This reusable ‘Origami Bottle’ folds to fit in your pocket

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Foldable, reusable packaging could accelerate the switch away from single-use plastics. If you push down on certain points on the new reusable water bottle called the Origami Bottle , the container collapses, folding up so it can easily fit in your bag or even squeeze inside your pocket. The design makes use of a unique geometrical structure that’s sturdy when unfolded—and holds 25 ounces of water—but quickly transforms when empty, with the aim of helping reusable packaging compete with single-use plastic. Read Full Story

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These refill stations now sell reusable aluminum bottles for the same price as single-use plastic

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FloWater wants to get people in the habit of not buying plastic. As water refill stations become more common, consumer habits of carrying reusable bottles haven’t necessarily kept up. That’s why FloWater, a company that makes refill stations, is now beginning to offer a new type of aluminum reusable bottle next to its equipment—for roughly the same cost as premium bottled water sold in single-use plastic. Read Full Story

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Seventh Generation has a new line of plastic-free cleaning products—here’s where to find it

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The new cleaning arsenal—which includes hand wash, laundry detergent, and bathroom and kitchen cleaners—is nontoxic and doesn’t involve any plastic packaging. It’s a sad but true fact: When you clean your home, you often trash the planet. Many cleaners are full of toxic chemicals that are dangerous to both humans and the environment. And there’s the plastic involved: spray bottles, squeeze bottles, pump bottles, and more. Read Full Story

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This eco-friendly hand sanitizer kills germs and is plastic-free

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By Humankind’s multitasking hand sanitizer kills viruses, moisturizes your skin, and keeps single-use plastic out of landfills. Just over a year after it launched on a mission to eliminate excess packaging and single-use plastic from personal care products, by Humankind has made a name for itself with smartly designed items such as an all-natural refillable deodorant stick, a well-reviewed bar shampoo and conditioner, and just-add-water mouthwash tablets . Read Full Story

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Pepsi, Nestlé, and Bacardi are all using this new plastic-like packaging that’s compostable anywhere

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The plastic is made by bacteria and will break down in your home compost bin, a landfill, or even the ocean. A new bottle in development for Bacardi looks like ordinary plastic. But if it ends up in a landfill or the ocean—or a backyard compost bin—the material will completely biodegrade. Called PHA, or polyhydroxyalkanoate, the plant-based material will soon start showing up in all kinds of packaging on store shelves. Read Full Story

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Lego is replacing its clear plastic bags with recyclable paper

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The company wants its packaging to be sustainable by 2025, so the crinkly bags have got to go. If you buy a Lego set today, the toy bricks come packed in tiny numbered plastic bags. Every year, the toy manufacturer uses hundreds of millions of those bags. But the company is starting to phase out single-use plastic, with the goal of making its packaging sustainable by 2025—and those bags are a big part of it. Next year, it will begin rolling out an alternative, with bricks packed in Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper instead. Read Full Story

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Companies talk a lot about ending plastic pollution—but they’re not doing much to back it up

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A new report ranks companies based on things like packaging design, reusable material use, and investment in recycling. The highest score is a B–. Many companies failed entirely. For the past several years, the issue of plastic pollution—and how to fight it—has been a mainstay of corporate sustainability initiatives. But even as brands like Tide and Crest begin to experiment with reusable packaging , and as companies make pledges to improve packaging, no large companies are doing enough to solve the larger problem. Read Full Story

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This new running shoe is made entirely from plants

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Many shoes are starting to incorporate recycled plastic. But why use any fossil fuels at all when you can use all-natural ingredients? Shoes made with recycled plastic bottles instead of fossil fuel-based polyester are becoming more common . But a Dutch startup making running shoes argues that it’s better to start with plants. Read Full Story

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Evian’s new 100% recycled plastic bottle comes without a label

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The bottle, which has the brand name engraved onto the recycled plastic, is part of Evian’s effort to become fully circular by 2025. When a plastic bottle ends up in a recycling plant, the label attached to it usually isn’t recycled. That’s why a new bottle from Evian was designed to eliminate the label entirely, with the brand name and other details carved into the bottle itself. Read Full Story

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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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