Sustainability


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    Plastic Promises Scorecard casts more doubt on 2025 company targets

    As You Sow awarded no ‘A’ scores, as it echoed US Plastics Pact concerns about companies not progressing quickly enough to meet 2025 targets. Still, it lauded goals and efforts at Keurig Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and SC Johnson.

    By June 18, 2024
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    5 packaging priorities in the federal food waste strategy

    The EPA, FDA and USDA highlighted efforts on compostable packaging, biobased materials, food date labeling, PFAS reduction and more in the National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Wayfair boosts packaging recyclability, introduces zero waste goal

    The expanded use of paper-based mailers in the U.S. contributed to a bump in packaging recyclability.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Google details fiber swaps in consumer electronics packaging

    Its anticipated plastic-free packaging design guide details implementation of molded fiber trays and hang tabs, paper tapes and other alternatives. Apple and Amazon have also pursued plastic reduction in device packaging.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Aerosol can recycling has confounded consumers. There’s a push to fix that by 2030.

    Next steps include stronger labeling and advocating for aerosols on statewide recyclability lists in EPR programs, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute and the Household and Commercial Products Association.

    By June 11, 2024
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    US Plastics Pact releases new road map with 2030 plastics targets

    The new goals look very similar to those in the original road map, with a couple additions and a deadline extended from 2025 to 2030. Participants made progress on the 2025 goals but were unlikely to all meet the original targets.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Brands need partners to tackle scope 3 emissions

    Soon, many companies will be required to report their Scope 3 emissions as a prerequisite for doing business in certain markets, including the EU and California.

    June 10, 2024
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    Tetra Pak reports plant-based plastics demand growing in North America

    The company is now targeting 2030 for having 10% recycled polymers across beverage cartons sold in Europe. It also shared updates on tethered caps, sugarcane-derived plastic uptake and more in its new sustainability report.

    By June 5, 2024
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    Have an idea to reduce retail packaging? Walmart wants to hear it.

    The retail giant listed seven specific areas for innovators to prioritize, including snack bags and frozen food trays, that have proven tricky for design and sustainability improvements.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: Diageo tests paper Baileys bottles, Nestlé wants consumers to eat forks

    Plus, L’Occitane en Provence partners with Carbios for PET bottles made by using enzymatic recycling, and Green Life Farms reduces the plastic in its lettuce packaging.

    By May 31, 2024
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    Ferrero cites packaging recyclability progress, acknowledges challenges with meeting targets

    The Nutella and Tic Tac parent company detailed efforts to switch substrates and lightweight boxes for its confections while citing a scaled-back target for designing packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable.

    By May 30, 2024
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    4 talking points at Circularity on the path forward for packaging

    To scale change, experts brought up the need for more precompetitive collaboration and the desire to move beyond pilots, among other themes.

    By May 30, 2024
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    From soap refills to shopping bags, Bath & Body Works freshens up its packaging

    The retailer aims to make at least half of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by next year. It also commissioned a third-party recyclability assessment to guide packaging and plastics commitments.

    By May 29, 2024
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    How pet food bags are evolving to simplify design and future recyclability

    The vast majority of pet food packaging isn’t currently recycled. Major manufacturers and groups such as the Pet Sustainability Coalition hope to change that.

    By Hayley Lind • May 28, 2024
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    Experimentation with label-less containers advances, but not without visual challenges

    Embossing, laser engraving and direct-to-packaging printing are some of the methods to ease the recycling process, as are using organic inks and labels that easily separate during the sink/float process.

    By Hollie Stephens • May 24, 2024
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    Luxe Pack highlights packaging psychology and sustainability trends

    Estée Lauder’s chief sustainability officer and other speakers shared their perspectives on upcoming trends in the cosmetics and luxury packaging sectors.

    By Hayley Lind • May 23, 2024
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    Minnesota becomes 5th US state with packaging EPR law

    Gov. Tim Walz signed a budget bill that includes language to set up an extended producer responsibility system. A producer responsibility organization is set to be appointed by January 2025.

    By , Megan Quinn • Updated May 23, 2024
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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    A recent analysis identified Coca-Cola as the source of 11% of all branded plastic found in litter surveyed globally. This type of data is part of growing transparency around packaging outcomes.

    By May 22, 2024
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    GE Appliances embarks on 5 new packaging sustainability goals

    The company aims to eliminate expanded polystyrene and make all packaging recyclable. In 2023, it processed 1 million pounds of plastic scrap to use in manufacturing new products.

    By May 16, 2024
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    Ino worms its way into compostable packaging with silk cocoon product

    Silkworm cocoons serve as a protective layer in the home-compostable packaging. Ino is working to scale up production and gain more customers.

    By May 14, 2024
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    BlueTriton launches premium water bottles as aluminum packaging’s role grows in market

    Aluminum bottle offerings could tap a wider range of consumer values, researchers and consultants say. The addition expands the portfolio for Pure Life, Deer Park, Poland Spring, Arrowhead and Ice Mountain waters.

    By May 9, 2024
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    EPR laws’ labeling implications create more questions for CPGs

    Leaders from the Consumer Brands Association and The Recycling Partnership recently discussed how packaging EPR laws are further complicating how brands can mark packaging, including for recycling.

    By May 8, 2024
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    Plastic tube recyclability has ramped up rapidly, but not without some tumult

    Research suggests more than 75% of HDPE squeeze tubes in the U.S. are compatible with valuable recycling streams. “I don’t want to underemphasize how big of a change in packaging format this is,” said APR’s technical director.

    By May 7, 2024
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    Colgate says it might miss 2025 packaging recyclability target

    Flexible bags and pouches are the key sticking points. In a sustainability report, Colgate-Palmolive also shared updates on transitioning its entire toothpaste portfolio to recyclable tubes, which became the subject of a lawsuit last year.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Alternative Packaging Alliance aims to reshape the narrative around wine formats

    The group, launched by seven brands that offer high-end products in boxes and alternative formats, aims to educate consumers and retailers about the carbon footprint of glass bottles.

    By Hollie Stephens • April 29, 2024