Sustainability


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    International Paper, Suzano, Stora Enso join call to reverse biodiversity loss ahead of COP16

    A coalition of more than 130 businesses across industries, including CPGs Unilever and Nestlé, are pressing world leaders to take action on an issue often overlooked by corporate sustainability plans.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • July 19, 2024
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    PR3, DOE collaborate to standardize reuse system data accessed via QR codes

    PR3, a beneficiary of a U.S. Department of Energy prize, envisions an interoperable future in which the data needed to collect, transport and wash containers could integrate in an on-pack QR code.

    By July 17, 2024
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    Novolex upped its PCR use, product recyclability in 2023

    The plastic, fiber and bio-based packaging company also touted its increased investments in compostable and reusable solutions in its newly released 2023 sustainability report. 

    By July 15, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: Clearly Canadian’s metal multipack makeover, Oman Air’s plastic purge

    Plus, Amcor Capsules and Moët & Chandon get foiled, Georgia-Pacific wraps its toilet paper in paper and Contempo Specialty Packaging introduces compostable and reusable cannabis packaging.

    By July 12, 2024
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    US Plastics Pact hires new CEO with flexible packaging expertise

    On the heels of the organization pushing goals from 2025 to 2030, CEO Jonathan Quinn discusses opportunities to tackle challenges with creating a “plastics circular economy.”

    By July 11, 2024
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    5 packaging stats from Amazon’s sustainability report

    Amazon fell short on its 2023 device packaging recyclability goal, but it grew the share of products that can ship without added packaging and improved lightweighting.

    By July 11, 2024
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    Starbucks, KFC, Peet’s Coffee collaborate on citywide reusable cups project

    Closed Loop Partners describes the Petaluma, California, project as a first-of-its-kind initiative for a U.S. city in which reusable to-go cups are the default option across multiple restaurants.

    By July 9, 2024
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    Lenovo banks on bamboo to bump plastic packaging

    In addition to expanding its use of bamboo fiber material in 2023, electronics company Lenovo also increased its use of ocean-bound plastics in product packaging.

    By July 9, 2024
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    Companies begin to signal changes to 2025 plastic targets

    Halfway through 2024, some organizations have said they’re off track or are switching gears to focus on new goals or more distant target years.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • July 5, 2024
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    Google inches toward 2025 plastic-free packaging goal

    The tech giant eliminated plastic in the packaging for its newest Pixel phones.

    By July 3, 2024
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    Grove explains decision to drop plastic-free by 2025 goal

    The home essentials marketplace operator said eliminating plastic would require legislation and “massive transformation in the CPG ecosystem.” Spray pumps and laundry pods are some of the items where plastic still plays a role.

    By July 2, 2024
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    SPC launches group focused on inclusion, representation in packaging

    The Sustainable Packaging Coalition expects its work in this area could result in scholarships to events, reallocating consumer education dollars and creating a mentorship network.

    By June 27, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: Sustainable seafood boxes, EPR-driven water-soluble cement bags

    Disruptive Packaging and Mondi collaborated with North Coast Seafoods and Cemex, respectively. Plus, Aldi U.K. announced its latest plastic-to-paper substitution.

    By June 26, 2024
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    Zara owner pledges to stop using endangered and ancient forests in paper packaging

    The fashion industry is a major consumer of paper packaging for e-commerce envelopes and boxes, paper bags and hang tags. With the addition of Inditex, Canopy’s Pack4Good initiative now includes nearly 450 brands.

    By Laurel Deppen • June 26, 2024
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    PepsiCo anticipates missing certain 2025 packaging sustainability goals

    The same day the CPG released its ESG report acknowledging it’s unlikely to hit a 2025 packaging circular design target, the city of Baltimore sued PepsiCo and others for their “significant roles in creating a plastic pollution crisis.” 

    By June 21, 2024
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    Keurig Dr Pepper reaffirms commitment to 2025 sustainable packaging goals

    The commitment — which applies to goals on recycled content, virgin plastic reduction and more — comes as some other organizations have changed their sustainable packaging targets.

    By June 21, 2024
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    Plastic Promises Scorecard casts more doubt on 2025 company targets

    As You Sow awarded no ‘A’ scores, as it echoed US Plastics Pact concerns about companies not progressing quickly enough to meet 2025 targets. Still, it lauded goals and efforts at Keurig Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and SC Johnson.

    By June 18, 2024
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    5 packaging priorities in the federal food waste strategy

    The EPA, FDA and USDA highlighted efforts on compostable packaging, biobased materials, food date labeling, PFAS reduction and more in the National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Wayfair boosts packaging recyclability, introduces zero waste goal

    The expanded use of paper-based mailers in the U.S. contributed to a bump in packaging recyclability.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Google details fiber swaps in consumer electronics packaging

    Its anticipated plastic-free packaging design guide details implementation of molded fiber trays and hang tabs, paper tapes and other alternatives. Apple and Amazon have also pursued plastic reduction in device packaging.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Aerosol can recycling has confounded consumers. There’s a push to fix that by 2030.

    Next steps include stronger labeling and advocating for aerosols on statewide recyclability lists in EPR programs, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute and the Household and Commercial Products Association.

    By June 11, 2024
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    US Plastics Pact releases new road map with 2030 plastics targets

    The new goals look very similar to those in the original road map, with a couple additions and a deadline extended from 2025 to 2030. Participants made progress on the 2025 goals but were unlikely to all meet the original targets.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Brands need partners to tackle scope 3 emissions

    Soon, many companies will be required to report their Scope 3 emissions as a prerequisite for doing business in certain markets, including the EU and California.

    June 10, 2024
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    Tetra Pak reports plant-based plastics demand growing in North America

    The company is now targeting 2030 for having 10% recycled polymers across beverage cartons sold in Europe. It also shared updates on tethered caps, sugarcane-derived plastic uptake and more in its new sustainability report.

    By June 5, 2024
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    Have an idea to reduce retail packaging? Walmart wants to hear it.

    The retail giant listed seven specific areas for innovators to prioritize, including snack bags and frozen food trays, that have proven tricky for design and sustainability improvements.

    By June 3, 2024