Archive for January, 2013

Recycling Program Backed by Coca-Cola

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

On January 28th, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Coca-Cola Foundation announced a call for applications for the 2013 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. Through a $300,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the program is designed to expand and support recycling in American communities. 29,000 recycling bins have been distributed since 2010 under this program, reaching 4.3 million people. The end goal is to provide local organizations with recycling bins and increase recycling rates across the country. Grant applications can be found online through March 4, 2013. Eligible recipients include government agencies, civic organizations, schools, nonprofit groups and all colleges and universities will be eligible for a college specific grant.

Partnership to Develop Bio-based Adhesives for the Packaging Industry

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Henkel, the adhesive supplier, and DaniMer Scientific LLC have recently partnered up for the development of hot-melt adhesives for packaging made of bio-based raw materials. At first, this application will be targeted towards the consumer packaging and labeling market. The partnership is beneficial because it will combine Henkel’s adhesive expertise with Danimer’s expertise in biopolymer science. The alliance will hopefully bring to the marketplace a technology platform that will include both bio-based adhesives and hot-melt applications supplied at a global level. The innovative technology that will result from this alliance will finally meet the needs that customers have been asking for. Not only will the partnership increase the amount of renewable materials used in manufacturing, but it will also continue to support the health and safety requirements in packaging applications. The first product results are expected for their market launch in the first half of 2013.

Source: Packaging Digest

Building a Culture of Sustainability in the Workplace

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The more aware we become of sustainability and what we can do to lessen our impact on the environment, the more organizations are looking to engage their employees in sustainable efforts in the workplace. There are 5 main steps that are extremely beneficial to ensure compliance and engagement with sustainability practices; permit, educate and engage, act, embed, and evaluate. The first step, permit, is important to establish support and permission from top leaders and management. Second, by educating employees of the newly established practices, they are more likely going to be willing and able to engage in eco-friendly practices. The most common ways to do this is to establish “green teams” among employees, volunteers to ensure compliance, social media, and awards or incentives for contributing to the effort. Next, each employee should have the knowledge and resources to be empowered to take action in the office, in their home, and elsewhere in the community. The fourth step is to embed sustainability efforts into the corporate culture. By doing this, sustainability should be mentioned in or involved in recruitment, operations, employee performance reviews, and product/service development. Finally, evaluate how you are doing. Gauge how all of your efforts are impacting the community and how well it has been integrated into the culture of the workplace. The goal of the 5 aforementioned steps is to really create a sustainable culture in a timely manner and realize the value of these efforts.

Read more at Green Business Times

Sustainable Packaging curriculum gives insight to decision makers

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a project of GreenBlue offers a comprehensive curriculum introducing sustainability considerations for packaging called the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging. The program offers insight into the entire packaging life cycle: material sourcing, packaging design, manufacturing, transportation and the final disposal of the product. Corporate decision makers that attend will learn how a holistic view of sustainability can apply to all of their daily operations. Attendees will learn about the following categories: sustainability and balancing tradeoffs, tools for measuring and reporting sustainability, sourcing and recovering materials, communicating initiatives for sustainability, and finally understanding environmental and human health impacts. The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging have been attended by hundreds of professionals  from leading companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

Read more about the Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Recycling Rates Rise Overseas

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

For the first time inEngland, local authorities report a substantial reaction to recycling efforts. Recycling has overtaken the landfill with 10.7 tons of waste recycled, composted or reused compared to the usual 9.6 tons being sent to general waste. Household recycling bins are collected every two weeks. The Runnymede Borough Council of Surrey has seen a tremendous response increasing from 29% to 47% recycling rate. West Oxfordshire District Council’s rate has risen to over 60%.

Source: UK Packaging News