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GfG CEA Retailer 1 Pager - Final - 3-16-19

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If you haven’t heard… Walmart announced new plastics recycling & waste reduction commitments, another wonderful step towards retail plastics waste reduction & sustainability … and another tremendous “opportunity” for the plastics supply chain to team up, collaborate, & innovate together.

That’s our specialization for 30 years at GearedforGreen. For those needing support with plastics recycling, certified PCR plastic raw materials, and plastics circular economy implementation to meet Walmart’s sustainability goal, GearedforGreen is equipped to support your needs.

How’s it going to work?

Walmart plans to leverage its massive private brand system, which uses an enormous network of suppliers, all of whom may need sustainability support to help implement and use recycled content plastic raw materials under the new Walmart goal.

Walmart announced it wants to use at least 20 percent post-consumer recycled content in all private brand packaging by 2025. The recycled content goal doesn’t single out just plastic, but separate source reduction goals are plastic specific.

THAT CAN BE A DAUNTING CHALLENGE FOR MANY BRANDS, MANUFACTURERS, AND PACKAGING SUPPLIERS…  FINDING THE RIGHT LONG-TERM STRATEGIC RAW MATERIAL SUPPLIER IS IMPORTANT! MANUFACTURERS SHOULD KNOW, USING RECYCLED CONTENT PLASTIC RESINS ISN’T THE SAME AS RUNNING PRIME RESIN. AT GEAREDFORGREEN WE SUPPLY SUSTAINABLE RECYCLE GRADE PCR RESINS INCLUDING OUR PROPRIETARY “BULK SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIAL SOURCING” PROGRAMS, AND WE HELP CLIENTS USE RECYCLED PLASTIC RESINS MORE EFFECTIVELY PROVIDING ON-SITE TECHNICAL, LAB, CUSTOM FORMATIONS, AND PROCESSING SUPPORT.

“The move by Walmart is designed to help get to the heart of the problem by focusing on the retailer’s private brand packaging, building upon existing efforts to reduce plastic waste in Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club operations, and encouraging national brand suppliers to set similar packaging goals,” Walmart stated in the release.

The packaging commitment was made during a Walmart supplier forum, and the company also encouraged its national brand suppliers – brand name products sold at Walmart stores – to also strive for similar packaging goals as part of Walmart’s Project Gigaton effort.

THESE GOALS MAY INCLUDE INTERNAL INITIATIVES SUCH AS – ZERO PLASTIC WASTE, SUSTAINABLE PLASTIC RESINS & RAW MATERIALS, PACKAGING REDESIGN AND LIGHT-WEIGHTING, CARBON FOOTPRINT MEASUREMENT & CERTIFICATION, FDA COMPLIANCE, ETC., AND ALSO EXTERNAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES INCLUDING SOCIAL SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS, OUTREACH, EDUCATION, AND MORE.

In the announcement, Laura Phillips, senior vice president for global sustainability at Walmart, described the effort as “another key milestone in our ongoing journey of working with our private brand and national brand suppliers” to increase product sustainability.

GEAREDFORGREEN HAS BEEN CONNECTING-THE-DOTS & CLOSING-THE-LOOP WITHIN THE PLASTICS SUPPLY CHAIN FOR WALMART AND OTHER RETAILERS ALONG WITH THEIR SUPPLY CHAINS FOR 20+YEARS! AS A PLASTICS CIRCULAR ECONOMY SUSTAINABILITY PROVIDER, GEAREDFORGREEN HAS PROUDLY HELPED CLIENTS RECYCLE MORE THAN 900M POUNDS OF PLASTIC WASTE BACK INTO NEW PRODUCTS.

