Decoupling and Reusables Can Help Restore Environmental Balance
The world’s thirst for resources seems unquenchable. According to Earth Overshoot Day, it would take 1.75 Earths to regenerate the natural resources consumed in 2019. Even more sobering, if all countries on Earth drained them at the same rate as the United States, this year’s Earth Overshoot Day – the calendar day that marks the end […]
COVID-19 Trends and Reusable Packaging: Hygiene will drive long term growth
To say the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted consumer behavior would be an understatement. Everything about our purchase behavior, from what we buy to where we buy it, has been shaken up, and we’re all calling into question things we once took for granted as “safe”. Here’s how these new trends in consumer packaging will impact […]
To fix our broken recycling system, move to reuse
On April 22 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This day in 1970 thrust environmental consciousness on the national level. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in December of that year, and momentous environmental legislation to protect the planet followed. Even before the first Earth Day, public littering and pollution of […]
We all want less waste, so why is our garbage still growing?
A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that most Americans reported having changed at least one everyday behavior in the name of protecting the environment. While these behaviors are certainly encouraging, it seems the sight of brimming recycling bins, paper straws, and reusable grocery bags have given us all the mistaken impression […]
Our Climate Demands Change – Will Our Supply Chains Deliver?
Whether responding in the aftermath of extreme weather or other emergencies, well-run supply chains have a history of coming through in the clutch. For example, DHL’s Disaster Response Teams work in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to provide a global network consisting of around 500 specially trained employees who […]
Regulation and the Circular Economy: Can the U.S. Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution?
It would be an understatement to say that plastic pollution has become top of mind. Images of sea turtles tangled in plastic rings, ocean plastic trash heaps, and the idea that tiny plastic particles reside in fish, our water supply, and even people, have collectively heightened concerns. Here’s something to chew on: according to research, […]
World population is straining resources: reuse can help
It goes without saying: the bigger the Super Bowl party you have in mind, the more nachos and garlic shrimp you need. The same idea holds on a global scale. As world population continues to soar, we will all need more goods and services than ever before. And with record numbers of people moving to […]
Zero waste in the last mile: e-commerce looks to reusable packaging
Reusable packaging is a hot topic in the C-suite these days, with brand heavyweights like Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever, Mars, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Mondelēz, and Danone partnering with retail giants Kroger and Carrefour to launch TerraCycle’s new e-commerce reuse initiative, Loop, announced earlier this year. Reusable packaging is nothing new; what is new is […]
Zero waste vs. convenience: can packaging do it all?
From food service to pharma, companies in every industry have to adapt to changing consumer packaging preferences – or face the consequences. With increasing environmental concerns, brand owners today are challenged not only to adapt quickly, but to reconcile two seemingly conflicting consumer demands: greater convenience and zero waste. Is waste the cost of convenience? […]
Single use plastic: experts say plastic isn’t the problem
Everywhere you turn, corporations, cities, and even whole countries are joining the war against the single use plastic filling our oceans and landfills. According to a report from the United Nations, by July of 2018, 127 countries had implemented some type of policy regulating plastic bags. 27 countries had also restricted or banned other single-use […]