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U.K.’s Highland Spring launches Sustainability Promotional Campaign

September 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The London-based bottled water brand’s new ad campaign touts sustainability, product provenance, and stewardship and also promotes recycling. The “Made by Nature, Protected by Highland Spring” campaign begins running this month across digital channels, spotlighting the brand’s 100 percent recycled and recyclable eco bottle. and TV and radio presenter Helen Skelton. The campaign will run across all key consumer touchpoints and brand channels, including a national digital and social media campaign extending on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.[Image Credit: © Highland Spring Ltd]
Éilis Cronin, "Highland Spring kicks off sustainability campaign", Talking Retail , September 08, 2020, © Metropolis International Group Limited, a member of the Metropolis Group
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Nestlé To Invest Millions In Transition From Use Of Virgin Plastics

September 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The company plans to invest $30 million in the Closed Loop Leadership Fund, a private equity fund of Closed Loop Partners, to help support the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics across the U.S. The goal is to upgrade U.S. recycling infrastructure and secure access to food-grade recycled plastics. It is the first investment from Nestlé’s sustainable packaging venture fund, which was established earlier this year as part of its CHF 2 billion ($2.2 billion) sustainability commitment. The company plans to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, and reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third. Closed Loop will use the money to finance acquisitions of companies advancing circular economies in the U.S.[Image Credit: © Nestlé]
Emma Upshall, "Nestlé invests $30m in U.S. recycling initiative Closed Loop", FoodBev Media , September 08, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Nestlé Strengthens Adherence To WHO Standards For Marketing Infant Formula

August 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Following 107 reports of Nestlé noncompliance with WHO’s code on responsible marketing of breast milk substitutes (BMS, or infant formula), the company announced it is increasing its transparency on BMS marketing, has corrected noncompliance areas, and is now in compliance. The company said that to reduce non-compliance, it will continue to train employees and third-party workers on the importance of implementing BMS marketing policies. The company also calls for collective action, clear legislation, and enforcement by authorities in the different countries in which it operates. Sixty-one percent of non-compliance in BMS marketing is traceable to a third-party in a direct contractual relationship, but 39 percent of instances are linked directly to Nestlé. [Image Credit: © Nestlé]
Katherine Durrell, "Nestlé focalizes transparency around breast milk substitute marketing", Nutrition Insight, August 27, 2020, © CNS Media BV
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Nestlé Waters NA Factories In California Earn Water Stewardship Honors

August 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Connecticut-based company’s Ontario, Calif., factory received the platinum rating, highest attainable certification, from the Alliance for Water Stewardship. The company said all five California Nestlé Waters factories and all seven Arrowhead spring water factories were certified under the standard. The AWS standard measures responsible water stewardship across social, cultural, environmental, and economic criteria. Independent auditors look at the watersheds where sites are located, rating water quality, water quantity, and the health of important water-related areas. The AWS is a global membership-based collaboration that unites organizations promoting responsible use of freshwater.[Image Credit: © Nestlé]
"Nestlé Waters Becomes First Food and Beverage Company in the World to Earn Platinum Rating under the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard", Nestlé, August 20, 2020, © Nestlé
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When It Comes To Sustainability, Companies Should Not Cater Blindly To Consumers

August 18, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
A former sustainability expert at Coca-Cola said recently that while companies should try to accommodate customer preferences, that accommodation should not mean compromising sustainability goals. This position contradicts what Coca-Cola’s chief sustainability officer Beatriz Perez told a recent business forum: Coca-Cola “won’t be in business if we don’t accommodate customers” who, for example, might stop drinking Coke if it no longer came in single-use plastic bottles. But, according to Dan Vermeer of Duke University, influential brands such as Coca-Cola are ideally positioned to drive shifts in consumer preferences, pushing even plastic-seeking customers to more sustainable choices. “Brands can lead customers to different choices … [by] limiting available options to more sustainable choices to shift the mainstream away from environmentally or socially damaging products.”[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
Fuqua School of Business, "Brands can and should lead consumers towards sustainability", Forbesindia.com, August 18, 2020, © Forbesindia.com
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Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) Debuts Paperboard Packaging In Spain

August 11, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The U.K.-based Coke bottler’s new CanCollar technology supports its work with Coca-Cola Company to remove all unnecessary or hard-to-recycle plastic from its portfolio. A component of its goal to eliminate the use of more than 11,000 tons of virgin plastic a year in Western Europe, the new PEFC-certified recyclable and sustainably sourced paperboard CanCollar will first appear in the Balearic Islands (Spain) in November 2020. The can ring packaging design was created through a collaboration with WestRock, a global sustainable packaging solutions company. CCEP invested €2.6 million ($3 million) in its Barcelona plant to support the initiative. [Image Credit: © Coca-Cola European Partners]
"Coca-Cola European Partners delivers a first in Europe through the introduction of CanCollar technology", Coca-Cola European Partners, August 11, 2020, © Coca-Cola European Partners
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FrieslandCampina Launches Organic Milk Formula In Hong Kong

August 5, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Dutch dairy cooperative is responding to increased consumer demand for organic products with an “ultra-premium” organic milk formula, dubbed Organic Friso Prestige Bio, to be launched first in Hong Kong prior to a global rollout. The formula, collected from the organic first layer of liquid organic whole milk,  closely resembles original milk nutritionally, but contains natural nutrients, such as sn-2 palmitate, phospholipids, medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) to help support digestion and overall child development. According to the company, competition in the infant formula space is heating up as vegan and cell-cultured formulas enter the market.[Image Credit: © Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. and its Subsidiaries]
Kristiana Lalou, "FrieslandCampina launches organic milk formula with smart packaging for traceability", Nutrition Insight, August 05, 2020, © CNS Media BV
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Nestlé Waters NA Says Three More Spring Water Brands Will Be rPET-Packaged

