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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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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. 

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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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Accenture Works With Mastercard, Amazon to Boost Circular Supply Chain Using DLT

Accenture Works With Mastercard, Amazon to Boost Circular Supply Chain Using DLT | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global professional services firm Accenture is working with major global firms including Mastercard to introduce a blockchain-based circular supply chain, according to a press release published on Feb. 25. An active user of blockchain and digital ledger technology, Accenture now intends to employ the tech as a key component to boost the circular supply chain. The term circular supply chain encompasses all stages on the supply chain, from the beginning to the end, in order to eliminate waste and improve sustainability for the environment.

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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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Alliance to tackle plastic waste accused of 'greenwash'

Members of a new alliance that announced a drive to eliminate plastic waste have been accused of greenwash by an environmental NGO, which says they are making huge investments in increasing plastic production. Just last week a group of nearly 30 companies joined forces to create the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), pledging to invest $1.5bm over the next five years. But many of the same companies are in fact making huge investments in increasing plastic production, according to a report from Belgian-Dutch NGO Recycling Netwerk (CRCT).

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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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Carrefour becomes first French retailer to utilise AI in supply chain optimisation

Carrefour becomes first French retailer to utilise AI in supply chain optimisation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One of the world’s leading food retailers has become the first French retailer to use artificial intelligence to optimise its supply chain process. Carrefour will take advantage of SAS Viya’s multi-channel distribution and inventory optimisation to reduce waste and create value.

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Food Waste in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production

Food Waste in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainable Development Goal number 12 is about consuming and producing within our planet’s natural limit, and for next generations to be able to fulfill their needs. As food is a basic need to be fulfilled and a shortage in large part of the world, goal number 12 is specified in a 50% reduction of the amount of food globally ending as waste throughout the whole value chain before 2030. Currently, 30-40% of all produced food globally is thrown out. At the same time, more than 842 million people in the world are starving. This goal is very tangible for all of us to understand and to act upon, but it also entails an obvious opportunity for companies within the food and service industry to work with their supply chain and production of food, as they can both become more responsible and save a lot of money at the same time. One of the most valuable places to start is in the large professional kitchens: A small behavioral change here can have a big impact on the pursuit of goal number 12.

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Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.

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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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Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries 

Tesco and WWF bid to 'halve environmental impact' of UK groceries  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tesco and WWF have announced they are to collaborate on a long-running sustainable food effort, pledging to establish a measure to halve the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket within 12 months. The four-year partnership between the UK’s largest retailer and one of the world’s leading environmental organisations is believed to be the first of its kind. They hope its scale will help drive the industry to eliminate food waste and packaging waste and encourage customers to eat more sustainably.

EcoVadis's insight:

Food waste is a big issue in the world today however companies have begun to engage in sustainable food production. These businesses produce healthy food while engaging in sustainable business measures, as well as community and environmental programs.Reducing food waste is a meaningful way to stabilize and increase revenue.

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Amazon Flexing its Muscles on Wasteful Packaging

Amazon Flexing its Muscles on Wasteful Packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Across the EU’s five largest economies vendors selling through Amazon will now be asked to package their products prior to shipping to fulfilment centres according to specifications that avoid the need for additional preparation before Amazon ships them. European partners that certify their packaging before October 2019 will receive an early adopter credit to help subsidise the investments in optimising their packaging.
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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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Globe introduces eSIM in PH 

Globe Telecom continues to be the leader in digital lifestyle by bringing the embedded Subscriber Identification Module (eSIM) to the Philippines. The eSIM removes the use of plastics in SIM activation and contributes greatly to environmental sustainability efforts. Transitioning to eSIM, which removes the need for extra plastic and paper packaging, strengthens the commitment of Globe to support a circular economy by reducing solid waste and avoiding single use plastics getting into landfills.

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Great Sustainable initiative by Globe. 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. 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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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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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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Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal

Rio de Janeiro hits the gas in push toward its zero carbon goal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In its efforts to slash its climate-changing emissions nearly to zero by 2050, Rio de Janeiro has chosen a perhaps unlikely place to start: its trash bins. At a huge waste treatment plant outside of the famed beach city, methane gas released by buried municipal garbage is captured and turned into energy as part of the city's key push to meet its ambitious goals to become carbon neutral.

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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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Global Alliance Commits Over $1B to End Plastic Waste

Global Alliance Commits Over $1B to End Plastic Waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
An alliance of global companies from the plastics, chemicals and CPG value chain has banded together to advance solutions to plastic waste in the environment.
EcoVadis's insight:

With consumers becoming increasingly concerned about its environmental impact - from the production of plastic using fossil fuels to the unsustainable disposal at its end of life and accumulation in the natural environment - there are real issues for businesses to address throughout the supply chain.

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UAE waste to fuel facility set to start operations in 2020

UAE waste to fuel facility set to start operations in 2020 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has signed a concession agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to develop and operate a refuse derived fuel facility in Umm Al Quwain. The project will be developed under a public private partnership (PPP) scheme and is co-financed by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. It will convert the waste of 550,000 residents from the two emirates into an alternative energy source. This product, named refuse derived fuel (RDF), will be used in cement factories as a fuel. It will partially replace the traditional use of gas or coal.

EcoVadis's insight:

Every area of industry will be impacted by climate change. Just as business operations are important, it is imperative to consider the impact of climate change on business operations, and potential impacts on sustainability. Business has a key role to play in addressing the challenges of climate change. It is the world’s most powerful economic force, and it is responsible for the majority of spending, wealth creation and investment.

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Jeanologia Looks to Drive Change as Part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Jeanologia Looks to Drive Change as Part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustainable finishing technology company Jeanologia announced Wednesday that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Spanish company will begin using SAC’s suite of tools to measure the environmental impact of its own roster of finishing tools including laser, G2 ozone and e flow technologies, which help enhance productivity, reduce water and energy consumption and eliminate damaging emissions and waste, guaranteeing zero contamination.

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Compelling evidence that people want repairable products

Compelling evidence that people want repairable products | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
There is strong evidence showing that UK and European citizens want longer lasting and more repairable products, on the eve of an important European member state vote and the UK’s Waste Strategy.

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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.There are clear signs that major consumer goods companies are pushing to find more environmentally friendly solutions for their packaging needs.

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WRAP Launches UK Plastics Pact Roadmap

WRAP Launches UK Plastics Pact Roadmap | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
WRAP has published its The UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025, outlining  key actions businesses should take to help curb pollution caused by plastic packaging by moving plastics from being a single-use disposable material to a valued resource, in line with the circular economy model, while avoiding unintended environmental consequences of actions such as substitution or blanket removal which could lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions and/or increased food waste.
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BBC builds on plastics pledge with new sustainability strategy

BBC builds on plastics pledge with new sustainability strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The BBC has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, which sets out commitments to achieve zero waste to landfill and source 100% renewable energy, with the broadcaster also revealing it has cut out more than 500,000 pieces of single-use plastics since April 2018.
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Bravo to BBC for taking such sustainable initiatives. It’s paramount to dispose of single-use plastics properly. Every person who selects single-use products has the obligation to make sure these items are recycled or disposed of in a trash can and kept out of the environment. Regulations specifically aimed at limiting damage to the environment have forced companies to consider their impact on the environment. As public awareness regarding sustainability has grown, companies have faced increasing pressure to adopt sustainable policies. 

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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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Why a zero-waste supply chain is the new normal

Why a zero-waste supply chain is the new normal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The zero-waste philosophy encourages companies to design products and services that optimize resource usage and make it possible to give resources a second life through repurposing. In the case of food systems, our goal is to reduce food waste, as well as to encourage composting and package recycling.
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