Eco Solutions Incentives and Grants

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Environmental Incentives

There are various incentive programs that are run by businesses or governments that encourage businesses to use green raw materials in their production processes. Examples in the painting and coating industries include Crown Paints-recycled plastic container program and California paint stewardship program. Examples in the cosmetic/beauty care industry include Davines Group and the Green Circle Salons program. Others include Green Field paper in the paper and cardboard industry and the green initiative by the Vietnam government in the textiles sector.

Information for this research was obtained from press releases, company reports, case studies which contained information on sustainability activities of companies in various sectors. Some of these resources include Cal Recycle, Packaging News UK, Indonesia Organic, the Jakarta Post, Tech Packer, Technical Textile, Hosho, BASF, Let's go Green and Sustaining Beauty. Based on these resources we identified both financial and non-financial incentive programs and cross-checked each of them to confirm that they are still active.

EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS-LED, OR ANY OTHER INCENTIVE PROGRAMS THAT ENCOURAGE BUSINESSES TO USE GREEN RAW MATERIALS IN THE PRODUCTION OF THEIR PRODUCTS

PAINTING AND COATING

  • CALIFORNIA PAINT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM (FINANCIAL)

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Description: The government of California runs the California Paint Stewardship Program in processing and manufacturing recycled paints. Recycled paints are manufactured from leftover paint by taking it through various processes such as filtering, adding pigments and adjusting the PH. The main objective is to reduce the improper disposal of leftover paints by increasing production of recycled paints. Paint manufacturers submit a CalRecyle plan to the government and upon approval the company receives funding.

  • CROWN PAINTS-RECYCLED PLASTIC CONTAINERS (NON-FINANCIAL)

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Description: The company uses recycled plastic containers for their products, thereby diverting plastic from the ocean and landfills. That is achieved by turning post-consumer waste plastic into pellets that are used to manufacture paint containers. While only 25% of recycled plastic is used to make plastic containers in the UK, the move by the company has opened the pathway for 100% recycled plastic containers.

COSMETIC/BEAUTY CARE

  • DAVINES GROUP (NON-FINANCIAL)

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Description: The company uses renewable raw materials such as corn starch, vegetable oil, glucose, and cellulose. These are used in the manufacture of plastic items for cosmetic purposes which makes them recyclable and biodegradable. Based on such initiatives, the carbon footprint of the company is reduced. The company also encourages its suppliers and clients to adopt sustainability strategies, and it screens them to ensure they conform to these guidelines.

  • GREEN CIRCLE SALONS (FINANCIAL)

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Description: The company recycles and reuses biodegradable materials such as glass, plastics, paper, color tubes, foils, spa waste, and hair color. These materials are diverted from the oceans and landfills and are used to make beauty care products. Additionally, the Davines Group also finances the Green Circle Salons by offering complimentary products that are worth the cost of enrolling in the program.

PAPER AND CARDBOARD

  • GREEN FIELD PAPER (NON-FINANCIAL)

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Description: The company uses paper from recycled materials such as post-consumer pulp and hemp. These are better than using virgin paper after recycling since they contain hemp fiber and post-consumer pulp in the ratio of 25:75. Additionally, the company uses soy-ink for printing purposes.

TEXTILES

  • VIETNAM GOVERNMENT-GREEN INITIATIVE (FINANCIAL)

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Description: The Vietnam government is encouraging organizations within the country to use green raw materials. To facilitate this, the government is offering tax incentives for products with the Vietnam Green Label certification. Below are some companies that have benefited from this initiative in the textile sector:
Wunderlabel: The company started using recycled polyester yarn for manufacturing its woven labels, printed labels and stickers.
Coast Vietnam: The company is using biomass boilers that utilize green raw materials (green petrochemical). Instead of using fuel oil or coal in boilers, the company shifted to the use of rice husks for thread manufacturing.
Le & Le: The company uses environmentally friendly chemicals to manufacture its garments.
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Grants / Funding Sources for Reducing Plastics Waste

In the attached spreadsheet, we have provided ten grants and funding sources for environmental companies that are focused on reducing or repurposing plastics and/or plastic wastes. These grants are for companies in South Africa, Europe and/or Israel. Some of the companies providing funding include Polyco, Petco, Government Green Fund, WWF Nedbank Green Trust, and NEFCO. UK Research and Innovation recently announced a £20 million Plastics Research and Innovation Fund, which "aims to explore new ideas and innovations that can bring changes in the UK’s plastics manufacturing and consumption patterns." The fund managed by Marguerite focuses on a green renewable future and how to repurpose plastic waste as an energy source. Polyco gives financial funding support to the plastic recycling industry in South Africa.