July 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Stamford, Conn.-based bottled water company announced that three more of its U.S. still water brands are converting to 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. Though 100 percent recyclable for some time, Ozarka Spring Water, Deer Park, and Zephyrhills bottles will now be made from 100 percent recycled plastic. With the expansion of recycled plastic (rPET) to these brands, nearly 60 percent of all households in the U.S. will have access to a Nestlé Waters regionally distributed spring water brand in bottles made entirely of recycled plastic. All three will include a message on the labels of the 20-ounce, 700 ml, one liter, and 1.5 liter bottles, stating they are both 100 percent recyclable and made from 100 percent recycled plastic. [Image Credit: © Nestlé]
"Nestlé Waters North America Expands Use of 100 percent Recycled Plastic (rPET) in Three Additional Brands, Doubles rPET Use across U.S. Domestic Portfolio", Nestlé , July 16, 2020, © Nestlé
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Keurig Dr Pepper Sponsors ”Polypropylene Recycling Coalition”

July 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Burlington, Mass., beverage maker said it has committed $10 million over the next five years to improve the recovery and recycling of polypropylene plastic in the U.S. The Coalition’s goal is to solidify polypropylene's status as a standard curbside recycling material through projects that enhance collection, sortation and processing in recycling facilities. The result would be an increase in the value and supply of recycled polypropylene (rPP) and a reduction in the need for virgin plastic in packaging. KDP has also invested in the American Beverage Association's Every Bottle Back initiative, the Closed Loop Fund and several initiatives led by the Recycling Partnership, Keep America Beautiful, and the World Wildlife Fund.[Image Credit: © Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.]
"Keurig Dr Pepper Advances Sustainable Packaging Commitments with New $10 Million Investment to Improve Polypropylene Recycling in the U.S.", PRNewswire , July 08, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Evian Drops Plastic Label, Debuts Water Bottle With Engraved Logo

July 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As part of its efforts to be a fully circular brand, with all bottles made from 100% recycled plastic by 2025, Evian has launched a label-free 400 ml bottle that features an “Evian pink” bottle cap. Since labels or the adhesives they use are typically non-recyclable, their presence on a bottle complicates recycling. The new Evian bottle sidesteps this by engraving the logo and tag as the bottle is being formed.

This is an elegant solution to the label problem, but raises a couple of issues. One is that the cap is still made from non-recycled material. The other is that the bottle does not have a bar code, which means it cannot yet be sold in stores. Instead, it’s suitable for online sales where barcodes are not needed. As well as restaurants, hotels and hospitality venues.  The company did not provide any insight into the additional cost entailed by this process, but did say the innovation took about two years to implement. The bottle will be available in France beginning this month, and in additional countries from September.

 A Danone research engineer said the new engraved logo preserves the natural beauty of the bottle and brings it “closer to the water’s purity.” “Our revolution makes old plastic the ultimate new innovation,” he added.[Image Credit: © Evian (Danone S.A.)]
"Evian Introduces Label-Free Bottle", Kam City, July 08, 2020, © EMR-NAMNEWS Ltd.
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Seven Of Sprite’s APAC Markets Have Switched To Clear PET Bottles

July 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola has switched from the iconic green Sprite bottled to clear PET bottles in seven APAC countries, following recent expansion to Singapore. Beginning in the Philippines in late 2019, the switch to clear PET bottles has taken place in Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Fiji, Hong Kong, and now Singapore, where the clear bottles are available in the 500 ml and 1.5 ml formats. The bottles are made with 10 percent recycled PET (rPET) and are 100 percent recyclable. Packaging experts say that while colored PET bottles can be recycled, transparent PET bottles are more valuable in the after-use market. This also means that the plastic can be repurposed or reused many times, creating a circular solution.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
Guan Yu Lim , "Transparent is the new green: Coca-Cola rolls out Sprite clear bottles to seven APAC countries", Food Navigator Asia, July 07, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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CCEP Goes All-Natural With Capri-Sun Ingredients

July 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola European Partners announced it has eliminated artificial ingredients – including flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives – from its Capri-Sun portfolio. The Capri-Sun range – including Capri-Sun and Capri-Sun No Added Sugar – will now be made with100 percent of natural ingredients. The move will be supported by a £6 million ($7.5 million) marketing campaign later this year, using television and social media, as well as in-store materials. The Capri-Sun No Added Sugar Nothing Artificial range includes Orange and Apple & Blackcurrant.[Image Credit: © Capri Sun AG]
Liz Wells, "Capri-Sun becomes free from artificial ingredients", Talking Retail, July 07, 2020, © Metropolis International Group Limited, a member of the Metropolis Group
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Carlsberg Expects Major Water Savings At New Brewery Recycling Plant

