Just Salad poised to take zero-waste dining nationwide

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The fast-casual chain plans to scale both its geographic footprint and its pioneering reusable bowl program, thanks to a cash infusion from circular-economy drivers Closed Loop Partners.

Chicago exploring organics and textile recycling, commercial waste zones through new strategy

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Chicago officials on Wednesday released a formal waste strategy for the city, which is thought to have one of the lowest recycling rates among major U.S. cities at around 9%. There are dozens of near- and long-term recommendations regarding policy, operations, community efforts and more.

Unlike some cities, Chicago is not setting a specific waste diversion target at this time. “We did not set a goal because I think for us this is a roadmap to move to a better direction,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Angela Tovar. “I think it would be a big leap to go from the current rates that we have here in the city of Chicago and then to jump all the way to zero waste without talking about the interim steps in order for us to get there.”

According to documents, another next step in the strategy is to research “potential for implementing waste hauling zones for commercial waste,” an approach New York City and Los Angeles have taken. Other ideas include bolstering organics collection by adding food scrap collection to yard waste routes, and establishing a revenue-sharing partnership with a textile recycling company for collecting clothes, shoes, and other textiles.

Phoenix Suns go biodegradable with naming-rights deal for arena

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The Phoenix Suns and Mercury basketball teams are partnering with the plant-based fiber-technology Footprint in a deal to rename their arena and do away with single-use plastic at the facility.

PetDine launches 6-pillar sustainability plan

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On July 20, PetDine introduced a six-point sustainability plan to reduce its carbon footprint in manufacturing and source more eco-friendly materials.

The company chose six measurable goals, which include: using 100% renewable energy to produce product by 2025; incorporating 25% sustainable ingredients into each product by 2023; promoting the recyclability of product packaging on 75% of its clients’ products by 2023; sourcing all plastic jars with post-consumer recycled content by 2023; using 95% recyclable packaging by 2021; and supporting employee involvement through a Green Team program, in which the company will host clean-up days, recycling initiatives and activism activities for its team.

Schoeller Allibert ‘three-fold approach’ to closing the loop

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Schoeller Allibert has shared insight on how it believes the supply chain will adapt towards circular economies, with a focus on systems that eliminate waste and embrace the use of sustainable materials and energy.

Pop the corks! This sparkling wine now gives off flavor notes of sustainability

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Drink some bubbly to the latest chapter in Bacardi’s quest to become a more responsible company: One of its popular sparkling wine brands announced that all of the suppliers for its key ingredients will be certified as sustainable by the end of this year.

Martini, which of course also churns out that necessity for any bar, vermouth, has said that all of its asti grape growers are on target to score the sustainability stamp of approval from Equalitas, which in recent years has developed a leading sustainability benchmark for Italian wine making. A third party, Valoritalia, has verified that yes, indeed, those Moscato Bianco grapes grown in Italy’s Piedmont region are legittimamente sostenibile.

How greenwashing may be affecting your investments

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“All natural,” “eco-friendly” and “green” — we’ve seen it all before. Food, home goods and clothing companies have all jumped on the sustainable bandwagon, and it’s not just because of their undying devotion to the environment.

According to the 2019 Accenture Chemicals Global Consumer Sustainability Survey, more than half of consumers surveyed would pay more for sustainable (meaning recyclable or reusable) products. Turns out, there’s good money in going green.

But not every company is genuine in its pursuits of a cleaner planet or more equitable society. And making false or misleading claims about “greenness” can affect investor trust.

What does the term “ethical coffee” actually mean?

Read the full story at Salon.

Let’s decode phrases like “fair trade,” “sustainable” and “relationship coffee”

Fishermen as scientists? A new app gathers climate observations from people on the water

Read the full story at KDLG.

Fishermen have observed changes in ocean ecosystems for years. But, there was no one place to record those observations. This summer, a new mobile app will gather observations from commercial fishermen on the water to bridge the gap between what they see, and what scientists need to know.

Building a shark science community for women of color

Read the full story at NPR.

Jasmin, along with Amani Webber-SchultzCarlee Jackson, and Jaida Elcock, launched Minorities in Shark Sciences, or MISS for short, last year on Juneteenth. Their goal: create a community for women of color interested in studying sharks.