This acquisition could help make sustainable packaging the norm 

January 29, 2021 by  
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This acquisition could help make sustainable packaging the norm  Deonna Anderson Fri, 01/29/2021 – 00:30 In Manteca, California, a small company is pioneering the creation and production of paper bottles for brands such as L’Oreal and Seventh Generation. Across the U.S. in St. Petersburg, Florida, a manufacturing giant is strategizing on design, development and packaging services for the likes of Apple, Cisco Systems and HP Inc. Now, the two companies are combining forces to scale paper packaging made from recycled cardboard boxes and newspaper. Earlier this month, Jabil, the company in Florida, acquired Ecologic Brands, which will become part of its Packaging Solutions division. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “The opportunity that we have is kind of bringing together their sustainable packaging platform, and leveraging Jabil’s advanced manufacturing and technology, expertise along with our global footprint to really scale this as a global solution for sustainable packaging,” said Jason Paladino, senior vice president of Jabil and head of the company’s packaging solutions division.  Jabil employs more than 260,000 employees across 100 locations in 30 countries. The acquisition will support the company’s own sustainability goals — it is a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and has pledged to engage its customers “to eliminate problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging from their current solutions,” according to its 2019 sustainability report . In packaging, to really scale, it means having the quality that brands expect, because the top brands in the world have high, high standards around safety qualities [and] volumes are huge when you start going mainstream. With consumers demanding better from companies and consumer packaged goods companies setting sustainable packaging goals tied to 2025 , it seems the right time for this partnership, according to Ecologic Brands founder Julie Corbett. When Corbett started Ecologic in 2008, scaling its sustainable packaging was challenging because at that time, only the “diehard” in the green movement were pushing for such solutions, she said.  Ecologic’s Eco.Bottle is made from 100 percent recycled cardboard and old newspaper and has an inner plastic liner that is made with 60 percent less plastic than rigid plastic bottles, according to the company.  “We are getting this great, great point of success because we are the right package at the right moment, and consumers love it. But we were really faced with challenges — scale, how to do it in when you’re capital-poor. And you really want to do the right thing without cheating,” Corbett said. “That’s every entrepreneur’s dream — to scale. And if I launched a baby food company or a beverage company, it could have taken me two years,” she added.  “But in packaging, to really scale, it means having the quality that brands expect, because the top brands in the world have high, high standards around safety qualities [and] volumes are huge when you start going mainstream,” Corbett said. Back in 2018, Ecologic worked with L’Oreal to release its Seed Phytonutrients product line in paper bottles. That package has been touted as the first shower-safe paper bottle made in the beauty industry. Now, L’Oreal is working with Ecologic to develop paper packaging for its professional-level products that are used in hair salons. “One of the greatest successes of the Seed Phytonutrients initiative with the first 20 some products is that now we’re migrating what we’ve learned and our abilities to influence really big brands,” said Shane Wolf, global president for U.S. brands in the professional products division at L’Oréal. Wolf noted that the paper packaging for its Redken and Matrix professional lines are in the final stages of development with Ecologic. And he doesn’t want the more sustainable packaging options for L’Oreal to stop there. Rendering of Redken eco.bottle. Image courtesy of Ecologic Brands.   “The more of them that I can move into paper packaging the happier I’ll be,” Wolf said, of the brands that he manages at the beauty giant. And now that Ecologic has teamed up with Jabil, scaling its paper packaging across more products is possible. “Here’s Jabil, with an incredible culture fit, with a global scale of footprint already, creative [and] innovative people with a common vision. I couldn’t think of a better way to really see this technology take off,” Corbett said. Ecologic isn’t the only company working on paper bottles. There’s also Paboco, which GreenBiz previously noted is shorthand for “paper bottle company,” that has coordinated and brought together product development teams at companies such as Carlsberg, Absolut, Coca-Cola and L’Oreal. Then there’s 3Epack  and Diageo, which has teamed up with PepsiCo and Unilever to release products in its paper packaging early this year. Want more great analysis and news about the circular economy? Sign up for Circularity Weekly , our free email newsletter. 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Better Breathing: 6 of the Best Plants for Indoor Air Quality

October 12, 2020 by  
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Does Spray Foam Insulation Harm Indoor Air Quality?

November 4, 2019 by  
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5 Tips for Reinventing Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter

December 25, 2018 by  
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Mother Nature’s Medicine: 4 Natural Remedies For Healthy Kids

December 25, 2018 by  
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Technology, the Universe and Everything — A Living Systems View of Spaceship Earth

October 3, 2017 by  
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Half a century ago, the first images of Earth from space were broadcast around the world. These catalyzed awareness that, for better or worse, Earth is a dynamic, interconnected system. For tech companies pursuing “sustainability,” this awareness presents a paradox of cosmic proportions. On the one hand, we hope that new innovations will improve the quality of life for billions of people. Yet we’re accelerating the transformation of ecological commons into expendable commodities.

