Waste – Trash to Cash

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Fund for Teachers Grant Inspires Water Study in India, Engagement in Class

With a $5,000 teacher grant, an Earth Science teacher spent six weeks in India documenting the global water crisis to make sustainability relevant…
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4 Food and Beverage Packaging Trends to Watch For in 2016

For the food and beverage industry, 2015 was a year of bold commitments. So, as we look to the year ahead, what will…
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Shifting Plastics to a Circular Economy Could Generate Billions

Shifting to a circular-economy system for plastics could generate $706 billion worth of economic opportunity, according to a new report released by the…
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The Growing Ocean Plastic Crisis

Vast amounts of plastic are turning our oceans into a polluted, inhospitable mess, and without strong action by governments and companies, it could…
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4 Steps for Going Paperless: No Excuses

It’s true that there’s no magic wand you can use to make your documents disappear while simultaneously digitizing them. But like most things…
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Green Bins And Commercial Composting: What’s Working, What’s Not?

Commercial composting solves a myriad of problems in big cities: It reduces carbon emissions in landfills, creates jobs and businesses, and turns out…
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Not Just Bubble Wrap: Sealed Air’s Diverse Food Care Program

It's been more than a half-century since Bubble Wrap was created and we're still fascinated with it. Its creator, Sealed Air is too,…
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Upcycling: An Old Idea with Renewed Vitality

Upcycling isn’t new, but the term is. It’s a way of repurposing what we have, to create an even better or higher purpose…
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It’s Time to Rethink Restaurant Food Waste

A whopping 49 million pounds of food is wasted per day in full-service restaurants in the United States, according to a 2005 University…
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Food Waste Numbers Improve, Slowly

The Natural Resources Defense Counsel shocked the nation in 2012 when it released its report, 'Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40…
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Ford Turns to the Gecko to Solve Its Stickiest Recycling Problem

The automaker Ford Motor Co. is turning to biomimicry to solve a challenge that stands in the way of its recycling efforts. It's…
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Sealed Air Proves a Packaging Company Can Make An Impact

"I believe we no longer sell packaging," said Jerome A. Peribere, president and CEO of Sealed Air, "we sell increased shelf life." But…
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What to Do with Tons of Coal Ash? Vitrify Some of It, Sell the Rest

Every large coal plant is leaving behind millions of tons of ash that needs to be safely contained lest it leach into nearby…
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In Defense of Recycling and Common Sense

In his New York Times opinion piece from Oct. 3, John Tierney marginalizes the environmental benefits of recycling and waste diversion when he…
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PHA Bioplastic: The best possible use of food waste

How do you reuse a dirty, smelly waste material like the sludgy mess from industrial food production to create bioplastic? One team is…
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