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The Plastic Bag Conundrum: A Brief History and Where We Are Now

Dive into the post below to learn more about the history of the plastic bag, measures that are being taken to help eliminate this type of waste, how COVID-19 has impacted plastic bag usage, and tips for saving plastic bags.

 

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Opening Up About the Environmental Friendliness of Packaging Materials

Product packaging requires a significant amount of raw materials, and now more than ever, we need to prioritize using efficient and sustainable packaging materials. In this post, we take a deep dive into the packaging industry to determine the eco-friendliness of common packaging materials and what major brands are doing to minimize their environmental impact.

From food wrappers, to Amazon boxes, to drink bottles, to toothpaste tubes, most of us don't realize the extent to which product packaging is built into our everyday lives. Product packaging requires a significant amount of raw materials, and now more than ever, we need to prioritize using efficient and sustainable packaging materials. In this post, we take a deep dive into the packaging industry to determine the eco-friendliness of common packaging materials and what major brands are doing to minimize their environmental impact. Continue reading to learn more!

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Update: Diving Into The Plastic Crisis

Since the 1950s, 9 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced, and today it's completely ingrained into our everyday lives: from the products and packaging that manufacturers use to the serious dependency consumers have for it. The rate at which we consume plastics has become unmanageable. This crisis has many people asking: what can we do to solve a problem of this scale? In this post, we dive into...

  Since the 1950s, 9 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced, and today it's completely ingrained into our everyday lives: from the products and packaging that manufacturers use to the serious dependency consumers have for it. The rate at which we consume plastics has become unmanageable. This crisis has many people asking: what can we do to solve a problem of this scale? In this post, we dive into the complexities of the plastic crisis, the actions being taken to help fight it, and the steps your businesses can take to join the fight.

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The Life Cycle Of Recyclables

In this post, we wanted to focus on the 'full picture' of recycling, so we created an infographic that details the series of events that occur during the life cycle of your recyclable materials - from generation, to consumption, to turning the recyclables back into new products.

  If you're a frequent reader of our blog, you know we like to include interesting recycling tidbits in our posts, like the fact that you can recycle an aluminum can, and after only 60 days, it will be back on a store shelf. Or for every ton of mixed paper that is recycled, 17 trees are saved. In this post, we wanted to focus on the 'full picture' of recycling, so we created an infographic that details the series of events that occur during the life cycle of your recyclable materials - from generation, to consumption, to turning the recyclables back into new products. Let us know what you think in the comments below and please share with your colleagues who would be interested in learning more about this!

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manufacturing: recycling challenges & opportunities

We created this post to help you understand the unique challenges involved with recycling in the manufacturing industry and what you can do to streamline your operations, increase diversion from landfill, and control costs.

  Manufacturing businesses in the United States generate an estimated 7.6 billion tons of waste every year. Simply put, waste & recycling for manufacturers should not follow a one-size-fits-all approach. Developing systems for managing the wide-range and high volume of waste materials can be rather challenging. We created this post to help you understand the unique challenges involved with recycling in the manufacturing industry and what you can do to streamline your operations, increase diversion from landfill, and control costs.

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The Lives of Recyclables

Have you ever wondered what happens to your materials after they have been tossed in the recycling bin? After collection, each material is set on its own path to become a new product. Learn about the recyclables’ journey from the recycling bin back to the shelf.

  Have you ever wondered what happens to your materials after they have been tossed in the recycling bin? After collection, each material is set on its own path to become a new product. Some materials can cycle through the process indefinitely, while others can only be recycled a few times before they lose their quality. Continue reading to learn about the recyclables' journey from the recycling bin back to the shelf.  

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Six Single-Use Plastic Replacements For The New Year

In many cases you can replace single-use plastics with reusable items. Read on to learn how to replace your single-use items with reusable alternatives in 2019!

  With a new year around the corner, you likely have resolutions for 2019 at the top of your mind. A simple but effective resolution for the new year is reducing your environmental impact by replacing single-use plastics. The average American discards approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year. Unfortunately, most plastic waste ends up in landfill and pollutes our environment because it is recycled at very low rates and does not biodegrade. In many cases you can replace single-use plastics with reusable items. Read on to learn how to replace your single-use items with reusable alternatives in 2019!

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Tips for Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Eliminating single-use plastics has become a hot topic – and for good reason. Check out our post that explains why reducing single-use plastics is important and tips for how to reduce it.

  If you've followed environmental news over the past two years, then you know that eliminating single-use plastics has become a hot topic - and for good reason. 300 million tons of plastic is produced every year and half of it is estimated to be meant for single-use purposes. Even though our plastic consumption is constantly increasing, a mere 9% of the plastic ever produced has been recycled. What happens to the plastic that isn't recycled? You probably guessed it - it's landfilled, incinerated or accumulates in the natural environment. Continue reading to learn more about why the movement to eliminate single-use plastics has become a global-effort, and tips for how to reduce it.

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Streamlined Solutions for Supermarkets

Every year, the United States throws out nearly 133 billion pounds of food, and supermarkets throw out around 10% of it. Learn how smarter collection systems can ensure the grocery industries materials are recycled efficiently.

  Every year, the United States throws out nearly 133 billion pounds of food, and supermarkets throw out around 10% of it. When businesses in the grocery industry don't have efficient recycling programs in place, their food waste becomes heavy and expensive to throw away as trash and can contaminate other materials when they're mixed together. In our post, we will uncover why the grocery industry sends significant amounts of recyclable and compostable materials to landfill, and identify how smarter collection systems can ensure their materials are recycled efficiently and correctly.

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