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UPS Horizons Newsletter | Accelerating Sustainable Solutions

Sustainability Insights and Updates | Fall 2020
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Accelerating Sustainable Solutions

By Suzanne Lindsay-Walker

UPS Chief Sustainability Officer

Newsletter

Accelerating Sustainable Solutions

By Suzanne Lindsay-Walker

UPS Chief Sustainability Officer

UPS Longitudes | Circular Solutions in a COVID-19 World

Patrick Browne @ UPS
Article

As demand for sustainable packaging solutions reached its apex, the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to stall progress as disposable gloves and single-use shopping bags returned to even the most sustainable consumers’ homes.

The annual celebration of Plastic-Free July last month felt a bit ironic as single-use solutions remained necessary to protect health and safety in this unprecedented moment in time.

Will Plastic-Free July Survive the Coronavirus? Find Out from Loop and UPS on July 22.

Register now for the next event in 3BL Media’s ‘Learn from Home’ series.
Press Release

NEW YORK, July 14, 2020/3BL Media/ -- Plastic bag bans swept through cities, while coffee shops incentivized customers to use reusable cups. In recent years, avoiding plastic waste had become a “new normal” for many Americans. Then came the novel coronavirus, and with it a resurgence in single-use systems. 

For Plastic-Free July, we’ll take a closer look at a circular model that ensures health and hygiene while providing an alternative to single-use. 

UPS Longitudes | How to Make E-Commerce More Sustainable in the Age of COVID-19

Ann Starodaj @ Optoro
Blog

Online shopping has become an essential way consumers access goods during the coronavirus pandemic. But many retail chains generate up to 75 percent of their revenue from brick-and-mortar stores in non-pandemic times — meaning they’re now looking for other ways to sell and move their inventory.

UPS Infographic | How UPS Supports a Circular Economy

UPS is continuously developing solutions that help our customers reduce the impacts of their supply chains.
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A key part of the Circular Economy is the movement of materials to and from consumers. 

UPS is continuously developing solutions that help our customers reduce the impacts of their supply chains. Learn more about the solutions we’re working on with customers, city partners and other stakeholders to help minimize their carbon footprint.

Two Major Cities Are Testing Home Delivery for Sustainable Household Goods to Help Save the Planet

Residents in NYC and Paris can now get refillable laundry detergent and mouthwash to their doorstep.
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A new zero-waste e-commerce platform called Loop started testing in New York City and Paris in May, so many residents in those cities no longer have to worry about stacking up empty detergent containers and shampoo bottles in the recycling bin.

As plastic’s harmful impact on the environment becomes more widely understood, companies like P&G are rethinking how they can be more sustainable through platforms like Loop that encourage reusable materials.

A More Sustainable Way to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

How UPS, TerraCycle and Nestlé are changing the way we consume goods.
Blog
Tom Szaky | TerraCycle
Walter Peterson | Nestlé

Video | How The UPS Package Lab Makes Loop Possible

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Could this be the beginning of the end for single-use packaging? Loop™, a coalition of the largest consumer product companies, thinks it might be. UPS helped TerraCycle design and test the first-of-its-kind tote to enable reusable packaging for everyday consumer goods.

From Davos: Terracycle Accelerates Circular Economy With Reusable Packaging

Blog

This past fall, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on how the world could limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – but only after undergoing “staggering transformation.” For companies, this means boldly eschewing “business as usual.” At the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, one company has announced a transformational innovation and has enlisted the help of some of the world’s largest companies

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