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Sustainability stories from around the web
Coca-Cola has begun trialing a paper-based bottle prototype, “AdeZ”, in Hungary as part of efforts to reduce waste. Developed in partnership with The Paper Bottle Company, the product will feature a strong paper exterior, a thin recycled polyethylene terephthalate lining and a plastic cap. The drinks retailer is the largest plastic polluting firm in the world and has a plastic footprint of 2.9 million mt each year, and has committed to recycle 100% of the cans and bottle products it sells and eliminate waste entirely by 2030.
The Independent | 16 Feb
Majid Al Futtaim, the company overseeing Carrefour branches in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, will begin using IBM Food Trust to track food at Carrefour stores using blockchain. The programme will first focus on Carrefour's fresh chicken products and the company's microgreens, which are harvested in-store. Customers will be able to obtain product information by scanning a product's QR code using their smartphone. Changing consumer demands and the Covid-19 outbreak have led to a need for greater trust in food supply chains, claimed Majid Al Futtaim CEO Hani Weiss.
Gulf Business | 22 Feb
US plant-based meat substitute company Beyond Meat has secured major supply deals with McDonald’s and Yum! Brands, the owner of KFC. Under a three-year deal, Beyond Meat will supply McDonald’s with meat-free burgers as part of the company's developing McPlant line. The deal follows a trial partnership in which several McDonald’s outlets in Canada sold meat-free sandwiches during 2019 and 2020. The deal with Yum! Brands will see Beyond Meat develop a range of plant-based protein products for chains including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
Business Green | 1 Mar
Sargassum seaweed, which poses threats to marine habitats, is being converted into marketable paper pulp by the St Barths-based Sargasse project, in efforts to dispose of and repurpose the seaweed into a functional biomaterial. St Barths and other Caribbean islands have struggled with the ever-growing accumulation of the seaweed since 2011. The produced pulp carries the same cellulosic qualities as paper and can be further developed into cardboard. Sargassum is a form of micro-algae that can kill some species and pose risks to coral reefs. It also releases odorous gases when dried, which can induce headaches, nausea and respiratory difficulties.
Springwise | 14 Feb