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Recycling Robots in Space: Plastics Recycling/3D Printing to Cut Waste Aboard ISS

Waste reduction and recycling efforts can save companies money and produce environmental benefits on earth — do these benefits extend to space? NASA, with help from aerospace technology company Tethers Unlimited, aims to find out. The Washington-based company has won a contract to test its recycling/3D printing system aboard the … Read more »

IBM recycling process

IBM Researchers Develop New Plastics Recycling Process

IBM researchers say they have discovered a recycling process that converts BPA-leaching plastics into environmentally safe material for water purification and medical devices — a technological advance that could lead to less plastic waste and cheaper recycled materials manufacturers can use to produce a wide range of products.

Nike Belgium expansion

Nike Expansion Cuts Supply Chain’s Carbon Footprint

Nike has expanded its European Logistics Campus in Belgium and implemented several new environmental sustainability aspects as part the company’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its supply chain. Campus sustainability features include: 100 percent renewable energy, sourced from five locally generated sources: wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass. … Read more »

Recycled, Bioplastics’ $3.5 Billion Savings Opportunity

Recycled, Bioplastics’ $3.5 Billion Savings Opportunity

An industry-wide expansion of sustainable plastic initiatives such Dell’s recycled plastic and Algix’s bioplastic could deliver $3.5 billion in environmental savings, according to a paper by Trucost.

The Building Sector’s ‘Trillion-Dollar’ Circular Economy Opportunity

The Building Sector’s ‘Trillion-Dollar’ Circular Economy Opportunity

Using closed-loop circular design principles — reusing discarded asphalt products as road-building materials and waste lumber as wooden flooring material, for example — is one of the approaches that could, and should, shape the sector’s future, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum.

beverage bottling

Closed-Loop System Captures CO2 for Use in Beverage Industry

CO2 Solutions and Mojonnier Limited have teamed up to capture carbon from the beverage bottling processes — thus preventing CO2 emissions — and then supply this CO2 back to the beverage industry for its carbonation needs.

Ford Closed-Loop System Recycles up to 20M lbs. of Aluminum per Month

Ford Closed-Loop System Recycles up to 20M lbs. of Aluminum per Month

Ford recycles as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap per month using a closed-loop recycling system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds F-150 trucks. The automaker says this is the equivalent of more than 30,000 F-150 bodies in the largest configuration — a SuperCrew body including … Read more »

GM waste reduction

GM Drives Closed-Loop Manufacturing, Recycles Water Bottles for Car Parts

General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles, collected from five of its Michigan facilities, are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless. The automaker says while all of its … Read more »