‘Plastic Free Trust Mark’ helps customers dodge plastic packaging

May 28, 2018 by  
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New labeling will assist shoppers in buying food  and drinks that aren’t packaged in plastic . Campaign group A Plastic Planet is behind what’s called the Plastic Free Trust Mark, adopted thus far by some supermarket chains and a tea company. The campaigners are hoping that the labeling will inspire more retailers to jump on the plastic-free bandwagon. The Plastic Free Trust Mark has been launched to support retailers which have made pledges to phase out plastic packaging. Early adopters are Tea brand @teapigs , Dutch supermarket chain @Ekoplaza and @IcelandFoods https://t.co/wmbTqQybMF — A Plastic Planet (@aplastic_planet) May 17, 2018 Sometimes it’s obvious that the food item you’re about to buy is wrapped in plastic — other times, not so much. For example, the discovery that most of the tea bags in Britain contained plastic shocked consumers. A Plastic Planet co-founder Sian Sutherland told The Guardian , “Our trust mark cuts through the confusion of symbols and labels and tells you just one thing — this packaging is plastic-free and therefore guilt-free.” The new Plastic Free Trust Mark could help shoppers discern whether or not there’s plastic in packaging with a quick glance. According to U.K.-based tea brand Teapigs , one of the early adopters of the new labels, there are several alternative materials to use in accredited packaging: glass, metal, wood pulp, compostable biomaterials  and carton board. Sutherland said she hopes the move helps slash plastic waste , saying, “Finally shoppers can be part of the solution, not the problem.” Related: First plastic-free supermarket aisle opens in Amsterdam Along with Teapigs, U.K. grocery store chain Iceland is adopting the label and plans to roll it out this month on some of their own label products. They’ve already set a goal to remove plastic packaging from their label products by 2023 . Iceland managing director Richard Walker told the Guardian, “With the grocery retail sector accounting for more than 40 percent of plastic packaging in the U.K., it’s high time that Britain’s supermarkets came together to take a lead on this issue.” Netherlands-based grocery store chain Ekoplaza is also introducing the label in 74 outlets. Earlier this year, the company launched the world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle at an Amsterdam location. + A Plastic Planet Via The Guardian Images 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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Recycling Mystery: Pet Food Packaging

May 11, 2018 by  
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Americans spent more than $29 billion on pet food in … The post Recycling Mystery: Pet Food Packaging appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Episode 122: Taking on plastics, both by land and by sea

April 26, 2018 by  
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In this episode, we also debate the latest use case for blockchain, take stock of Hawaii’s energy transition and honor a Japanese pioneer in lithium-ion battery technology.

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Who Pays to Dispose of Food Packaging? We Do

April 25, 2018 by  
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When you buy a packaged meal at the grocery store, … The post Who Pays to Dispose of Food Packaging? We Do appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Try Furoshiki, Packaging Without the Plastic

April 9, 2018 by  
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Plastic bags are hard to recycle, but in America they’re … The post Try Furoshiki, Packaging Without the Plastic appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Unilever unwraps plan for closed loop plastic food-grade packaging

April 5, 2018 by  
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The consumer goods giant announces a partnership to pioneer new technology capable of turning PET plastic waste into transparent virgin grade material.

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5 innovations that could end plastic waste

March 15, 2018 by  
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These ideas could help design a system that keeps these materials from becoming trash in the first place.

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Convenience at the cost of sustainability? Not necessarily

March 12, 2018 by  
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Sponsored: Nearly half of Americans believe retailers need to do a better job delivering items in packaging that better fits the product’s size and reduces waste.

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