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Rob Michitsch

Posted Mar 02, 2019

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It is more environmentally friendly (less resources, energy) to create a plastic bag versus a paper bag. However, we really only have infrastructure in place to capture and recycle paper bags. What then is the proper... Show More
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Kim Ragaert
Ghent University
Replied May 30, 2019


perhaps relating to the topic’s original question: depending on geographical location, there are available systems to collect and recycle foil (back to foils)

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Michael Knutzen
Ubuntoo LLC
Posted Mar 01, 2019

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I just came across the following article: Do you... Show More
Tommy Bledsoe
MBA Student
Georgia Tech
Replied Nov 15, 2019


@joefiddelman @ben.hollerbach

Reusable packaging models are also in existence in the US too. Check out Limeloop and Terracycle’s Loop program. Remains to be seen whether this will scale long-term but it is encouraging to see this taking place now

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Shelbi Shelbi
Posted Mar 01, 2019

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United by Blue and Sole have collaborated to create what they are calling the most eco-friendly shoe in the world. It boasts recycled cork soles, fibers made from discarded buffalo fibers, and in soles made from algae... Show More
Caleb Armstrong
Replied Oct 10, 2019


I like the idea behind these shoes a lot and how everything that is used in them is either recycled or organic. They look nice and comfortable. Might have to check out a pair of my own.

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Peter Schelstraete
Posted Mar 01, 2019

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Recently there has been a flurry of articles, outlining to what extend recycling in the US is broken, as a result of China’s ban in plastic waste imports. Examples: NYTimes:... Show More
Hendrik Steckhan

Replied Nov 01, 2019


Personal anecdote related to this subject:
I’ve just put in a couple of hours of web search and phone calls to understand specifically what to put and not to put into my blue recycling waste bin in Fulton County. After glass bottles and beverage aluminum cans it gets quite ambiguous and confusing very quickly.
Maybe it’s just me. But if I’m like the average person, and Fulton is like the average county, there appears to be a large upside opportunity in providing homes with much clearer instructions. Which would lead to a more valuable and less contaminated mix of blue bin contents. Which could bring by significant productivity gains along the recycling value chain, I suppose.

Carlos Diaz-Acosta

Posted Feb 28, 2019

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I have looked at this topic from an academic and research perspective. However, creating a close loop were these materials end up in a composting facility or in an anaerobic digester is a whole different ball game.... Show More
Eric Naas
Replied Oct 10, 2019


To add onto the biodegradable packaging, a supermarket in Thailand started using banana leaves for their packaging. In this way, grocery shopping becomes much less dependent on plastics between packaging and transportation of the goods. Maybe a transition into natural items would be a beneficial idea to run with as far as packaging of food and other items.

Mike Schultheis

Posted Feb 27, 2019

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I was involved in looking for bio-renewable chemicals for certain applications. One of the challenges was that renewable feedstocks were many times being developed for fuels markets in the US because they are... Show More
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Willemien Veele

Replied Apr 05, 2019


I know in Europe they are opting on a so call Subisidy for Materials (SDM) instead of Subsidy for Energy (SDE). But this is the big dillema! What has our highest priority? Resource for Energy use or Material/Chemical use?!

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