Armstrong Flooring company has reached a milestone via its On&On Recycling Program: The company has recycled more than 100 million pounds of post-consumer flooring materials, and kept 50,000 tons of materials out of landfills. “Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency and that is exactly what our On&On Recycling Program does. It diverts material from the landfill and reduces resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole lifecycle,” said Amy Costello, Sustainability Manager, Armstrong Flooring. “The On&On Recycling Program enables our products to have lower environmental footprints while supporting our commitment to circular economy principles and closed-loop manufacturing.”
A collaboration between a renewable oil producer and a UK-based plastic recycling specialist is seeking to “revolutionise the way that plastic waste is treated around the globe”. In mid-August Teesside-based ReNew ELP and Finnish refinery giant Neste signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see both companies work together to capitalise on the value of waste plastic as a raw material feedstock for the production of liquid hydrocarbons, chemicals and new plastics. In Europe, around 27 million tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste is generated each year. Approximately a third is currently collected for recycling, with the remainder either landfilled, incinerated or dumped, polluting vulnerable ecosystems.
Burberry burned $37.8M of its own clothing to keep it out of the “wrong” hands. Second-hand fashion reseller ThredUp called out their environmental irresponsibility in an open letter offering to sell Burberry overstock and donate proceeds to an environmental charity.