Huhtamaki developing recyclable flexible packaging – Compelo
Plastics remain an important component of packaging, particularly for food products. Often these soft plastic packets end up in landfill or worse because they're not recyclable and take a long time to decompose.
Super pollutants become super important – GreenBiz
Aggressive action is being taken against so-called "super pollutants". Compared to CO2, these pollutants have a short lifespan, perhaps days or years after release, yet have a disproportionate impact. Action is being taken, with countries starting to move on removing HFC from refrigeration and tackling methane emissions in production and mining processes.
Meet the Entrepreneurs Leading the Transition to a Green Economy – SDG Knowledge Hub
Most people look at fish heading to landfill and think it's waste. Newton Owino saw an opportunity to reuse and recycle it. Supported by EU investment, his business now turns waste fish into products for the leather industry and employs 300 people in Kenya and supports a network of 80 local farmers.
UK seeing highest store closures in half a decade – Yorkshire Post
The UK has seen some of the heaviest losses of high street stores in the past decade. The country of Yorkshire has seen over 220 stores close in 2018, while in Scotland 5 shops a week are closing. Changing consumer habits, primarily the drive to shop online, as well as growing business costs, are making trading conditions difficult.
How multicultural America is reshaping grocery shopping – Acosta
A study from US based sales & marketing agency Acosta, is high-lighting the changes multiculturalism is having on American shopping habits. Multicultural Americans are more likely to buy pre-prepared foods, are more loyal to brands that reflect their cultural heritage and more concerned about sustainability in their purchases. They're also more likely to enjoy grocery shopping and do it with other people.
Malaysia environment groups, Lynas workers rally over rare earths plant – Reuters
Tensions are rising around operations at the Lynas rare earth mines. The most important source of rare earth materials for computing and other technologies outside of China, there has been growing concern in some quarters about low-level radioactive waste found on the site. This has predominantly come from environmental activists in the area, while the company and independent scientific research has shown any risk from the spill is extremely low. Nevertheless, Lynas is planning to build a processing facility in Western Australia to handle the waste.
Atlassian Summit: Mike Cannon-Brookes’ pledge to make company 100% renewable – News.com.au
While Australian politicians bounce environmental issues around party lines, the country's most successful tech export is taking matters into its own hands. Atlassian co-founder Cannon-Brookes has launched a scathing attack on the political arguments, particularly around back-tracking taking place on EVs. He's putting the weight of the company behind his words too, committing to running 100 per cent on renewable energy by 2020 through a mix of improving energy efficiency and buying in renewable power.
WeCycle is helping create a sustainable future for West End youth – Atlanta INtown Paper
Shawn Walton has spent the past dozen years helping kids in Atlanta understand sustainability. Starting with a scheme to lend children bikes in exchange for working on half an acre of land, his scope has increased over the years, thanks in part to a gift of five acres of farmland. With connections in Ghana and ambitions to help local kids go to university, he's making a positive contribution to lifting people out of poverty and build themselves a brighter future.
Maryland lawmakers pass Clean Energy Jobs Act – Renewable Energy World
After taking a hit and losing nearly 800 solar energy jobs in 2018, Maryland is fighting back with a new law. The aim is not only to bring those 800 back, but also add another 100 and drive the state towards a fully renewable energy infrastructure by 2040.