Day: October 23, 2019

Rothy’s Furthers Commitment to Sustainability With Cardboard-Free Returns Program

Read the full story at Total Retail.

Rothy’s, a San Francisco-based direct-to-consumer footwear brand founded in 2012, is creating and selling shoes that are made from 100 percent recycled plastic water bottles and post-consumer recycled materials. A commitment to environmental sustainability is core to the brand’s mission. Taking that commitment one step further, Rothy’s recently became one of the first brands to partner with Happy Returns, a provider of return and logistics solutions for retailers, and more specifically, is participating in the service provider’s new cardboard-free returns program.

PureCycle, Milliken advance PP recycling venture

Read the full story in Chemical Week.

PureCycle Technologies (Ironton, Ohio) and Milliken (Spartanburg, South Carolina) will form a plastics recycling venture to produce polypropylene (PP) with “virgin-like” quality from waste PP. Nestle S.A., the world’s largest food and beverage company, is also a partner.

One man’s recipe to fight climate change: dung beetles and climate change

Read the full story from Planet Ark News.

A West Australian farmer is blazing a trail towards agricultural sustainability with his own innovative farming system designed to combat climate change and tackle soil health issues.

Atmospheric pressure impacts greenhouse gas emissions from leaky oil and gas wells

Read the full story from the University of British Columbia.

Fluctuations in atmospheric pressure can heavily influence how much natural gas leaks from wells below the ground surface at oil and gas sites, according to new research. However, current monitoring strategies do not take this phenomenon into account, and therefore may be under- or over-estimating the true magnitude of gas emissions.

Land management practices to reduce nitrogen load may be affected by climate changes

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

Nitrogen from agricultural production is a major cause of pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and contributes to large dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Illinois and other Midwestern states have set goals to reduce nitrogen load through strategies that include different land management practices. A new study uses computer modeling to estimate how those practices may be affected by potential changes in the climate, such as increased rainfall.

Nearly Half of Food Waste Happens Before It Reaches the Market

Read the full story from Bloomberg.

The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization says 14 percent of all food produced never even makes it to the consumer.

It’s only $4.99. But Costco’s rotisserie chicken comes at a huge price

Read the full story from CNN Business.

At the back of Costco’s stores, past the televisions, jewelry, jumbo-sized ketchup jugs and tubs of mixed nuts, is one of the retailer’s most prized items: The rotisserie chicken that costs just $4.99.

Cheap Kirkland Signature rotisserie chickens aren’t only a quick way for families to get dinner on the table. For Costco, the chickens are a lure, pulling customers into stores and getting them to browse the aisles, adding sometimes hundreds of dollars worth of items to their shopping carts before they pick up that bird.

The chickens have become almost a cult item. 91 million were sold last year, double the number from a decade earlier. They have their own Facebook page with nearly 13,000 followers.

So Costco is willing to go to extreme lengths to keep its chickens at $4.99. For the past few years, it’s been recruiting farmers for this moment: The official opening of a sprawling, $450 million poultry complex of its very own in Nebraska.

It’s a highly unusual move for one of the world’s largest retailers. Costco will control the production process from farm to store, making key decisions down to the grain chickens eat and the type of eggs hatched. Costco has even put its socially-conscious corporate reputation on the line, fending off local critics who have rallied against the Nebraska operation.

This is a big experiment not only for Costco, but the broader industry as well. Retailers will be watching Costco’s plan closely. It’s one of the largest-scale tests of a store’s ability to become its own meat supplier. And there’s no guarantee it will work.

These algae tiles can turn any building into a pollution-scrubbing machine

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Thanks to algae’s natural talent for sucking pollutants and toxins out of water, the tiles offer a passive, accessible way to clean wastewater.

Meat, dairy, and more: Analysis of material, energy, and greenhouse gas flows of the meat and dairy supply chains in the EU28 for 2016

Stephen Ivan aan den Toorn, Ernst Worrell, Machteld A. van den Broek (2019). “Meat, dairy, and more: Analysis of material, energy, and greenhouse gas flows of the meat and dairy supply chains in the EU28 for 2016.” Journal of Industrial Ecology online ahead of print.

Abstract: To decarbonize the European Union, protein consumption must transition to diets low in meat and dairy which will drastically change the material and energy flows in current meat and dairy supply chains. To understand the impacts on current flows, a baseline is required. Although recent studies have improved the scope of reported greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, no quantitative overview exists including intermediate and final product flows. To address this knowledge gap, we structured the meat and dairy supply chains into a connected set of transformation nodes and distribution nodes. The former are processes transforming inputs into outputs, whereas the latter distribute the outputs to other processes using them as inputs. Currently, livestock play a central role in agriculture and other industries through the consumption of 271 Mt fodder crops, 108 Mt grain, 85 Mt grazed biomass, 49 Mt oil meal, and 16 Mt feed by‐products. This feed is transformed into 64 Mt dairy and 35 Mt meat which ensures that the EU28 is a net exporter of meat and dairy while providing 25 Mt of by‐products. This production also leads to 435 Mt CO2‐eq. with the main contribution from beef cattle (35%), dairy cattle (32%), and swine (20%). Thus, the lower GHG intensities of dairy products compared to meat do not imply a low contribution to the total emissions. By mapping the material, energy, and GHG emission flows, we have created a baseline suitable for identifying potential supply chain changes and their related GHG increase or decrease resulting from the protein transition.

PFAS: Beyond the Theoretical and What’s Working

Thursday, February 27, 2020, Madison, Wisconsin 
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This PFAS seminar will give you real-time examples of activities that are actually happening in the field. Groundwater/Wastewater presentation topics will include: Regulatory Updates, Fate & Transport of PFAS in Groundwater, Site Characterization, Best Management Practices, Risk Management/Liability, Exposure Assessment Findings, Wastewater and Bio solids Land Application and Treatment Alternative Case Studies (What has been done – successes and failures).

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