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Pillar 1 of Recycling 2.0: Begin With the End (Markets) in Mind
Pillar 1 of Recycling 2.0: Begin With the End (Markets) in Mind
In our previous post, we provided a concise overview of the 5 Essentials of a Highly Functional Recycling System. This post summarized the Recycling Partnership's latest comprehensive report on the gap between the current state of our recycling system and where it needs to be. For those needing a refresher,...
Chris Mauro • Feb 05, 2024
The Path to Recyling 2.0
The Path to Recyling 2.0
Backdrop: Recycling has taken a bit of a public relations beating in recent years, and it turns out, for several good reasons. While developed economies like the United States have robust waste management systems that do a great job of hiding the problem from view, the dirty underbelly of that...
Chris Mauro • Jan 22, 2024
Turning Off the Plastic Tap: The Role of SB-54 and Extended Producer Responsibility
Turning Off the Plastic Tap: The Role of SB-54 and Extended Producer Responsibility
It's hardly news that our global reliance on single-use plastics is a pressing problem. Since the 1950s, humanity has produced over 9.1 billion tons of this stuff, and more than half of that has been in the past decade alone. Today, the damage to our environment and our health is...
Chris Mauro • Oct 30, 2023
The Future of Foam | The Cruz Foam Packaging Breakthrough Has Arrived
The Future of Foam | The Cruz Foam Packaging Breakthrough Has Arrived
It's been a big week for Cruz Foam, the Santa Cruz, California, based company aiming to revolutionize the sustainable packaging world with their new earth-friendly alternative to foam products. Every year, an astounding 380 million tons of plastic waste is generated globally, of which over half is single-use. This startling...
Chris Mauro • Oct 09, 2023
Here are the Leading Industries on the Plastic Offenders List: And Your Next Move!
Here are the Leading Industries on the Plastic Offenders List: And Your Next Move!
For every person on earth today there's a ton of plastic waste that's been created. Sadly, that waste will outlast most of us for hundreds of years. But what's worse, plastic production is rising exponentially, because it's woven its way into the very fabric of modern life. As a result, our world...
Chris Mauro • Sep 25, 2023
5 Gyres Report | Why Simplifying our Understanding of the Plastic Pollution Crisis is Central to Solving It
5 Gyres Report | Why Simplifying our Understanding of the Plastic Pollution Crisis is Central to Solving It
Love it or loathe it, plastic has become a pillar of modern civilization. Its omnipresence today is no accident. Plastic is impressively adept at enhancing our lives. From toys to tech, cosmetics to cars, food storage to fishing nets, every industry imaginable has been transformed by the polymers we call plastics.  But...
Chris Mauro • Aug 15, 2023