Waste and sustainability innovations


Asda has teamed up with London-based autonomous vehicle startup Wayve to test autonomous delivery vans within the last mile space.
Kimberly-Clark announced a partnership with biotech company RWDC Industries, which will provide Kimberly-Clark with RDWC’s polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) source material, Solon™, to be used for personal care products.
In a tweet Ruben Timmerman has highlighted how Picnic, the Netherlands-based pure play retailer, is trialling offering shoppers the opportunity to choose ‘the greenest option’ when they make their delivery selection.
Swedish electric vehicle startup Volta Trucks has developed Volta Zero, the world’s first purpose-built fully electric 16-tonne commercial truck. It is set to enter production in 2022.
SPAR Norway’s Snarøya store has won the NACS European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award. The store features environmentally friendly materials throughout and innovative solutions that reduce the building’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Nestlé has developed two new packaging innovations for its Vittel® natural mineral water bottles. The new water bottles are designed to function like traditional plastic bottles but with less plastic.
SPAR Norway has been investigating opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption. With Kelvin AS it has developed a refrigeration system that is projected to decrease energy use by 58%.
Last year, Coca-Cola unveiled its paper bottle prototype. It is now moving into the critical consumer testing phase, in order to measure how the packaging performs, as well as how people respond to the new format.
Magway is testing and developing a potentially revolutionary delivery system in the UK, based on a network of pipes and magnetic motors that will transport e-commerce orders, parcels and groceries.
JD.com and Rakuten continue to test drone deliveries in Japan, building on the agreement the two businesses signed (in February 2019) on last mile logistics.