Heinz to package ketchup in recyclable paper bottles

May 16, 2022 by  
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Food and beverage giant Heinz announced that it will be launching a new sustainable paper package for its ketchup . In partnership with sustainable packaging company Pulpex, the two will launch the world’s first ketchup packaged in 100% recyclable bottles. According to Pulplexc, the bottle will be made from wood sourced in a sustainable manner. Pulpex is the mind behind the all-paper packaging for Whisky brand Johnny Walker. The company says that they target to make all their packaging recyclable by 2025. In this line, they are working with different players to make it a reality. Related: Ford turns Heinz tomato waste into lightweight bioplastic for cars “We believe that the scope for paper-based packaging is huge, and when global household names like Heinz embrace this type of innovative technology, it’s good news for everyone – consumers and the planet ,” states Pulpex CEO Scott Winston. According to Winston, they also plan to use the technology for other products to make them all less polluting to the environment. Ideally, the company aims at cutting both land and air pollution . In this regard, they see paper packaging as a better alternative to plastic and glass bottles in regards to a carbon footprint. Heinz has assured its customers that the new packaging will not affect the taste of ketchup. However, they say that there are still works underway to ensure that the packaging does not affect the shelf life of products.  The recyclable bottle will be made available in stores soon. Even so, the company will not abandon glass and plastic packaging yet. In the initial trials, the company hopes to find out if the paper bottle will still favor the customary tapping at the bottom of the bottle to get ketchup out. Kraft Heinz already uses up to 30% recyclable materials in its packaging bottles. “Packaging waste is an industry-wide challenge that we must all do our part to address,” Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio said. “This new Heinz bottle is one example of how we are applying creativity and innovation to explore new ways to provide consumers with the products they know and love while also thinking sustainably .” Heinz joins a long list of other brands that are moving towards green packaging solutions. Kari-Out, a company that makes  takeout food packaging,  announced in March that it was shifting to sustainable solutions. Trader Joe’s also recently announced moving away from single-use plastic . With Heinz targeting to attain net-zero by 2050, the move is a step in the right direction. Via Daily Mail , CBS News , Fox2Now Lead image via Pexels .

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Earth911 Podcast: Gradiant’s Prakash Govindan on Making Industrial Water Systems Sustainable

May 4, 2022 by  
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Water is life. It is also one of the primary elements needed for manufacturing and,… The post Earth911 Podcast: Gradiant’s Prakash Govindan on Making Industrial Water Systems Sustainable appeared first on Earth911.

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First climate-positive, net-zero city in the world

May 2, 2022 by  
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Nexgen sustainable city is a masterplan from URB for a city in Egypt . It will become the world’s first net-zero city producing more energy and food than it consumes. The new city is designed to provide food, energy and water for its own residents and become an eco-tourism destination. Nexgen will be located in the eastern district of Cairo on a 580 hectare plot. Nine thousand housing units will be available for 35,000 residents of all income levels. The building project itself will create 10,000 jobs in food tech, clean energy, water and waste. Therefore, creating a circular green economy for the city. Related: Rivendell net-zero energy house optimizes solar energy Furthermore, Nexgen hopes to become a tourism destination in its own right. Meaning, not just for the sake of touring the green technology systems of the city. There will be a five-star eco-resort, glamping facilities, an eco-tourism visitor center and a nature reserve for land conservation and biodiversity. Medical facilities also aim to attract visitors from outside the city. They will include an autism village, a rehabilitation and wellness center and various other clinics. Baharash Bagherian, founder and CEO of Nexgen creator URB, helped design other sustainable cities. He aims with this new project to address food insecurity, which affects one in every four global residents. Thereby, Nexgen will include multiple systems for producing food locally and sustainably for residents. Solar atmospheric water generators will produce clean drinking water from air. Additionally, they will also address water security in a dry region. “The creation of the next generation net-zero cities that provide food, energy and water as security is no longer a choice, it has become a necessity,” said Bagherian. “Nexgen is the next evolution in sustainable cities that provide innovative multi-functional solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges whilst setting the highest sustainability standards for building resilient and livable cities.” + URB Images via URB

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Earth911 Podcast: Brian Ringer Introduces GetGreen Sustainable Living Coaching

May 2, 2022 by  
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Brian Ringer is the founder and CEO of Seattle-based Emerald Technology Group, which recently launched… The post Earth911 Podcast: Brian Ringer Introduces GetGreen Sustainable Living Coaching appeared first on Earth911.

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Train technology gets an eco-upgrade with Revolution VLR

