Does cosmetic packaging need a makeover?






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Sustainable Cosmetics Summit

 

Cosmetic companies are making slow progress in reducing their packaging footprints. Although the cosmetics industry has become preoccupied with green initiatives, few steps have been made to tackle the environmental impact of packaging.

Organic Monitor (www.organicmonitor.com) research finds most developments are occurring in ecodesign, with many brands reducing packaging materials by changing design structures. The Brazilian company Natura Brasil is a frontrunner in sustainable design. Its recent launch of its mass market SOU brand epitomises the packaging trend. SOU skin care products are housed in flexible packaging that have 70 percent less plastic than rigid plastic containers of the same volume.

As will be shown at upcoming editions of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit (www.sustainablecosmeticssummit.com), most changes in packaging design are only leading to an incremental decrease in packaging materials. In some cases, any ecological benefits from less packaging material are offset by higher unit sales. More radical solutions involving materials are necessary to make significant changes to the packaging impact of cosmetic products.

Relatively few developments are occurring in packaging materials. Although some cosmetic brands are experimenting with sustainable materials like bamboo and wood, plastic packaging still prevails. High raw material costs and inadequate waste disposal methods give plastic packaging a very high environmental footprint. According to the OECD, packaging comprises over half of all household waste in developed countries, with plastics having most effect in landfill.

Plant-based plastics, once hailed because of their biodegradable nature, have yet to make headway in cosmetic applications. Some companies like Procter & Gamble are using hybrid polymers to overcome the limitations of bioplastics. Its Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion packaging is mainly made from biopolymers sourced from sugar cane.

Unilever is one of the few companies considering a packaging overhaul to address its environmental footprint. The Anglo-Dutch multinational introduced a new ‘compressed’ can for a number of its deodorant brands earlier this year. The deodorant cans are about a third smaller, reducing packaging material costs as well as transportation costs. However, few companies have managed to innovate with green packaging.

 

There are also calls for the cosmetics industry to take some responsibility for waste management. In Brazil, the cosmetics association ABIHPEC is working with municipal agencies to collect and recycle packaging waste. In the US, Tom’s of Maine has partnered with Teracycle to collect its packaging waste and use it in new product applications. A closed loop system whereby waste is used as raw materials is considered the way forward for many cosmetic brands taking the green road.

Sustainable packaging is a focal theme of the upcoming Latin American and European editions of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. Discussion topics include environmental impact of packaging, ecodesign innovations, novel packaging materials, bioplastics in cosmetics, and green packaging success stories; papers will be given by Natura Brasil, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Arkema, Selerant, Aptar, ABIHPEC and other organizations involved in sustainability.

 

Source: Organic Monitor

 

 

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PureCircle announces ambitious 2020 sustainability goals






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PureCircle, a leading producer and marketer of high puC - daily - PureCircle_logo.jpegrity stevia products, announced today that it has expanded its Sustainability program and set an ambitious 2020 goal to reduce carbon, water, waste and energy use across its supply chain from farm to sweetener.

These goals mark a significant commitment to making a positive impact on the food and beverage industry’s environmental footprint and helping to tackle the global obesity challenge. PureCircle’s efforts will enable a cumulative reduction of the food & beverage industries’:

       • Carbon emissions by one million metric tons by 2020
       • Water consumption by two trillion liters by 2020
       • Calories in global diets by 13 trillion by 2020

 

When setting these ambitious commitments, PureCircle drew from the industry leading work it has undertaken to measure its carbon and water footprint. PureCircle was the first in the stevia industry to measure and publish results of the carbon and water footprint from farm to sweetener.

 

In Fiscal 2012, it completed its second carbon footprint, which together with the 2011 study formed the basis for the 2020 goals. These goals show that PureCircle stevia has a significantly lower environmental footprint than other natural mainstream sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), beet and cane sugar) based on publically available benchmarks.

 

Building on the progress the company has already made to reduce its carbon emissions and water use, the 2020 goals layout PureCircle’s commitments to have zero untreated waste to landfill and support 100,000 farmers by 2020. PureCircle‘s own vertically integrated supply chain, allows for innovation and traceability from farm to final stevia ingredient.

 

Ajay Chandran, Global Marketing and Sustainability Director said: “It is PureCircle’s vision to lead the global expansion of stevia as the next mass volume natural sweetener that is grown, processed and delivered in a way that respects people and the planet. Our 2020 goals, published today, demonstrate this vision in action. Our customers and consumers can be assured of our long-term commitment to further embedding sustainability principles and practices across our integrated supply chain, which will result in improved products with a reduced impact.

