Sonoco Products is the latest company to join the Recycling Partnership, an association of plastics companies aiming to make recycling more accessible. "Sonoco has set aggressive sustainability goals, and we are dedicated to not just meeting, but exceeding those goals," says Laura Rowell, Sonoco's manager of global sustainability.
During 2016, the US added more than 10.5 gigawatts of solar energy to the grid, and the country is on track to install an additional 8 gigawatts this year. While land west of the Rocky Mountains provided more than 77% of the country's solar power, according to the US Energy Information Administration, areas in Florida, Georgia and Minnesota are becoming more aggressive in their solar energy projects.
"Lightweighting," a packaging trend used by many designers and manufacturers to reduce costs and carbon footprints, is actually increasing the pollution of our natural ecosystems, writes Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle. Making highly-recyclable packages and educating consumers on recycling are part of the solution, he writes.
To promote its new line of hydrogen-fueled cars, Toyota will release a billboard campaign in California that cleans harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions from the surrounding air. The 37 Toyota Mirai billboards will stay up from April 3 through May 28 and will scrub 24,960 square feet of air.
To balance profitability and sustainability, agribusinesses should look for ways to mitigate risks by improving farmers' insurance plans in case of disaster, write Johan Rockstrom and Izabella Koziell. They also recommend that companies use nature-based solutions instead of man-made infrastructure to solve problems, which can improve community relations and reduce costs.
When assessing sustainability measures, many companies are implementing a life cycle assessment, because the technique can identify and quantify environmental impact. The life cycle impact assessment uses fate modeling to detect the characteristics of different emissions, then measures the amount of emissions that affect the environment through exposure modeling, before finally using an effect model to assess the negative impact of the emissions.
German researchers are planning to test a new method of energy storage by converting the Prosper-Haniel coal mine into a renewable energy facility. The plant would use wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity and could store excess energy through a reservoir attached to the facility.
L'Oreal's sustainability efforts run throughout its operations and supply chain, with the idea that environmental impact and continued economic success are not mutually exclusive, writes Eillie Anzilotti. The company has linked bonuses to environmental outcomes, as measured by key performance indicators.