Progress to 2020: Tackling resource use from all angles

A 3p Series in Partnership with Sealed Air

Resource efficiency is key to sustainability — whether we’re talking raw materials, design for reuse, carbon and other “externalities,” or unnecessary food waste. Sustainability and corporate responsibility are no longer “nice-to-haves.” They are business imperatives — and tackling resource use, both inside and outside your own four walls, will prove crucial for companies as we move through the 21st century. In this series sponsored by Sealed Air, we’ll take a fresh look at resources and how they are used. We’ll go beyond natural resources like air and water to look at how efficiency in raw materials can boost the bottom line and help the environment. We’ll also examine the circular economy and design for reuse — with an eye toward honoring those resources we do have.

On Food Waste, The US Could Learn a Lot from Europe

The U.S. tosses a staggering $161 billion worth of food every year. And while more Americans are talking about the problem, efforts to…

The New Plastics Economy: Thriving in a Plastic World

Plastic is the “key enabler for sectors as diverse as packaging, construction, transportation, healthcare and electronics," says the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. But the…

Limiting Waste, Conserving Resources

As the world’s most populous country with a rapidly expanding middle class, China has the potential to show the rest of the world…

Can the U.S. Halve Food Waste By 2030?

In 2015, the U.S. government targeted a national 50 percent food waste reduction by 2030, its first national food waste goal. Is it…

Packaging the Circular Economy: A Holistic Approach to Stuff

Much of today's circular economic thinking is stuck in the same old linear models: reuse, recycle, recover, dispose. It's time for a change,…

How Close Are We To a New Plastics Economy?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation sees much value loss as massive amounts of plastic, especially what is used for packaging, ends up in landfill.…

Thinking (and Acting) Big: Sealed Air’s Sustainability Report

You may not know Sealed Air, but chances are you've used their products often. The makers of bubble wrap and cyrovac food packaging…