Dove’s new deodorant comes in a refillable stainless steel case

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No more throwing out your plastic deodorant packaging when you run out. Now you just refill it. It’s part of the company’s pledge to cut its use of new plastic in half by 2025. A typical plastic deodorant stick ends up in the trash within months. A new alternative from Dove is designed to be kept for the rest of your life: The case, made from stainless steel, can be refilled with inserts that click into place. Read Full Story

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Recycled plastic is everywhere—and it’s harming the planet

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Recycled plastic won’t save the environment. I’m sorry to bum you out, but, yes, even your recycled plastic puffer is harming the planet. Over the past few years, recycled plastic has started showing up everywhere, from sneakers to garden furniture to kitchenware to clothing , as companies learned to reuse plastic from discarded water bottles. And it’s true that recycled plastic is better than new, petroleum-based plastic. But here’s the thing: Every time you wash or wear that puffer, microscopic particles of plastic are released into the water stream, poisoning fish —and when you finally throw it out, it will not biodegrade. Read Full Story

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This cleaning product refill service will help New York consumers ditch single-use plastic

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But the real selling point is offering low-income consumers a way to eliminate the “poverty tax,” where smaller sizes cost more by weight. Now you can get just as much as you need—for a set price per ounce. Inside a laundromat in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn, it’s now possible to buy standard cleaning products like Pine-Sol without having to buy a whole new container. Instead you’ll be able to bring your old container back, and refill it yourself. The location is one of the first to pilot a new system from a startup called Algramo. Read Full Story

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When you’re done with these skincare products, you return the empty packaging to be reused

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Ace of Air, from former Revlon CMO Stephanie Stahl and supermodel Petra Nemcova, is trying to tackle the problem of plastic waste in the beauty industry. Packaging is crucial to the beauty and personal care industry. It’s how a brand catches your eye on a drugstore shelf and keeps its products safe and sealed from contaminants. Unfortunately, a lot of that packaging is also plastic: In 2019 alone, the U.S. beauty industry produced more than 8.1 billion units of rigid plastic packaging, according to market research firm Euromonitor International, the vast majority of which is not recycled. A new beauty and wellness brand, called Ace of Air, aims to challenge this waste by operating with an entirely circular business model. After using up your Ace of Air moisturizer or serum, you can just ship the packaging back to the company to be sanitized, refilled, and used over and over again. …

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The plastic industry is using the coronavirus to fight plastic bag bans

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Bag bans that were supposed to go into effect have been halted in several states as the plastic industry plays up fears of infection from reusable bags (but doesn’t mention anything about infection from plastic ones). As the groundswell against single-use plastic has grown, a recent study about the new coronavirus could lend more ammunition: The virus, SARS-CoV-2, can live on plastic for two to three days , versus 24 hours on cardboard. (Another study that looked at related viruses, SARS and MERS, found that some lived on plastic as long as nine days.) But the plastic industry is also using the coronavirus crisis for the opposite reason, to argue that public health requires us to overturn bans on single-use plastic bags at stores. Read Full Story

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Coke’s newest bottle is made from paper

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The company is testing alternatives to replace the millions of tons of plastic it uses every year. In a year, Coca-Cola uses around three million metric tons of plastic packaging, much of which isn’t recycled. While the company works to use more recycled material, increase recycling rates, and test new models such as refill stations that rely on reusable bottles, it’s also beginning to test alternative packaging—including a new paper bottle that will roll out for a test run in Europe this summer. Read Full Story

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This mutant enzyme eats old plastic and spits out the materials to make it new again

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Recycling plastic is very hard, but not for the enzymes found in bacteria from landfills. French startup Carbios has developed a mutated bacterial enzyme that can almost completely digest old plastic bottles in just a few hours—helping turn the material into the chemical building blocks to make new plastic . The company has been working with the enzyme in its factory, but now the idea of digesting plastic is getting a boost from the scientific community: A recent study published in Nature validates that the process works. Read Full Story

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Sorry, stainless steel. Samsung has a flashier vision for your kitchen

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Samsung is imagining your home to be full of modular, customizable, colorful appliances. The refrigerator of today is a wall of gleaming steel, sparkling like a robot from some 1950s sci-fi TV show. But Samsung has a different vision for the future of your kitchen. Samsung imagines your fridge as a blocky, Piet Mondrian painting. You can choose the size and shape, and even the color, to perfectly match your walls. And this customization won’t just be applied to your fridge. All of your appliances, from your dishwasher to your air purifiers, will soon be elevated to furniture status. Read Full Story

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The plastic-free cleaning company that brought you soap in milk cartons now has six delightful new scents

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Now you can be plastic-free and smell as good as the nature you’re saving with Cleancult’s new scents. If you’ve ever looked for a more sustainable way to clean your countertops or your dishes, we hope you’ve heard of Cleancult . The gleefully branded DTC company makes nontoxic household cleaning products, bottled up in glass bottles and infinitely refillable from paper-based milk cartons . It’s pretty cool. Read Full Story

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This zero-waste body wash comes in packaging that dissolves in your shower

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Get in the shower with a packet of body wash, come out with nothing. Look on the back of your plastic bottle of body wash and the first ingredient you’ll likely see is water—but for a new body wash by personal-care brand Plus , you add the water yourself to a dehydrated square that, once wet, turns into foam. Instead of being packaged in a plastic bottle, that body wash comes in a sachet made of wood pulp that you can drop on the floor of your shower when you’re done. It will completely dissolve down the drain. Read Full Story

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