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First, Design the System for Packaging Reuse

This guest blog is courtesy of the Reusable Packaging Association, and was originally posted on its website. The blog was written by Tim Debus,
President & CEO
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With systems design for a circular economy, packaging can be recovered for reuse and designed for optimal performance and impact.

There is a simple question to verify whether you are enabling a circular economy for your packaging.  Are you designing a packaging product for use in a system that achieves full recovery after each use?   Answering “yes” builds a circular model; answering “no” leads to a linear model.  And if you are unsure, then there is an open opportunity – if…

The Many Benefits of Composting

U.S. PIRG and Frontier Group collaborate on a report detailing best practices for municipal compost programs.

According to a report delivered earlier this year, “Only 326 towns and cities out of more than 19,000 nationwide offer curbside food waste collection.” And even that small number represents an increase of 65 percent in the past five years! In my hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont, I’m fortunate in that our local transfer station—Windham Solid Waste Management District—offers weekly curbside pickup of compost, “diverting approximately 104,000 pounds of compostable materials per month from landfills.”

A compost mountain, at Windham Solid Waste Management District, Vermont

Why…

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