Welcome to Closing the Loop! A conversation about recycling, sustainability and the circular economy, brought to you by Return-It, an industry owned, not-for-profit product stewardship agency with beverage container management as its core business. Join Return-It President & CEO Allen Langdon as he speaks to industry leaders around the globe to bring awareness to environmental challenges and innovations. The podcast features thought-provoking conversations on some of the most important topics of our time. Learn more about what’s working, isn’t working and what we can do better together. The conversations cover initiatives large and small, with exciting ideas for us to consider both as individuals and organizations committed to sustainable solutions.Closing The Loop can be found on iTunes or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
Compostable Plastics: What you need to know
Can compostable plastics be part of the solution to plastic pollution? The City of Vancouver is one of the first to take a closer look at the feasibility of compostable plastics. This week, Allen speaks with Monica Kosmak and Andrea McKenzie from the City of Vancouver about its evaluation on compostable plastics, including the myths and challenges.
To learn more about the City of Vancouver’s Single Use Item Reduction Strategy, please visit https://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/single-use-items.aspx.
Canada Plastics Pact: Together we can have a world without plastic waste
In January 2021, the Canada Plastics Pact launched as part of a global response to address plastic pollution. Over 1,000 businesses, policymakers, associations and NGOs (including Return-It) joined Canada’s Plastics Pact, enabling coordinated action for a New Plastics Economy. Allen speaks to David Hughes, President & CEO of The Natural Step Canada, and Usman Valiante, Senior Policy Analyst at Cardwell Grove, to discuss their involvement in the Canada Plastics Pact and how fundamental change is possible, as well as the goals and next steps for the Canadian signatories of the Pact. Learn more about the Canada Plastics Pact at https://plasticspact.ca/
The Green Deal with London Drugs
How can a business remain successful while placing a large emphasis on sustainability? London Drugs has become known for its environmental leadership among its customers and local community. On this fourteenth edition of Closing the Loop, Allen and Clint Mahlman, President and Chief Operating Officer at London Drugs, discuss the company’s ‘What’s the Green Deal’ program, which includes education, engagement, action, and leadership.
ReSource: Closing the “How” Gap on Solving Plastic Pollution
Can businesses work to change the trajectory of global plastic waste? Erin Simon, Plastic Waste + Business Head at the World Wildlife Fund thinks so – that’s why WWF launched its ReSource Plastic initiative, which supports companies in creating meaningful action against plastic pollution. On this episode of Closing the Loop, Erin and Allen discuss the ReSource initiative, investing in sustainable production, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
About WWF's ReSource Plastic Initiative:
For more information on the WWF’s ReSource Plastic initiative, please visit www.resource-plastic.com. More information on the US Plastics Pact which brings together many different stakeholders, including businesses, government, NGO’s and researchers can be found at https://usplasticspact.org/
Goodly Foods: Cooking with Potential
How can we find new potential while reducing food waste? Goodly Foods is a social enterprise in Vancouver, BC that uses surplus produce to create delicious soups for its community, while creating unique employment opportunities and supporting local food banks. On this episode of Closing the Loop, Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of Goodly Foods and Yuri Fulmer, Chairman at Fulmer & Company join Return-It President & CEO Allen Langdon to discuss Goodly Foods’ unique approach to reframing the narrative around food waste and seeing it as a resource and the potential it has to offer
About Goodly Foods
Goodly™ branded soups are available for purchase to buying partners in both retail and grocery outlets as well as to institutions and food service providers. To find out more about the Goodly Foods Society, including its partners and how you can support the great work they do, please visit https://hellogoodly.ca/about/
Charting a Path for Sustainability
How can a brand be a catalyst for positive environmental change? In this episode of Closing the Loop, Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer at Keurig Dr Pepper, chats with Allen about Keurig Dr Pepper’s ambitious environmental goals. They discuss innovative strategies to create circular economies and the power of partnerships to support environmental commitments
About Keurig Dr Pepper
Since the recording of this episode, Keurig Dr Pepper launched their 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report and new carbon targets which can be found here.