Category: Circular economy

Reformulate: Fooditive’s upcycled plant-based sweetener

Read the full story at Food Manufacture.

Putting sustainability and sugar substitution at the forefront of innovation, Netherlands-based Fooditive transforms food waste into a sugar substitute for consumers.

California legislature passes high-profile bill to regulate recyclability labels

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

The California legislature passed a major labeling bill (SB 343) on September 9. The bill, which would prohibit use of the “chasing arrows” symbol or any other recyclability claim on packaging unless it was approved through a detailed state-led process, could have national implications in the packaging policy debate. It now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom for final approval and must be signed into law by Oct. 10.

One scientist’s trash is another’s treasure: A laboratory’s “irritating” byproduct now supplies 2-D materials research

Read the full story from Ames Laboratory.

While making materials samples to pursue their own research goals, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory discovered that an unwanted byproduct of their experiments was an extremely high-quality and difficult-to-obtain substance sought after by scientists researching layered materials…The resulting research has been featured in Nature CommunicationsNature, and Science.

Nth Cycle receives grant for electro-extraction technology commercialization

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

Nth Cycle, a metal processing and recycling technology company based in Boston, has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through its InnovateMass program. The grant money will go toward commercializing Nth Cycle’s clean and modular electro-extraction technology. 

Ikea is launching a furniture buyback program

Read the full story in Fast Company.

If you no longer need your Billy bookcase or Mörbylånga table, Ikea might buy it from you. The company is launching a new buyback service in the U.S., beginning with a pilot at a store near its North American headquarters in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, where used products will be resold.

McDonald’s sources majority of paper packaging from recycled and sustainable fiber

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

The company’s latest sustainability report highlights that 99.6 percent of the chain’s paper bags, food wrappers, napkins and cup carriers come from recycled and sustainable fiber sources.

Millions of electric car batteries will retire in the next decade. What happens to them?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The quest to prevent batteries – rich in raw materials such as cobalt, lithium and nickel – ending up as a mountain of waste.

Lululemon plans to make leggings from plants

Read the full story at Fast Company.

But they still won’t be biodegradable, pointing to the complexities of developing products that are truly gentle on the environment.

Launch of the Washington Materials Marketplace

Read the full story from the US Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The City of Tacoma, Seattle Good Business Network, and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development today announced the launch of a new program that allows for circular reuse of products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. Through the Washington Materials Marketplace, traditional and non-traditional waste streams are matched with new reuse and recycling opportunities that result in landfill diversion, carbon reduction, cost savings, energy savings, and new job opportunities. This platform will aid both public and private sectors in reaching our region’s climate action and equity goals.

Procter & Gamble and Eastman form partnership with focus on molecular recycling tech

Read the full story at Packaging Europe.

Eastman has entered into an agreement with Procter & Gamble to supply it with materials made from waste plastic that the companies say would otherwise end up in landfills.

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