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Author: Laura Nash

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Finding alternatives to single-use plastics, reducing our waste, and reducing our environmental footprint.
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56. Glowing Green Australia

56. Glowing Green Australia

2019-07-1001:07:53

Larissa Rose is the Director & Senior Environmental Consultant at Glowing Green Australia. She is a passionate advocate for environmental education, sustainability, renewable fuels, and environmental management across the country.  Larissa has spent extensive time advocating and engaging government, regional and rural communities, lecturing at universities and teaching at schools on the economic, social, health and environmental benefits of renewable fuels. She has led environmental education programs in Queensland schools, devised sustainability plans and environmental auditing for schools and companies nationally. Glowing Green Australia provides services for clients in environmental auditing, advisory for development approval applications, waste management plans, carbon impact assessments, sustainability plans, ecological reporting and facilitation and embedding environmental education programs into schools.Larissa has represented Queensland and Australia speaking on a numerous global conference stages from United Nations COP level, through to significant domestic speaking roles in Australia from public community forums to national conferences all within her respective knowledge themes. As Managing Director and Founder of the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA), and the Senior Environment Consultant and Director of Glowing Green Australia, Larissa is evidently committed to delivering outcomes for industry and offers her drive to succeed, her practical and theoretical knowledge and experience to her industries.
55. Bright Green Lies

55. Bright Green Lies

2019-07-0700:30:47

Filmmaker Julia Barnes joins the ZWC for another episode to talk about her new upcoming film, Bright Green Lies. Her last film, Sea of Life, took Julia around the world to point out the mass extinctions currently happening in our oceans. In her new film, Julia exposes the myths that solar and wind will save us from climate change. 
54. The Great Pivot

54. The Great Pivot

2019-07-0500:30:33

Justine Burt is the author of The Great Pivot: Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Sustainable Future and leads an environmental sustainability firm called Appraccel in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a climate optimist who focuses on implementing energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and waste prevention projects to reduce an organization’s environmental impact. The Great Pivot describes 30 sustainability projects in five areas – advanced energy communities, low-carbon mobility, the circular economy, food waste reduction, and nature restoration – that will create millions of meaningful jobs. Sustainable Brands is the first worldwide community of innovation and sustainability brands and organizations. ZWC attended SB19 Detroit and this is the eighth and final episode of the series. Music Credits: Open Those Bright Eyes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
53. Brambles CHEP

53. Brambles CHEP

2019-07-0300:30:17

This episode features Suzanne Lindsay Walker, Director of Sustainability North America at Brambles CHEP, a company that provides over 590 million pallets, crates and containers. The company specializes in the sharing and reuse of those containers, while taking part in a few other sustainable initiatives too.Zero Waste World is an innovative approach that brings all different kinds of companies together to eliminate physical waste, eradicate empty transport miles and cut out process inefficiencies.The Zero Waste World initiative is a working collaboration of multi-company coalitions and open innovation events to create smarter and more sustainable supply chains. There's a dual challenge of businesses needing to meet growing consumer demand faster, easier and cheaper, while simultaneously shrinking the environmental impact of their operations.Sustainable Brands is the first worldwide community of innovation and sustainability brands and organizations. ZWC attended SB19 Detroit and this is the seventh episode of the series. Music Credits: Open Those Bright Eyes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
52. World Wildlife Fund

52. World Wildlife Fund

2019-06-2700:33:43

From the World Wildlife Fund, Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President of Private Sector Engagement, Erin Simon Director of Sustainability R&D, and Linda Walker Director of Responsible Forestry and Trade sat down with Laura at the Sustainable Brands conference 2019 in Detroit to talk about their plastics initiative. ReSource: Plastic is a newly launched WWF activation hub to help companies realize their plastic waste commitments and turn those commitments into meaningful and measurable action. According to the WWF, as few as 100 companies can prevent 10 million metric tons of plastic waste! The WWF’s vision: No plastic in nature by 2030 – but that doesn’t mean completely getting rid of plastic.At the same time, Linda Walker is focusing on trade offs – ensuring we aren’t creating new problems when solving for one (i.e. solving for plastics with unintentional consequences for forests). Sustainable Brands is the first worldwide community of innovation and sustainability brands and organizations. ZWC attended SB19 Detroit and this is the sixth episode of the series. Music Credits: Open Those Bright Eyes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/About P&G’s Approach to Citizenship
51. Procter & Gamble

