Category: Sustainable design

Unilever targets plastic waste with new paper-based bottles for laundry, hair care

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Global consumer brands company Unilever announced today plans to launch the first ever paper-based laundry detergent bottle, forming the next step in the company’s goal to tackle plastic waste. Unilever revealed a prototype bottle that it plans to debut in Brazil by early 2022 on its laundry brand OMO (also known as Persil, Skip and Breeze). The company aims to roll the bottle out afterwards in Europe, and announced that it is piloting the same technology to create paper-based hair care bottles.

Vans unveils its first all-vegan collection of sustainable sneakers

Read the full story at The Beet.

Streetwear and shoe company Vans recently debuted its first sustainable shoe collection in a move to reshape decades-old production practices. Marking what would have been the beginning of the Van’s Warped Tour, the shoe brand decided to start summer off by launching an innovative range for its iconic footwear. The new Eco Theory collection will feature four of the most popular shoe styles sourced solely from ethical materials that promote a vegan and environmentally friendly industry.

‘Vegan spider silk’ provides sustainable alternative to single-use plastics

Read the full story from the University of Cambridge.

Researchers have created a plant-based, sustainable, scalable material that could replace single-use plastics in many consumer products.

German textile fair Heimtextil launches online materials library

Read the full story at Fiber2Fashion.

Heimtextil is extending its range of digital services and launching a new online materials library entitled ‘Future Materials Library’. In the online library, visitors can discover the potential of previously unknown textiles at any time. The ‘Future Materials Library’ invites visitors to open their minds to experimental approaches and revolutionary ideas.

It looks like a cheese grater, but this new Harvard building has environmental superpowers

Read the full story at Fast Company.

This extraordinary facade helps reduce the Science and Engineering Complex’s carbon emissions by 42%.

Webinar: Powering Sustainability and Circularity with Connected Products

Jul 8, 2021, 11 am-noon
Register here.

Brands are transforming the way consumers engage and interact with their products by connecting physical items with the digital world. Along with creating engaging consumer experiences, brands are also enabling circularity, driving sustainability and providing digital traceability of the entire supply chain. They are leveraging digital ID technology to get to the granular level of traceability of products, understand the genealogy of each item and establish end-to-end supply chain traceability.

With brands pledging net-zero carbon targets and growing consumer demands for transparency and provenance, traceability is becoming crucially important. And companies are turning to cloud-based solutions to accurately map their raw materials and carbon footprint at each stage of the supply chain and track from source to consumer and beyond. 

In this hour-long conversation, you’ll hear how global brands like adidas are leveraging these technologies to drive sustainability and the circular economy.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • How companies are championing sustainability by establishing a direct communication channel with their consumers through their products, powered by digital IDs.
  • How adidas is furthering its circularity agenda by directly involving consumers  through recommerce and upcycling, strengthening its cradle-to-cradle approach.
  • How to minimize waste by reutilizing products and materials at the end of their life, mimicking the regenerative cycle of nature.
  • How end-to-end supply chain traceability can enable circularity across many industries, including apparel, food, beauty and pharma through platforms like


  • Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group


  • Max Winograd, Vice President, Connected Products, Avery Dennison Smartrac
  • David Quass, Global Director, Brand Sustainability, ‎adidas

Unilever to shift entire toothpaste line to recyclable tubes by 2025

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Global consumer brands company Unilever announced today plans to convert its entire toothpaste portfolio to recyclable tubes by 2025. The company’s oral care brands include Signal, Pepsodent and Closeup. According to Unilever, the new initiative will contribute to its commitment to make 100% of its plastic packaging designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable, and to help collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells.

Unilever making new recyclable toothpaste tubes available to other brands

Read the full story at Consumer Goods Technology.

Unilever will convert its entire global toothpaste portfolio to recyclable tubes by 2025 and is making the packaging innovation available to other companies.

Recyclablu turns upcycled medical waste into PPE

Read the full story in Forbes.

A little over a year ago, as the Covid-19 pandemic first swept the world, healthcare facilities faced a critical shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE). Aditi Sharma, who is finishing a dermatology residency at the University of California (UC) Irvine, vowed to help solve the problem. Along with Dr. Melissa Chang, she began creating face masks out of medical waste that otherwise would have ended up as landfill.

To design truly compostable plastic, scientists take cues from nature

Read the full story from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Scientists have designed an enzyme-activated compostable plastic that could diminish microplastics pollution. Household tap water or soil composts break the hybrid plastic material down to reusable small molecules, called monomers, in just a few days or weeks.

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