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In an economy obsessed with growth, we must find a way to reduce consumption

There’s a reason reduce is the first R in 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.'

PET is not to Blame for Recycling Plant Fires

Today's guest blog is courtesy of NAPCOR. The original post can be read here.

As NAPCOR continues to make progress in proactively shaping the narrative about PET on one front, we also take a strong defensive stand against stories that clearly don’t get it right.

Unfortunately, we find ourselves in this position all too frequently. Memorably, last November the Washington Post ran the story of Alaska Airlines’ switch to boxed water. The decision was based on a deeply flawed LCA study that was not compliant with ISO standards and tailored to produce a specific desired outcome. In situations like this—when all plastics are treated alike in the media, or when the positive attributes of an alternative packaging material are exaggerated—PET takes more of an indirect hit. In the case of Alaska Airlines, we responded with truths outlined in

Greenpeace vs Recycling: What Wasn't Said

Today's guest blog is authored by NERC board member Chaz Miller. The original post can be read here.

Circular Claims Fall Flat Again is Greenpeace’s latest assault on plastic recycling. Not only does Greenpeace say it is failing now, they confidently predict it will always be a failure. Instead, we should phase out all single-use plastics and shoot for “at least 50 percent reusable packaging by 2030.” Greenpeace came to bury plastic recycling, not to praise it.

Needless to say, the report caused a ruckus. The press picked it up, with reporters repeating the report’s claims without bothering to fact check. Recyclers and plastics trade associations disagreed with it while anti-recyclers fervently endorsed it.

How a Washington initiative is creating a just circular economy

NextCycle's programs centered community voices from the beginning.

Worth it: Building demolition and reuse

Today's guest blog is authored by Suz Okie of GreenBiz Group. The original post can be read here.

Back in 2016, my grandmother’s charming, but outdated 1941-built home was being torn down. Making way for the modern trappings of new construction, its demolition — while distressing to my family — was not an uncommon fate.

Hundreds of thousands of homes in the U.S. are demolished each year, and building demolition accounts for more than 90 percent of the 600 million tons of construction-related waste generated in the country each year — a volume projected to balloon to 2.2 billion tons globally by 2025.

Considering my profession, it won’t shock you that I found discarding the materials that comprised my grandmother’s house — my mother’s childhood home — unappealing.…