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Switch to reusable cups? How to start…

Switch to reusable cups? How to start…

Want to switch to reusable cups? Here’s how to get started

Nearly 250 billion single-use cups are used globally every year — most of which end up in a landfill. The environmental, economic and social costs are mounting. Reusable cups are quickly emerging as a fundamentally better alternative to single-use ones, not to mention that converting 20% of the world’s disposable plastic packaging into reusables is a $10 billion opportunity. ​

And that’s just cups. Thanks to a new report by Closed Loop Partners, the path from conception to pilot and scale for a reusable and refillable packaging model — in this case the cup — has been spelled out to help you get started. Capture insights from the NextGen Consortium’s initial pilots with Starbucks and McDonald’s, done in collaboration with the innovative design firm IDEO.

How might a next generation fiber cup be designed? Could the design make it recoverable on a global scale and maintain the performance we expect from a cup? Here are some key takeaways from IDEO to keep in mind when designing a new reuse system.

Many headlines about reuse are still in pilot phase, but brands and retailers have to start somewhere. On top of designing a workable system — one that considers consumer demand and readiness, cultural differences and financial barriers — it’s important to remember that the humble cup is a primary touch point for brand engagement.

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Katharine Hayhoe: Tal about climate change

Recently, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Christian climate scientist, participated in an engaging interview with Jimmy Kimmel to spread the word that we need to talk about climate change. Locally, during All in on Climate Action Week, #KatharineHayhoe spoke in a sponsored event by #VillageBooks in Bellingham, WA. Her message of hope as a climate scientist is one we all need…

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New era of ESG and corporate citizenship

What is ESG? It’s the acronym for Environmental, Social, and (Corporate) Governance. Environment: Environmental factors include mitigation of the climate crisis or use of sustainable resources. Because of great concern for the health of the planet, more investors are looking closely at corporate environmental record and harm to the planet, and how companies are performing…

Climate plans in Washington’s largest cities

Climate plans in Washington’s largest cities

Climate planning is a priority. In the top ten cities in Washington State, see what’s happening. Cities and counties below are taking action. While not an all-inclusive list, this shows that planning and priorities are being set for climate action in Washington state. Bainbridge Island Climate Action Plan – October 2020 Climate Resiliency Plan –…

Switch to reusable cups? How to start…

Switch to reusable cups? How to start…

Want to switch to reusable cups? Here’s how to get started Nearly 250 billion single-use cups are used globally every year — most of which end up in a landfill. The environmental, economic and social costs are mounting. Reusable cups are quickly emerging as a fundamentally better alternative to single-use ones, not to mention that converting 20%…

Environmentalists and Dam Operators, at War for Years, Start Making Peace

Environmentalists and Dam Operators, at War for Years, Start Making Peace

Environmentalists and Dam Operators, at War for Years, Start Making Peace How are unlikely partners getting more clean energy from hydro-power while reducing the environmental harm from dams? The industry that operates America’s hydroelectric dams and several environmental groups announced an unusual agreement to work together to get more clean energy from hydro-power while reducing the environmental…

G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035 The days of the internal combustion engine are numbered. General Motors announced that it would phase out petroleum-powered cars and trucks, selling only vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions by 2035. The announcement is likely to put pressure on automakers around the world to make similar commitments….

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