LCA Studies show Compostable Products may not be as Green as You Think

    Recent studies highlight that compostable products may not be the best answer for the environment. The composting process requires oxygen and, for the most part, landfills are sealed, airtight — and therefore oxygen-free — containers within the ground. "Since landfill conditions are generally anaerobic [i.e., without oxygen], these materials do not 'compost'; instead they either persist or break down anaerobically," Peter Canepa, a life cycle assessment specialist with the Department of Environmental Quality in Oregon

    Life cycle approaches to be a focus area at UNEA4

    Since it was created in the Rio+20 conference back in 2012, the UN Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. With a universal membership, UNEA is now composed of 193 Member States.

    FSLCI Publishes Circular Economy Vision Workshop Report

    The FSLCI identified the need for a clear and internationally accepted definition of what constitutes a Circular Economy approach and this is what this report attempts to do. Drafted by the FSLCI the report has been reviewed and revised by a number of stakeholders. It is meant to be a starting point for an open discussion on the subject and feedback is welcomed.


    SSCI Public Consultation Opportunity

    The Consumer Goods Forum  is launching the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative:SSCI in order to promote good social and environmental practices in global supply chains by benchmarking and recognising third-party audit programmes and certification schemes. In order to show their commitment to providing transparency, they are inviting all stakeholders and interested parties to participate in the public consultation of the SSCI Benchmarking Criteria for social compliance schemes ahead of their official launch later this year.

    Entries for The Circulars 2019 – Open!

    The Circulars is the world’s premier circular economy award program that is created as an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Economic Leaders, in collaboration with the Accenture Strategy. It has started accepting applications as of 1st of August and will be receiving until the 30th of September 2018. Application is free of charge. The finalists will be determined at the end of 2018 and the awards will be hosted in the World E

    Can European pigs thrive on local feedstuffs like rapeseed meal and DDGS?

    Efficient use of local resources may improve the productivity, resilience and competitiveness of European pig production, says Wendy Rauw, research scientist, INIA in Spain.

    LCA and EPD help Fibercon win environmental award

    ALCAS member Fibercon won the award for Sustainability and Environment at the recent Concrete Awards in Queensland.  The award was given for their Emesh 100% Recycled Macro Poly used for concrete reinforcing. To ensure the quality and credibility of the environmental data, Fibercon published an independently audited Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). “The EPD was what we saw as a requirement, again because it was rigorous,” said Combe. “The harsh light of third party audit meant that we were being serious about what we wanted to do.”

    Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information Published by UN Environment

    UN Environment and the International Trade Centre recently released the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information, a global guidance document on making effective environmental, social and economic claims, to empower and enable consumer choice.

    The Guidelines offer value chain and public sector professionals clear guidance on making effective, trustworthy claims to consumers, on product-related sustainability information. They are applicable to all regions and companies of all sizes.

    PhD research position for the sustainable use of textiles, Chalmers University of Technology 

    A new PhD position is now open at Chalmers University of Technology for the sustainable use of textiles. The holder of this position will engage in environmental systems analysis and behavioural research in a unique research facility. The researcher will contribute to knowledge regarding the actual behavioural patterns of laundry users, compare the reported with actual habits, and attempt to influence them by various cues and nudging approaches.