July 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Carlsberg expects the newly-opened water recycling plant at its brewery in Fredericia, Denmark, will reduce average water consumption from 2.9 hl of water per hl of beer produced to 1.4hl of water per hl of beer. The new plant will also reduce the brewery’s energy consumption by 10 percent through its own biogas production and the recycling of hot water. Carlsberg also claims that the new plant will accelerate its efforts towards achieving zero water waste, as announced in its Together Towards Zero sustainability program, established in June 2017. The new Fredericia plant is the result of a public-private deal with the Danish partnership for Resource and water-efficient Industrial food Production (DRIP).[Image Credit: © Carlsberg Breweries A/S]
Martin White, "Carlsberg opens water recycling plant at Denmark brewery", FoodBev , July 01, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Suntory’s New Environmental Target: Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2050

June 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Suntory Group has boosted its “environmental vision” or goal to net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its entire value chain by 2050. The company said it will implement renewable energy solutions, use next-generation infrastructure options, and work with supply chain stakeholders to realize a carbon-free society, while maintaining current energy conservation measures, including water sustainability and climate change initiatives.[Image Credit: © WebWire/SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED.]
"Suntory Targets Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions Across Entire Value Chain", WebWire, June 30, 2020, © WebWire
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Finnish Company Unveils Eco-Friendly Snack Packaging Solution

June 29, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Finnish fiber-based products company Ahlstrom-Munksjö (Helsinki) has introduced its first brand of CelluSnack snack packaging papers, designed to reduce the impact on the environment by making compostability, biodegradation, and recycling easier. The new snack packaging papers are the result of the company’s “from Plastic to Purpose” initiative that encourages food and industrial packaging producers to consider fiber and paper-based packaging solutions. CelluSnack papers also offer heat sealing and various barrier coatings.[Image Credit: © misskursovie2013 from Pixabay]
Simon Matthis , "Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches CelluSnack Papers", PulPaperNews.com, June 29, 2020, © Conventus Media House AB
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F. Gaviña & Sons Introduces Coffee Pods Compatible With Keurig Brewers

June 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
F. Gaviña & Sons (Vernon, Calif.) has released a range of single-serve coffee pods that are compatible with Keurig K-Cup brewers. The Café La Llave Espresso pods will be available at U.S. retailers later this summer. The company also announced a partnership with recycling company TerraCycle to ensure that all single-serve coffee pods and espresso capsules can be recycled for free. Twelve-count packs of Café La Llave Espresso Single Serve Coffee Pods will have a suggested retail price of $6.99.[Image Credit: © PR Foto/F. Gaviña Sons, Inc.]
"Café La Llave® Launches Recyclable Single-Serve Espresso Style Coffee Pods", PR Newswire , June 22, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Blake’s Seed Based Broadens Market Reach Beyond People With Food Allergies

June 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Chicago-based snack company Blake's Seed Based’s niche market is consumers with food allergies who need snack bars free from the top eight allergens. It’s a big market: more than 32 million people in the U.S. live with food allergies, 90 percent of whom are affected by the top eight allergens. But company founder Blake Sorenson is positioning his company to attract more than people with food allergies, so he is now focusing marketing on the general health benefits of seeds, while appealing to those looking for an alternative to nut–based and granola bars. Consumers are getting more savvy about seeds, which "are still trending," says Sorensen, and his seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, and flax) pack a lot of nutrition per serving (i.e., healthy fats, protein, and fiber). Launched as an online brand, the products can now be found in 1,000 brick–and–mortar stores nationally, often positioned next to category giants such as KIND. Still, the new pandemic-driven stay-at-home lifestyle has forced the company to rethink and strengthen its Direct-to-Consumer marketing strategy: it is building a new website to reflect the change in course.[Image Credit: © Blake's Seed Based]
Mary Ellen Shoup, "Blake's Seed Based founder: 'It s important that we re not just an allergen brand'", FoodNavigator–USA.com, June 17, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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ZenWTR Goes Nationwide In100 Percent Recycled Ocean Plastic

June 11, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
ZenWTR has rolled out nationwide at Whole Foods stores after picking up regional distribution at chains from Walmart to Safeway over the past couple of months.  The distilled high pH bottled water, packaged in recycled ocean plastic, is available in nearly 5,000 stores including Walmart, Safeway, and H.E.B. and is on course to hit another 20-30,000 doors. ZenWTR sources post-consumer ocean plastic (certified by OceanCycle) through a network of accredited supply partners. It is turned into rPET by California-based recycler CarbonLITE. The beverage goes through a reverse osmosis process before being “vapor distilled,” i.e., boiled to create steam then cooled to a liquid state, and UV treated to create “the purest form of water.” Electrolytes are added for taste.[Image Credit: © Lance Collins/ZEN WTR]
Elaine Watson , "100 percent recycled ocean plastic: ZenWTR hits Whole Foods nationwide as Lance Collins aims to strike CPG gold again ", Food Navigator USA, June 11, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd -
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Coca-Cola Amatil Plans Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant In Indonesia

May 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Amatil has contracted with plastic packaging maker Dynapack Asia to conduct a feasibility study on building a plastic bottle recycling plant in Indonesia. The company hopes to cut consumption of new plastic resin by as much as 25,000 tons a year by 2022 by using recycled plastic. Indonesia is the world’s second-largest marine plastic debris polluter behind China, a 2015 study reported. The country plans to slash plastic waste output by 70 percent by 2025 as its contribution to the global National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP).[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Amatil Limited]
Norman Harsono, "Coca Cola considers building Indonesian recycling plant, slashing 25,000 tons of plastic", The Jakarta Post, May 23, 2020, © Niskala Media Tenggara
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Developers Of Plant-Based Biodegradable Drinks Bottles See Commercialization By 2023

