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February 08, 2022


Fisher International: Pulp/paper industry kicks off 2022 with sustainability developments, including Smurfit Kappa's sustainable fast food packaging, Domtar enlisting NYU's help to reach net zero by 2050, among other efforts from Mondi, DS Smith, Cascades
Fisher International Inc. (02/07)

McKinsey maps sustainability regulations for packaging in 30 nations; regulatory focus increasing on plastic packaging, beverage packaging, primary versus secondary packaging, and use of financial penalties to encourage change in packaging sustainability
McKinsey & Co. Inc. (02/07)

As You Sow CEO comments on BlackRock CEO's annual letter to CEOs, saying it articulates the 'existential issues’ confronting the economy and global society but lacks an implementation plan, urges him to use his power for good and not just talk about it
As You Sow Foundation (02/04)

 Products & Awards
DS Smith highlights collaboration to create packaging f…
DS Smith highlights collaboration to create packaging for Woodio, a Finland-based maker of bathroom fixtures and accessories made of woodchip-resin composite; company's focus on sustainability includes paper packaging
Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Golf ball packaging provides …
Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Golf ball packaging provides shelter for bugs; medicine cup helps parents and caregivers with dosing; Purdys releases chocolates box designed for the blind community

Metal Packaging

Crown announces target to increase beverage can recycling rates; targets include 70% recycling rate in the US by 2030, 80% in EMEA, maintain greater than 90% rate in Mexico and 97% in Brazil, establish countrywide rates in three major Asia-Pacific markets
Crown Holdings Inc. (02/07)

APEAL launches new report, 'How to recycle steel - Why steel packaging recycles forever'; report focuses on best practice in four areas--optimized separate collection, collection and sorting of steel closures, scrap quality standards, design for recycling
The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) (02/04)

Paper Packaging

Virginia Box, a business of corrugated packaging maker Pratt, to relocate to 250,000-sq.-ft. industrial facility in Sandston, Virginia
NBC12 (02/07)

Canada-based Crownhill Packaging launches Curby Mailer, a curbside recyclable ecommerce packaging option made from recycled paper; Curby Mailer features a honeycomb paper cushioning, serves as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional bubble mailers
EIN Presswire (02/04)

Materials science technology firm Footprint rolls out customized portfolio of plant-based fiber solutions for supermarkets that is designed to replace single-use plastics and foam; solutions can be used for frozen food, ready-to-eat, dairy, meat, produce
Business Wire (02/04)

Plastic Packaging

Analysis of 28 studies finds plastic packaging contributes to under 10% of total life cycle emissions of 23 out of 30 foods; annual impact of packaging is less than daily vehicle travel for most products, though beverages can equal 76 miles of driving
Environmental impacts of plastic packaging of food products (02/07)

Greiner Packaging to manufacture coffee capsules for Nestlé’s Nescafé Dolce Gusto using CirculenRevive recycle-based polymers from LyondellBasell; materials are ISCC PLUS certified and meet food packaging requirements
Greiner Packaging GMBH (02/07)

Alkaline water brand ZenWTR receives Plastic Negative Brand Certification from the Plastic Credit Exchange; the alkaline water brand has committed to supporting programs that recover, recycle at least 200% of its annual plastic footprint for 2021, onward
PR Newswire (02/04)

 Responsible Sourcing

Sustainable Sourcing

BMW signs deal with Salzgitter AG for low-carbon steel for European plants starting in 2026, with goal to meet 40% of demand with low-carbon steel, cut CO2 emissions by 400,000 tons annually; BMW also invests in Boston Metal’s carbon-free steel method
BMW AG (02/07)

Pet Palette Distribution to carry over 60 of eco-friendly pet toy maker SnugArooz's products; materials to make toys are sourced from recycled plastic bottles, which are ground into small pieces to be made into fiber for the fabric, stuffing of plush toys
Pet Palette Distribution (02/04)

Lenzing to present Young Scientist Award in 2022 for outstanding research in fibers and textiles; new competition is for students working on innovative solutions to address textile industry's environmental challenges, winner will receive €5,000 prize
Lenzing AG (02/04)


Reuse/Next Use/Upcycling/Closed Loop

West Virginia House committee advances bill to clarify that advanced recycling is a process consisting of products to be used and sold rather than as solid waste management or disposal; opponents say advanced recycling creates more unsustainable plastics
The Charleston Gazette (02/07)

