As we return to a new normal, industrial innovation is accelerating. A renewed focus on sustainability, the circular economy, and climate change is sparking innovation and powering transformational and technological change throughout the industrial sector. Resilience has been prioritized in the supply chain and throughout production operations. Digital leaders have now validated their strategies against the real-world challenges brought on by the pandemic, and are accelerating their innovation and transformation initiatives. Many companies supported ‘connected’ remote and frontline workers far earlier than they anticipated, and will now do more. Having seen the power of disruptive technologies to transform business operations and competitive strategies, improve resilience, reduce costs, and better serve customers, it’s full speed ahead.
The movement to ban single-use plastic in the US was gaining ground but fears of spreading the virus with reusable bags have sparked second thoughts.
Food manufacturer Nestlé has announced its commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025, with the aim that none of its packaging ends up in landfill or as litter.
As one the first major companies, Hurtigruten bans all unnecessary single-use plastic. Already by 2 July 2018, everything from plastic straws and cups, coffee lids and plastic bags will be removed from all Hurtigruten ships. The goal is to become the world’s first plastic free shipping company. Hurtigruten, we have focused on the problem with plastic pollution for years. There is a lot of talk about the impact plastic has on our oceans. But it’s time to take action. By getting rid of single use plastic on board all ships already by this summer, we will hopefully get others to follow. It is possible to act now, and the oceans do not deserve more hesitation, Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam says.
Tell your state legislators to support this bill that would reduce throwaway plastics by 75% by 2032, phasing out packaging and containers that can’t be recycled or composted.