Day: November 20, 2020

Use automation to help achieve green packaging goals

Read the full story in Food Engineering.

You can’t lose when you actively work at reducing waste and creating sustainable packaging goals.

New Midwest Grazing Exchange website aims to connect livestock farmers with landowners in six states across the region

Read the full story at Practical Farmers of Iowa.

The Midwest Grazing Exchange ( is a free matchmaking service that aims to connect graziers and landowners in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Graziers can search for forage to graze and landowners can search for livestock to graze their land.

Esri, UN, and GEO Blue Planet Release Water Health Tool

Read the press release.

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced a new free and open tool it is making available for countries seeking to improve their coastal waters. The tool uses real-time analysis enabling countries to monitor coastal water quality and use that information to guide policy and reduce pollution from land sources.

Breaking the Barriers on Battery Recycling and E-Waste in Africa

Read the full story at Waste360.

Barriers to entry exist in nearly every market, some more than others.

For e-waste, these obstacles could be significant as the transportation of hazardous waste from one country to another presents a myriad of risks and hazards.

Netherlands-based Closing the Loop (CTL) and United States-based Call2Recycle are leading the charge on battery recycling in Nigeria, a country where GDP per capita doubled from $1400 in 2000 to an estimated $2,800 per person in 2012, according to the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission.

Dow Introduces First PCR Resin for Shrink Film

Read the full story at Plastics Today.

Dow introduced today its first post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin for collation shrink film in North America, enabling companies to incorporate more PCR material in their application while maintaining performance.

The recycled plastic resin, which is designed specifically for retail and logistic shrink-film applications, expands Dow’s circular technology portfolio. It helps more customers and brands achieve their sustainability goals by offering the ability to create shrink film with up to 40% PCR content, said Dow.

Coca-Cola reveals paper bottle prototype: ‘This opens up a whole new world of packaging possibilities’

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

Coca-Cola has unveiled the first-generation prototype of its paper bottle: saying it is convinced that paper packaging has a role to play in the future.

Alice Potts makes bioplastic face shields from food waste

Read the full story at Dezeen.

Designer Alice Potts combined food waste with flowers from London parks to create a series of bioplastic face shields for the NGV Triennial.

Potts made the face shields, which she claims are biodegradable, from food waste collected in London as an alternative to the many items of personal protective equipment (PPE) that are made from single-use plastic.

Named Dance Biodegradable Personal Protective Equipment (DBPPE) Post Covid Facemasks, the face shields will be on show at the NGV Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

Green Science Policy Interactive Workshop on PFAS

The Green Science Policy Institute hosted an interactive workshop on the science and policy of PFAS Oct 15-16, 2020 in conjunction with PFAS in Our World, organized by the STEEP Superfund Research Center. You can view the talks here.

Nonprofit wants to recycle Ohio’s medical marijuana waste

Read the full story in the Columbus Dispatch.

Ohio’s medical marijuana industry generates millions of dollars worth of waste that ends up in trash bins.

Now a nonprofit with links to Ohio’s medicinal cannabis industry is trying to change that through a recycling program for hard-to-recycle items like batteries.

Cannabis Can recently brought its idea to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which regulates marijuana dispensaries.

The group hopes to partner with TerraCycle, a New Jersey company specializing in items that most municipal recycling programs can’t handle, such as batteries and refill cartridges for vaping pens.

But they face an uphill battle.

Climate Change Hits Rock and Roll as Prized Guitar Wood Shortage Looms

Read the full story in Scientific American.

Flooding and a wood-boring beetle threaten supplies of storied “swamp ash”.

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