Tech vs. Trees: Paper-based COVID-19 test combines accuracy of PCR with convenience of antigen test, Amazon to open new print-on-demand books facility, entrepreneur upcycles used wooden chopsticks into furniture
Industry Intelligence Inc. (02/04)

Recyclable/Recycled Materials

Trinseo aims to launch construction of chemical recycling plant in Tessenderlo, Belgium, by end of 2022; plant will be dedicated to manufacturing high-quality recycled PS, meeting increased demand
Business Wire (02/07)

US-based Toter, a provider of waste and recycling containers, launches EVR-Green, the first 100% recycled cart body; cart is made entirely without virgin resin, and its design optimizes superior impact strength and performance backed by 12-year warranty
PR Newswire (02/07)

Sustainable loungewear brand nuhü division unveils plastic-free Manhattan pop-up store created by Spain's Cartonlab and Studio Animal; its walls, mannequins are made from recycled, FSC-certified paperboard and it will showcase organic cotton casual wear
Indian Retail News (02/04)


Waste Management Inc. announces findings in Green Index survey of Americans, showing 56% of adults equate sustainability with recycling, and nine in 10 see recycling as important; meanwhile, 75% say they are not confident about what is recyclable
ENP Newswire (02/04)

Globus Group, the UK's largest PPE maker, to collaborate with Heriot-Watt University to create innovative recycling and repurposing process for PPE waste; Globus has designed a heating system to melt PPE into new raw material for its products
TendersInfo - News (02/04)


Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Paper Excellence's Catalyst paper mill in Port Alberni, Canada, receives C$323,100 from CleanBC Industry Fund to install auxiliary hog wood waste feed system; company received C$8.6M from province to reduce emissions at its four British Columbia mills
Alberni Valley Times (02/07)

Scottish farmers raise concerns about investment in farming land for tree-planting by big business seeking to offset carbon footprint; they say trend is pushing up land prices and taking farmland out of food production
Turriff Advertiser (02/07)

Pulp and paper industry accounts for 16% of Brazil's industrial energy consumption, well above 5.3% share industry has at global level; industry is crucial for Brazil’s efforts at energy efficiency and reducing emissions: International Energy Agency
Contify Energy News (02/07)

More than 99% of most widely produced chemicals are not sustainable in terms of GHG emissions, land use and freshwater consumption, according to ETH Zurich research; focusing only on lower CO2 emissions can shift environmental burden to other categories
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (02/04)

Environmental/Ecological/Carbon Footprint

WHO reports urgent need to improve healthcare waste management during pandemic as 30% of healthcare facilities are not equipped to handle existing waste loads, let alone COVID waste load; sector is under pressure to reduce carbon footprint, landfill waste
World Health Organization (WHO) (02/07)

US federal appeals court blocks commercial logging project in roadless area of California's Los Padres National Forest, siding with conservation groups that sued to protect 1,100 acres of old-growth forest actively used by endangered California condors
Center for Biological Diversity (02/07)

Konica Minolta earns place on 2022 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list for fifth time; companies on list evaluated on environmental, social and governance indicators, ability to promote diversity, sell eco-friendly products
Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. (02/04)

Swedish diaper manufacturer Libero looking for 400 families in the Nordic countries to test a new hybrid diaper for two weeks; model consists of one washable textile part and one dispensable part to reduce climate impact and amount of materials used
M-Brain Nordic News (02/04)

USDA, Dept. of the Interior, Western Governors Assn. launch collaborative conservation task force to effectively respond to land, water, wildlife challenges facing Western landscapes
U.S. Dept. of the Interior (02/04)

Carbon Sequestration

Ancient Nutrition announces plans to dedicate 1% of annual revenue and begin first stage of 14-year project to study methods to revolutionize environmental regeneration and healthy food production through carbon sequestration, water conservation, more
PR Newswire (02/07)

Regenerative Agriculture

Zero Waste Scotland expects over 300 organizations across 80 countries to enter 2022 Earthshot prize to recognize ground-breaking eco-solutions that can repair, regenerate planet; contest awards £1M and support to help further winners' pioneering work
Targeted News Service (02/07)



Amcor calls for a legally binding United Nations treaty on plastic pollution; company says a good treaty would help reduce operational complexity, help businesses plan investments, simplify reporting and coordinate actions across the plastic value chain
Amcor Plc (02/04)

