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Sustainable Sourcing a Key Pillar for Prosperity, Says Tetra Pak

Sustainable Sourcing a Key Pillar for Prosperity, Says Tetra Pak

Sustainable sourcing commitments have been announced by many companies in recent months, the most recent of which comes from food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak. Sustainable sourcing is one of the three strategic objectives defined for Tetra Pak’s supplier operation; the company has launched a program designed to … Read more »

Method Cleaning Products To Display How2Recycle Labels

Method Cleaning Products To Display How2Recycle Labels

People Against Dirty, the San Francisco-based company that makes Method cleaning products, just joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle program, which aims to reduce confusion about recycling through clear standardized consumer labels. A new line of Method dishwasher detergent packs sold in stand-up plastic pouches will soon have the How2Recycle … Read more »

Nestle Tells Consumers to Swig, Swallow, then Replace the Cap

Nestle Tells Consumers to Swig, Swallow, then Replace the Cap

Nestle Waters NA has become the first beverage manufacturer in North America to include the How2Reycle label, created by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, on the half-liter bottles of all its major US brands. The label, which tells drinkers to “empty and replace cap,” is meant to ensure that the caps … Read more »

Sonoco’s Smart Approach Shrinks Water, Energy Use: Here’s How

Sonoco’s Smart Approach Shrinks Water, Energy Use: Here’s How

Global packaging manufacturer Sonoco reduced total water usage by nearly 5% in 2016 and recovered the equivalent (by weight) of 57% of the product that Sonoco places into the marketplace through recycling, according to the company’s 2016-2017 corporate responsibility report. The company says it also reduced total energy use by … Read more »

Apple’s Forests Now Sustainable Enough to Cover the Paper Used in All Packaging

Apple’s Forests Now Sustainable Enough to Cover the Paper Used in All Packaging

(Pictured: Apple Park in Cupertino, CA*) Apple says that 320,000 acres of working forest in China have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and that the company is now protecting and creating enough sustainable working forest to cover the paper use in its packaging for all products. Apple’s forestry … Read more »

PepsiCo, Seeking to Close Recycling Gap, Pledges Support to Nonprofit Partnership

PepsiCo, Seeking to Close Recycling Gap, Pledges Support to Nonprofit Partnership

While CPG companies have increasingly been focusing on improving the recyclability of their packaging, that alone is not enough to move the needle and boost recycling rates in the US. Strong cross-sector partnerships between private companies, industry organizations and associations, nonprofit groups, NGOs and other groups committed to sustainability may be necessary in order to … Read more »

McD’s in Chi-Town Revive Polystyrene Cups

McD’s in Chi-Town Revive Polystyrene Cups

McDonald’s is bringing back the use of foam cups in some Chicago-area stores, according to the Chicago Tribune. The fast-food chain mostly phased out use of the polystyrene cups, which isn’t as easily as recyclable as other plastics, in 2013, though the company still uses them for iced tea, McDonald’s … Read more »

Hershey Says New Display Cases Use 32% Less Material

Hershey Says New Display Cases Use 32% Less Material

Hershey has redesigned its display cases in such a way that by 2025, they will have reduced packaging material by 25 million pounds, the company says. The new display case is a one-piece design with no cover packaging. It also eliminates the center divider. With these and other changes, the … Read more »

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell has begun shipping its XPS 13 in materials made in part from plastic pollution from the ocean. The company spent about 18 months doing a detailed assessment and validation, followed by a pilot, based on using ocean plastic in a way that is cost-effective and commercially scalable. The notebook … Read more »

Supermarkets Should Strive to Stop Waste or Risk Loss of Customers, Says Food Waste Expert

Supermarkets Should Strive to Stop Waste or Risk Loss of Customers, Says Food Waste Expert

With food waste becoming an ever-more prominent topic in the news, supermarkets will need to take steps to combat food waste or risk losing customers, says Liz Goodwin, senior fellow and director of food loss and waste with the World Resources Institute. Consumers are becoming aware of the magnitude and cost of wasted … Read more »

Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just ‘Nice to Have,’ Say Retailers

Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just ‘Nice to Have,’ Say Retailers

Retailers and manufacturers have dictated that sustainable packaging is no longer just “nice to have,” but is something they expect from the packaging industry, according to a new study from Smithers Pira. Packaging materials are extremely visible to the consumer, and retailers, packaged product suppliers, governments, regulators, NGOs and environmental groups are … Read more »