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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 »

Plastics Stories Help Boost Brands (Who Knew?)

Plastics Stories Help Boost Brands (Who Knew?)

“Storied plastics,” or plastics that are collected by waste stream, sorted by material type, and traced back to the original point of origin, are a good choice of material for use in packaging as companies attempt to improve their sustainability practices, writes Pierre-Francois Thaler, co-founder and co-CEO of EcoVadis (via … Read more »

Recycled Coke Bottles Fall in Love in British Cinemas

Recycled Coke Bottles Fall in Love in British Cinemas

Coca-Cola has been touting its recyclable packaging strategy in the media since earlier this summer, when it announced a goal of increasing the recycled plastic content in its PET bottles from 25% to 50% by 2020. Now, the beverage giant is reaching out to consumers to reinforce its sustainable packaging strategy with a commercial, the set … 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 »

Hazardous Waste Rule Restored, Gives Businesses More Control

Hazardous Waste Rule Restored, Gives Businesses More Control

A prior rule that gives businesses more discretion when deciding which company will collect and recycle their solid hazardous waste has been restored by a DC Circuit judge panel. Though the judging panel upheld most of the EPA’s 2015 rule on the definition of solid waste, it ruled that portions … Read more »

Sports Venue Owners Nab Sustainability Help from Penn State Research Team

Sports Venue Owners Nab Sustainability Help from Penn State Research Team

Professional sports franchises that face challenges when it comes to making their venues more sustainable are getting some help from researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. A large part of the challenge in reducing a venue’s environmental impact is convincing fans to act in environmentally responsible ways, and … Read more »

MD Governor Dumps Zero-Waste Guidelines, Calls Them ‘Burdensome & Poorly Devised’

MD Governor Dumps Zero-Waste Guidelines, Calls Them ‘Burdensome & Poorly Devised’

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has axed the zero-waste guidelines put into place by his predecessor that set a statewide diversion goal of 85% by 2040, saying the guidelines were “last-minute, ill-conceived and poorly devised.” Hogan says he will instead focus on a “common-sense, balanced approach to managing waste in Maryland,” reported … Read more »

Green Mountain Chases Recyclable Coffee Pods, but It ‘May or May Not Move the Needle’ on Sales

Green Mountain Chases Recyclable Coffee Pods, but It ‘May or May Not Move the Needle’ on Sales

One-cup coffee pods like the Keurig K-cups have historically been challenging in terms of recyclability – and have come under fire by environmental groups for the mountains of plastic that is ending up in landfills. But Keurig Green Mountain has been on a two-pronged journey to make its pods more environmentally … Read more »

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Sock manufacturer Wigwam says it has been in the business of protecting the environment and using sustainable manufacturing practices for 112 years, but just recently discovered a significant – and easily solvable – sustainability problem: new president and CEO (as of last fall) Tom Wheeler discovered that a large number of … Read more »

Nestlé Waters Invests $6M to Close the ‘Recycling Gap’

Nestlé Waters Invests $6M to Close the ‘Recycling Gap’

Nestlé Waters North America is investing $6 million in an effort to find a national solution to the “critical recycling gap” in the US, the company announced today. Its investment is going to the Closed Loop Fund, a $100 million social impact investment fund committed to funding comprehensive recycling infrastructure and programs … Read more »