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  • "Amongst the Davines Group offices throughout the world, the North American one is the first to have inaugurated a “green incentive” project. Beneficiaries of this for four years now are the "Green Circle Salons," who operate so that the waste from the salons return into the economy as reusable resources."
  • "In April 2017 during the Sustainable Beauty Month, Davines North America, in order to support participation in this important project, chose to recognize enrolled salons with concrete commercial advantages. Each participating salon received complimentary Davines products to cover the cost of enrolling in the program."
  • "Thanks to this “green incentive” initiative, 62 new American salons have joined the movement, supporting values of recycling, re-use and recovery."
  • "This is a plastic which derives from raw materials from renewable sources, such as corn starch, cellulose, glucose and vegetable oil. Different types exists, recyclable or biodegradable The Davines Group uses non-biodegradable biobased plastics derived from processing sugar cane. "
  • "It is an initiative aimed at encouraging Davines Group’s professional clients to increase their environmental and social sustainability, recognizing their concrete commercial advantages."
  • "Each participating salon received complimentary Davines products to cover the cost of enrolling in the program."
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  • "We collect, recycle & repurpose a salon or spa’s hair clippings, used foils, color-tubes, excess hair color, papers and plastics, glass, and spa waste, and divert them from landfills and waterways."
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  • "Vietnam is supporting green energy in a big way and is also providing incentives to companies who are working towards promoting sustainability."
  • "Several companies are taking initiatives to invest on sustainability and in this regard, many companies are now coming up with the ‘Green’ initiative. Le & Le Garment and Washing is one such company that uses green machines. The company has been successfully using environment-friendly chemicals so that there is no harm to the health of its employees – its innovative approach has taken the company into the list of top 10 companies in Vietnam in less than 2 years."
  • "Coats Vietnam, one of the pioneers among thread suppliers, invested in biomass boilers, which means that depleting resources like fuel oil or coal are not burnt – instead rice husk is burnt. "
  • "Wunderlabel, manufacturer of customized woven labels, printed labels, hand tags, stickers, is one of the companies which plans to use fully recycled polyester yarn. "
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  • "In addition to exemptions offered to goods with Vietnam’s Green Label, export of specific goods relating to recycling activities, waste treatment and disposal will also be eligible for 50% reduction on applicable export tariffs."
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  • "The innovative manufacturing process involves separating polypropylene plastics such as shampoo bottles, yoghurt pots, plastic water bottles and even elements from household appliances from unusable plastic waste – saving thousands of tonnes of PCW plastic from otherwise ending up in landfill."
  • "Once sorted, the PCW plastic is turned into individual pellets which are then dyed and moulded to create Crown’s 2.5 litre and 5 litre paint containers, with the dark grey shade making them instantly recognisable to consumers."
  • "This marks a significant improvement to the plastic paint containers manufactured from 25% recycled plastic which are currently available in the UK.”"
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  • "The California Paint Stewardship Law (Public Resources Code Section 48700--48706) established an industry-led, statewide program which follows producer responsibility principles to reduce the generation of leftover paint, promote its reuse, and properly manage unwanted leftover paint."
  • "Save on Disposal. Landfilling is an unnecessary expense because leftover paint, in most cases, is still a usable product. Purchasing recycled paint creates a market demand that helps build a convenient collection infrastructure."
  • "Recycled. “Recycled paint” is recyclable paint that has been reprocessed to meet specific performance specifications,"
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  • "California was the second state in the nation to pass a paint stewardship law (Public Resources Code Section 48700--48706), which established an industry-led, statewide program following producer responsibility principles to ensure that leftover paint is properly managed in a manner that is sustainably funded."
  • "A stewardship organization collects a paint stewardship assessment for each container of paint sold in the state by manufacturers operating under their CalRecycle-approved plan. That assessment will be added to the cost of all paint sold to California retailers and distributors, and, in turn, each of those retailers and distributors will add the assessment to the purchase price of all paint sold in the state. "
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  • "Over 40% of the landfills are made of paper and paper products. That is where companies like Green Field Paper come into play. Since we offer top quality 100% recycled paper products, we are doing our part to cut down on the paper waste."
  • " Our recycled paper product lines include numerous products that are made with 100% tree free paper fibers such as hemp and post-consumer pulp. Green Field Paper also uses soy-ink in its printed materials. Soy ink is a helpful component in paper recycling"
  • "Our hemp paper is made with pulp from North American grown hemp fiber and mixed with 100% post-consumer pulp in 25/75 content. Our hemp paper is better than regular 100% recycled paper since the hemp pulp from hemp fibers adds back the strength lost when recycling virgin paper. We have a vast selection of other environmentally friendly products, so take some time and browse around."