The Challenging Market for Recycled Clothing

Renewcell had a great product idea: recycling discarded garments into new materials for new clothes.

The company had plans to produce 120,000 metric tons of cellulose pulp a year to supply retail brands such as H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi. In the end, Renewcell was not able to deliver a reasonably priced quality pulp from recycled garments to its customers and filed for bankruptcy.


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Nestlé Partners With Suppliers to Reduce Emissions

Nestlé and two of its suppliers, Cargill and ETG|Beyond Beans, have initiated a regenerative agriculture project that uses agroforestry to regenerate land around cocoa farms.

Two million shade trees will be distributed to 20,000 farmers, to be planted and cared for in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. It is estimated that 500,000 tons of carbon will be reduced and removed over a 20-year period.


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How Will Chocolate-Makers Respond to Rising Cocoa Prices?

Cocoa prices have doubled in the past year, and commodity prices surpassed the $10,000/ton mark in the latter part of March 2024, as compared to the $2,000 to $3,000 range of the past 15 years.

Chocolate makers and others in the food industry must look for solutions, and customers will see changes in pricing and product design as a result.


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McDonald’s and Reusable Dine-In Packaging

McDonald’s has 21 reusable containers for dine-in customers in France, including red plastic containers for fries, clear plastic beverage glasses, and white plastic cups for chicken nuggets.

French law mandated these changes, which were implemented in 2023.

While McDonald’s has worked hard over the years to be more environmentally conscious with its packaging, it firmly believes that this new model “doesn’t work.”  Cost, convenience, sustainability, and operational issues related to this law are complex, and the overall impact remains to be seen.


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