10 Minutes with Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical

July 30, 2018 by  
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The longtime sustainability exec on valuing nature and navigating collaborations.

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How circular innovation is creating business opportunities

July 9, 2018 by  
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Take timber and denim, for example.

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Flawed recycling results in dangerous chemicals in black plastic

May 31, 2018 by  
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Unsafe recycling of electronic waste has resulted in the distribution of dangerous chemicals into new products made out of black plastic . Published in Environment International , a new study documents the presence of bromide and lead in 600 consumer products made out of black plastic and clarifies its potential negative impact on human and ecological health. “There are environmental and health impacts arising from the production and use of plastics in general, but black plastics pose greater risks and hazards,” explained study lead author Andrew Turner in a statement . “This is due to the technical and economic constraints imposed on the efficient sorting and separation of black waste for recycling, coupled with the presence of harmful additives required for production or applications in the electronic and electrical equipment and food packaging sectors.” Although black plastics compose fifteen percent of domestic plastic waste in the United States , they are particularly difficult to recycle. As a result, hazardous chemicals that were originally used as flame retardants or for color are being processed back into new products. “Black plastic may be aesthetically pleasing, but this study confirms that the recycling of plastic from electronic waste is introducing harmful chemicals into consumer products,” explained Turner. “That is something the public would obviously not expect, or wish, to see and there has previously been very little research exploring this.” Related: Biotech company Nanollose could offer plant-free alternatives for the textile industry Of particular concern is black plastic’s wide usage in food service, with the majority of black plastic being used in food trays or packaging. The black plastic also risks poisoning marine life as its dangerous chemicals seep into the ocean through microplastics. However, the presence of dangerous chemicals, such as the potentially cancer-causing bromine, is not limited to food products; it is also found in plastic jewelry, garden hoses, Christmas decorations, coat hangers and tool handles at high, and possibly even illegal, levels. Given the health risks, the industry must reform. “[T]here is also a need for increased innovation within the recycling industry to ensure harmful substances are eliminated from recycled waste and to increase the recycling of black plastic consumer products,” said Turner. Via Ecowatch Image via Depositphotos

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Makeover artists: How the beauty and personal care industry enhanced its sustainability

May 16, 2018 by  
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It started with Target and Walmart, and is progressing with more retail giants after three years of conversation, conflicting priorities and compromise.

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The Powerhouse movement seeks to inspire net-positive buildings

May 16, 2018 by  
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It’s another holistic way of looking at total impact.

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Why biotech innovator Novozymes uses the SDGs as a catalyst for growth

May 14, 2018 by  
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And it compensates top managers accordingly.

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How sustainable designer Bill McDonough is re-fashioning the fashion industry

May 14, 2018 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: William McDonough and Katrin Ley of Fashion for Good on how they take sustainability in fashion to the molecular level.

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5 golden rules for investors on good governance and safer chemicals

April 30, 2018 by  
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Heed the example of Lumber Liquidators.

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Heed the example of Lumber Liquidators.

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Why protecting the Earth’s ozone layer requires faithful vigilance

April 27, 2018 by  
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Levels change naturally from year to year, which makes it difficult to calculate the exact, short-term impact of industrial activities.

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