The Future of Packaging: From Linear to Circular
Only 35 percent of the 240 million metric tons of waste generated in the United States alone gets recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This extraordinary collection shows how manufacturers can move from a one-way take-make-waste economy that is burying the world in waste to a circular, make-use-recycle economy.
Steered by Tom Szaky, recycling pioneer, eco-capitalist, and founder and CEO of TerraCycle, each chapter is coauthored by an expert in his or her field. From the distinct perspectives of government leaders, consumer packaged goods companies, waste management firms, and more, the book explores current issues of production and consumption, practical steps for improving packaging and reducing waste today, and big ideas and concepts that can be carried forward.
Intended to help every business from a small start-up to a large established consumer product company, this book serves as a source of knowledge and inspiration. The message from these pioneers is not to scale back but to innovate upward. They offer nothing less than a guide to designing ourselves out of waste and into abundance.
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Plastic Packaging and the Linear Economy
Where Did Public Recycling Come From and Where Is It Going?
The State of the Recycling Industry
Who Is Responsible for Recycling Packaging?
Recycled versus Recyclable
Designing Packaging for the Simple Recycler How MRFs Work
The Myth of Biodegradability
Designing for the New Consumer Abundance without Waste
Changing the Paradigm to Enable and Inspire Responsible Consumption
Value for Business in the Circular Economy
The Future of Packaging
Less Isnt Always More
But More Isnt Always Better
The Forgotten Ones Preconsumer Waste
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