To make sustainable products easier for shoppers to find, Amazon is rolling out a new "Climate Pledge Friendly" label for 25,000 grocery, household, fashion, beauty and personal electronics items that meet designated sustainability standards. Amazon is also introducing "Compact by Design" to identify products using packaging designs that allow for more efficient shipping.
The North Face has begun working with its outdoor apparel and gear designers to create products with an eye on how they can be repaired or refurbished and resold in the future, as part of The North Face Renewed program. Sustainability and keeping more goods out of landfills have become part of The North Face brand, and that involves getting all teams engaged, said Dan Goldman, global vice president of strategy.
The Body Shop has partnered with Plastics For Change to start sourcing plastic waste from India to use in its packaging, as part of the beauty retailer's Community Fair Trade program. The company expects to source 551 tons of plastic waste through the program this year, and it has also connected with cosmetics player Natura on sustainability efforts.
Representatives from Kellogg and one of its suppliers, Archer Daniels Midland, explained the pandemic has not slowed consumer or investor interest in sustainability during a Climate Week webinar Monday. Kellogg is working to connect suppliers with providers of tech-driven solutions to supply-chain sustainability, said Amy Senter, chief sustainability officer.
London Metal Exchange CEO Matthew Chamberlain told a webinar that LME plans to position metals as the cornerstone of sustainability. LME proposes to launch in the coming months contracts for recycled, scrap and electric vehicle industries, a low-carbon aluminum spot trading platform and a register where producers can voluntarily log their metal's carbon-related details.
The Pennsylvania Resources Council's Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program has collected more than 58 tons of glass since its kickoff in June, serving more than 3,000 households, said Ashley DiGregorio, environmental program coordinator for the council. The program has visited nine communities in western Pennsylvania that have lost or never had access to glass collection, she added.
PacifiCorp and MidAmerican Energy are sending decommissioned turbine blades to Knoxville, where University of Tennessee and Carbon Rivers researchers are using Energy Department funding to study end-of-life solutions for the components. Ultimately, the team hopes to develop a recycling facility that can break down retired blades, reclaim the carbon fiber, and process it for use in other applications.
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