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Lessons from 3 emerging bio-based material technologies

GreenBiz Group

February 19, 2021

Creating human-made materials from living or biological sources is by no means a new development, yet newly invented bio-based materials are garnering significant hype as of late. From electronic displays made from fish scales to sanitary products made from banana fibers, these inspiring innovations can capture human imagination and evoke an aspirational future free of toxins and litter, amongst other

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Agriculture & Food, Industry & Packaging, Waste Management & Recycling


This wallet can tell you about its carbon impact

GreenBiz Group

February 18, 2021

For more essays by Heather Clancy, sign up for VERGE Weekly, one of our free newsletters. In early January, I covered personal care products company Aveda’s project to trace and verify the provenance of its vanilla supply using blockchain — and to allow consumers to peek into that information by later this year. It’s not the only consumer brand dreaming about that sort of connection or

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Environment & Climate, Fashion & Clothing, Waste Management & Recycling


The 'last mile' of consumer sustainability behavior

GreenBiz Group

February 18, 2021

These days, it’s hard to argue that sustainability is a niche consumer interest. A vast majority of consumers worldwide believe we need to consume less, according to research by GlobeScan. More to the point, 57 percent of consumers in that survey were willing to pay more for sustainable products. But only about a quarter of them actually made any sustainable changes to their lifestyle or consumption. So

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Environment & Climate, Personal Care & Cosmetics, Waste Management & Recycling




$9.5m funding for proposed WA plastic recycling plant

Sustainability Matters

February 7, 2021

Pact Group and Cleanaway have announced a joint project to build a new plastic recycling plant in Western Australia, which has attracted $9.5 million in grant funding from the Recycling Modernisation Fund and the WA Government. The funding — which remains conditional upon the completion of financial due diligence and entry into formal funding agreements — was announced by WA Minister for

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Waste Management & Recycling


Packaged together

Sustainability Matters

February 4, 2021

Since leaving her role as Brand Power presenter some years ago, Sally Williams has dedicated her career to only supporting and representing brands and companies that are making a concerted effort to reduce waste. Taking a realistic stance on sustainability, Sally realised the growing need for industry groups, consumers — and importantly, government — to unite in order to make any significant

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Proposed model shows potential for circular practices in construction steel

GreenBiz Group

January 29, 2021

Contrary to popular belief, a profitable business model for reused construction steel is not nearly as impossible as one may believe. Steelmakers have almost perfected the "recycle" element of the four hierarchical elements of the circular economy — reduce, reuse, remanufacture and recycle — with steel recycling rates of almost 90 percent. Despite the recycling success,

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Construction, Development & Real Estate, Waste Management & Recycling


Plastic waste pyrolysis ash converted to flash graphene

Sustainability Matters

January 28, 2021

Chemists from Rice University in Texas have converted pyrolysed ash from plastic recycling into graphene using a Joule heating process. The graphene could be used to strengthen concrete and toughen plastics used in medicine, energy and packaging applications. In the lab of Rice chemist James Tour, a strong jolt of energy flashes pyrolysed ash into turbostratic graphene. Weak attractive interactions

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Construction, Development & Real Estate, Waste Management & Recycling


Moving beyond 100% recyclable goals

GreenBiz Group

January 28, 2021

Numerous companies have set 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging goals such as Colgate-Palmolive and Kellogg. Virtually all these companies, though, are not tracking whether their packaging is actually recycled and what new products their packaging becomes. Without this end-of-life tracking, they cannot determine the extent of the economic and environmental impact from how their

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Waste Management & Recycling