New recyclable packaging concept for Feneberg’s minced meat: 36 tonnes of plastic per year saved

Good News Notes: “Feneberg Lebensmittel GmbH, a successful retail chain from Southern Germany, demonstrates in an impressive manner the opportunities that arise from questioning existing concepts and breaking new ground. This family business now uses an innovative packaging solution by Schur Flexibles for its self-service minced meat products by the Feneberg in-house butchers: the recyclable…

Google lays out plastic-free packaging goal for 2025

Good News Notes: “Apple’s decision to exclude a charger in the iPhone 12 box has unsurprisingly sparked some controversy but it also ignited discussions around sustainability in the mobile world. True to its image as being a trendsetter, there are already speculations that other manufacturers like Samsung will eventually follow suit despite statements to the…

Super Enzyme That Eats Plastic: Better Ways to Recycle

Good News Notes: “A newly discovered ‘super-enzyme’ could finally mean effective recycling of plastic bottles and other materials, scientists say. The plastic-eating bacteria can digest plastic six times faster than current methods of chemically breaking it down. Scientists first discovered one enzyme several years ago, and the new “cocktail” replaces a previous version that had less…

Woolworths’ New Recyclable Meat Trays Uses 75 Percent Less Plastic

Good News Notes: “With a focus on reducing plastics, Woolworths is focused on sustainability. The company has introduced recyclable paper meat trays. Woolworths will use the trays for its Specially Selected and Grass-Fed beef ranges. The new tray has 75 percent less plastic than prior packaging, which equals a 2.2-ton reduction in plastic yearly. In…

Why McDonald’s Sweden just got rid of its balloons

Good News Notes: “ McDonald’s in Sweden is more different than you might expect. The menu at “Donken,” as the fast-food restaurant is nicknamed there, has items you won’t find in American McDonald’s, including the McFalafel and the McVegan burger, with a side of sweet potato fries and truffle dipping sauce (via Insider). Another thing…

How Amazon is using machine learning to eliminate 915,000 tons of packaging

Good News Notes: “Amazon’s 2019 Climate Pledge calls for a commitment to net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040. Since then, the company has reduced the weight of their outbound packaging by 33%, eliminating 915,000 tons of packaging material worldwide, or the equivalent of over 1.5 billion shipping boxes. With less packaging used throughout the supply…

A New Kind of Plastic Could Be Recycled Indefinitely

Good News Notes: “Scientists say they’ve developed a kind of plastic that can be recycled an unlimited number of times. Usually, the recycling process takes a serious toll on the quality of plastics. But New Scientist reports that the new material, PBTL, can be broken down and remolded into something new that’s just as high-quality as the original…

5 simple ways to reduce plastic waste in the workplace

Good News Notes: “1. Perform a waste audit The best place to start when you want to reduce the plastics in the workplace is doing a waste audit. This type of check helps you determine the types of waste generated, as well as the volume and the sources. Once you have an inspection, you now…