Weekly SDG News 2 Dec 2021

Weekly SDG News 2 Dec 2021
December 2, 2021 Uncategorized, Weekly SDG News 0 comments

A curated roundup of news impacting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Plant-Based Innovation

PR Newswire

PopSockets and Partnership for a Healthier America Join Forces to Increase Awareness of and Access to Plant-Rich Foods (1 December 2021)

  • Donations from sales of PopSockets’ ‘PopGrip Plant’ collection will provide families a minimum of 150,000 servings of fresh, high-quality produce through PHA’s Good Food for All program. Customers will also receive exclusive offers from innovative plant-based food brands to lower their “Foodprint”.


Vegan diets and farming – how can we create a sustainable agricultural future? (30 November 2021)

  • The message from many scientists and public figures – and one that the media has amplified – is that globally we all need to be consuming less meat and dairy, in order to have any hope of achieving climate targets.


Food Waste

USA Today

Meet the company converting organic waste into regenerative fertilizer (29 November 2021)

  • One company, SusGlobal Energy Corp. (SNRG), uses a sustainable and socially-responsible solution to convert that waste and help combat climate change, one that helps produce the wine from California we drink and the Florida oranges we peel and bite into.

Supply Chain

Millions going hungry due to supply chain food waste (30 November 2021)

  • Earlier this year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), sounded the alarm bells about how avoidable food loss is causing hunger for millions of people across the world. Now, a report by McKinsey says improved supply chains will be vital if hunger isn’t to become an even bigger problem.

Food Navigator

Do Good Foods creates closed-loop system to tackle supermarkets’ food waste issue  (24 November 2021)

  • As grocery chains step up their sustainability efforts, Do Good Foods is providing a solution for supermarkets to offload some of their food surplus by taking perishable foods headed to landfill (vegetables, fruit, meat, bakery items) and upcycling the food items into an animal feed ingredient for chickens, which will then go on to become the company’s first retail product: Do Good Chicken.


Plastic Waste/Circular Economy

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ellen MacArthur welcomes new Partners  (29 November 2021)

  • Ellen MacArthur is pleased to welcome six new Partners to the Foundation’s Network. Our Network is the world’s leading circular economy network — bringing together businesses, innovators, cities, universities, and thought-leaders to build a circular economy and scale solutions globally.

Waste 360

Reimagining Sustainable Agriculture with Innovation in Plastic Waste (30 November 2021)

  • “Reimagining Sustainable Agriculture through Innovation in Plastic Waste” recently explored challenges and concerns related to the use of plastics in farming, innovation opportunities and more.The webinar was hosted by be Waste Wise and featured Daniella Russo, CEO & co-founder of Think Beyond, in conversation with James duBois, senior manager of environmental sustainability at Driscoll’s, and Rich Uto, owner of Satsuma Farms.

Associated Press

REMADE Announces $33 Million in New Technology Research to Accelerate the U.S.’s Transition to a Circular Economy  (1 December 2021)

  • The REMADE Institute, a 132-member public-private partnership established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with an initial investment of $140 million, today announced $33.2 million in new technology research, selecting 23 new projects as part of the Institute’s latest round of funding.


Recycling Today

SABIC partners to create circular polymers from ocean-bound plastic  (29 November 2021)

  • Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has partnered with Malaysia-based Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd (HHI) to create certified circular polymers produced through the advanced recycling of recovered mixed and used ocean-bound plastic.

USA Today

Your plastic recyclables are getting shipped overseas, not made into shiny new products (28 November 2021)

  • We dramatically underestimate how much ocean-bound plastic waste we generate. Research shows recycling hasn’t slowed the deluge of plastic pouring into oceans. That’s partly because only 9% of the plastic produced ever gets recycled. Scientists estimate at least 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean annually.

The Conversation

The ocean is our greatest climate regulator. It must be a stronger part of climate policy and action  (25 November 2021)

  • The ocean is one of the Earth’s greatest climate regulators. It absorbs almost a third of emitted carbon dioxide and more than 90% of excess heat. But the latest scientific report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed the ocean may be nearing a tipping point.




Fashion Is Killing the Amazon Rainforest  (1 December 2021)

  • New research shows that what’s hanging in our closets is also contributing to the crisis in the Amazon. To create leather shoes, belts, wallets, and handbags, major fashion brands are working with manufacturers and tanneries that have links to deforested land.


Working together to protect nature (28 November 2021)

  • We’re joining forces with USAID, NASA, FAO, the World Resources Institute and Google to create a shared data ecosystem that will revolutionise how we monitor deforestation and restore nature.

NBC News

A climate change-resistant potato? Maine researchers are trying (29 November 2021)

  • University of Maine researchers are trying to produce potatoes that can better withstand warming temperatures as the climate changes.