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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 »

Coke, Amazon Appear to Lead the Way with Sustainable Packaging Improvements

Coke, Amazon Appear to Lead the Way with Sustainable Packaging Improvements

Coca-Cola and Amazon are leading the way in terms of sustainable packaging strides, according to the buzz leading up to Interpack trade fair in Germany this week. Coke’s bio-based PlantBottle, 100% bio-based recyclable container, is leading the buzz, per Packaging Digest. Coke’s sustainable packaging lead, Sarah Dearman, says sourcing plays a … Read more »

Target Vows to Use Its Power & Scale to See that All Packaging Is Recyclable

Target Vows to Use Its Power & Scale to See that All Packaging Is Recyclable

Target says it will use its “power and scale” as one of the country’s largest retailers to advance the idea that all packaging will be recyclable one day, and to help consumers understand how and why recycling is so important. With that in mind, the retailer has joined the Material Recovery … Read more »

How to Make E-Commerce Packaging More Sustainable

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment has published a brochure aimed at improving the environmental sustainability e-commerce packaging, in time for the holiday season. The brochure, titled Packaging: At the Forefront of E-Commerce Growth & Sustainability, explains the roles of e-commerce packaging, strategies that packaging manufacturers, product marketers … Read more »

Beverage Companies Slow to Embrace Novelis Evercan

Major beverage companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and AB InBev tout their recycling efforts and commitment to the circular economy, so why aren’t they using Novelis’ evercan, made of 90 percent recycled aluminum, asks a sustainable business column in the Guardian. AB InBev declined to talk about aluminum recycling for the … Read more »

DuPont Printing Technology Halves Emissions

DuPont Packaging Graphics’ installation of two thermal processing systems at Wisconsin-based Bemis Graphics has helped cut the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent. DuPont’s Cyrel Fast 3000TD offers a 53 percent savings in greenhouse gas generation and a 63 percent reduction in non-renewable energy consumption compared to solvent processing, based on … Read more »