May 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Although the technology is still several years from the marketplace, Coca-Cola and Danish brewer Carlsberg have invested in the Paper Bottle Project, whose goal is to replace plastic bottles with a sturdy all-plant material that completely decomposes within one year. The project is run by the Paper Bottle Company (Pabaco), a joint venture of paper packaging developer BillerudKorsnäs and Austrian plastics manufacturer ALPLA. Dutch biochemical company Avantium is developing a plant-based material (PEF) strong enough to hold drinks and still biodegradable within one year, by 2023. Carlsberg was an early supporter of the technology.[Image Credit: © WebWire/The Coca-Cola Company]
Sam Baker , "The end of plastic bottles? Coca-Cola and Carlsberg back new all-plant drinks containers that will rot away to nothing within a year", Daily Mail Online, May 17, 2020, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Open Water Achieves “Climate Neutral” Certification, Thanks Partly To Aluminum Packaging

April 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Independent nonprofit Climate Neutral, whose mission is to speed up “the transition to a low-carbon world,” has certified Chicago-based bottled water company Open Water as Climate Neutral, meaning the company has achieved net-zero carbon emissions. Open Water, formerly Green Sheep Water, packages its electrolyte-enriched beverage in “infinitely recyclable” aluminum bottles and cans and by using aluminum caps instead of plastic ones. To achieve the certification, the company calculated its 2019 carbon footprint from manufacturing and production through finished product delivery; committed to a plan to cut future greenhouse gas emissions; and invested in two forest conservation projects and in another that collects and destroys methane gas emissions.[Image Credit: © Green Sheep, Inc. dba Open Water | formerly Green Sheep Water]
"Open Water Becomes First Climate Neutral Certified Bottled Water Company", BevNET.com, April 30, 2020, © BevNET.com
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Bottles Made Using New Enzymatic Recycling Technology Usher In New Sustainability Era

April 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST


U.K. beverage maker Lucozade Ribena Suntory will soon begin selling some of its most popular soft drink brands packaged in “100 percent sustainable” plastic bottles. Ribena, Lucozade Energy and Lucozade Sport were on track for PET packs that could “better prevent plastic pollution from harming our oceans and planet” LRS said. Bio-industrial solutions company Carbios has developed a process through which a newly created mutant enzyme breaks down PET waste into chemicals that are recycled in an “extremely efficient” manner into high-quality new packaging. The Carbios process heraldas “a real transition to a circular economy,” paving the way for recycling PET fibers. The technology is backed by beverage industry heavyweights, including LRS parent Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, as well as Nestlé Waters and PepsiCo.[Image Credit: © Suntory Beverage & Food Europe (SBFE)]
Daniel Selwood, "Ribena and Lucozade to be ‘first to get 100 percent sustainable’ plastic bottles", The Grocer UK, April 09, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Coca-Cola Japan Eliminates Labels From Multi-Pack Bottles Of I Lohas Water

April 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Japan this month is switching to new bottle designs for its market leading “clear beverages” brand I Lohas water that eliminate labels, are made from 100 percent recycled plastic, and  retain the malleability that makes them easy to crush into compact recyclable sizes. The new label-free bottle designs will be sold in cases displaying nutritional information, etc., of 24 for $26) at supermarkets, drug stores, and online retailers. Bottles sold separately will still have the label.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited]
Master Blaster, "Leading bottled water brand in Japan goes label-free to reduce waste, angers many", SoraNews24, April 08, 2020, © SoraNews24 -Japan News- / SOCIO CORPORATION
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Whole Leaf Tea From English Tea Shop Comes In New Sustainable Packaging

April 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new sustainable packaging being used by English Tea Shop for its range of Whole Leaf Tea is inspired by the ingredients and colors of Sri Lanka, the source of the tea. Available in 18 blends, including English Breakfast and in combinations such as Turmeric, Ginger & Lemongrass, the tea comes as higher quality intact leaves held in a pouch made from GMO-free cellulose fiber, and paired with a reusable scoop. The cardboard box is 100 percent compostable and unfolds like a flower to reveal mandalas that celebrate the ingredients and contents. Earlier this month, the English Tea Shop received $3 million in funding from HSBC U.K., allocated as part of its lending fund to support the company’s “ambitious” growth strategy.[Image Credit: © English Tea Shop]
Emma Upshall, "English Tea Shop unveils new range with sustainable packaging", FoodBev Media , April 02, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Ambev Implements Ambitious Carbon Emission Reduction Plans; Also Invests In New Breweries

March 12, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Brazilian brewing company Ambev, with facilities in 19 countries in Latin America and Canada, is committed to several sustainability goals, including a large – 25 percent – reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. To help achieve that goal, the company has introduced new microturbine technology in its factories to reduce CO2 emissions by 482 tons a year. Ambev partnered with an energy generation startup based in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul to implement Capstone microturbine technology from the U.S. The start-up (Luming Inteligência Energética) installed a prototype in one factory and units in three other breweries in the states of São Paulo and Paraná. Together, they produce 449,000 kwh of energy a month, the equivalent of planting more than 2,800 trees a year, Ambev says. The company also announced that, to meet growing competition from aggressively expanding Heineken NV, it would invest $432 million in new brewing plants in Brazil. [Image Credit: © Ambev]
Asia Sherman , "Ambev reduces CO2 emissions by 482 tons a year", Food Navigator LatAm, March 12, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Coca-Cola Philippines Partners With Thailand Firm To Build High-Capacity PET Recycling Plant

