Reusable Food Packaging – Loop Announces Worldwide In-Store Expansion

A September 24, 2021 Loop News Release https://www.waste360.com/business/loop-announces-worldwide-store-expansion reports that in cooperation with some of the world’s largest retailers “… the reuse platform will be in-store across five countries and on four continents … Loop recently launched a reusable packaging partnership with McDonald’s in the United Kingdom and is slated to launch with Burger King and Tim Hortons inContinue reading “Reusable Food Packaging – Loop Announces Worldwide In-Store Expansion”

Microplastics – Presence in Infant and Adult Feces Examined

The abstract of an article published in the September 22, 2021 issue of Environmental Science and Technology Letters by researchers with New York University and China Nankai University https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00559 reports that “… Although human exposure to microplastics (MPs) and the health effects thereof are a global concern, little is known about the magnitude of exposure.Continue reading “Microplastics – Presence in Infant and Adult Feces Examined”

Environmental Marketing Claims – Greenpeace Walmart Suit Update

This message updates these PFPW.news posts: https://pfpw.news/2021/03/12/recycling-walmart-responds-to-greenpeace-suit/ and https://pfpw.news/2020/12/16/plastic-waste-greenpeace-sues-walmart-over-recyclable-claims/ A September 21, 2021 Greenpeace news release https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/court-dismisses-greenpeaces-suit-against-walmart-without-considering-claims/ advises that “… On September 20, US District Court Judge Maxine Chesney dismissed a lawsuit Greenpeace Inc. filed against Walmart, claiming the organization lacked standing for the case to be considered on the merits. Greenpeace USA alleged WalmartContinue reading “Environmental Marketing Claims – Greenpeace Walmart Suit Update”

Micro and Nano Plastic Particles – Mobility in Agricultural Soils Studied

The abstract of a September 16, 2021 Nature Communications Earth and Environment article by researchers with the Austria University of Vienna https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00267-8 report that “… Farmland soils are prone to contamination with micro- and nanoplastics through a variety of agricultural practices … Whether and to what extent micro- and nanoplastics facilitate the transport of organicContinue reading “Micro and Nano Plastic Particles – Mobility in Agricultural Soils Studied”

Sustainability – PepsiCo to Create Future Growth and Value through “pep+” Transformation

A September 15, 2021 PepsiCo News Release https://www.pepsico.com/news/press-release/pepsico-announces-strategic-end-to-end-transformation-pep-pepsico-positive09152021 advises that the company has “… introduced pep+ (pep Positive), a strategic end-to-end transformation with sustainability at the center of how the company will create growth and value … pep+ will guide how PepsiCo will transform its business operations: from sourcing ingredients and making and selling itsContinue reading “Sustainability – PepsiCo to Create Future Growth and Value through “pep+” Transformation”

Environmental Marketing Claims – Litigation Potential Examined

An article in the September 2021 issue of DLA Piper Intellectual Property and Technology News https://www.dlapiper.com/en/canada/insights/publications/2021/09/ipt-news-q3-2021/your-products-big-environmental-claims-can-set-you-on-a-path-toward-litigation/ advises that “… Market competitors have a ready reference when they want to challenge another’s environmental marketing claims … the FTC ‘Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims’ … [which] set forth the FTC’s view of what can makeContinue reading “Environmental Marketing Claims – Litigation Potential Examined”

Natural Asset Companies (NACs) – A New Class of Publicly Traded Assets Under Development

On September 14, 2021, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) https://www.nyse.com/sustainability/SSE a unit of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) and Intrinsic Exchange Group (IEG) https://www.intrinsicexchange.com/home announced https://ir.theice.com/press/news-details/2021/NYSE-and-Intrinsic-Exchange-Group-Partner-to-Launch-a-New-Asset-Class-to-Power-a-Sustainable-Future/default.aspx “… that they are jointly developing a new class of publicly traded assets called Natural Asset Companies, or NACs … On a global basis, natural assets produce anContinue reading “Natural Asset Companies (NACs) – A New Class of Publicly Traded Assets Under Development”

Microplastics – Presence in 67 European Lakes Studied

The abstract of a September 14, 2021 PLOS Biology study https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3001389 by researchers with UK University of Cambridge report that “… Pollution from microplastics and anthropogenic fibres threatens lakes, but we know little about what factors predict its accumulation. Lakes may be especially contaminated because of long water retention times and proximity to pollution sourcesContinue reading “Microplastics – Presence in 67 European Lakes Studied”

Advanced Plastic Recycling – GAO Issues “Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics” Report

On September 14, 2021, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) https://www.gao.gov/ reported https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-21-105317.pdf that “… Chemical recycling is an alternative or complementary technology to current mechanical recycling processes … adopting chemical recycling technologies faces hurdles, like high startup costs and few incentives for investing in innovation … Virgin plastics are typically cheaper to produce thanContinue reading “Advanced Plastic Recycling – GAO Issues “Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics” Report”

Plastic Recycling – EU and US Plastics Producers Seek 30 percent by 2030 Recycled Plastic Packaging Content

A September 9, 2021 Plastics Europe news release https://www.plasticseurope.org/en/newsroom/press-releases/european-plastics-producers-call-mandatory-eu-recycled-content-target-plastics-packaging-30-2030 reports that “… European plastics producers support the European Commission’s proposal for a mandatory EU recycled content target for plastics packaging, and are today calling for a target of 30% for plastics packaging by 2030 … To successfully meet this target, we need new systems thinking,Continue reading “Plastic Recycling – EU and US Plastics Producers Seek 30 percent by 2030 Recycled Plastic Packaging Content”