April 18, 2022 by  
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The innovative Revolution VLR (Very Light Rail) passenger vehicle can help extend rail networks and reopen historical lines. With a lightweight bodyshell made using recycled carbon fiber, this eco-friendly travel option contributes zero emissions up to 20 mph. This sustainable train technology tackles multiple problems at once for rail networks. Here’s how it works. TRB Lightweight Structures worked with Transport Design International (TDI) to create a modular composite bodyshell for the interior and exterior walls. The lighter vehicle design means lower energy consumption, while still meeting rail industry safety standards and government decarbonization goals. Related: Stadler electric trains are on their way to Germany Molded carbon fiber and a recycled foam core comprise the modular panels. A polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA) bioresin derived from sugar cane was used as a sustainable alternative to phenolic resins. Eco-friendly technologies and materials combined to create the Revolution VLR Demonstrator car, which is 40% lighter than traditional heavy rail vehicles of similar capacity. VLR trains can run on both existing lines and lighter-weight track infrastructure. Lyndon Newman, Lead Engineer at TRB Lightweight Structures, said, “Our lightweight structural modular panels not only contributed substantially to a 16-tonne reduction in total weight, but were also obtained from a sustainable source. This will significantly contribute to government commitments to decarbonisation in transport.” Paul Salkeld, Design Director at TDI, added, “The team at TRB worked hard to create a lightweight, modular and standardised shape for the Revolution VLR’s body panels. This not only allows construction of a lighter vehicle, but also assists in the replacement of parts for general maintenance requirements, which is a key consideration for vehicle longevity, given a 30 to 40 year lifespan.” Revolution VLR features air conditioning and chargers for personal electronics onboard and can be configured in multiple ways for different uses on railway lines. Hybrid power packs reduce energy consumption by allowing the trains to run fully electric at low speeds. Lighter trains also mean less track wear and reduced maintenance costs. Each train car fits up to 56 passengers and can run up to 65 mph. The hybrid propulsion system combines a fully electric fast-charging battery mode with a diesel-battery system. The design’s regenerative braking also means that every time the train slows down, it recaptures energy to use for propulsion. + Revolution VLR Images via Revolution VLR Consortium

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Sustainable Agriculture Programs Driving Carbon Markets

April 18, 2022 by  
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Global food security and climate change are interconnected challenges. The results are in from over 540,000-acre North American sustainable agriculture pilot programs – and the experts on the ground, from Nutrien Ag Solutions, have a message to share.  Sustainable and productive agriculture requires whole-acre solutions and carbon markets play a role in the future of agriculture. This isn’t new, but it’s critical in feeding the world’s growing population with the same amount or even less resources.  However, the carbon market and protocols for agricultural systems remain immature and need to continue to evolve following a science-based and practical approach to scale the industry’s positive global impact. The pilot programs, working directly with growers, revealed challenges and opportunities in a complex web of where we are at and where we need to get to.  The path forward isn’t paved, it’s cultivated in collaboration, innovation and investment.   

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This sustainable kitchen remodel maximizes efficiency

April 15, 2022 by  
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A Mar Vista kitchen remodel by Sato Architects is showing how even tiny post-war tract houses can be made sustainable. The original 1,000-square-foot house home had never been renovated or updated. With a limited budget, Sato Architects transformed the kitchen by adding just 75 square feet and reconfiguring the nearby dining room and living room into an open concept floor plan. The completed renovation features all new finishes and appliances. The idea was simple but ambitious — create a new floorplan for the main living area and build a sustainable new kitchen all while employing best practices to reduce the remodel’s environmental impact. To achieve this, materials   were donated and reused as much as possible, and new finishes were selected for their sustainable attributes. Related: Pixie Retreat: Behind the scenes in a raw commercial kitchen Rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo , cork, and Kirei board were used throughout the project. Salvaged Kirei board makes up several accents and the locally-made cabinets. Meanwhile, the flooring features cork and bamboo. Each material’s durability and recycled content factored into decision-making. To conserve energy, windows and doors were replaced with dual-paned low-E glazing . With a small budget, the architects focused on areas with maximum environmental impact. Appliances and heating systems were also selected for efficiency, and LED lighting was installed. Richlite cladding made of recycled paper and resin on the exterior and high R-value insulation contribute to the project’s energy efficiency. The adjoining deck connects to overhangs to reduce solar gain, and the garden outside is all drought-resistant or edible. Each thoughtful feature pulls its weight as part of this remodel. Thinking about a sustainable renovation project of your own? Use the Mar Vista project as inspiration for creating a more eco-conscious space with efficient appliances, sustainable building materials and minimal environmental impact. Explore more about this project via Sato Architects. Additional images are also featured on Dwell. + Sato Architects Via Dwell Photography by Brandon Shigeta

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What is an access-based business model and how can it tackle waste and protect resources?

April 8, 2022 by  
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This sustainable business model could be extended to sell the function or performance of components and materials to manufacturers and that of minerals to material suppliers.

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Infographic: Sustainable Home Decorating Tips

April 7, 2022 by  
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If you’re furnishing your home or simply updating your décor, how can you do so… The post Infographic: Sustainable Home Decorating Tips appeared first on Earth911.

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Make takeout greener with these paper food containers

March 31, 2022 by  
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Kari-Out, makers of takeout food packaging containers, invested over $10 million in sustainable paper manufacturing to support their work greening restaurant leftovers. Kari-Out is a leading manufacturer, importer and distributor of paper , aluminum and recyclable packaging products for the restaurant takeout industry. The company’s largest investment to date will be used to expand manufacturing capabilities in Kari-Out’s specialty quality packaging facility in New York. That’s where Kari-Out’s popular food trays, eco box and eco earth paper food containers are produced.  Related: Notpla plant-based packaging is helping the world plastic problem “State-of-the-art machines with new die-cutting, folding and forming technology will allow Kari-Out to double its capacity for paper containers, producing innovative new shapes and sizes to accommodate the changing carry-out industry,” said Dominick Fontana, head of operations for Kari-Out. Furthermore, the investment will focus on six-color printing and photo processing for labels on the inside and outside of packaging . Moreover, Kari-Out formed a recent new affiliation with the U.S. Composting Council. They hope to better serve customers with eco-friendly compostable packaging. Currently, about 80% of all the food packaging the company makes is paper based, However, they will increase their output of sustainable products like the Eco Earth closed container. It is made from 100% recycled board and is both recyclable and compostable . Additionally, ramped up operational efficiency is also expected to reduce waste by five to 10%. + Kari-Out Images via Kari-Out

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