March 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) has partnered with Thailand-based Indorama Ventures to build a PETValue bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in the Philippines that will be able to recycle plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) material. When completed and commissioned in 2021, the $19.7 million facility will be the largest recycling facility in the country, capable of processing 30,000 metric tons of plastic bottles annually, the equivalent of two billion bottles.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
"Coca-Cola and Indorama Ventures ink partnership to build PH’s largest bottle-to-bottle recycling facility", INQUIRER.net, March 10, 2020, © INQUIRER.net
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Danone Waters UK To Use 100 Percent Recycled Plastic Across Evian Line

March 5, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Danone Waters UK in April is rolling out 100 percent recycled PET bottles for all formats of its Evian water brand. The move will bring the use of recycled plastic content to 70 percent across the Evian range, according to the company, which said it is committed to using no virgin plastic across its Evian and Volvic bottles by 2025.[Image Credit: © Société Anonyme des Eaux Minérales d’Evian]
Éilis Cronin, "Danone Waters rolls out recyclable bottles for Evian brand", Talking Retail, March 05, 2020, © Metropolis International Group Limited, a member of the Metropolis Group
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Danone SA To Invest $2.2B To Speed Up Its “Climate-Powered Business Model”

February 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
French food products company Danone SA said it will spend $2.2 billion to “massively accelerate” development of “a fully climate-powered business model.” The company has been working since 2009 on ways to improve its carbon profile, and recently announced it has already achieved a goal of reaching “peak” carbon emissions by 2025. But CEO Emmanuel Faber acknowledged that packaging was one area where the company was “caught off guard.” To rectify that situation in the water business, the group aims to move away from virgin PET by 2025, switching to rPET in Europe. In April, rPET water bottles will be rolled out across “most” formats in France, the full range in Germany, and all on-the-go Evian formats in the U.K. The Evian and Volvic brands will both become “climate neutral” this year, and the company will introduce metal bottles and cans for brands like Evian and Bonafont and switch to tetra for Volvic’s kids’ range. “There's clearly a need for acceleration,” Faber said, especially in end-to-end sourcing and omnichannel, to achieve climate-efficient sourcing for planetary diets and regenerative agriculture.[Image Credit: © Danone S.A.]
Katy Askew , "Danone’s €2bn climate-smart innovation investment: ‘Our brands will be stronger if climate is an ally, not an enemy’", Food Navigator, February 27, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Coca-Cola Amatil Posts Strong Revenue Growth, Renews Focus On Healthful Products

February 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

Announcing FY2019 financial results, Coca-Cola Amatil indicated it is renewing a focus on healthful product reformulation and sustainability in Australia, Indonesia, and New Zealand. The company posted total revenue growth of 6.7 percent year-on-year to hit $3.4 billion and full-year net profits of $247 billion, a 34.2 percent year-on-year growth. The company said its Australian Accelerated Growth Plan helped it to better position itself with smaller customers in the country, whereas the Indonesian Accelerate to Transform Plan helped it better understand local consumers at a deeper level “and connect with them.”  Both are joint developments between Coca-Cola Amatil and the Coca-Cola Company. In Australia, the plans’ aim was to build categories such as dairy, energy drinks, and kombucha, and focus resources on emerging customers in the foodservice sector. The Coca-Cola brand is the biggest item in Australia, representing more than half of sales. Coca-Cola Amatil’s sustainability efforts for Australia and New Zealand include switching 70 percent of its plastic bottles to 100 percent recycled materials,[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Amatil Limited]

Pearly Neo , "Coca-Cola Amatil MD exclusive: Key markets, reformulation and sustainability priorities revealed", Food Navigator US, February 25, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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CCEP’s Glacéau Smartwater Bottles Now Made From 100 Percent Recycled Plastic (rPET)

February 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is launching a promotional campaign to let consumers know that its Glacéau Smartwater bottles are now made from 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET) and are still 100 percent recyclable. The campaign will kick-off at the end of the month and run for three weeks across out-of-home advertising spots such as poster sites and digital screens. The move to 100 percent rPET, which includes all 600 ml and 850 ml plastic bottles, will remove 3,100 tons of virgin plastic from circulation each year.[Image Credit: © THE COCA-COLA COMPANY]
Eilis Cronin, "Glacéau Smartwater campaign highlights recyclable bottles", Talking Retail , February 21, 2020, © Metropolis International Group Limited, a member of the Metropolis Group
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Coca-Cola HBC Expands, Modernizes Production Capacity At Northern Ireland Plant

February 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola HBC’s newly-installed $12 million canning line at its Lisburn plant supports increased demand for can production – the capacity is 4.8 million a week – while enabling the key goal of bringing production of its Monster Energy products in house. The new canning line also: makes possible production of sustainable secondary packaging for multipack cans, as well as paperboard and cardboard packaging for multi-pack cans; increases the number of products and pack sizes available; and reduces reliance on sourcing from other European facilities. The new line also supports the transition to taller “Sleek Cans” – launching this month – an element of the World Without Waste initiative.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company]
"Productivity meets Sustainability: Coca‑Cola HBC invests in second canning line in Northern Ireland", Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, February 20, 2020, © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
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Nestlé’s Henniez Mineral Water Brand Says All Bottles Made With 75 Percent rPET

