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CVS Focuses on the Usual Suspects (Can You Guess the 3 Biggies?)

CVS Focuses on the Usual Suspects (Can You Guess the 3 Biggies?)

CVS Health, one of CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens in 2016, has joined the dozens of companies that have pledged to reduce product packaging waste by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The drugstore and pharmacy company says that its expanding environmental footprint – with thousands of retail pharmacies and … Read more »

Marks & Spencer Reduces Packaging on Popular Foods

Marks & Spencer Reduces Packaging on Popular Foods

Major British retailer Marks & Spencer launched an initiative called “Project Thin Air” over a year ago to redesign packaging for 140 popular food products. The goal: Use less plastic and slim down the pack size without changing the amount of food inside. This week M&S announced that the project … Read more »

Has the Ham Gone Off? Look at the Label, Sainsbury’s Says

Has the Ham Gone Off? Look at the Label, Sainsbury’s Says

The latest development in sustainable packaging – with an eye to reducing food waste – comes from grocery store chain Sainsbury’s. The UK grocer is launching a new packaging “smart label” on its store-brand ham that changes color depending on how long the package has been open, telling the consumer … 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 »

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 »

PepsiCo’s the Latest Voice in the Loud Sustainable Packaging Conversation

PepsiCo’s the Latest Voice in the Loud Sustainable Packaging Conversation

PepsiCo is the latest CPG company touting its commitment to reduce packaging waste, having announced that it has joined the New Plastics Economy initiative as a “core partner.” The initiative, launched in London in May 2016, brings together industry, government, NGOs and others to build a more sustainable global plastics value chain. Other core partners … Read more »

Retailers Lead the Charge toward Bio-Based Packaging

Retailers Lead the Charge toward Bio-Based Packaging

Retailers, with their increased use of sustainable packaging, are playing a leading role in encouraging consumers to adopt bio-based packaging materials; manufacturers and retailers that adopt biodegradable packaging materials will benefit through cost cuts and tax reductions, according to a Technavio market research analysis. Technavio says the global biodegradable paper … 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 »

Hospital Sustainability Spending on the Rise

Hospital Sustainability Spending on the Rise

Fifty-four percent of global health care professionals say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case in two years, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Johnson & Johnson. The global findings are similar to those of US health care providers, … 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 »

Locally Sourced Canola to Improve Sustainable Biopolymer Manufacturing

Biopolymer manufacturer Meredian is utilizing canola as a new cash crop to revolutionize its biopolymer production. The Georgia-based company said it is the world’s largest producer of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate). Canola, which is local to Decatur county, has been selected by Meredian as the chief component of its process to produce … Read more »

Colgate Commits to Recyclable Packaging

Imagine a toothpaste tube that may be fully recyclable. That possibility is laid out in a series of sustainability commitments personal care products maker Colgate-Palmolive made to environmental nonprofit As You Sow. Colgate has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging for three of four product categories completely recyclable … Read more »