THROUGH OUR PLASTIC FILM-BAG-WRAP CIRCULAR ECONOMY INITIATIVES, WE ARE USING A COMBINATION OF TECHNOLOGY-INNOVATION-COLLABORATION TO HELP RECYCLE MANY MILLIONS OF POUNDS OF POST CONSUMER PLASTIC FILMS-BAGS-WRAPS EVERY MONTH, WASHING-PELLETIZING-CERTIFIYING THE PCR RESINS USING THE NEWEST STATE OF THE ART RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES AND USING THESE “NOW SUSTAINABLE PLASTIC RESINS” TO GO RIGHT BACK INTO BRAND NEW PLASTIC PACKAGING, TO HELP RETAILERS ACHIEVE THEIR 20-40%+ PCR REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING RETAIL FRONT OF STORE BAGS, TRASH BAGS, CAN LINERS, E COMMERCE BAGS, AND MORE – CircularEconomy@Gearedforgreen.com     

Beyond 20 percent recycled content, Walmart stated its commitment to strive for its brands to use 100 percent recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging by 2025. The announcement also highlighted several separate waste-recycling-related Walmart projects, including the company recycling 151 million pounds of shrink wrap in 2017, providing an in-store film recycling option, offering alternatives to single-use products and more.

For assistance & support to meet-surpass Walmart’s new 2019 Plastics Sustainability Goals, contact GearedforGreen CircularEconomy@Gearedforgreen.com888-398 (GEAR) 4327 –  www.gearedforgreen.com  

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Circular Economies for all pages

Over the years we’ve worked on many different types of plastic circular economy programs for clients. We’ve helped retailers create their own internal “Demand” for their plastic waste by closing their own loops into products they use in operations. We’ve helped Plastic Manufacturers achieve zero plastic waste in their operations and create strategies to increase usage of “sustainable” plastic raw materials in their products to gain competitive & market advantages. We’ve “Connected” Eco Supply Chains for clients creating their own circular economies. We’ve helped Consumer Brands connect socially sustainable missions to raise awareness and connect stronger with consumers. We’ve helped distribution channels implement zero plastic waste initiatives to reduce cost and landfill impact and Packaging producers implement redesign, raw material & single use packaging recycling solutions to reduce their environmental footprint.

Each client brings exciting new opportunities to improve sustainability! One thing we’ve learned is there is No Cookie Cutter Approach to plastic sustainability and circular economies. Each client has their own unique goals, logistics, products, brand, supply chain and so on.

Creating successful circular economies is as much about Listening & Learning as it is about understanding Plastics-Polymers-Recycling-Technology, as it is about Innovation & Efficiency, as it is about Environment & Resources, and Passion & Persistence.

That said, we do have (5) Key Elements we integrate into every GearedforGreen plastic circular economy program for our clients. They are our Guiding Principles we integrate into everything we do.

We call it MIMIC

MIMIC is the Circular Economy Ecosystem we help create for our clients, following the natural ecosystem we live in today. We believe that plastic circular economies must focus equally on environmental, economic, and social sustainability in order to be effective long term. So we created MIMIC to ensure that all our efforts keep these principles in mind with everything we do.  MIMIC stands for Materials, Innovation, Money, Improvement,  Connection.

MATERIALS: Have a deep understanding of plastics, polymers and their physical properties, how plastics are recycled, technologies to recycle challenging materials, the supply chain of local regional recyclable collectors and processors, what recycled plastic materials can be turned into, and what materials can be reused instead of recycled. Maintain extensive expertise in sustainable raw material selection, including additives, engineering and tooling to enhance access and reuse of sustainable raw materials in manufacturing. Utilize science, measurement and certification to ensure the work we do positively impacts sustainability.

 

INNOVATION: Use our creativity & imagination to look beyond “business as usual “ to help create strategies that truly improve economic, environmental, social brand value over and above “price per pound”. Be forward thinking when constructing circular economies to improve performance, increase efficiency and speed to market. Utilize innovation to enhance and connect internal & external sustainability. Access consumer market data to create competitive differentiation.