February 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé Waters mineral water brand Henniez announced that all of its plastic bottles are now made of 75 percent recycled PET plastic (rPET). The Swiss brand has been using 30 percent recycled PET since 2013 and hopes to eventually reach 100 percent locally recycled PET. Discarded PET bottles will be made into new Henniez recycled plastic bottles multiple times, without tapping into new oil resources. Three weeks ago, Nestlé committed to invest up to $2 billion to drive the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics. It also committed to speed up development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions. The Henniez mineral water brand celebrates its 115th anniversary this year. [Image Credit: © 2020 Nestlé]
"Henniez mineral water bottles now made of 75 percent recycled plastic", Nestlé, February 07, 2020, © Nestlé
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Italian Beverage Companies Showcase Clean-Label Drinks With Sustainable Packaging

February 4, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Several Italian beverage companies, represented by The Italian Way - Food & Beverage Excellence (TIW), showcased products with “simple high-quality ingredients” and sustainable, eco-friendly packaging at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last month. TIW exhibited three beverage brands: The Bridge (plant-based milks), Smeraldina (artesian water from the island of Sardinia), and Caffè Gioia (100 percent Arabica organic coffees). TIW is targeting the U.S. market because in 2018 the organic food market segment reached $48 billion, with a CAGR of 5.9 percent during 2017. TIW said 83 percent of U.S. consumers believe non-plastic packaging is more environmentally friendly, and 31 percent said they are “very concerned” about the environmental impact of plastic packaging.[Image Credit: © The Italian Way]
Beth Newhart , "Italy eyes the U.S. beverage market for health-conscious, eco customers", Beverage Daily, February 04, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Boxed Water Introduces New Package Size

January 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Michigan-based Boxed Water Is Better announced the addition of a 330-ml size to its line of water packaged in 100 percent recyclable and paper-based cartons. Also available are 250-ml, 500-ml and 1-liter boxes packed in six-pack, 12-pack and 24-pack configurations. The new package will be available at retail in the first quarter of 2020, as well as online at boxedwater.com and Amazon.[Image Credit: © Boxed Water]
"Boxed Water adds 330-ml size to lineup", Beverage Industry, January 28, 2020, © BNP Media
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Coke Says Being “Plastics Free” Is A Distant Solution Because Customers Like Single-Use Bottles

January 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola head of sustainability Bea Perez says pleasing customers is more important than ending plastics pollution, so the company won't be phasing out its popular single-use plastic bottles anytime soon. According to Perez, despite the company’s reputation as a global plastics polluter, customers like the bottles because they are lightweight and easily reseal. Getting rid of them, Perez said, would hurt sales. "Business won't be in business if we don't accommodate consumers," she said. The company plans to focus on recycling, promising to recycle as many bottles as it uses by 2030, to use 50 percent recycled materials in packaging by that date and to work with nonprofits to better collect its waste. Environmental groups argue that recycling is not the most effective solution to the plastic pollution crisis.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
Olivia Rosane, "Coca-Cola Says It Won’t Break Free From Plastic Bottles", EcoWatch, January 23, 2020, © EcoWatch
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Coke Partners With Chinese Online Retailer JD.com To Explore Innovative Recycling Methods

January 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola and China’s largest online retailer JD.com have partnered in a search for new plastic recycling technology. The Chinese company will apply its nationwide logistics system in a pilot project to help collect used beverage bottles from households. The collected bottles are being sent to recycling facilities in partnership with Coca-Cola, where they’ll enter the circular value chain. JD.com launched its Green Stream Initiative in 2017 to reduce the environmental impact of logistics activities. Between June 2017 and December 2019, the company cut use of disposable packaging by nearly 30,000 tons, saving a million tons of paper. Coca-Cola unveiled its World Without Waste initiative two years ago to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging globally by 2030. The recycling partnership was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.[Image Credit: © JD.com]
"Coca-Cola, JD.com to launch recycling program in China", JD.com, January 22, 2020, © JD.com
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Ambev SA Of Brazil Promises To Eliminate Plastic Packaging Within Five Years

January 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Brazilian beverages company Ambev SA (Sao Paulo) has committed to eliminating all plastic packaging by 2025, a move that could generate as much as $239 million in business, according to one exec. The company, Latin America’s largest brewer, will work with suppliers, recycling cooperatives, startups, and universities to shift all beverage packaging to either returnable or 100 percent recyclable materials. The new target, is part of a broad strategy by parent company Anheuser Busch InBev to step up recycling and phase out plastic containers as consumers seek greener alternatives. In October, Ambev announced its first water in aluminum cans, AMA, likely to be distributed in February. Ambev invested $4.1 billion between 2014 and 2018 to adopt eco-friendly practices, including projects to have all operations run by renewable energy sources by 2025.[Image Credit: © AmBev]
Gabriela Mello , "Brazil's Ambev Sets Ambitious Target to End Plastic Pollution in Packaging", Reuters, January 20, 2020, © Thomson Reuters
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Coca-Cola’s $11M Global Plastics Cleanup Program Is Lambasted By Greenpeace

January 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Coca-Cola Co., stung by criticism that it is a major global polluter, reportedly has pledged $11 million dollars over three years to help clean up nine rivers across Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. Each clean-up project will use data from the captured waste in the rivers to change human behavior and create a less polluted world. According to the company, programs in Panama, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, Jamaica, and Kenya are being funded. Longtime environmental critic Greenpeace USA issued a statement saying the initiative was “foolish.”  "Coca-Cola … wants people to believe it can capture this waste before it enters our oceans. This is as foolish as it sounds.” The company has spent millions of dollars, Greenpeace said, promoting the “false notion” that recycling and cleanup of plastic pollution solves the problem. “That is a lie.” The organization said the solution to the problem is to phase out single-use plastics and move toward reuse systems.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
"Choose France Summit: The Coca-Cola system announces a billion euros of investments over the next five years in support of sustainable development in France ", Coca-Cola , January 16, 2020, © The Coca-cola Company
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Danone Waters Brands Commit To Carbon Neutrality Targets

