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We’re kicking off our first Thread newsletter, not about design, but rather focusing on an important topic, sustainability. Concerns around plastic consumption, offsetting CO2 production and developing sustainable food sources have been stories we’ve seen in increasing amounts.

Distributing food without plastic is a challenge globally, as of January 1 of this year,
China banned imports of foreign waste within 24 categories. By end of year, there are plans to extend it to another 16 categories. This has set off alarms globally as countries like the UK scramble to find alternatives to send their annual 800 000 tonnes of plastic trash. Yet this doesn’t solve China’s own waste and plastic problem, where a growing contributor has been the booming online food delivery market estimated to grow to 241 billion yuan this year.
With this in mind, we did a little Thread Experiment. We challenged ourselves to go one week without plastic in an attempt to do a bit of good and be more self-aware. Take a look at how things fared!


Shanghai Food Packaging Guidelines Announced

Announced on June 1st, these guidelines aim to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced from online food deliveries.
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Officials mull rules for food packaging to reduce plastic

With the low implementation of the new packaging guidelines, officials are exploring alternative ways to increase acceptance. 
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China's ‘Foreign Waste’ Ban May Spur Domestic Recycling Program

Chinese recycling companies, local governments, and entrepreneurs are exploring ways to morph it into a successful business model.
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Ban on Foreign Trash Won’t Cure China’s Addiction to Plastics

China's love for convenience, lack of education around recycling and wasteful use of resources all feed into the plastic problem.
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L'Oreal, Alibaba Boost Efforts To Green Up Packaging In China

By the end of 2018, L'Oreal products sold in China will come in packaging that's friendly to the environment.
Read More’s New Environmentally Friendly Packaging

Launched last December in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Guangzhou. 
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First Coffee Chain To Bin Disposable Cups Forever

Sales are suffering at Boston Tea Party's 22 brances, but they've already saved 17,000 cups. Read More 

Going to eat meat? Try this “climate positive” burger

The Swedish company Max Burger will start offsetting 110% of its carbon emissions–and eventually, wants half of its sales to be plant-based. Read More 

Starbucks: To Stop Using Plastic Straws by 2020

Starbucks plans to replace single-use plastic straws with alternatives like recyclable, strawless lids, or, in the case of a particular drink, straws made from either paper or compostable plastic. Read More 



5 Non-Environmental Benefits From Going Plastic Free

For one week, we went plastic free at the office and came across a few unexpected benefits. Read More

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