Unilever is seeking novel methods to recover and improve the recyclability of the plastic actuator. This is the device at the top of a aerosol packaging that when depressed, allows the product to be sprayed. It’s also commonly called a sprayer or button. Actuators are designed to make them difficult to remove for safety reasons, but when actuators aren’t removed prior to recycling, they end up in the metal recycling process and may not be recovered. They are also small and often made from multiple materials which further complicates recyclability. At Unilever, we’re completely rethinking our approach to packaging and we’re working hard to use less, better or no plastic. We’ve set ambitious goals to tackle plastic waste and halve the amount of virgin plastic we use in our packaging; collect and process more plastic packaging than we sell; ensure that 100% of our plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable; use 25% recycled plastic in our packaging.
Single-use items or disposable items are products and packaging that we throw out after only one use. These items are used for only minutes but their impact on our environment can last thousands of years. Even when these items are recyclable, we use up energy and our environment’s natural resources to produce these easily-avoidable items. Avoid first – What’s better than reusing or recycling an item? Avoiding it in the first place. Ask yourself, do you really need it? And if the answer is no, then avoid it.
There is an abundance of theoretical knowledge on the advantages of new disruptive emerging technologies such as blockchain, but it is much harder to prove the actual benefits in practice. In the next 3 – 6 months, a consortium made up of Circle Economy, Sustainable Finance Lab, Nederland Circulair!
National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures have launched a competition open to anyone that will focus on three strategic ways to address the growing issue of plastic pollution. National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures have launched a global search for innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s single-use plastic problem.
As the world’s population increases, farmers need to keep up with rising demand for their crops and livestock. But with climate conditions changing and resources becoming more precious, it’s critical for modern farms to seek innovative solutions that allow them to upscale their production without…
Leaders of the Collaborative Leadership Initiative (CLI) continue to pursue matters of protecting water, reducing waste and creating good jobs in an online conference, ‘Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach.’ CLI joins 12 Chiefs, 18 mayors and reeves from Southern Manitoba to work on issues surrounding water protection, waste management, economic development and the exploration of a circular economy in Manitoba. These leaders believe that all governments, municipalities, businesses and non-profits must work collaboratively to create a circular economy to improve the planet’s health.