 

“As the world’s largest stevia producer and supplier, we recognize the unique role we can play in helping the food and beverage industry to reduce its impact on the environment and tackle the global obesity challenge, with our goals articulating the significant role we can play in this respect.”

The 2020 goals serve as an important next step in PureCircle’s sustainability journey, following the company’s publication of its Sustainability Commitment in 2011 and first Carbon and Water Footprint in 2012.

 

To learn more about PureCircle’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, visit: http://purecircle.com/company/corporate-social-responsibility/our-2020-sustainability-goals







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Mohawk Recognized as One of the Greenest Organizations in the U.S.

At Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, every day is Earth Day.  

In recognition of Earth Day 2013, Mohawk announces it has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s national list of 100% Green Power Users list for the seventh year in a row.  Mohawk is ranked among other leading renewable energy purchasers including Intel, Whole Foods Market, Staples, the US EPA, Union College, and the Empire State Building.  Mohawk continues its membership in the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club which it has held since 2005.

“We are pleased to again be recognized by the EPA for our environmental and sustainable business practices.  As a paper manufacturer, we have always understood that our dependence on basic resources such as water, wood fiber, and energy creates a unique responsibility for environmental stewardship. We continually examine every aspect of our business with the objective of minimizing our environmental footprint in every way possible. Environmental responsibility is at the core of Mohawk’s ethos,” said Michelle Carpenter, vice president, Environmental and Energy Stewardship, Mohawk.

The EPA defines “green power” as renewable energy sources with the highest environmental benefits: solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, some biomass, and low-impact small hydro.  The 100% Green Power User designation means Mohawk purchases green power at a level matching 100% of on-site electric use, and reducing the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use.

Earth Day 2013 Initiatives
As a company, Mohawk will recognize Earth Day 2013 by encouraging employees to participate in the company’s third annual Earth Day clean-ups. Employees at all Mohawk locations will be encouraged to clean up community areas outside of their workplaces.

In addition, Mohawk will continue its support of charity: water via customer incentives on the company’s retail site.  Beginning on Earth Day, Mohawk will match all charity: water donations made during check-out. Customers currently have the option to donate $5, $10 or $20 – so all donations will now be doubled thru 4/30/13, courtesy of Mohawk.  For more information about charity: water, visit http://my.charitywater.org

Committed to a Cleaner, Healthier Environment
As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of recycled papers is certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Mohawk began participating in the Green Power Partnership with the company’s first windpower REC purchase in 2003.  In 2005, Mohawk began to match 100% of the electricity used in manufacturing operations with RECs.  This practice has continued to the present day. 

Mohawk is proud to be an environmentally and socially responsible business, and takes pride in the company’s numerous environmental partnerships and certifications, including longstanding alliances with:

Walking the Talk
Environmental commitment, social responsibility and corporate stewardship are woven into the fabric of Mohawk’s culture and business practices.

Mohawk’s management believes that business and industry have the creative capital and financial incentive to find innovative solutions to the most pressing environmental issues of our day: climate change, depletion of natural resources, and dependence on fossil fuels.

From simple activities like desk-side recycling, to designing and providing a unique Environmental Calculator on the company’s website, to complex decisions about manufacturing techniques, energy choices and vendor selection, nothing is left unexamined by Mohawk, a company that truly walks the talk when it comes to its environmental commitment.

For more information about Mohawk’s environmental and sustainable business practices, visit http://www.mohawkconnects.com/company/environment.

For more information on EPA’s Green Power Partnership, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/partner100.htm

ABOUT MOHAWK
Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail.  Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine and Strathmore, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell and i-Tone. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates and web-based software platforms, which connect designers and printers to new markets. 

As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of recycled papers is certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates Recognized by Environmental Leader Technology Reviews for Energy and Environmental Benefits

KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates, the company’s recently introduced solution for process-free thermal plate technology, received a stellar rating in the Environmental Leader Technology Reviews program. The panel of judges recognized SONORA XP Plates successfully combine a strong business value proposition with environmentally sound technology innovation.

      “It’s gratifying any time our industry peers recognize the efforts we’ve taken to create more sustainable, next-generation solutions for our customers,” said Rich Rindo, General Manager of Kodak’s Worldwide Graphics Marketing organization. “SONORA XP Plates provide a solution that enables our customers to incorporate new technologies that positively impact both their environmental footprint and their bottom line, while providing print capability comparable to mainstream processed plates. We’re honored to receive this ranking from Environmental Leader Technology Reviews.”

