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Swimming in Plastic Potential: The Innovation That's Turning Trash Into Cash

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We are in a plastic crisis: a material that we depend on, but are now drowning in. Turning ‘trash into cash’ – the latest spark to emerge from Ericsson ONE, Ericsson’s internal accelerator for intrapreneurs – is one of many breakthrough technologies that is using the circular economy model to tackle the issue head on. Below, we explore why such innovations can prove so decisive in curbing consumption and waste at a critical juncture in the Earth’s history.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Joins HPRC Advisory Board

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June 2, 2022 /3BL Media/ - The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to its Healthcare Facility Advisory Board (HFAB), a role intended to help the council set priorities and steer the agenda toward its mission of inspiring and enabling sustainable, cost-effective recycling solutions for plastic products and materials used in the delivery of healthcare.

From Scrap Plastic to Fantastic: Enbridge Gas Workers Rethink Waste

Innovation breathes new life into plastic pipeline scrap destined for landfill
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What comes to mind when you see a plastic Muskoka chair?

If you’re Tom Canellos or Graham Waller, you’re reminded of an opportunity to improve the environment and create value from waste.

Canellos and Waller worked together in a Toronto-based Enbridge Gas construction group in 2019, when they noticed a lot of plastic polyethylene pipe was discarded as garbage by Enbridge and its contractors.

Could that high-grade yellow plastic be recycled, rather than heading to landfill? It was a problem, the friends decided, that needed solving.

To Reduce Marine Pollution, Innovation Is in the (Plastic) Bag

Meet the finalists of the TOM FORD Plastic Innovation Prize, a science-based competition to remake ocean-polluting thin-film plastic bags from eco-friendly alternative materials.
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By Sarah Murry 

Sharing Innovations to Accelerate Meaningful Change

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Sappi exists to build a thriving world by unlocking the power of renewable resources to benefit people, communities, and the planet. A clear embodiment of this mantra is unfolding with developments from the Sappi Biotech division. These biomaterials’ development aims to extract more value from each tree harvested and to provide lower-carbon alternatives to plastic materials commonly used today.

Measuring Success in Energy, Emissions, Water and Waste

At Sappi, we measure our performance to improve our environmental and social responsibility
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Circularity in Action at Matane

Sappi Matane Mill is working to reduce fossil fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions
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The Matane Mill produces its own biogas from raw process wastewater using anaerobic reactor technology. In this process, anaerobic biomass transforms organics in the raw wastewater (mainly sugars) into methane gas.

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ReSource Plastic Member Companies Eliminated More Than Half of Their Problematic Plastic From 2018-2020; Waste Infrastructure Posed Challenges to Increasing Recycled Content

WWF’s Transparent 2021 report details where major companies are making progress toward addressing the plastic waste crisis
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WASHINGTON, December 8, 2021 /3BL Media/ - A new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) finds that Principal Members in the organization’s ReSource: Plastic program – Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald's Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, and The Coca-Cola Company – cut their use of problematic plastic[1] by 57% between 2018 and 2020.

The Virtuous Circle: Partnering Across the Value Chain for Sustainable Homes

by Yifu QI
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All too often, people think that once something has been thrown away, it ceases to exist. A century of that “out of sight, out of mind” mentality has left our planet fighting for its life. Decades of ‘throw-away’ culture have filled our oceans with plastic waste; it’s estimated that soon they will contain a ton of plastic for every three tons of fish. Meanwhile, in the US alone, greenhouse gas from landfill is responsible for well over 100 million tons of CO2 equivalent.

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All too often, people think that once something has been thrown away, it ceases to exist. A century of that “out of sight, out of mind” mentality has left our planet fighting for its life. Decades of ‘throw-away’ culture have filled our oceans with plastic waste; it’s estimated that soon they will contain a ton of plastic for every three tons of fish. Meanwhile, in the US alone, greenhouse gas from landfill is responsible for well over 100 million tons of CO2 equivalent.

The Next Steps Towards a Circular Economy

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by Lydia Miller, Senior VP and Portfolio Specialist with Dana Investment Advisors 

The concept and acceptance of moving toward a Circular Economy have grown significantly in the last several years. While definitions vary, most focus on maximizing the value of materials, products, and other resources (i.e., water, energy) that circulate in the economy by maintaining them in the economy for as long as possible while also minimizing the consumption of materials and the generation of waste.

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