The subject of “energy” never gets old in the state of Michigan. We’re surrounded by massive, powerful bodies of water, we pump natural gas and oil through pipelines that run beneath the Straits of Mackinac, and there’s an ongoing conversation about replacing coal plants with renewable source such as water and solar. Meanwhile, our energy infrastructure is aging and overburdened, making lengthy and vast power-outages more common.
At the heart of a circular economy is the reengineering of conventional linear production models so that value creation is decoupled from the consumption – then disposal - of finite resources. What was once considered waste becomes the feedstock for new processes. One way to drive this shift toward circularity is by designing renewable materials that can displace the use of sensitive or fossil-based resources.
The food and beverage industry is evolving rapidly, as are available packaging options. Innovation and adaptation have become a top priority as companies strive to provide greater product value and meet consumers’ evolving demands for packaging that is convenient to use, fit for purpose, and environmentally friendly. Some of the expected packaging trends and innovation we can expect to see in 2017 are described below.
Colgate-Palmolive and the Mars Agency’s “Turn Off the Water” campaign in Safeway’s Northern California stores was honored at the 2017 Effie Awards in the Single-Retailer Program: Supermarkets category. The campaign implemented a regional integrated shopper marketing program to inspire consumers to conserve water at home. Award winners were recently recognized at the prestigious North American Effie Awards Gala in New York.
With a growing population, food supply has become one of the greatest challenges of our time. Food production is increasing, but food waste is also growing at the same rate. In many market segments, the number of items that never even reach the end consumer is significant, being thrown out before consumption and causing a negative impact on the entire food processing chain. We know that food waste is a global issue, but many may not be aware of is the staggering reality of the volume of food that is wasted at the retail level.
The rise of the smart city will rely on the ability of stakeholders to collaborate, engage citizens and act on data. Partnerships are hard at work and planning is under way to overcome the legacy of siloed services, focus on integrated systems that will ultimately be more adept at delivering critical services, empower communities and elevate our quality of life.
As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s important to recognize how important moms are in our lives. They listen to us, support us, care for us, teach us and help shape us into the people we are today. Such incredible works deserves daily presents, but since that is slightly impossible for most of us, picking out the perfect present this Mother’s Day is the next best thing– and we know just how to find it!
Food waste is the third largest waste category in our landfills. Approximately 133 billion pounds of food from U.S. retail food stores, restaurants, and homes goes uneaten every year and ends up in landfills, according to data from the USDA. That’s nearly a third of all food produced.
To mark the anniversary of the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse, Fair Trade USA will launch a digital photo campaign called “We Wear Fair Trade” with its apparel partners Patagonia, Outerknown, Obey, Athleta and Prana, on Fashion Revolution Day, April 24.
The trade group, which provides the Fair Trade mark to products that adhere to a strict checklist of sustainable and ethical labor practices...