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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.

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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.

EcoVadis's insight:

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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EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics

EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Under the proposal, EU states would also be obliged to recycle 90 percent of plastic bottles by 2025, with help from manufacturers to cover costs of waste management. European Union lawmakers moved on Wednesday to ban widely-used, throw-away plastics such as straws and cotton buds, and put a greater burden on manufacturers to recycle in an effort to clear up ocean pollution. Under the proposal, overwhelmingly backed by the European Parliament, 10 single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives would be banned by 2021. EU states would be obliged to recycle 90 percent of plastic bottles by 2025 and producers to help cover costs of waste management.

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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.

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.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.
EcoVadis's insight:

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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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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Thailand Set To Ban Plastic Waste Imports By 2021

Thailand Set To Ban Plastic Waste Imports By 2021 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Thailand has announced that it will ban plastic waste imports into the country from 2021, according to reports, in order to prevent the kingdom from becoming the “world’s next dumping ground”.  The announcement was made after the country has seen an increase in waste once destined for China – now re-routed to Southeast Asia following China’s ban on certain waste streams, which includes some plastic and paper that falls below a certain contamination. Thailand’s government has said improving the country’s waste management infrastructure is a priority and set goals for 2021. Measures to be taken will reportedly include cutting the use of plastic bags and bottles in government agencies and businesses, and plastic bans in tourist destinations. A tax on plastic bags has also been mentioned, along with a target to recycle up to 60 percent of plastic by 2021, according to news agency Reuters.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable initiative taken by Thailand. The plastic recycling and supply chain now needs to work beyond its legal obligations to address environmental issues and achieve improved resource use. To achieve a truly circular economy, every link in the chain needs to be committed to working in partnership to implement real change and develop end markets for recycled materials.

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