Procter & Gamble has partnered with TerraCycle to create shampoo and conditioner bottles for its Herbal Essences brand that are produced with 25% ocean plastic. The bottles will be available for a limited time to mark both World Water Day and World Oceans Day, and the companies are working together to recycle all of the new bottles to keep them out of the waste stream.
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Alexandria Real Estate Equities' sustainability goals through 2025 include aiming for LEED Gold or Platinum certification on ground-up construction projects, said Ari Frankel, assistant vice president for sustainability and high-performance buildings. He also pointed to the REIT's first green bond, issued in June, and noted that "the pool of green capital continues to grow."
KP Snacks has joined with TerraCycle to create a recycling program in the UK which allows consumers to recycle KP Snacks packaging in specialized collection bins. This program will transform packaging into plastic pellets that can be made into other items and is part of KP's larger environmental initiative pacKPromise.
Flexible packaging remains the fastest-growing packaging segment around the world, with the industry estimated to bring in $31 billion in annual sales, according to the Flexible Packaging Association. Sustainability benefits and recycling/end-of-life management solutions for flexible packaging answer a growing consumer demand for sustainable and convenient packaging.
Melco Resorts and Entertainment has committed to a multiyear plan to eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging and reduce single-use plastics. "As a leading integrated resort operator and responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to take concrete action by helping resolve some of the key environmental threats facing communities around us, in Macau and beyond," Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho says.
The James Beard Foundation named UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., a Smart Catch leader, marking the first time it has awarded the designation to a hospital. The award recognizes the institution for its sustainability efforts around seafood sourcing.
The public's rapid awareness of plastic straws and the need for alternatives has forced Tiger Packaging and other companies to adjust their supply chains to meet demand. One Tiger product is polylactic acid-based straws, a bioactive thermoplastic sourced from natural ingredients that is sturdier than paper straws, says CEO Peter Horwitz.
Cities from Missouri to Norway are employing an array of creative solutions to drastically cut or eliminate their carbon emissions. Their strategies include composting programs, encouraging the use of solar energy and installing free charging stations for electric vehicles.
California, Hawaii and New Mexico are on the path to 100% carbon-free electricity generation, and similar efforts are underway in New Jersey, New York and Washington -- all states with Democratic leadership, Bobby Magill writes. Republican-led states have yet to make such proposals, which shows carbon-free generation is still a partisan issue, says Natural Resources Defense Council senior attorney Noah Long.
Leaders need to be able to say no to people, projects and stakeholders, even if it's uncomfortable, writes executive coach Melinda Fouts. "The art of saying no is being aware of what is best for you or the organization and maintaining your value and ethics," she notes.