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Single-Stream Materials Recovery Facilities Can Recover Flexible Packaging, RSS Study Says

Single-Stream Materials Recovery Facilities Can Recover Flexible Packaging, RSS Study Says

Flexible packaging, such as pet food bags and snack pouches, offers several environmental benefits: it uses less energy and materials than other packaging options and reduces waste by protecting products and minimizing food spoilage. But it’s typically not accepted in North American recycling programs, which means that flexible packaging usually … Read more »

Purina flexible packaging

How to Improve Flexible Packaging Recycling

A project that aims to increase recycling rates and divert flexible packaging from landfills has attracted major brands, including Dow Chemical, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble, as partners. The flexible packaging recycling project, Materials Recovery for the Future, brings together brand owners, manufacturers, and packaging industry organizations that want to … Read more »

Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

A steering committee of global organizations is developing a protocol aimed at helping countries reduce food loss and waste, according to the World Resources Institute. Globally, about 24 percent of all the calories produced for human consumption don’t end up reaching human mouths, according to WRI analysis. As a result, … Read more »

One-Third of Food Produced Is Wasted, Study Says

More than one-third of all food produced in the US is wasted, according to a survey of consumers’ attitudes conducted by Sealed Air. The company whose product lines include Bubble Wrap, Cryovac and Diversey commissioned the report to evaluate Americans’ food habits, sustainability practices, and overall awareness of food waste … Read more »

Global Water Stewardship Organization Open For Business

The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), a global collaboration focused on sustainable water resource management, today announced an agreement with The Water Council to represent AWS in North America. This announcement builds on recent commitments from top corporations, including Nestlé and General Mills to support AWS, and on the recent … Read more »

Wegmans plastic bag

First Grocer Joins How2Recycle

Wegmans Food Markets has joined the How2Recycle Label program, making it the first grocer to use the voluntary recycling label developed by GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The addition of Wegmans also pushes How2Recycle past its goal of 20 participating companies including Kellogg’s, Best Buy, Clorox, Costco, Esteé Lauder Companies Aveda … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Sealed Air, Universal Lubricants, GSE

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Sealed Air: The packaging manufacturer has hired James Whaley as vice president, corporate communications and sustainability. Whaley most recently worked at Siemens North America where he was senior vice president, corporate communications and marketing, and chairman of the Siemens Foundation. Universal … Read more »

Packaging is the Silent Warrior Against Food Waste

In recent years, food waste has arisen as a major topic as we come to terms with feeding an extra two billion people by the middle of this century. Rather than just relying on additional food production to feed a growing planet, the opportunity to reduce or prevent post-harvest food … Read more »

Kellogg’s Adopts How2Recycle Label

The Kellogg Company will use the How2Recycle Label as GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition begins the latest phase of its voluntary recycling label program. Starting in April, the label will appear on Kellogg’s and Kashi brand products. Kellogg’s joins 11 other major companies already using the How2Recycle Label, including Ampac, Best … Read more »

How To Align Profit and Sustainability

Johnson & Johnson has set up a fund for greenhouse gas reduction projects like chiller optimization and solar PV installations — just one example of how companies are allocating capital for long-term environmental performance, according to a report by the World Resources Institute. Aligning Profit and Environmental Sustainability: Stories from … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Gold Supply Chain, National Green Building Standard, e-Stewards, ISO 14001

The Responsible Jewellery Council and non-profit group Solidaridad have announced collaboration for more transparent and accountable practices throughout the gold supply chain. A key focus will be a Solidaridad pilot project that uses RJC’s Code of Practices and Chain-of-Custody standard as tools for improving practices at industrial gold mines, the … Read more »