the city's Environmental Protection Department. But a new textile spinning mill - the first to open in this former textile manufacturing powerhouse in half a century - aims to reuse that waste, harnessing pioneering recycling technology to try to make the fashion industry more sustainable. "These technologies may be the gateway to a fashion industry decoupled from the use of virgin natural resources," said Erik Bang, who heads innovation efforts for the H&M Foundation, a non-profit funded by the family, founders and main owners of H&M Group. The clothing retailer has already placed a first order at the mill, as part of its bid to become "fully circular and renewable," according to Cecilia Brännsten, the group's environmental sustainability manager.

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Great job Hong Kong! 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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Supermarkets to face huge rise in recycling charges under £1billion scheme to slash Britain's plastic waste

Supermarkets to face huge rise in recycling charges under £1billion scheme to slash Britain's plastic waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Government wants supermarkets and other manufacturers and producers to pay more towards the cost of collecting and recycling the estimated 11million tons of package waste produced in the UK. Under a new waste strategy, one option is to increase ‘contributions’ from retailers and producers from £70million a year to between £500million and £1billion. There are also plans to increase the number of companies that contribute from the current 7,000, the Guardian said.

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P&G Venture Aims To Squeeze New Life Out Of Italy's Dirty Diapers

P&G Venture Aims To Squeeze New Life Out Of Italy's Dirty Diapers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing. P&G aims to be able to recycle absorbent hygiene products (AHP), as diapers, incontinence pads, and feminine hygiene products are known, in 10 cities by 2030, according to its latest sustainability agenda. In the long term, it hopes to use 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging.

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Sealed Air to make packaging 100% reusable or recyclable by 2025

Sealed Air to make packaging 100% reusable or recyclable by 2025 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sealed Air announced plans to make its packaging solutions 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company plans to accelerate its use of recyclable materials, expand reuse models for packaging and collaborate with its global partners on the initiative.

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Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste

Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Big brands - from Coke to Kellogg - pledged on Monday to cut all plastic waste from their operations in what the United Nations called the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution. The initiative comes as public pressure mounts on manufacturers and retailers to pare back the deluge of plastic packaging that is clogging landfills and choking the seas.

EcoVadis's insight:

Bold move by these big brands towards the protection of the environment. Brands must keep up by engaging their supply base to deliver more sustainable and healthier alternatives. If the supplier can’t change with the times, the brand needs to seek an alternative supply source. The impact on the bottom line is too significant to ignore.

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Unilever joins forces with Veolia for sustainable plastic packaging partnership

Unilever joins forces with Veolia for sustainable plastic packaging partnership | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Unilever has signed a three-year agreement with Veolia to improve waste collection and sustainable packaging. Under the deal, the companies will work together on emerging technologies that will help create a circular plastic economy. 

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Help Save Endangered Gorillas, Recycle Your Electronic Waste

Help Save Endangered Gorillas, Recycle Your Electronic Waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

This year’s World Gorilla Day theme perfectly aligns with Sustainability Victoria’s latest “Divert Don’t Dump“ campaign encouraging residents to recycle technological devices to reduce toxic chemicals leaching out into the natural environment and to maximise use of existing materials to reduce the need to extract virgin materials. As global demand for electronic goods soars, the volume of raw inputs required to produce the goods also soars. But through proper recycling and resource recovery, up to 95 percent of the materials can be reused, reducing waste, preserving rainforests and saving endangered gorillas in the process. Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said: “One of our top priorities is making sure that all Victorians understand what e-waste is and why recycling it is so important to our planet.” According to Sustainability Victoria, an estimated 16 million TVs and one million mobile phones are discarded in Australia each year.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great initiative by Sustainability Victoria! As technology seeps into every aspect of our lives, electronic waste (e-waste) is a key challenge for the electronics sector. The number of electronic devices available to the average consumer is increasing – TVs, tablets, phones, kitchen appliances, wearable tech and more – and so too does the amount of production waste.

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World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank

World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global waste could grow by 70 percent by 2050 as urbanisation and populations rise, said the World Bank on Thursday, with South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa set to generate the biggest increase in rubbish. Countries could reap economic and environmental benefits by better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, according to a report, which calculated that a third of the world's waste is instead dumped openly, with no treatment.

EcoVadis's insight:

Tackling environmental pollution is no easy task, especially in developing countries where environmental laws and regulations are not strictly enforced. In the absence of a strong legal framework, companies have an even greater responsibility to ensure that they adopt a proactive approach within a comprehensive environmental management system that encompasses all stakeholders.

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