 Waste Management

Waste Management

K-C India installs additional 1.7MW solar plant at its manufacturing and distribution facility near Pune, according to company's India and South Asia supply chain director; site is also expanding water recycling and conservation, solid waste management
Saur Energy International (02/07)

Food Waste

Scientists use coconut waste-derived nano fibers to reinforce polyvinyl alcohol film, resulting in biodegradable packaging with better mechanical, thermal, optical, antioxidant properties; essential oils also boosted hydrophobic, antimicrobial properties
Chemosphere (02/04)


Biodegradable/Compostable Materials

Bioplastics International introduces water-soluble PVA as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics; product breaks down into CO2 and water, company says
PR.com (02/07)

Kaneka to increase production of its Green Planet biodegradable polymer in Japan; product is based on plant oils and biodegrades easily in soil and water
Business Wire (02/07)

Croda to partner with Cambridge University-backed Xampla to develop biodegradable, microplastic-free seed coatings with support form UK government; many protective seed coatings rely on petroleum-based polymers that do not degrade in soil
Chemical Industry Digest (02/04)

Finland-based cosmetics company Lumene will reportedly pilot jars made with biobased material developed by Finnish Sulapac for two of its face creams; material is made of FSC certified wood, biodegradable biopolymers and naturally occurring clay minerals
M-Brain Nordic News (02/04)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Wageningen University & Research to partner with Invest-NL to accelerate market introduction of biobased and biodegradable PHAs; material can be made by micro-organisms processing sugars, vegetable oils, other waste streams
ENP Newswire (02/07)

Study compares food packaging films made of PBAT/PLA blend and cellulose nanocrystals extracted from agro-waste; data show bionanocomposite films present better hydrophobic character and thermal stability, with higher tensile strength than blend film
Food Packaging and Shelf Life (02/05)

Chanel launches N°1 de CHANEL beauty products featuring lids made of Sulapac material; lids are made of 90% biobased materials from FSC-certified wood chips combined with camellia seed shells, which make the lids resistant to heat, moisture
Sulapac Oy (02/04)


Spain's Prodesa, specialist in turnkey projects for pellet production plants, has added a pelletizing machine division and is eyeing move into agropellets to capitalize on market growth; its North American project clients include Drax, Enviva, Pinnacle
CE Noticias Financieras (02/04)


Workplace Culture/Workspace

Seating and E-systems company Lear named to Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list for sixth year in motor vehicle parts category; Lear awarded fourth place, highest rank for US auto supplier, based on nine factors including leadership
Lear Corp. (02/04)

Community Betterment

Rotary Club of Eko Atlantic partners with K-C and Daraju Industries to provide monthly sanitary kits for 300 female students of Girls Junior Secondary School in Lagos, Nigeria; Project Ominira aims to empower girls, create awareness about feminine hygiene
Business Day (02/07)

Access Health CT starts insurance broker academy to teach underserved Connecticut residents about health insurance options; compared to white population, Blacks three times more likely to be uninsured and Hispanics four times more likely to be uninsured
Haymarket Marketing Communications (02/07)

Study of US mutual funds, ETFs with 'ESG' in their name…
Study of US mutual funds, ETFs with 'ESG' in their name shows one cannot tell the difference between prospectus for true ESG versus greenwashing; As You Sow recommends standardizing a glossary and fund classification framework, subject to SEC enforcement
Speciality viscose fiber manufacturer Kelheim Fibres ac…
Speciality viscose fiber manufacturer Kelheim Fibres achieves third place at the Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year Awards for its reusable menstrual underwear concept; sustainable underwear made from Kelheim’s functionalised speciality fibers
 Sustainablity Goals, Targets & Reports

Trafigura, Germany-based e-fuel provider Hy2gen and energy infrastructure investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to open green ammonia production site in Norway; site to produce 600 metric tons of green ammonia/day for marine shipping industry
Contify Energy News (02/07)

Dow announces blueprint for product safety, part of company's 2025 Sustainability Goals; company invites collaboration to improve materials safety through proper regulation, stewardship, risk assessment, hazard communication
Dow Inc. (02/07)

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: AF&PA Sustainability Progress Report 2020
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) (02/06)

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Carlsberg 2021 ESG Report
Carlsberg A/S (02/06)

Carlsberg announces release of its Environment, Social and Governance Report for 2021; highlights include 40% reduction in carbon emissions per hectoliter of beer since 2015, including a 2% year-on-year reduction in 2021
Carlsberg A/S (02/04)