“Great to see all these waste reduction innovations! We are committed to the circular economy and would like to recommend one of our favorite circular economy companies: ECOR www.ecorglobal.com. I was impressed enough with ECOR to become a technical advisor to them, along with Bill McDonough, who has given them its “cradle-to-cradle” certification for all their upcycling of a huge range of “wastes” (a word we can retire from our economics textbooks), since these is no waste in Nature! We are also proud that Sustainable Brands is one of our valued Partners. ~ Hazel Henderson, Editor.”
It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and to celebrate, we spoke to some superstar companies reducing waste through product design that are featured in the National Zero Waste Council’s Design Portfolio. In this second article of a three-part series, we hear insights from Claudio Gemmiti, SVP of Innovation and Strategic Growth at Club Coffee, maker of the world’s first 100% compostable pod for the North American single-serve market of coffee, tea and other hot beverages.
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Abeego: Reducing Food Waste by ‘Keeping It Alive’
It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and to celebrate, we spoke to some superstar companies reducing waste through product design that are featured in the National Zero Waste Council’s Design Portfolio. For the first article in this three-part series, we caught up with Abeego founder Toni Desrosiers about her company’s reusable beeswax food wraps.
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Trending: Finally, Real Solutions to Tackle Coffee Cup Waste
With millions of disposable coffee cups finding their way into landfill each year, businesses and local authorities across the globe have been searching for ways to increase recycling and recovery of the single-use item. Building on the success of previous in-store cup and pilot recycling schemes, major brands in the UK have launched two permanent solutions for scaling coffee cup recycling.
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How Companies ‘Seeing Goldmines in Landfills’ Are Refashioning Textiles
Want to subvert the traditional apparel supply chain? You must possess a “little bit of craziness,” according to Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and president of Aquafil, an Italian company that transforms abandoned fishing nets and castoff bits of carpet into good-as-new nylon fibers. Speaking on a panel at the Textile Sustainability Conference in Washington, D.C., last week, Bonazzi noted that he was once ridiculed for his propensity for seeing goldmines in landfills. Few if any are laughing now, however.
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Aviation Industry’s Uptake of Biofuels Could Spur Mass Deforestation, Critics Say
The International Civil Aviation Organization has proposed a roadmap to carbon-neutral growth for the aviation industry by 2020, one built upon the promise of biofuels. If approved, ICAO’s plan will deliver five megatons of biofuels per year by 2025 and 285 megatons per year by 2050 — half of total demand for international aviation fuel. It sounds good on paper, but the proposal would require a three-fold increase in biofuel production — a concept that has environmental groups up in arms.
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Making Large-Scale Energy Efficiency Easier (and More Affordable)
Commercial building owners and operators face barriers to implementing large energy-efficiency measures. Even with the growth of incentive programs and innovative technologies, energy efficiency can be a lengthy and intensive process, especially when an entire portfolio of buildings is involved. Building owners and operators have to first understand the systems and then identify funding that best works for their organization.
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Coded Yarns Poised to Weave Transparency, Traceability into Textile Supply Chain
Traceability is an ongoing concern for the textile industry. But while technologies such as barcodes, QR codes and RFID tags have been put in place to enhance supply chain transparency, they fall short of the mark. Researchers at the University of Borås in Sweden have developed a novel coded yarn-based tracking system that promises to overcome existing limitations and deliver improved traceability.
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Norsk Ombruk: The Benefits Case for Remanufacturing
Think tank Earthshine and remanufacturing company Norsk Ombruk’s report illustrates how remanufacturing within a circular economy can deliver a wide range of benefits for society, environment and economy. The report provides businesses with detailed insight into how a remanufacturing model works — as demonstrated through the experience of Norsk Ombruk — how the resulting benefits may be modeled and quantified, and additional insights and recommendations on the future of remanufacturing.
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Trending: TP, Organic Waste Could Become Sources of Clean Energy, Low-Carbon Building Materials
From used bathroom tissue to banana peels, researchers and innovators are turning previously overlooked waste streams into a variety of sustainable solutions. While scientists in the Netherlands are tapping sludge from water treatment facilities to generate clean energy, Arup is using organic waste to generate low-cost, low-carbon building materials.