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9 reasons 2016 wasn’t as bad as you think

December 31, 2016 by  
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It’s been a turbulent year for people everywhere, but we are determined to keep sharing stories that highlight what is good and right with the world. From the 105-year-old woman from India who started planting trees because she couldn’t have children, to two teens in Bali who convinced their government plastic bags simply aren’t worth the harm they cause, and the the man who turned an ordinary van into a slick mobile film-making studio, drastically improving his quality of life, we’ve published several inspiring stories this year. Here are nine that seemed to strike a particular chord with our readers – let us know which one moved you the most. [poll id=120]

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6 sustainably crafted cocktails for New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2016 by  
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Start 2017 off right by serving up one of these sustainably-made cocktails on New Year’s Eve . We’ve got drinks perfect for dinner, hot beverages to keep you toasty, and even cocktails for the morning after to help you recover. Whatever your flavor, check out these 6 great cocktail recipes and make them with organic and local ingredients for a more sustainable New Year’s Eve. HOT SPICED WHISKEY CIDER Stay nice and toasty with some hot spiced cider mixed with whiskey. Choose organic apple juice and whiskey or pick your favorite batch made nearby. This recipe from Joy of Kosher takes you through the steps to make your own spiced cider, but no one would judge you if you used pre-made cider. Image © Ralph Daily COWGIRL KISS The Cowgirl Kiss is a signature cocktail at the Highwest Distillery in Park City, Utah made with their locally produced Vodka 7000. See the cocktail made on etté studios using vodka, pomegranate juice and sparkling wine for a super classy drink perfect for NYE. WATERMELON-SHAPED JELLO SHOTS Who doesn’t enjoy a good shot at the year’s best party? Clossette gives a great DIY tutorial for how to make jello shots that look like little watermelons using fresh limes. For a vegan version, check out this recipe at Vegan Baking . ROSEMARY GIN FIZZ A sophisticated take on a slow gin fizz, the rosemary gin fizz has a clean, crisp and wintery taste. This recipe by Sassy Radish mixes gin with a rosemary simple syrup that is sure to be the belle of the ball. WHITE SANGRIA WITH POMEGRANATE Make a bubbly and fruity white sangria with a dry organic wine and in-season pomegranates. Replace the Sprite/7-up with the same amount of club soda plus 1/4 cup of organic cane sugar. Recipe by I’ll Have What She’s Having . MORNING AFTER BLOODY MARY On New Year’s Day, you might need some hair of the dog to get you through the effects of your end-of-year celebrations. Bloody Marys, like this one from Over the Hill and on a Roll , provide that kick and sustenance in the way of veggies and tomato juice. Pick organic veggies and vodka for a healthier remedy. Lead image via Shutterstock

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How one family thrives in the Arctic with a cob house inside a solar geodesic dome

December 31, 2016 by  
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Life inside the Arctic Circle is by no means easy, unless you’re a Hjertefølger. We first heard about Benjamin and Ingrid Hjertefølger four years ago when they began building Nature House , a three-story cob house wrapped in a solar geodesic dome . Located on the island of Sandhornøya in northern Norway , the ultra-green home was designed to enable the family of six to eek out a sustainable existence despite challenging climatic conditions – they even grow most of their own food. Inhabitat recently caught up with the Hjertefølgers, who have now lived in their home for three years, to learn about their challenges and victories. The Hjertefølgers, which translates to Heartfollowers, live in Nature House with their four children – they’ve added one to their number since Inhabitat last wrote about them . After constructing their cob home topped with one of Solardome’s single-glazed geodesic domes with the help of friends and neighbors, the family moved in on December 8, 2013. Related: Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle “The house works as we intended and planned. We love the house; it has a soul of its own and it feels very personal. What surprises us is the fact that we built ourselves anew as we built the house,” Ingrid Hjertefølger told Inhabitat. “The process changed us, shaped us.” The family had to design their home with extreme temperatures and wind in mind. It’s impossible to grow food in the dome in winter – Hjertefølger said there are three months without sun at Nature House – but the design does enable the family to grow food five months longer than they could outside. They grow apples, cherries, plums, apricots, kiwis, grapes, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, squash, and melons. Growing their own food is just the beginning of sustainable living at Nature House. Hjertefølger said all of their grey and black water is reused for fertilizing and watering the plants they grow. The family composts food scraps. They make sure to use clean, biodegradable household products, as elements in those products could end up in the food they eat. The home will have a long lifespan too – Hjertefølger said cob “lasts forever if you keep it dry,” and as their dwelling is always covered with the glass dome, it hasn’t been worn down by weather. She also said there’s no need to paint or even maintain the cob structure’s walls. Improvements could be made to the house, but for the most part the family seems incredibly satisfied with the design. “If we were to build a new Nature House, the ideal thing would be double glass on the green house so that we could have a tropical garden and no dripping in the winter,” said Hjertefølger. “But that is a bit unrealistic because it is very expensive with all that glass.” She also said they’d like to make a few changes to how the plant beds are set up “to get more usable space and better placement for different plants.” Overall, though, the family says they thrive inside Nature House. “The feeling we get as we walk into this house is something different from walking in to any other house,” Hjertefølger told Inhabitat. “The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness. It is hard to explain. But it would have been impossible getting this feeling from a house someone else has planned and built for us, or a house with corners and straight lines.” + Nature House Images courtesy of Ingrid Hjertefølger

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Lumberjill hacks stylish bench out of a felled tree trunk

December 30, 2016 by  
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When the designers from Practice of Everyday Design were looking for a unique seating option for a client, they threw out the conventional design process and turned to a professional lumberjill to carve out seats on a reclaimed felled log . Hacked out of pure brute strength and surgical precision, the deep notches on the log were then covered in beautiful red upholstery hand-sewn by a local motorcycle seat maker. Now that’s what we call true artisanal furniture. The bench was a one-off concept piece that the designers had in mind for a specific client. Without relying on drawings or measurements, designers David Long & Antoine Morris came up with an abstract idea to turn a simple log into a physical and functional sculpture . Related: Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture They began their material search by contacting the City of Toronto to find out the best places to find local felled wood . After checking out the options at the various tree graveyards and tree nurseries, the team went with a rough log that matched the general dimensions they were looking for. Enter the professional lumberjill, who, working on little-to-no specifics, instinctively used her axe (at competition speed, no less) to strip off the tree bark and hack out three seating spaces. The carved spaces were then covered with a hand-sewn upholstery by a local motorcycle saddle maker, essentially creating a truly one-of-a-kind, reclaimed wooden bench . + Practice of Everyday Design Via Yanko Design

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