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Waste Not

The latest in the growing number of efforts directed at reducing, repurposing and ultimately eliminating waste in all its forms.

More Beauty Retailers Embracing a Circular Economy for Packaging

More Beauty Retailers Embracing a Circular Economy for Packaging

New initiatives from Kiehl’s, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Ulta lay further groundwork for reducing the beauty industry’s massive plastic footprint.

Dr. Martens, IKEA Push Circular Fashion Further Into the Mainstream

IKEA has created a collection made from recycled coworker uniforms; while Dr. Martens’ Genix Nappa collection features recycled-leather remakes of three of the iconic shoe brand’s signature styles.

Hellmann’s AI-Enabled Tool Reveals Your Fridge’s Meal Potential

Meal Reveal, developed in collaboration with Google Cloud, uses simple fridge scan to help consumers overcome ‘fridge blindness’ and reduce household food waste.

‘Quantum Nose’ Could Be Key to Sniffing Out Food Waste

The University of Maryland’s NourishNet team has been awarded $5M from the NSF to develop its comprehensive, technology-based approach to tackling food waste and insecurity.

KLM Has Wasted 60% Less Inflight Food, Thanks to AI

Not all flights booked result in a passenger on board said flight. By predicting the number of passengers based on historical data, AI is helping the airline waste significantly fewer inflight meals.

This Technology May Tackle 2 Sustainability Challenges in One Fell Swoop

Anaerobic digestion offers a solution to two major challenges: food waste and transitioning to clean energy. We spoke with Shawn Kreloff, founder and CEO of Bioenergy Devco, to discuss the technology’s potential.

Pandora Now Sources 100% Recycled Silver, Gold for Its Jewelry

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. By using recycled instead of newly mined silver and gold, Pandora avoids 58,000 tons of CO2 per year. The company expects that it will craft all new jewelry with 100% recycled silver and gold from the second half of 2024.

Logitech Boosts Product Circularity, Shares Design Principles with Industry

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. To drive industry-wide carbon reduction, Logitech is sharing its design principles and tools with any organizations in the consumer-tech industry looking to boost their sustainability efforts.

Parts of Future Fords Could Be Made from Olive Waste

Ford engineers are conducting trials on parts made from 40% olive tree fibers and 60% recycled plastic — which is heated and injection-molded into the shape of the selected part.

Will the Fashion Industry Come Clean on the Data Point That Matters Most for Circularity?

With 'Speak Volumes,' we aim to draw awareness to overproduction and create a more just distribution of responsibility for fashion waste clean-up — which builds on our overall goal of promoting a shift towards a justice-led, circular fashion economy.

Starbucks Becomes First National Coffee Retailer to Accept Reusable, Personal Cups

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Starting January 3, 2024, customers will be able to use their own clean, personal cup at all company-operated stores and participating licensed stores in the US and Canada.

Flashfood Offers a Solution to Food Waste That Doesn’t Leave the Grocery Store

The platform connects shoppers with near-expiration food coming directly from grocery shelves at a significant discount.

‘Tis the Season of ‘Giving Back:’ The Environmental Impact of Holiday Returns

Addressing the fate of returned items — and the larger issue of 'wrap, return, repeat' consumer culture — requires adoption of smart technologies to offset losses and improve retail’s environmental impact during the holiday season and beyond.

Understanding Digestate: The Bounty from Anaerobic Digestion

Leveraging the potential of anaerobic digestion and utilizing digestate as a renewable soil amendment offers significant opportunities for sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

WWF Report Reveals Progress on Some of the World’s Biggest Brands' Plastic Footprints

While ReSource: Plastic members are demonstrating that plastic reporting is possible, voluntary corporate action is not sufficient to address the scale and urgency of the plastic waste crisis.

The Game within a Game: Eastman, UTenn, UMich Compete for a Common Good

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Together, Eastman and the two teams helped turn the spirit of competition into a unique approach to diverting waste, keeping recycling top of mind and driving behavior change with football fans.

From Farm to Renewable Energy: The Win-Win Solution Bringing Us Closer to a Circular Economy

As the world strives to achieve its sustainability goals, such holistic approaches not only benefit the environment but also enhance the resilience and prosperity of rural communities while taking us one step closer to a more circular future.

COP28: Food-Systems Transformation Finally Becoming Part of the Climate Conversation

At COP28, the US Food Waste Pact, ReFED’s ‘Roadmap for Philanthropy’ and $57M from the Bezos Earth Fund are among new initiatives targeting global food-system transformation.

CGF, Hellmann’s Keeping Food Waste Top of Mind This Holiday Season

The “Between 2 Slices” campaign shows people the myriad ways to turn leftovers into delicious, creative next-day meals with just two slices of bread and Hellmann's mayonnaise.

Navigating the Holiday Waste Conundrum: The Pragmatic Role of AI in Retail Sustainability

The use of AI in retail planning is now a strategic imperative in the fight against waste of all kinds — including the rampant waste created during the holiday season.