December 11, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Danone announced that four of its water brands – Evian, Lanjarón, Volvic, and Font Vella – have committed to net zero carbon emissions on a staggered schedule over the next decade in a move to accelerate achievement of a corporate 2050 target. Subsidiary companies Aguas Danone Spain, Danone Waters Germany, and Danone Waters of America all pledged to meet the targets while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid.[Image Credit: © Danone S.A.]
"Danone Waters brands make pledge to advance its journey towards carbon neutrality", Danone , December 11, 2019, © Danone S.A.
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Coca-Cola Switches To Clear Bottles For Sprite in South East Asia

December 3, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola has decided to convert all new Sprite bottles produced in the South East Asian region from green to clear. The decision conforms to the company’s objectives of increasing PET plastic use in a sustainable manner. Coca-Cola emphasized at a recent meeting of the U.N. environmental program SEA of Solutions (Bangkok, Thailand) that it is committed to recyclability and PET bottles as a “sustainable solution.” Colored PET bottles are more likely to contain pigments such as titanium dioxide that would contaminate the recycling process.[Image Credit: © WebWire/THE COCA-COLA COMPANY]
Pearly Neo , "No green bottles for Sprite anymore: Coca-Cola seeks to increase PET recyclability in SEA", Food Navigator USA, December 03, 2019, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Dove To Be Sold In 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles By Year End

November 26, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Dove said it will be the biggest brand in the world that has moved to 100% recycled packaging. Its actions include making its packing for single packs of its tablet soap plastic-free and moving to 100% recycled plastic bottles, where technically feasible, in North America and Europe by the end of 2019. All three of its ranges will be impacted: Dove, Dove Men+Care and Baby Dove. Unilever estimates the moves will reduce more than 20,500 tonnes of virgin plastic from its portfolio per year.[Image Credit: © Unilever]
"Dove moves to 100% recycled plastic bottles", Unilever, November 26, 2019, © Unilever
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Coca-Cola Adopts New Multipack Packaging Technology In Europe

November 20, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola and bottling partners Coca‑Cola HBC and Coca‑Cola European Partners announced they will begin to introduce a new multipack can packaging solution called KeelClip across Europe. The sustainability and merchandising benefits of KeelClip include complete coverage of can tops to keep them clean, finger holes to allow for easy carrying, and minimization of the amount of paper required. In response to the development, Coca-Cola HBC will invest $16.6 million into the packaging solution and will remove shrink wrap from all of its can multipacks in all European Union markets by the end of 2021, saving 2,000 tons of plastic and 3,000 tons of CO2 annually. Coca-Cola HBC plans to introduce KeelClip to its products early next year beginning in Ireland and Poland, then in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania in 2020. The new packaging will be used on all can multipacks of up to eight cans; larger can multipacks will be bound by a carton pack.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company]
"The Coca‑Cola System introduces innovative KeelClip™ packaging technology on multipack cans in Europe: a first for the NARTD industry", Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, November 20, 2019, © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
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Sweden Will Be First Coca-Cola Market To Adopt Fully Recycled Plastic Bottles

November 19, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) announced that Sweden will be the first market where all Coke products will be packaged in fully recycled plastic bottles. The transition beginning in the first quarter of 2020, will cut the use of new plastic by 3,500 tons annually. Plastic packaging for 40 types of products, including Sprite and Bonaqua, will consist entirely of recycled material next year, except for caps and labels.  Coca-Cola was recently named the top global plastic polluter in a worldwide audit of 476,000 pieces of waste organized by Greenpeace. In Western Europe, however, Coke is two years ahead of schedule to reach a goal that at least 50 percent of its plastic packaging to consist of recycled material by 2025.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola European Partners.]
Jesper Starn, "Coca-Cola’s First Market to Adopt Fully Recycled Plastic Is Sweden", Bloomberg, November 19, 2019, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Chlorophyll Water Claims New Bottles Are Fully Biodegradable In Landfills

November 1, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Chlorophyll Water, maker of a purified zero-calorie and sugar-free water enhanced with plant-pigment chlorophyll, says its new 20-ounce bottles are now landfill biodegradable, thanks to a bottle mold technology that integrates an organic additive that accelerates decomposition in landfills and anaerobic digesters. The idea of the new technology is to eliminate pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and recover clean renewable energy. The organic additive is designed to attract microbial activity within the landfill: as microorganisms consume the additive material, they excrete enzymes that break down the bottle. The process results in a bottle that is 100 percent recyclable, BPA-free, non-toxic and now, landfill biodegradable in about seven years. Chlorophyll Water still recommends that its bottles be recycled; each case purchased online comes with a recycling bag.[Image Credit: © Chlorophyll Water]
Emma Upshall, "Chlorophyll Water releases landfill biodegradable bottle", FoodBev Media , November 01, 2019, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Scientists Manage To Upcycle Polyethylene Into High-Quality Liquid Products

October 25, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
A group of scientists has upcycled polyethylene into high quality liquid plastics, raising the prospect of plastics that are more sustainable. The scientists from a number of US universities and institutions succeeded in catalytically transforming by hydrogenolysis energy-rich polyethylene macromolecules into value-added products that could be re-purposed for motor oils, lubricants, detergents and even cosmetics.


