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Best Practices: How Chipotle Expects to Gain Goal of 50% Waste Diversion

Best Practices: How Chipotle Expects to Gain Goal of 50% Waste Diversion

Fast-service food company Chipotle is the latest to announce a waste reduction goal, vowing to divert half of all of its restaurant waste from landfills by 2020. While waste diversion commitments are a dime a dozen these days, Chipotle shared specific strategies it is using to achieve its goals.

Unilever Joins Partnership to Turn PET Waste into Virgin Grade Material

Unilever Joins Partnership to Turn PET Waste into Virgin Grade Material

  Unilever, Dutch chemicals start-up Ioniqa, and PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) resin producer Indorama Ventures (IVL) have joined forces to develop a food packaging system that converts PET waste into virgin grade material. According to plasticsinpackaging.com, non-recycled PET waste such as colored bottles are broken down to base molecule level, while separating the color and other … Read more »

World’s Largest General Veterinary Practice Cuts Waste, Saves Costs

World’s Largest General Veterinary Practice Cuts Waste, Saves Costs

Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest general veterinary practice, reduced its carbon footprint, cut waste, and saved on hospital costs in 2017, according to their newly published CSR report.

3D Printing – Environmentally Friendly or Not – Is Coming to a Manufacturer Near You

3D Printing – Environmentally Friendly or Not – Is Coming to a Manufacturer Near You

The potential implications for 3D printing in terms of the environment are still not fully known, according to a special issue of Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology. But despite uncertainties, the technology is expected to continue disrupting

NY Saves Millions w/Conservation Efforts Despite Few Sustainability Jobs and No Budget

NY Saves Millions w/Conservation Efforts Despite Few Sustainability Jobs and No Budget

The state of New York managed to save $40 million since 2011 simply by reducing its use of copy paper, and will continue to save about $7 million per year, according to a new report from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Various entities (a total of 66) within the state’s government … Read more »

Automation Improves Efficiency, Cuts Waste

Process improvement and operational efficiency lead to waste reduction — which is the crux of sustainability, a SustainablePlant article says. Automation is key to improving performance speed, which is also a major driver in improving operational efficiency, writes author Jordan Berkley, director of product management at manufacturing software provider Apriso. … Read more »

Regency Centers Ups Annual Energy Savings 75%, Triples Recycled Materials

Regency Centers, a grocery-anchored shopping center chain, has increased its annual energy savings by 75 percent, achieved LEED certification for three projects and tripled the amount of construction and demolition material recycled in 2012. These sustainability improvements are part of the company’s commitment to reduce the environmental impact of developing … Read more »

GM Shares Zero-Waste Best Practices

GM Shares Zero-Waste Best Practices

General Motors is sharing details about how it has turned more than half of its manufacturing plants into landfill-free facilities and which best practices helped the automaker turned its own waste byproducts into a $1 billion-a-year revenue generator. GM released a downloadable blueprint “The Business Case for Zero Waste” in … Read more »

Waitrose Sends Zero Food Waste to Landfill

Waitrose has achieved its target of sending zero food waste to landfill two months ahead of schedule. Originally, the supermarket chain had said all 280 of its UK branches would recycle or donate food waste that is unfit for consumption by the end of 2012; it has done so this … Read more »

Office Depot Aims to Save 20,000 Trees With Paper Bag Roll-Out

Office Depot will offer delivery service customers the option to receive supplies in paper bags rather than cardboard boxes, in an effort it hopes will reduce waste by 3.5 million pounds. The initiative, called the GreenerOffice Delivery Service, is being rolled out nationwide following a pilot in which over 90 … Read more »

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