51. Procter & Gamble

2019-06-2100:27:541

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) serves consumers around the world with brands including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide.Virginie Helias, P&G's first Chief Sustainability Officer, joins the ZWC to talk about their forward-looking framework and innovative strategies to inspire responsible consumption for the five billion consumers served by P&G each day. P&G's products available with LoopSustainable Brands is the first worldwide community of innovation and sustainability brands and organizations. ZWC attended SB19 Detroit and this is the fifth episode of the series. Music Credits: Open Those Bright Eyes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Damien Perriman, Vice President, Specialty Products for Genomatica – a leader in bioengineering and naturally sourced ingredients – sat down with Laura at the Sustainable Brands ‘19 Detroit conference to talk about how fermenting sugars can replace fossil fuels in the plastics and skincare industries. New technologies are under development targeting textiles and fibers.Genomatica is leading the transition to more sustainable products for consumers with its safe and sustainable fermentation-based process technology – which is being used today to produce biobased ingredients for compostable plastic bags, coffee capsules, food packaging and a range of more natural cosmetic and personal care products.This episode is fourth in the Sustainable Brands Detroit 2019 series.  Music Credits: Open Those Bright Eyes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
49. The Vinyl Institute

49. The Vinyl Institute

2019-06-1100:26:05

Ned Monroe, CEO of the Vinyl Institute, joins the ZWC to talk about how his organization helps recycle 1.1 billion pounds of vinyl annually in the US and Canada. They work within target areas from the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, selecting arenas where the U.S. vinyl industry can make the most impact. The Vinyl Institute launched an aggressive initiative to advance the vinyl industry’s sustainability practices at SB’19 Detroit. +Vantage Vinyl commits companies in the vinyl value chain to annual sustainability goals in areas like landfill diversion, health and safety, and emissions. Oxy, Shintech, Westlake Chemical, Formosa Plastics, Sika, Chemours, Mexichem, and PolyOne have already signed on. About the Vinyl Institute (VI)The Vinyl Institute, founded in 1982, is a U.S. trade organization representing the leading manufacturers of vinyl, vinyl chloride monomer, and vinyl additives and modifiers. The Vinyl Institute serves as the voice for the vinyl industry, which encompasses nearly 3,000 vinyl manufacturing facilities, more than 350,000 employees and an overall economic value of $54 billion.  About the Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC)The Vinyl Sustainability Council is a self-funded council created by the Vinyl Institute in 2016 to advance the efforts of the vinyl industry as it addresses sustainability and related advocacy, communication, and technical issues in North America. +Vantage Vinyl is a collaborative initiative of the VSC dedicated to best practices and innovations for a sustainable world for current and future generations. This episode is third in the Sustainable Brands Detroit 2019 series.  Music Credits: Open Those Bright Eyes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
The ZWC travelled (sustainably!) to Detroit for the 2019 Sustainable Brands conference and Laura had the opportunity to sit down with Dimitar Vlahov, the Director of Knowledge & Insights for Sustainable Brands. Sustainable Brands is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, their goal has been to inspire, engage, and equip business leaders and practitioners who see social and environmental challenges as an essential driver of brand innovation, value creation, and positive impact.Dimitar and Laura discuss the highlights of Sustainable Brands Detroit 2019, the regrowth around Detroit, and sustainable legislation in Dimitar's home state of California.  Music Credits: Open Those Bright Eyes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  
47. Ocean Plastic & HP Inc.

47. Ocean Plastic & HP Inc.

2019-06-0500:27:11

Ellen Jackowski, Global Head of Sustainability Strategy & Innovation for HP Inc,  joins the Zero Waste Countdown at the Sustainable Brands Conference 2019 in Detroit to speak about her work in Haiti and HP's recycling program. Find out how HP is solving our ocean plastic crisis and creating jobs in the recycling industry through ink cartridge recycling that's saving millions of plastic bottles from entering the oceans every year, and keeping HP ink cartridges out of landfills. This episode is the first of the Zero Waste Countdown Sustainable Brands 2019 Detroit series. Music Credits: Open Those Bright Eyes Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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