 

MONEY: Circular economy sustainability is as much about “money and value creation” as it is about environment. If sustainability doesn’t cause economic benefit, its not sustainable long term. Focus equally on economic, environmental and social value creation, including bottom line, top line, brand, stakeholder value, and shared-leveraged-stabilized supply chain value.

 

IMPROVEMENT: Even before we’re done implementing plastic circular economy solutions, “Continual Improvement” strategy is required. Change is the only constant, so we balance the use of today’s newest technologies, materials, resources & circular economy methodologies while staying flexible, relevant and proactive to utilize newest & future shared practices, resources and technologies.

 

CONNECTION: Circular Economies are all about connecting, collaboration, teamwork & transparency to help our clients and their supply chains improve sustainability “together”. Connecting the supply chain facilitates shared resources & best practices along with communication to educate, raise awareness, and increase sustainability with supply chain partners, stakeholders, customers and consumers.

 

To learn more about plastics sustainability, recycling, zero plastic waste solutions, raw materials, packaging solutions, circular economies, social partnerships, eco apparel and uniforms, and MIMIC our five elements to create successful plastics circular economies, contact GearedforGreen – Daniel Schrager, President, GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR)4327, email to circulareconomy@gearedforgreen.com, or visit www.gearedforgreen.com  

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Most Plastic Films & Bags including grocery bags, shopping bags, retail bags, Stretch Wraps, and Shrink Wraps are primarily made using #polyethylene based plastic resins, generally #lowdensitypolyethylene, #highdensitypolyethylene, #linearlowdensitypolyethylene, or blended #polyethylenes.

In all cases, polyethylene films & bags are 100% recyclable. Polyethylene is a “Thermoplastic” material and nearly all thermoplastic materials can be recycled because their polymer chains have been specifically designed to weaken rapidly during the recycling melting process, turning into a viscous liquid that can be reshaped into all kinds of new products, including new films, bags and even rigid plastic materials too.

 

When it comes to plastic film & bag waste,

their are typically three (3) primary categories of plastic waste…

1. Industrial waste – that is waste generated in the manufacturing process which is generally cleaner and easier to recycle.

2. Commercial waste – that is waste generated after use but in tighter supply chains such as between manufacturing & distribution which is often still contaminated.

3. Consumer waste – that is waste generated after use by consumers which is generally more contaminated with both (plastic and non plastic contaminates) and more challenging to recycle. 

The challenges in  recycling Industrial Plastic Waste  is that in many cases, the plastic waste contains heavy inks and possibly coatings which limit how much of this waste can be recycled back by the manufacturers. Also, these plastic typically are printed with “branded” content making certified destruction a requirement. GearedforGreen helps solve these challenge by using specialized technologies and by ensuring the plastic waste is recycled at facilities that track the certified destruction process.

Commercial & Consumer film and bag recycling  comes with many additional recycling challenges, including much heavier degrees of (plastic & non plastic) contamination that must be removed prior to recycling. GearedforGreen helps solve these challenge by using sophisticated eco-supply chain film and bag recycling technologies including proprietary washing, screening, re-pelletization systems that remove a much greater % of contamination, producing a far more “pure” grade of recycled plastic resin that can be reused back into a wider more broad array of applications that can absorb the greater volume. 

Another significant challenge in managing Commercial and Consumer plastic film and bag sustainability initiatives is managing the supply-demand dynamics as well as long term pricing dynamics. This is because the quantity and volume of commercial and consumer plastic film-bag waste is enormous, and in order to solve this issue longer term, we must utilize indexed pricing that links the value of scrap with the value of resin so that they both rise and fall together over time along with normal market conditions, to maintain a longer term value proposition for both waste generators and resin buyers in the supply chain.

 

Whether you generate plastic film and bag waste or would like to use recycled resins in you products, Gearedforgreen can help GUIDE you implement a successful long term plastic film and bag recycling initiative. In 2019 Let’s get Sustainable Together. 

 

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