Check out our top 5 sustainability finds this September!
1.Unilever innovates with alternative recycling
Yet another plan to reduce plastic pollution! By the end of 2020, all Magnum (part of Unilever) Pint tubs in Europe will be produced from post-consumer recycled material. An ice-cream first.This is possible through the development of an advanced recycling method, in collaboration with chemical manufacturing company, SADIC. The innovative recycling process transforms low quality, mixed plastic waste into a resin that has the same characteristics as virgin food-grade resin. Here, plastic pollution is prevented – as waste that would most likely end its life in landfill, can instead be reused infinitely.
2.Plastic Expiry stickers
We love the creativity of this one – an expiry date sticker not just for food but also for single-use plastic? Genius. A fact of the matter is that plastic that is not reused or recycled can take 500-1000 years to break down – these plastic expiry stickers highlighted this to consumers. Thought up by advertising creatives Gagandeep Jhuti and Joe Foale-Groves, thousands of these stickers appeared on single-use plastic items throughout London, Birmingham and Manchester back in January
3.Novamont Food Scrap Recycling Truck Game
With food waste being a global sustainability issue, Novamont has launched an educational game that aims to teach children the environmental benefits of sorting food waste.
During gameplay, users learn to sort food waste from litter, as well as drive a recycling truck as it collects food scraps for composting. There is also an informative ‘Compost Activity Lab’ where children can learn all about composting, vermicomposting and more. Novamont’s new game highlights the importance of education in the journey towards a sustainable future.
4.Quorn carbon footprint labelling
As a brand already focused on sustainability, Quorn launched carbon footprint labelling in April. The carbon footprint data is currently available for the top 30 products online and is set to roll out on packaging later this year. Certified by the Carbon Trust, the ‘farm to shop’ carbon footprint data informs consumers of the considerably lower environmental impact of Quorn’s meat-free products. This highlights the trend of sustainable consumers, who are increasingly interested in and concerned with their impact on the environment.
5.Banana plant waste transformed into packaging
An interesting recycling innovation. In November 2019, UNSW researchers in Australia were inspired by the banana industry – where 88% of the plant is discarded. Banana plant waste can be treated in a lab, creating nano-cellulose – a high value material for packaging. Shopping bags and trays have been made so far, though the applications can go further. The material proves non-toxic and can be composted and recycled – breaking down in soil after six months and able to be recycled three times without property changes. So, if the banana industry gets onboard and the process is invested in and upscaled – the packaging industry could welcome a new sustainable material.