Burger King Debuts Reusable Packaging Program

Burger King Debuts Reusable Packaging Program

Burger King recently announced a new renewable packaging partnership with Loop, a “circular packaging” service that aims to create a “closed-loop” system of washable and reusable packaging in the food industry.

Why This Matters: The United States has one of the worst recycling rates of any developed nation, recycling only 50% of the packaging used.

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What I’ve Learned From Baking Bread

What I’ve Learned From Baking Bread

By Scott Nuzum For many of us, the last six months have had dramatic impacts on the way we think about time. Before Covid-19, many of us felt as though we never had enough time. But in the months since the pandemic struck many of us now face the opposite challenge—namely, how to fill those […]

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The Added Pollution Potential of PPE Waste

The Added Pollution Potential of PPE Waste

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on human health, the waste produced by our response to it is posing immense risks to the health of our environment as well,  Talib Visram reported for Fast and Company. According to Visram, the “flood of PPE could cause immediate […]

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Heroes of the Week: The People Left Cleaning Up

Heroes of the Week: The People Left Cleaning Up

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, there have been countless heroes who have emerged to take care of the sick, protect the healthy, and ensure that our society functions as best as it can in extraordinary times. But some of our lesser-acknowledged heroes are the people who are cleaning up our waste and sanitizing our hospitals and […]

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NYC Nowhere Near Zero-Waste, Despite Mayor’s Pledge

NYC Nowhere Near Zero-Waste, Despite Mayor’s Pledge

Nearly 5 years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged New York City would send zero waste to landfills by 2030, in part by scaling up an aggressive composting program to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich soil. It’s now 2020 and the city is nowhere near meeting the mayor’s stated goals. 

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Trudeau Announces Canada Will Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021

Trudeau Announces Canada Will Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021

The government of Canada announced this week that it will ban many single-use plastic items by 2021 and also plans to make companies that manufacture or sell plastic products take responsibility for recycling their plastic waste.  According to CBC News, the government is likely to follow the European Union, which voted last March to ban plastic items for which market alternatives exist — such as single-use plastic cutlery and plates — and items made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags.

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