WHAT WE OFFER
Current and Past Projects
Why Small Format?
This project was brought forward by TSC members working to improve the recyclability of small format products and packaging. Work is underway through a partnership with ASU’s InnovationSpace to conduct a landscape analysis of the issue, stakeholder surveys, test solutions with recycling partners, and develop guidelines for brands to use for product development, collection, remanufacturing, and communication with consumers.
- It is estimated that 10% of all packaging is small format- a majority goes to landfill either directly or after falling through the cracks at MRFs
- Companies are setting goals to make 100% of their products and packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025 to align with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy goals and meet consumer demand
- Opportunity to correct frustration and complacency of end users due to a lack of information about how/ if products are recyclable which leads to a loss of trust
Why Food Waste and Hunger?
TSC’s Food Waste and Hunger task force is a community of practice where leaders in this space come together to learn from each other, share ideas, and identify gaps in knowledge. The task force is seeking funding for a project that will create transparency in how food moves within a community by working with stakeholders on the ground to “walk the chain” and 1) digitally map how and why food is moving in a community’s food system to identify roadblocks and opportunities for improvement, 2) analyze the costs of food discarded as compared to donated, and 3) enable manufacturers, distributors, retailers, pantries, and other stakeholders to create a shared vision that leads to community-based solutions.
- TSC collaborates with leaders in the food waste and hunger space who are doing important work to close system gaps- however, there is a lack of connection between existing initiatives and their ability to access certain networks.
- There is no open source, centralized matchmaking platform in the US that systematically connects surplus food with those in need.
- A community food system approach would improve local stakeholder communication as well as enhance visibility and understanding of the timing and flow of foods through the value chain within a community, helping to close these gaps
TSC’s Responsible Pest Management task force has developed a standardized assessment framework for measuring and communicating leadership in pest management to enable stakeholders across the value chain to better tell their sustainability story and convey value, needs, and improvements in responsible pest management practices. The framework has been mapped to existing assessments reducing the burden on users, and piloting is underway in the United States and the EU.
- Drive increased adoption of responsible pest management practices through an industry developed standardized assessment framework to provide a common methodology for assessing leadership in responsible pest management.
- Pest management and related impacts rank high on sustainability agendas in food, fiber, and forest value chains
- Increased adoption of responsible pest management practices is needed to keep pace with industry goals
- Go beyond compliance by assessing behaviors such as record keeping and scoping, using non-chemical and cultural controls, and communicating with neighbors and supply chain stakeholders.
In 2019 TSC’s Wastewater Challenge task force launched the Wastewater 101 Toolbox, an interactive database of resources for improving wastewater treatment that allows users to pull curated packets of information relevant to their need and role in the industry. Initially focused on textiles, the scope of this project has been expanded to include all industrial sectors and work is underway to build out the functionality of the toolbox and generate new tools and resources that help fill gaps in knowledge and incentivize treatment.
From cars, to clothes, to medical supplies to food: most aspects of modern life rely on the manufacturing sector. These vital supply chains, and the communities in which they are located, are experiencing growing risks due to their dependence on local watersheds and the complicated intersection of water scarcity and wastewater pollution.
Water is used in many parts of industrial processing and accounts for 19% of water use overall. Meanwhile, 80% of the world’s wastewater flows back into the environment without being treated or reused. It is estimated that industry accounts for at least 26% of humanity’s total grey water footprint.
The Wastewater 101 Toolbox provides a place for stakeholders across the value chain to access training and resources for improving wastewater treatment in all industrial sectors and align on needs and expectations for driving proper treatment.