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Monday, February 27, 2017
Dell Ships First Recycled Ocean Plastics Packaging in Its Industry
Dell announces the technology industry's first shipment of ocean plastics packaging, the result of an innovative, commercial-scale pilot program. Dell recycled plastics collected from waterways and beaches for use in the new packaging tray for its Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, building on Dell's broader sustainable supply chain strategy. In 2017, its ocean plastics pilot will keep 16,000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean. Dell will transition its award-winning XPS 13 2-in-1 to ocean plastics packaging beginning April 30, 2017. The company also will include educational information on its packaging to raise global awareness and action on ocean ecosystem health solutions, an area of shared interest between Dell, its Social Good Advocate, Adrian Grenier and the Lonely Whale Foundation. To help ensure the packaging does not end up back in the oceans, Dell will stamp each tray with the No. 2 recycling symbol, designating it as HDPE (which is commonly recyclable in many locations). Dell's Packaging team designs and sources its product packaging to be more than 93 percent recyclable by weight so that it can be reused as part of the circular economy. Source: Dell Inc., 2/22/17

Mardi Gras beads make a much bigger mess than you'd imagine
This article focuses on the life cycle of Mardi Gras beads. Source: Grist, 2/26/17

Friday, February 24, 2017
NASA's new efficient super computing facility will save 1.3 million gallons of water a year
The Electra system uses a fan technology that uses less than 10 percent of the energy of mechanical refrigeration systems in place at other supercomputing facilities. The system will save about 1 million kWh of electricity every year -- the equivalent of 90 households -- and 1.3 million gallons of water every year. Source: Treehugger, 2/22/17

Farming With the Power of Renewable Energy
This central Illinois farmer harvests the sun to use its energy on his operation. Source: Successful Farming, 2/23/17

Corporate Procurement Officers Say Sustainability Now Key Criteria For Purchases
Almost all procurement managers now look for sustainably-produced material in their purchases, according to a new survey -- which comes as analysis of corporate deforestation commitments shows a dramatic rise in disclosure. Also, companies that hopped early onto the sustainability bandwagon say it's paying off financially. Source: Ecosystem Marketplace, 2/10/17

Thursday, February 23, 2017
BIER Issues Results of 2016 Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study
The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) released their 2016 Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study, celebrating their ninth benchmarking report on key performance data within the industry. Findings of the study substantiate the beverage industry's ongoing efforts to better understand and reduce resource use on a global scale. Nineteen companies participated in this study, providing valuable quantitative insight for nearly 1,500 facilities across six continents. Source: Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, 2/23/17

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
GM, Steelcase see a web of opportunity in the circular economy
Slashing corporate waste and upping investment in reuse is a big market opening -- and one that could unlock new supply chain value and job opportunities at companies that can get out ahead. Source: GreenBiz, 2/21/17

Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Wisdom of Garbage
Researchers are digging into heaps of discarded food to uncover clues about why we throw so much of it away -- and how cities can cut the waste. Source: CityLab, 2/15/17

Gore to Phase Out Perfluorinated Chemicals, Develop New Waterproofing Coatings
Gore Fabrics says it will eliminate perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) of environmental concern from its products by 2023. Source: Environmental Leader, 2/14/16

Nanomaterials Guidance Under REACH Review
In a move that could affect US manufacturers and chemical companies that do business in Europe, the European Chemicals Agency is moving forward with nanomaterial guidance regulations. Source: Environmental Leader, 2/14/17

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