EU Commission ‘Limiting Focus’ of Chemicals and Waste Roadmap

The European Commission’s roadmap on chemicals, products and waste legislation should concentrate on resolving policy conflicts, says the European Engineering Industries Association, Orgalime. There is a “limiting” of focus to how to reduce the presence, and improve the tracking, of chemicals of concern in products, it says, rather than addressing …

1 Million Plastic Bottles Bought Every Minute, That’s Nearly 20,000 Every Second

A new report highlights the astounding amount of plastic bottles humans go through and the environmental havoc it wreaks. Citing figures from consumer market research company Euromonitor International, The Guardian reported that 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute—or about 20,000 per second—around the globe. About 480 billion plastic …

Nike Makes Air Max Shoebox from Recycled Milk Jugs and Coffee Lids

Nike is thinking inside the box—the shoe box, that is. 30 years after the Air Max 1 changed the sneaker industry forever, the sportswear giant is revolutionizing the shoe’s packaging with a polypropylene receptacle derived entirely from post-consumer recycled milk jugs, juice containers, and coffee-cup lids. The brainchild of Arthur …

Phoenix Launches a Hub for the Circular Economy

The city of Phoenix and nearby Arizona State University are teaming up to launch a public-private incubator focused on finding new uses for waste from textiles, food scraps, batteries and more. Housed at the university’s Resource Innovation and Solutions Network (RISN), the program, announced Wednesday, officially will be called the …

Tesco Pledges to go 100 Per Cent Renewable Powered by 2030

Tesco has become the latest high profile name to join the growing list of major corporations pledging to source 100 per cent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 as part of the global RE100 initiative. The supermarket giant quietly joined the RE100 programme earlier this month, with a …

Mumbai Society Switches to Solar Power Will Save ₹5 Lakh a Year

Grace Co-operative Housing Society, Vasant Oscar, Mulund (West), switched to solar energy last month and will save Rs 5 lakh per annum in electricity bills, which means a monthly saving of Rs41,000. It got solar panels installed that help light up elevators and common areas of five buildings in the …

Etsy Sets Global Zero Waste Goal

Online handmade items marketplace Etsy has announced plans to secure ‘zero waste’ status across its global operations, following news it has achieved Living Building Challenge sustainability certification for its new headquarters in New York City. The tech company claims its new Brooklyn HQ is now the largest building in the …