The Zero Waste Countdown Podcast
51. Procter & Gamble

51. Procter & Gamble

June 20, 2019

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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.

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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.

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Sustainable 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)
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50. Bioengineering With Genomatica

50. Bioengineering With Genomatica

June 14, 2019

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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)
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49. The Vinyl Institute

49. The Vinyl Institute

June 11, 2019
The Vinyl Institute, founded in 1982, is a U.S. trade organization representing the leading manufacturers of vinylvinyl 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. 
 
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)
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48. Sustainable Brands Detroit ‘19

48. Sustainable Brands Detroit ‘19

June 10, 2019

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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

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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)
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47. Ocean Plastic & HP Inc.

47. Ocean Plastic & HP Inc.

June 5, 2019

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. 

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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)
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46. Carbon Emissions Of Plastic

46. Carbon Emissions Of Plastic

June 3, 2019

Sangwon Suh is a professor in industrial ecology at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has a PhD in Environmental Science & Engineering from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and spent 20 hears contributing to the “theoretical foundations and practical applications of life cycle assessment and industrial ecology“.

In 2019 Suh co-wrote an article called “strategies to reduce the global carbon footprint of plastics” in  Nature, which pointed out that greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach 15% of our total carbon budget by 2050 if we keep increasing plastic production. 

45. Beer - Toast Ale

45. Beer - Toast Ale

May 24, 2019

Lawrence Speelman explains how their UK company is transforming unused fresh bread leftover from bakeries into Laura's favorite beverage: beer! 

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44. Zero Waste South Dakota

44. Zero Waste South Dakota

May 13, 2019

Callee Ackland started the first zero waste shop in South Dakota, called Bestowed Essentials, and hosts her own podcast called Hippie Haven. She's working on a book that will help others start their own zero waste companies. 

43. Greenpeace

43. Greenpeace

May 1, 2019

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Laura speaks with Sarah King, Head of Greenpeace Canada's Oceans & Plastics campaign, to learn more about their efforts fighting plastic.

Greenpeace is proposing an Oceans Treaty to protect international waters - currently countries are only responsible for their economic zones surrounding their coastlines, so later this year (2019) Greenpeace will be sending a ship from the Arctic Ocean to the Antarctic Ocean through the Atlantic to raise awareness for our international waters which could definitely use more regulation.

Sarah is currently working on banning unnecessary single use plastics in Canada, and she's been an integral part of organizing brand audits during beach cleanups. Brand audits determined the top five polluters of trash in Canada and helped raise awareness of bad habits of both businesses and consumers. 

42. Kombucha & Fermentation

42. Kombucha & Fermentation

April 15, 2019

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Meet Alex Currie, from Pyramid Ferments - him and his wife Jenna Empey have created a fermentation company in Prince Edward County on the north shore of Lake Ontario, where they produce sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass, gut shots, and different flavours of kombucha, almost entirely from local ingredients.  

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Laura had the opportunity to ask Alex questions about home fermenting, about running a fermentation business on a large scale, and questions about why fermented foods are becoming so popular. 

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