Echo redesigns new Smarties range with 100% plastic free materials

Good News Notes: “Smarties’ plastic free commitments helped broaden Echo’s creative process to think outside the box while maintaining the playfulness of the brand and making it a learning experience for kids. “Following the launch of Smarties music creator in 2020, a physical and digitally interactive toy that enables children to create their own tunes,…

Emballator launches ‘100% plastic free’ monotube

Good News Notes: “Emballator has announced the pre-launch of its monotube prototype, which it says is made of 100% aluminium, as it looks for collaborators on the pilot project. The company claims that the monotube is entirely plastic-free, with the cap also being made from aluminium. As aluminium can be fully recycled, it says there is…

17-YO’s Startup Recycles 10 Tonnes of Plastic Everyday, Turning it into Fabric

Good News Notes: “In 2019, reports estimated that over 3.3 million metric tonnes of plastic wound up in landfills across India. However, to reduce the burden on the environment, Aditya Banger (17) a resident of Bhilwara, Rajasthan has started recycling plastic bottles, wrappers and covers to make fabric. “The process takes one or two days but the…

Limerick-Based 1930 Café Launches With Plastic-Free Lidless Coffee Cup

Good News Notes: “Limerick-based 1930 Café has launched its new coffee shop concept with a plastic-free and lidless takeaway cup as part of its initiative to tackle plastic pollution, including the huge volumes generated by plastic-coated coffee cups and plastic lids. 1930 Café recently opened adjacent to Lidl’s new store on Corbally Road, Westbury, Co…

Grove Collaborative is First with Plastic-Free Refillable Deodorant Pack

Good News Notes: “Dove did it. Secret and Old Spice did it. And now, sustainability-focused disruptor brand Grove Collaborative has done it. They’ve introduced a refillable deodorant system. But in Grove Collaborative’s case, the deodorant package—a cylindrical, aluminum “forever case”—is plastic-free, which is not the case, it says, with the packaging offered by its larger…

McDonald’s says nearly all its paper packaging from sustainable fiber

Good News Notes: “McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) said on Thursday it has nearly achieved its goal of sourcing all of its paper food packaging in restaurants from recycled or sustainable fiber. The Chicago-based global burger chain said in its annual sustainability report that in 2020 99.6% of the paper bags, food wrappers, napkins, cup carriers and other fiber-based…

Tesco Launches Loop Recycle Program in Stores

Good News Notes: “As British grocery store chain Tesco continues to grow its sustainability program, it has implemented a zero-waste packaging system at 10 of its stores in England. The Tesco program offered by TerraCycle’s reusable packaging platform Loop will include 88 products. The grocer says if the program is successful with consumers, packaging could…

New recyclable box announced for ‘iconic’ Ferrero Rocher range

Good News Notes: “The Ferrero Group says its “new eco-designed boxes” are the result of a partnership between its research and development team and materials experts atMilliken. As part of this collaboration, the companies apparently developed and trialled over 29 different plastic resins. According to the Ferrero Group, the final design will be made from…

Introducing Idealpak’s bioplastic product—sugarcane packaging

Good News Notes: “Bioplastics are plastic materials produced from renewable biological resources, such as vegetable oils, corn starch or sugarcane. Idealpak’s bioplastic packaging products are made from 100% biobased material derived from sugarcane. Instead of fossil-based materials, these products are sourced from 100% renewable resource—sugarcane. Their carbon footprint is lower than traditional packaging because sugarcane…

World’s largest carbon-capture plant Orca opens in Iceland

Good News Notes: “The world’s largest direct air carbon capture and storage plant has started operating in Iceland, run by Swiss company Climeworks. Named Orca, the plant sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and buries it as rocks deep underground, using technology from Climeworks‘ Icelandic partner Carbfix. Orca has the capacity to remove 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the…