Shake Shack recently announced the introduction of sustainable AirCarbon cutlery and straws from Restore Foodware at select Shake Shack locations in the US.
Agilyx Corporation, a company that uses commercially viable technology to convert difficult-to-recycle waste plastics into petrochemicals, has teamed with ExxonMobil Chemical Company to launch a joint venture focused on increasing the recyclability of waste plastics and scaling up the supply of qualified plastic waste for the recycling industry.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) handed over its final draft of proposals for restricting the use of intentionally-added microplastics to the European Commission. The EU plans to ban micro plastic from cosmetics, paints, detergents and some farm and medical products — but the draft proposal has major loopholes that would allow companies to continue polluting, environmental groups warn.
Vancouver-based meal kit delivery service Fresh Prep announced the launch of its Zero Waste Kit, an industry-first, in Canada.
Grand Rapids, Michigan-based grocery retailer Meijer is expanding its Flashfood waste reduction program, planning to complete implementation across all 256 supercenters and grocery stores this year. The program allows customers to use an app to purchase food nearing its sell-by date at up to 50% off, thereby reducing in-store food waste.
A US Department of Defense site in northwest Florida has treated and beneficially reused nearly 450,000 tons of contaminated soil using mobile thermal remediation technology. Working with Clean Earth Mobile Soil Services, the DOD eliminated an estimated 22,500 truckloads of soil contaminated with chlorinated organic compounds from entering landfills.
Nature Valley has launched the first plastic film wrapper designated as Store Drop-Off recyclable by How2Recycle with the brand’s Crunchy granola bar.
Automotive manufacturers face the collective challenge of what to do with reduced-use or end-of-life electric vehicle batteries. Heritage Battery Recycling (HBR) intends to address that challenge by developing a battery reuse and recycling facility in the southwestern part of the US.
In 2019, the Carlsberg Group achieved a 30% reduction in relative carbon emissions at its breweries since 2015 (13% since 2018), with 56% of electricity from renewable sources and a total of five carbon-neutral sites running on renewable energy only.
Michelin is launching construction on its first tire recycling plant in collaboration with Enviro, a Swedish company that has developed a patented technology to recover carbon black, oil, steel and gas from end-of-life tires.
In an effort to help reduce plastic waste, Secret and Old Spice are launching refillable antiperspirant cases beginning this month.
Arcos Dorados Holdings, Latin America’s largest restaurant chain and the world’s largest independent McDonald's franchisee, has announced that it will substitute the plastic trays currently used by its guests with trays made from more sustainable materials.