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Measuring Success in Energy, Emissions, Water and Waste

At Sappi, we measure our performance to improve our environmental and social responsibility
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Circularity in Action at Matane

Sappi Matane Mill is working to reduce fossil fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions
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The Matane Mill produces its own biogas from raw process wastewater using anaerobic reactor technology. In this process, anaerobic biomass transforms organics in the raw wastewater (mainly sugars) into methane gas.

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ReSource Plastic Member Companies Eliminated More Than Half of Their Problematic Plastic From 2018-2020; Waste Infrastructure Posed Challenges to Increasing Recycled Content

WWF’s Transparent 2021 report details where major companies are making progress toward addressing the plastic waste crisis
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WASHINGTON, December 8, 2021 /3BL Media/ - A new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) finds that Principal Members in the organization’s ReSource: Plastic program – Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald's Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, and The Coca-Cola Company – cut their use of problematic plastic[1] by 57% between 2018 and 2020.

The Virtuous Circle: Partnering Across the Value Chain for Sustainable Homes

by Yifu QI
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All too often, people think that once something has been thrown away, it ceases to exist. A century of that “out of sight, out of mind” mentality has left our planet fighting for its life. Decades of ‘throw-away’ culture have filled our oceans with plastic waste; it’s estimated that soon they will contain a ton of plastic for every three tons of fish. Meanwhile, in the US alone, greenhouse gas from landfill is responsible for well over 100 million tons of CO2 equivalent.

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All too often, people think that once something has been thrown away, it ceases to exist. A century of that “out of sight, out of mind” mentality has left our planet fighting for its life. Decades of ‘throw-away’ culture have filled our oceans with plastic waste; it’s estimated that soon they will contain a ton of plastic for every three tons of fish. Meanwhile, in the US alone, greenhouse gas from landfill is responsible for well over 100 million tons of CO2 equivalent.

The Next Steps Towards a Circular Economy

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by Lydia Miller, Senior VP and Portfolio Specialist with Dana Investment Advisors 

The concept and acceptance of moving toward a Circular Economy have grown significantly in the last several years. While definitions vary, most focus on maximizing the value of materials, products, and other resources (i.e., water, energy) that circulate in the economy by maintaining them in the economy for as long as possible while also minimizing the consumption of materials and the generation of waste.

The Purpose of Business and the Circular Economy

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by Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle 

In college, one of my professors taught a popular theory of economics that a company’s sole purpose is to deliver profit to shareholders. Since then I’ve found that, yes, of course you want a company to be profitable so it can continue to exist. But the purpose of business to me is what it does — what service it provides, what product it makes, and how it helps people, society, and the planet.

At Scale Podcast: Revitalizing Recycling

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Recycling has not been the magical answer to the plastic waste problem. But new technologies and new materials might just change that. We talk to scientists who are developing new plastics, designers who are reimagining products for recyclability, and innovators who are out to redefine our relationship to plastic.

From Trendy to Trash—and Back Again

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Plastic is literally woven into the fabric of our lives; when we discard our clothes, we’re often piling on to the mounting plastic-waste problem. Host Audrey Choi talks to textile designers, manufacturers and recyclers who are trying to change the lifecycle of these essential products.

Pushing Past Plastic: How Brands Can Be Part of the Solution

Join leaders from Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo, Just Salad and more for the second edition of 3BL Forum: Brands Taking Stands – LIVE on June 2 at 1 p.m. ET.
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“Pandemic panic” is causing nearly 70 percent of people to turn to single-use plastic more, according to 2021 research from South West News Service.  

Today, as we look ahead to a post-pandemic future, the need for sustainable solutions to traditional single-use plastics has never been greater. The silver lining? From startups to multinational corporations, business has the expertise and influence to solve the plastic waste problem once and for all.

Leading the Way Towards a Plastic-Free Future

by John Burke, CMO at Bacardi
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At Bacardi, we’re sick of plastic – so we’ve swapped crude oil for seed oil to create the world’s most sustainable spirits bottle.

A lot of what you hear from brands about ‘sustainability’ sounds lofty but also vague. The word itself has been (somewhat ironically) polluted by fuzzy adverts that promise a better world yet deliver nothing concrete.  

Consumers are smart. To satisfy their desire for sustainable products, you have to do something tangible. 

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