      Designed for commercial printers of all sizes, as well as large web publication printers, SONORA XP Plates offer a commercially sound and environmentally improved solution for printing a wide range of applications. With SONORA XP Plates, printers can increase productivity, simplify operations, and lower costs by reducing steps in the platemaking process. At the same time, SONORA XP Plates eliminate the need for processing and chemistry, thus reducing energy and natural resource consumption. These key attributes create a solution that provides equally important economic and environmental benefits for the commercial printing market.

      The Environmental Leader Technology Reviews is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits. Scores were determined by a panel of independent judges from leading companies (see notes below about the program).

      With today’s crowded playing field, energy and sustainability professionals have a notoriously difficult time knowing what products to choose to help their companies increase energy, environmental and sustainability performance. The Environmental Leader Technology Reviews program gives companies a solid base of products, vetted by experts, from which to choose.

      “The caliber of the entries was impressive, and truly showed the innovation taking place in the industry today,” says Paul Nastu, publisher of Environmental Leader. “The judges had their work cut out for them. It was a tough playing field for those that entered, and the products that scored 3.5 stars or higher are those that the judges say have viable attributes that set them apart from others in the field.”

 

About Environmental Leader

Since 2006, Environmental Leader’s website and daily email newsletter have provided the definitive and objective voice in reporting on business-related energy, environmental, and sustainability issues, while Energy Manager Today is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives informed about energy management news. For more information, visit www.environmentalleader.com or www.energymanagertoday.com.

 

About the Environmental Leader Technology Reviews program

The Environmental Leader Technology Reviews is a program that recognizes excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits. It is a five-star rating system designed to offer companies feedback and recognition. Third-party judges came from the following companies: GlaxoSmithKline, The Green Grid, ISS Facility Services, Legrand, LNS Research, New Belgium Brewing, Owens-Corning, PepsiCo, Petco, Staples, University of California, Berkeley, and Yahoo! Inc.

 

 

About Commercial Imaging

 

Kodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s intelligent technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com.

 

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An Innovative Way To Natural Beauty

An Innovative Way To Natural Beauty

Global warming and climate change are now major concerns for humanity and our natural environment, due to ever increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). Without Government regulations to enforce change industries and companies must take their own initiative to adopt more sustainable practices.

Organic Care is a hair care brand developed by Australian based Natures Organics P/L who has initiated the world’s first bio-pack in the hair care industry. Setting an industry benchmark with an innovative and environmentally responsible solution that took a shift away from crude oil based plastic bottles, into corn-based packaging. Natures Organics estimated it would prevent 300,000 kg’s of CO2 going into the atmosphere in the first year of Organic Care’s Bio-pack.

The future of Bio-Plastic will see the bottle either recycled for re-use, or being placed into green waste bins and taken to a commercial composting station. The degraded material will then be available for use in gardens and farms to grow new crops. Polylactic acid (PLA) is a technology that could replace many traditional polypropylene bottles that rely heavily on fossil fuels, which result in an estimated 3.4kg of CO2 for every kilogram of plastic. In contrast, the growth of plant material such as corn starch to sustain PLA production will generate a carbon filtration process, and support a new era in sustainable plastic production and the offset of CO2 emissions.

Organic Care demonstrates that there are alternatives available that reduce an environmental footprint, while not diminishing the quality of a product. Natures Organics is proud to be the first in the world to provide bio-packaging for hair care products with Organic Care.  At a time when consumers demand environmentally responsible products Natures Organics has responded with more sustainable packaging, a technology that deserves attention and support in today’s marketplace.

All products of Organic Care are BFAD approved and available in all Watson’s outlets – for more environmental tips and information, visit www.naturesorganics.com.

Gem T. Atienza

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Proper Understanding of Environmental Responsibility

Proper Understanding of Environmental Responsibility

The important roles of a huge business just like Coke and McDonalds are consists of energy preserving, lessen the resources from the suppliers and reducing waste. This is all part of their Environmental Responsibility. By this, they maintains the green living and economical means.

On a smaller scale, many individuals are choosing to go “green” as well. No doubt, plastic bags are unconventional, but they are eco-friendly and easy to recycle. Why not use it instead of plastic? Discarded food also helps in composting other than bulk of waste. By this process, surely the green environment will improve! Companies with a new building project are exercising more “green” awareness as well.

Coca-Cola claims, “Our commitments are focused where we have the most opportunity to make a difference’water stewardship, sustainable packaging, energy management and climate protection.” Over the years we’ve seen the efforts made by Coca-Cola to support these commitments. One example that quickly comes to mind regarding Environmental Responsibility is the huge reduction in using plastic for containing 6-packs. Although bottles are still packaged with plastic, cans are now sold 12 in a box. By making this one change, going from plastic to cardboard, thousands of animals are no longer being harmed.

