If you live in the European Union, your days of futzing around with a handful of chargers to find one that fits your latest gadget may be numbered.
Under a proposal released Thursday by the E.U., there would be one universal charger for all cell phones and other handheld electronic devices — no matter whether you had an iPhone or Kindle or anything else.
Food waste is a major problem in the United States, with about one-third (30%-40%) of the country’s food supply becoming waste, according to USDA 2010 estimates. That’s about 133 billion pounds of food worth $161 billion thrown away, wasting the energy, water, and other resources used to produce it and creating emissions during product transportation and processing.
Bread is the most wasted food product in the U.S., often discarded when it is still edible but simply past peak freshness. Students at the University of Minnesota developed ReToast, a cookie in the shape of toast that is made from at least 30% upcycled food products, such as bread, that would otherwise be wasted.
Through the efficient design of materials, types of products created and new attitudes towards business models, we can create a circular economy which allows for a restorative and regenerative life cycle of materials. The circular model shifts towards the use of renewable energy while eliminating the use of toxic chemicals and replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration and its end goal of eliminating plastic waste.
Companies explain how they have integrated emissions reductions strategies into products and business models.
Speakers: Heather Clancy | Vice President and Editorial Director | GreenBiz Group Sandra Noonan | Chief Sustainability Officer | Just Salad Stacy Kauk | Director, Sustainability Fund | Shopify Taylor Francis | Co-founder | Watershed
This report explores the synergies between green chemistry principles and the circular economy framework. Each has the opportunity to enable and optimize the other, and this report focuses on the innovations needed to realize those opportunities. The Blueprint was written in part to support companies and others as they make design, sourcing, and manufacturing decisions about chemicals, materials, and products that can advance both circular economy and green and sustainable chemistry goals.