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Report: Steel Trucks Better for Environment than Aluminum

Report: Steel Trucks Better for Environment than Aluminum

Advanced high-strength steels have a lighter impact on the environment than aluminum in light-duty trucks and SUVs, according to two new case studies released by WorldAutoSteel. The case studies examined the effect various automotive materials can have on total life cycle greenhouse gas emissions. The studies used the Automotive Materials … Read more »

UK Lags Behind In Plastic Recycling

UK Lags Behind In Plastic Recycling

Over 77 percent of total European plastic waste is generated by seven countries, and of those, the UK is the worst when it comes to recycling and energy recovery, according to a recent report by Wrights GPX Plastics. The report notes that although there has been a positive trend in … Read more »

Plastic Waste Causes $13 Billion in Marine Life Damage

  Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual financial damage to marine ecosystems, though the actual cost of plastic waste to the overall environment may be much higher, according to two reports released at a meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly. One report, the UN Environment Programme Year Book, … Read more »

Seattle Businesses May Face Increased Mandatory Recycling

The city of Seattle is considering making it compulsory for businesses to recycle glass, plastic, tin and aluminum. The legislation, which would be effective from July 2014, was introduced Sept. 12 by councilmember Jean Godden. It is currently mandatory for businesses to recycle paper and cardboard. Six months of educational outreach to businesses would … Read more »

Ecover Turns Ocean Waste into Bottles

Ecover and Closed Loop Recycling will begin using plastic collected from the seas to create recyclable plastic bottles for the green cleaning product company. The companies say the plastic marine waste will be collected by European fishermen and sent to Closed Loop’s Dagenham, London facility, where it will be repurposed … Read more »

Purell Dispenser Cuts Down on Plastic

Gojo Industries, the company behind Purell instant hand sanitizer, has released dispensers that it says use less material and are more recyclable. The Gojo ADX Dispensing System, the result of four years of development, dispenses Gojo and Purell formulations. These include a line of new USDA Biobased- and EcoLogo-certified formulations … Read more »

Compostable Biobags Have Higher Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Compostable Biobags Have Higher Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Non-biodegradable bioplastics have a smaller carbon footprint than those that are designed to decompose, according to a white paper by U.K. firm Biome Bioplastics. Bioplastics: an important component of global sustainability uses figures from Brazilian plastic and bioplastic company Braskem, among other sources, to show that for every kilogram of … Read more »

AT&T to Roll Out Plant-Based Packaging

AT&T will start transitioning to a plant-based plastic in packaging for its branded wireless accessories, the company has announced. The plastic is composed of up to 30 percent plant-based materials, sourced from sugarcane-based ethanol. The new packaging will start appearing in stores and online starting October 2, the company said. … Read more »

Cheese Waste Turned into Plastic

Researchers in Catalonia, Spain, have invented a process that turns cheese waste into recyclable plastic food packaging. This new plastic is made using whey protein – a by-product formed in the production of cheese – and is biodegradable. About seven percent of whey is protein-rich dry matter that can be … Read more »

Dunkin’ Donuts Cuts 4.6m Pounds a Year From Cup Waste

Dunkin’ Donuts Cuts 4.6m Pounds a Year From Cup Waste

Dunkin’ Donuts has eliminated 4.6 million pounds of waste a year by reducing the weight of two disposable cups, according to the firm’s first corporate responsibility report. The company, which has 16,100 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants, describes the environment as its “#1 sustainability priority,” and says the most prominent … Read more »

Plastic Disclosure Project to Launch This Fall

Hundreds of companies and institutions should expect a questionnaire in early October about their use of plastic, with the launch of the Plastic Disclosure Project. The project is the brainchild of Doug Woodring, an environmental entrepreneur in Hong Kong, The New York Times reports. The initiative will officially launch in … Read more »

Supervalu to Go Zero Waste at 40 Stores; Puma Bag Dissolves in Water

Supervalu Inc. and its Albertsons brand of supermarkets have announced that they will move 40 stores to be zero waste by the end of next February, Waste & Recycling News reports. The announcement was made as part of Supervalu’s 2011 corporate social responsibility report. The report shows that the retailer … Read more »