The authors of the study point out that plastics have many advantages – being strong, inexpensive and sterile – that are hard to replicate. Currently 380 million tons of plastics are produced worldwide each year (about 7% of crude oil and natural gas produced) and the plastic market is projected to quadruple by 2050 to ~1100-1500 million tons per year. With over 75% of plastics discarded after a single-use, the potential for an upcycling process is enormous. 


While this study was limited to laboratory conditions, it formed the basis of two patent applications (US Patent Applications 62/796,482 and 62/892,347).[Image Credit: © stux from Pixabay]
"PAPER: Upcycling Single-Use Polyethylene into High-Quality Liquid Products", ACS Central Science, October 25, 2019, © American Chemical Society
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P&G In Europe Plans To Make 300 Million Bottles From Recycled Plastic

October 24, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
P&G announced that its Fairy, Flash and Viakal brands will increase recycled plastic use to 9,000 tonnes per year, starting in 2020. This move is part of the company’s commitment to reducing the amount of virgin plastic in all packaging by 50% by 2030.

In a press release, P&G put more emphasis on product formula changes, pointing out that a life cycle assessment found that the biggest “footprint reduction opportunity” for its home care cleaning products came when consumers used its products, which involved high use of water, often heated. Consequently, it has created formulas that wash dishes and clothes at low temperatures. [Image Credit: © Procter & Gamble]
"Procter & Gamble Household Cleaning Brands Such as Fairy, Flash and Viakal Announce Plans to Make 300 Million Bottles out of Recycled Plastic Every Year", Business Wire, October 24, 2019, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Bisleri’s Plastic Recycling Program Is Meant To Be Comprehensive

October 24, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Indian beverage company Bisleri’s “Bottles for Change” initiative, launched a year ago to educate citizens about the importance of recycling plastics, emphasizes that the program encompasses lighter plastic materials as well, including milk pouches, multi-layer packets, wrappers, and plastic pouches. Consumers need to know that these household materials should be collected, cleaned and segregated at home, so they can be sent for recycling rather than thrown away. Participants in the initiative include housing societies, companies, schools and colleges, hotels, and restaurants. So-called “plastic agents” – kabadiwalas, NGO partners, recyclers – collect used plastic from participants daily or weekly. In the past year, Bisleri’s “Bottles for Change” has collected 4,800 tons of plastic and recycled 1,000 tons from 500,000 consumers, 600 housing societies, 300 companies, 200 schools, and 400 hotels and restaurants.[Image Credit: © Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd.]
Shardul Sharma, "Bisleri’s ‘Bottles for Change’ initiative creates awareness about proper plastic waste disposal", Packaging South ASia, October 24, 2019, © IPP Catalog Publications Pvt. Ltd.
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Coca-Cola Honored For Corporate Transparency

October 22, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola was recently awarded the top honor for overall corporate transparency in the first edition of the U.S. Transparency Awards that recognize publicly traded companies for the effectiveness of corporate disclosures. such as annual proxy statements, form 10-Ks, and investor relations websites of companies on the S&P 250. "It’s a huge honor to be recognized for the transparency of our disclosure, said Tim Leveridge, investor relations officer at Coca-Cola. BlackRock Inc. came in second, while Southern Company was recognized for the best proxy statement award, AIG for best form 10-K, and Altria Group for the best investor relations website.[Image Credit: © Transparency Award]
"Coca-Cola Wins U.S. Corporate Transparency Award", Coca-Cola , October 22, 2019, © THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
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The 2019 Recycling Tracker Is Wrap UK’s Largest Survey Yet

October 18, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The latest annual Recycling Tracker from WRAP UK is the largest survey since it was started in 2004, with almost 5,500 online interviews. The 2019 results show higher recognition of the Recycle Now ‘Swoosh’ logo to 75%, from 45% last year. It also found that 32% are now recycling items they didn’t recycle in 2018, and 34% have increased recycling of items they did previously recycle. But, it also found that 51% throw items in the general rubbish that can be collected in their area for recycling. The survey found a positive association between the recognition of the Recycle Now brand and reported changes in recycling behavior. WRAP Director Peter Maddox said that the recycling message needs to be sustained, and that small actions by many people can make a difference. Craig Stephens, Recycle Now’s Campaign Manager, wants consumers to become more involved in recycling, and said that Recycle Week can help inspire people to take it into their own hands.[Image Credit: © WRAP]
"With over 5,000 participants, WRAP publishes its biggest recycling tracker survey to date", Wrap.org.uk, October 18, 2019, © WRAP
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Italy Proposes Discounts On Food And Toiletries With Plastic-Free Packaging

October 11, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
As part of its efforts to become a sustainable leader, Italy is reviewing proposals that would offer discounts on food and toiletry products that do not have plastic packaging. Some commentators talk of a 20% discount on goods that are plastic-free, which would likely have a significant impact on consumer spending patterns and force suppliers to make changes. The proposals are part of a broader range of measures that include offering public transport season tickets to people who stop using their cars, mopeds or scooters, investment in electric and hybrid school buses and an urban reforestation plan.[Image Credit: © kytrangho from Pixabay]
Jane Dalton, "Italy proposes price cuts on plastic-free food and toiletries", Independent.co.uk, October 11, 2019, © Independent Digital News and Media Ltd.
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