Gotham Greens raised US$29 million in equity funding

USA - Gotham Greens, a leading urban greenhouse developer and grower of locally and sustainably grown produce, has announced the closing of US$29 million in Series C equity funding last month. According to the company, the new round brings the company's total funding until date to US$45 million, not including bank debt. Since its pioneering…

DSM targets acquisitions in Nutrition and reduce greenhouse emissions

NETHERLANDS - DSM, the Dutch speciality chemicals company said in a strategy update that it targets value-creating acquisitions predominantly in Nutrition as well as step-up its ambitious goals regarding the reduction of GHG emissions, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. The company said given its science-based competencies, it works on delivering on global megatrends…

McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws in UK and Ireland by 2019

UK- McDonald, an American fast food company, is set to eliminate plastic straws in some of its markets in Europe including UK and Ireland by 2019 in a way to reduce plastic waste. McDonald aims to transition to paper straws in all of its locations in these markets with planned trials for selected restaurants in…

UK’s aluminium packaging recycling rate increases to 72%

UK - The United Kingdom’s Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has said that the recycling rate of aluminium both in the British Isles and upon the European continent continues to make significant strides, achieving and surpassing goals that were set for the practice last year. According to Alupro, the recycling rate for aluminium drink cans…

Mauritius and South Africa signs MoU to enhance capabilities in aquatic life

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa and the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries of Mauritius have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance capabilities in fisheries, fishing, seafood processing, trade of fish and fish products by promoting aquaculture development and exchange of related expertise and technologies. According to AllAfrica, MoU also allows for…

East Africa eyes Southeast Asia’s meat market through Hong Kong

ETHIOPIA - East African countries have declared an interest in entering the Southeast Asia’s meat and live animals market via Hong Kong under the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). In a statement, IGAD said penetrating the market through Hong could possibly eliminate the challenges its member countries are facing while exporting their products to MENA…

Solvay’s to develop a more robust compression staple system for orthopedic and podiatric surgeries

BELGIUM - Solvay, a leading global supplier of specialty polymers, has announced that its Ixef polyarylamide (PARA) resin delivered the high stiffness and biocompatibility system. The system was needed by Reign Medical to develop its revolutionary new Clench compression staple system, a single-use bone staple kit for orthopedic procedures targeting the hand and foot. According…

Nestle Waters certifies its commitment its 100% water stewardship

SWITZERLAND – Nestle Waters, the bottled water division of the Nestlé Group, has certified its commitment to 100% water stewardship by 2025, in accordance with the world’s first global water stewardship standard. Nestle Waters said it would reinforce their commitment to safeguarding water resources for future generations through collaboration with the Alliance for Water Stewardship.…

Coca-Cola reaffirms commitment to create a world without waste

USA - The Coca-Cola company, in collaboration with its bottling partners, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages has made a re-commitment to tackle the problem of waste pollution. Marking the World Environment Day, the company highlighted its progress in combatting plastic pollution over the years. Through its ‘World Without Waste’ initiative which it…

India sets goal to eliminate use of single-use plastics by 2020

INDIA - India has pledged to eliminate the use of single—use plastics by 2020 as part of the country’s new strategy to tackle the issue of plastic wastes and plastic pollution. In addition to the commitment which was made on World Environment Day, the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi unveiled plans to introduce a campaign…