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Our Disposable Society: From Plastics to Prisons

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Plastic and prisons: two of America’s most toxic habits. Happily there are people working to create alternatives. This week on Sea Change Radio we learn about a new type of flexible compostable packaging, developed by Israeli entrepreneur, Daphna Nissenbaum, who hopes this new polymer will take a bite out of the enormous problem of plastic waste. Next, we speak to Zoe Loftus-Farren about her Earth Island Journal piece that exposes the multitude of environmental hazards created by the prison industrial complex and America’s unhealthy addiction to locking people up.

Arrowhead® Mountain Spring Water Saves Tens of Thousands of Tons of Carbon Dioxide through Plastic Recycling Efforts

CO2 Savings the Equivalent of Taking 13,349 Cars off the Road for a Year
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ONTARIO, Calif., March 8, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Arrowhead® Mountain Spring Water announced today that it has dramatically increased the amount of recycled plastic used in its bottle production. Thanks to the high recycling rate of California residents, and with help from its strategic partner CarbonLITE, Arrowhead now ensures that 9 out of 10 of its Arrowhead bottles made in California incorporate 50% post-consumer recycled plastic content.

Timberland Partners with Thread to Look Beyond Sustainability and Toward Responsibility

New collection of Timberland® footwear and bags to feature Thread™ fabric, made from plastic bottles collected in developing countries
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STRATHAM, N.H., June 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland today announced a partnership with responsible fabric manufacturer Thread, furthering both brands’ longstanding commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Crafted from plastic bottles collected in Haiti and Honduras, Thread™ Ground to Good™ fabric challenges how the world thinks about recycled PET.

The Evolution of Prepaid Phone Packaging

By Swathy Ramaswamy and Tammy Hurt
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We are working to improve the sustainability of our prepaid phone packaging throughout its entire life cycle.  We focus on reducing the amount of material used, utilizing materials from renewable sources, increasing recycled content and end-of-life recyclability, and improving the efficiency for transporting the packages. 

Plastic Bags Being Recycled Right in County

Pilot study raised awareness of proper disposal methods
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Originally published in The Columbian, by Amy Fischer

Last year’s pilot study aimed at raising awareness of proper recycling of plastic bags, wraps and films had positive results, according to the city of Vancouver.

Sustainnovation at Eastman: Tritan

Eastman is changing the way the sustainable community thinks about plastic.
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Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is a scientific breakthrough that’s virtually unbreakable. That makes bottles made with crystal-clear, BPA-free Tritan more than reusable; it makes them a sustainable alternative to a market looking to reduce landfill use. Read the rest of the story here.

Learn more about Eastman Tritan™ copolyester at www.TritanFromEastman.com

Albertsons Companies Celebrates America Recycles Day

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America Recycles Day is observed on November 15th, it’s the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Albertsons Companies likes to celebrate recycling every day of the year! Our commitment to responsibly use resources includes thoughtful consideration of how we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and recycle what was once considered trash. We are working toward zero waste across all of our operations.

We’re All About Islands; Just Not These Type of New Islands Forming In Earth’s Ocean

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Blog post by: Josh Leibowitz, Chief Strategy Officer for Carnival Corporation 

“Plastics.”

That’s the famous one-word piece of investment advice that recent college grad Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, received from one of his father’s friends in the classic 1967 movie “The Graduate.”  Turns out, it was pretty good investment advice.

Bloomberg Reports: The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle

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The U.S. alone accounts for 5.35 billion pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic a year, less than a third of which is recycled, according to the National Association for PET Container Resources, an industry group. The world's track record is even worse, with an average recovery rate of 10 percent.

Read the full article here.

Enactus Students Create Fuel From Waste

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Refuse or fuel, what do you see?

An Enactus team in Zimbabwe saw a way to melt plastic and create diesel fuel as a byproduct. So far, 12 women have worked to convert over 3 tons of waste. Just 35 kg of plastic translates to 24 liters of liquid fuel and 7 kg of wax. Find out more about Enactus and this innovative solution at http://enactus.org/seeopportunity/project-gallery/project/refuse-fuel-see/.

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