Beach plastic audit in the Philippines reveals which businesses are the worst polluters

September 26, 2017 by  
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1.88 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic litters the Philippines every year. Greenpeace Philippines and the #breakfreefromplastic group decided to clean up some of that junk at Freedom Island, and discern the businesses most responsible for the pollution . Nestlé topped the list, followed by Unilever and Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora. The Philippines is the third worst polluter of Earth’s oceans , according to Greenpeace. They spent a week cleaning up the beach and performing an audit, which they said was the first one of its kind in the Philippines. There, the organizations picked up 54,260 pieces of trash. They found single-use items like plastic straws and bags, and trash like footwear and styrofoam. Related: Could France-sized ocean garbage patch become 196th nation? Most of the garbage included sachets, small plastic parcels used largely in developing countries allowing people with low-incomes to buy quality products . But the single-use sachets typically make their way into landfills and the ocean instead of being recycled . In order, these are the companies most responsible for plastic pollution at Freedom Island according to Greenpeace: Nestlé, Unilever, PT Torabika Mayora, Universal Robina Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Nutri-Asia, Monde Nissin, Zesto, Colgate Palmolive, and Liwayway. Greenpeace called for companies to rethink packaging and delivery practices. Greenpeace Philippines campaigner Abigail Aguilar said in a statement, “They could for instance practice extended producer responsibility where companies substitute non-reusable and non-recyclable products with new systems, such as refillables – prevention instead of end-of-pipe waste management …Citizens are burdened with the social and environmental impacts of plastic waste, rather than those that are responsible.” China is the worst ocean polluter. Greenpeace cited a study which found Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam join China and the Philippines in the top 10 countries with the most poorly managed plastic trash. All that garbage is costing them; the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation estimated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region, the cost to fishing , shipping, and tourism industries was $1.2 billion. + Greenpeace Philippines + #breakfreefromplastic + #plasticpolluters Images © Daniel Müller/Greenpeace

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The simple way big brands can evangelize recycling

June 8, 2017 by  
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Why consumer packaged goods giants General Mills, Kellogg’s, P&G and Unilever are using How2Recycle label.

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No funds for that project? It may be time to ask the crowd

June 8, 2017 by  
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As crowdfunding matures, startups experiment with niche sites focused on sustainability.

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Engaging the C-suite to reach global goals

February 13, 2017 by  
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Novozymes and Unilever are among companies embedding the U.N. SDGs into their business practice. Here are their strategies.

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Risk, the data revolution and life post-Paris for CDP’s supply chain program

October 13, 2016 by  
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Ahead of a first-of-its-kind analysis of how businesses are integrating sustainability in supply chain operations, CDP’s program lead weighs in on lessons from members like Unilever.

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Does your brand conserve water? Make that count with consumers

October 13, 2016 by  
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Good water deeds by business could offer customers something to aspire to, according to a new survey.

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3 ways the market could end Amazon deforestation

March 11, 2016 by  
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As companies such as Walmart, Nestlé and Unilever vow to combat deforestation, a few key actions would make an outsized impact.

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To rethink the future of plastics, start with packaging

February 23, 2016 by  
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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation shares a bold vision with Ikea, Kimberly Clark and Unilever. As You Sow wants brands to step up more.

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How open data can help electrify India — and the world

February 23, 2016 by  
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Better information infrastructure could be a first step to bringing power to the 300 million people who lack electricity in India alone.

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ConAgra, Albertsons, Sodexo join fight to halve food waste

September 18, 2015 by  
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Some 252 food producers and restaurants have committed to reduce food waste. Along with green giants such as Unilever, they include 7-Eleven and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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