Regarding Environmental Responsibility, McDonalds claims, “We’ve long recognized the value of minimizing our environmental footprint. It’s not only good for the world in which we operate, it’s a strong contributor to our long-term financial success.” McDonalds doesn’t want to be known for its negative impacts, but rather for the positive strives its making. As per McDonalds, they’ve avoided 300 million pounds of product packaging if they minimize the use of materials! What can you do then to protect yourself and determine if the business is practicing good health and safety, and the staff good personal hygiene? Wow!!!

Environmental Responsibility has no exemptions. Even small or a large group should implement it. Here are the 3 things that they need to understand:

Energy conservation. Finding ways to increase energy efficiency.

Sustainable packaging and/or waste management. Finding ways to reduce the amount of waste tossed out every day and the materials used for packaging.

Green building design. Finding ways of becoming more environment efficient when a new building project is being considered.

Truth be known, these three areas also apply to each one of as individuals. Don’t you ask yourself, “Should throwing a garbage can impact the environment”?” Does it really matter if I use a ton of pesticides?” It does matter!

Furthermore, businesses should connect to different corporations like Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund. These organizations can provide Environmental Responsibility awareness to businesses and can provide ideas for positive changes.

If you are the president or the executive of your company, you must implement an Environmental Responsibility. Whether it’s using a checklist, inviting an expert to come in and assess the positive and negative impacts your business has on the environment, or some other tool, you need to assess where your business is regarding Environmental Responsibility.

Download your very own construction environmental plan from Ensafe Planning Solutions. The plan is specifically designed for construction contractors who do not have sufficient time, money or knowledge to write up their own. It complies with current UK environmental legislation and can be quickly adapted to any site in the United Kingdom.

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“Inside Business Report” show to feature New Series: “Greening of America”

“Inside Business Report” show to feature New Series: “Greening of America”

The producers of Inside Business Reportare pleased to announce a special series, Greening of America, highlighting the multitude of ways Americans are becoming environmentally responsible. The show marries an unrivaled host, Fred Thompson, with a team of award-winning producers, and provides viewers new information that will impact their lives.

America’s capacity for leadership worldwide is undeniable.  On almost every level and by almost every measure, the U.S. holds a place of singular importance.  Unfortunately, our propensity for consumption has placed atop another, not-so-desirable list:  Despite possessing only 1/20th of the globe’s population, we nevertheless consume ¼ of its resources and materials.  We cannot, in good conscience, berate the Brazilians for clearing Amazon rainforest, or belabor the Chinese for burning coal, unless we undertake a leadership role in environmental causes domestically.

To that end, “Inside Business Report” series will explore the innovative approach Americans are taking to protect the environment.  We’ll speak with organizations and industry experts at the forefront of this green revolution, and we’ll discover eco-friendly products and technologies that benefit both our environment and society.

 

Topics for the “Greening of America” series include:

 

Sustainable Business Solutions for the 21st Century
Sustainable Technology Solutions for the 21st Century
Competitive Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry

 

The producers of Inside Business Report” are pleased to announce the launching of the “Environmental Impact Series”, focusing on ways to reduce our environmental footprint. The show marries an unrivaled host, Fred Thompson, with a team of award-winning producers, and provides viewers new information that will impact their lives.

Americans generate 251.3 million tons of garbage per year.  Since 1960, the amount of waste generated in the U.S. has nearly tripled.  Through our everyday choices and actions, we collectively have a significant impact on our world.

Consumers, corporations and governments are finding ways to reduce the human footprint.  At the point of purchase or use, consumers have the opportunity to consider a product, its packaging, how it is manufactured, whether it can be reused or recycled, and whether it is made from recycled materials. Once a product has reached the end of its functional life, consumers can decide how it will enter the waste stream.  Materials that are reused or recycled are diverted from landfills, and therefore the ideal option.

In this “Inside Business Report” series, we’ll explore the world of reusing and recycling materials, and the environmental benefits achieved.  With consumer demand being a powerful factor affecting the waste stream, industry experts and leaders will discuss the importance of thinking proactively about reducing our impact.

 

 

Topics for the “Environmental Impact Series” include:

Emerging Water Treatment Technologies
Essential Strategies to Meet Today’s Environmental Concerns
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Today’s Waste, Tomorrow’s Energy

“Inside Business Report” identifies business-to-business stories for television and Internet content, and educates viewers on a wide-variety of emerging concepts. As a powerful engine of change, “Inside Business Report” broadens perspectives, erases boundaries and opens up new avenues for progress. With fresh content interlaced throughout each series, viewers will gain insight on opportunities for their families, businesses, lifestyles, and financial futures. For more information, please visit http://www.ibreporttv.com/

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