April and May were jam-packed with sustainability-themed headlines from the supply chain. Of course, much of the commentary was all too familiar – EVs for transport, corporate emissions programs, etc., etc…

But we also encountered a handful of new takes among the typical lineup. In particular, there’s a trend developing in which companies are putting their loftier sustainability initiatives on hold and going after lower-hanging fruit.

Sephora and Walmart are great examples. Both companies have reduced waste and plastic usage, while also offering reusable alternatives. There is little downside to this approach. By limiting packaging production, large-scale retailers are able to recoup previously sunk costs to the tune of MILLIONS – all while generating a net positive environmental impact that is both significant and immediate.

Sephora is expanding its take-back and refillable programs – GLOSSY

Coke versus Pepsi: Who Has a Better Approach to the PET Problem? – LOGISTICS VIEWPOINTS

Walmart launches pilot program for customers to recycle reusable shopping bags РFINANCIAL POST 

Canned Hand Soaps – TREND HUNTER

The new paradigm for sustainable packaging – FAST COMPANY