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Primaloft claims polyester circularity breakthrough

Primaloft claims polyester circularity breakthrough | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Advanced material technology company Primaloft has announced that its Primaloft Bio fibres are now renewable in a circular economy, after third-party testing proved the polyester fibres were capable of being chemically recycled.

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Primark debuts denim jeans made from organic cotton

Primark debuts denim jeans made from organic cotton | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fast fashion retailer Primark's first ever line of women's jeans made from organic cotton will soon be available in the U.K. and European Union — selling for the equivalent of less than $20, according to a press release. These jeans fall under the retailer's "Primark Cares Initiative" under which the company has used fabric made from recycled polyester and water bottles. Katharine Stewart, ethical trade and environmental sustainability director at Primark, said the brand intends to eventually employ organic cotton "across our entire product range."

EcoVadis's insight:

More and more companies in the fashion industry are revamping their business models and improving their supply chains to reduce overall environmental impacts, improve social conditions in factories, etc. One would remember the tragedies of the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013, Bangladesh, where the victims were manufacturing clothes to be supplied to top fashion retail companies. Even when these top retail fashion companies did not own these suppliers, they were implicated in the investigations and suffered a negative association with their brands. 

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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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Nestlé To Design Fully Recyclable, Compostable To-Go Cups

Nestlé To Design Fully Recyclable, Compostable To-Go Cups | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nestlé has announced that it is collaborating with other industry partners to design a fully recyclable, compostable fibre cup as part of the NextGen Consortium and Cup Challenge. The move is a part of the company's efforts to address the problem of plastic pollution, and a step towards its goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

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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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UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposal

UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain is to set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles. The plans, which also aim to make household rubbish collections more consistent around the country, will be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove and go out for consultation for three months. "We will introduce a world-leading tax to boost recycled content in plastic packaging, make producers foot the bill for handling their packaging waste, and end the confusion over household recycling," Gove said in a statement.

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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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Waitrose aims to save 134m plastic bags

Waitrose is asking customers to use reusable containers as part of efforts to cut plastic bag use by 134m a year. Under the retailer’s packaging and plastic reduction strategy for 2019 customers are encouraged to use their own containers to take home their fresh meat and fish, with signs appearing in stores. 

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To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said on Tuesday. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials utilised annually - including minerals, metals, fossil fuels and biomass - are currently put back into service, said a report by Amsterdam-based social enterprise Circle Economy. The Circle Economy report said 62 percent of heat-trapping emissions, excluding land use and forestry, are released during the extraction, processing and manufacturing of goods.

EcoVadis's insight:

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. To make sure these efforts actually help curbing climate change, a new trend is currently gaining momentum: science-based targets.

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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.
EcoVadis's insight:

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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Tetra Pak and Veolia partner to get all beverage carton components recycled

Tetra Pak and Veolia partner to get all beverage carton components recycled | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Tetra Pak has joined forces with global resource management company Veolia in a game-changing partnership that will enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union to be recycled by 2025.
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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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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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Retailers take aim at packaging waste

Retailers take aim at packaging waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Retailers are looking for waste reduction strategies as packaging waste continues to grow, starting with decreasing the amount of non-recyclable packaging on the products they sell. The amount of packaging waste generated annually in the U.S. has increased by 185% between 1960 and 2015, from 27 million tons to almost 78 million tons. Recycling has become an increasingly common way to deal with this stream. Only 10% of this waste was recycled in 1960, but more than half was recycled in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The practice of curbside recycling didn't take off until around the 1990s. 

EcoVadis's insight:

As consumers become increasingly aware of the effects their choices have on the environment, and ethical consumption continues to grow as a hot topic, a brand’s reputation for sustainability is of paramount importance. There are several waste reduction strategies a company can adopt  for instance reducing, reusing and recycling packaging materials.

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SC Johnson to launch bottles made entirely from recycled ocean plastics

SC Johnson to launch bottles made entirely from recycled ocean plastics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

SC Johnson has unveiled plans to start producing one of its top home cleaning products in bottles made entirely from recycled plastics collected from the world's oceans. The 100 percent recycled ocean plastic bottle will house the consumer goods giant's Windex Vinegar home cleaning products, with as many as 8 million units set to hit the shelves of retailers such as Target and Walmart in spring 2019, it announced Wednesday.

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Sustana Meets Needs of Supply Chain Partners with New Sustainability Strategy

Sustana Meets Needs of Supply Chain Partners with New Sustainability Strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustana Group, a recycled fibers and paper products provider, is a supply chain partner for many companies that are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, says chairman and CEO Fabian de Armas. With that in mind, the company has built a new sustainability strategy that will guide the company in its future business operations. The strategy focuses on environmental stewardship, workplace and communities, and a circular value chain. Sustana says it hopes to create a “sustainable, closed-loop fiber future,” and believes it can achieve this future through collaboration, transparency, and strategic decision-making and measurement.

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Johnson & Johnson launches contact lens recycling scheme

Johnson & Johnson launches contact lens recycling scheme | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Through its new UK contact lens recycling scheme, the ACUVUE Contact Lens Recycle Programme, Johnson & Johnson Vision and its partner TerraCycle are looking to drive real change in consumer behaviour.  According to recent research carried out by Johnson & Johnson Vision, over two-thirds (70 per cent) of consumers are confused about the types of household items they can recycle. And it seems a similar confusion exists among wearers of contact lenses: the research found that over a third (39 per cent) of users aren’t sure or believe they can’t recycle lenses.

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Big brands revisit the milkman model to cut plastic pollution

Big brands revisit the milkman model to cut plastic pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Major packaged goods sellers and retailers, under pressure to cut the flow of single-use plastic bottles and containers clogging the world's waterways, have teamed with recycling and shipping firms on an e-commerce service that puts a twist on the old-fashioned milkman.
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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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BASF breaks new ground with chemically recycled plastics

BASF breaks new ground with chemically recycled plastics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize plastic waste that is often sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery. Using thermochemical processes, such plastics can be utilized to produce syngas or oils, which the company says can be used as inputs in its own production processes, serving to reduce reliance on fossil resources.

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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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It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles

It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One brand that is innovating through recycling is San Francisco-based Everlane. Over the past few years, it has become known for offering quality basics at reasonable prices, while operating with transparency on their ethical supply chain. Recently they announced a line called ReNew - outerwear, such as puffer jackets, parkas and fleeces - made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. The range of classic garments comes in a selection of neutral tones, with offerings for men and women.

EcoVadis's insight:

Clothing production consumes resources and contributes to climate change. Therefore making stylish jackets out of plastic bottles will reduce both the level of plastics and the negative impact  on climate. Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than previous generations and they’re increasingly calling for companies to make sustainability and corporate social responsibility a major part of their business practice. 

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Colgate-Palmolive Company Accepts ‘All In On Recycling’ Challenge 

Global consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive Company is joining The Recycling Partnership and PepsiCo Foundation’s recycling challenge – .
EcoVadis's insight:

Bold move by Colagte-Palmolive. Plastic packaging is valuable and should be recycled where possible. Recycling as many packaging materials as we can further enhances its sustainability.

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