Tara Hemmer, Waste Management's first-ever chief sustainability officer, says the company wants to pursue revenue growth in areas such as organics and recycling. "Sustainability for us is really a growth strategy," Hemmer says.
Compostable packaging has been shown to extend the shelf life of certain produce items for longer than traditional plastic packaging, according to two studies sponsored by biodegradable plastic packaging company TIPA. The studies "show that compostable packaging is very effective in preserving postharvest quality and reducing losses of various fruits and vegetables," said co-author Ron Porat of the Agricultural Research Organization at The Volcani Institute.
PepsiCo Beverages North America bases its recycling initiatives on a circular mission "where packaging never becomes waste," said Tom Mooradian, senior manager of environmental sustainability. The company is expanding its school-based Recycle Rally educational program and SodaStream reuse platform while renewing its support of American Beverage's Every Bottle Back program, added Mooradian.
Sustainable Haus Mercantile in Summit, N.J., is one of a growing number of zero-waste stores springing up around the country with the goal of educating consumers on the sustainability benefits of eliminating plastic and most packaging. Major merchants including Target and Amazon have also made commitments to cut more plastic from their packaging.
Madewell is bringing all of its circularity initiatives under the new Madewell Forever resale service, which will take pre-owned jeans and either recycle them or sell them at six stores and through a dedicated section on Madewell's e-commerce site. The service launched Tuesday with 3,000 pairs of jeans and a goal to take back 1 million pre-owned pairs by 2023, and Madewell Forever will absorb existing services including Madewell Archive and giving $20 credits for jeans brought to stores.
Workout wear brand Fabletics has teamed with ThredUp to launch an online resale program that lets brand fans package and send in used Fabletics pieces and garments from other brands in the same shipment. Used Fabletics pieces will be sold via the brand's new resale shop in exchange for store credit; the other pieces will be sold on ThredUp's resale platform.
The Federal Trade Commission has voted unanimously to investigate manufacturer restrictions on third-party repairs. The commission also released a policy statement criticizing manufacturer strategies such as patent and trademark lawsuits and copy-protection technology.
A petition to get a plastic waste initiative on the November 2022 ballot in California received the required number of signatures this week. The measure would tax producers of single-use plastic packaging and require single-use plastic packaging, containers and utensils to be compostable, reusable or recyclable.
Officials in Boulder County, Colo., hope a newly launched local program will reduce the harmful environmental effects of pollution from food and beverage packaging. The program will provide financial and technical assistance for container manufacturers transitioning to lower-waste products.
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