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Coca-Cola Recycles Label Waste to Create 90 Million Smartwater Bottles

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has teamed up with the label company Avery Dennison, recycling waste management company Viridor, and plastics company PET UK to reduce carbon footprints and create 90 million Smartwater bottles from label waste. “Our economy needs to evolve from the current ‘take-make-dispose’ model and we need a more circular, longer term way of thinking,” Joe Franses, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability for CCEP, told Beverage Daily. By reusing bottle liners instead of incinerating or disposing of them, CCEP is expected to save ‎around £25,000 (about $31,000) annually.

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Burt’s Bees Breaks Into Food Industry With New Plant-Based Protein Shakes

Burt’s Bees, a sustainable, natural skincare company, is expanding its mission to nurture the body from the inside out with its recent launch of plant-based protein powders. The line includes three types of protein powders in vanilla and chocolate flavors: Daily Protein, Protein + Gut Health With Probiotics, and Protein + Healthy Radiance With Antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E, according to the Burt’s Bees website. "Burt's Bees Protein + Gut Health supports digestive health as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and Protein + Healthy Radiance gives skin a healthy glow,” Jim Geikie, general manager for Burt’s Bees, said in a statement. “Both are new benefit offerings in the category that we believe strengthen holistic beauty." Each formula provides 15 grams of plant-based protein per serving from peas, rice, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, and oats.

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DC Restaurant Won’t Add Trump to Its Wall of Presidents Yet

Mama Ayesha’s, a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C., is best-known for its presidential mural featuring founder “Mama” Ayesha Abraham with former United States leaders. The restaurant has announced that although President-elect Donald Trump will take office in a matter of weeks, he will not be added to the mural because of financial restrictions. “While there remains room for two additional presidents to be added, we currently do not have the budget for this addition,” Amir Abu-El-Hawa, whose family now owns the restaurant, wrote to Washingtonian. “When the funds are available and the budget allows for it Mr. Trump will join the rest of the presidents on our wall.” The mural is more than just an image of Abraham and the presidents but a depiction of the “American Dream.” Abraham was a Muslim, Arab, and female immigrant; she started her own business in the U.S. and the restaurant remains as her legacy.

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Norway Sets Sales Record for Salmon

The Norwegian salmon industry saw a pretty stunning increase in salmon sales during the last year. According to The Local, even though Norway saw lower harvests than usual last year, the lower harvest pushed prices up and demand kept rising, regardless. In the end, Norway’s farmed salmon and farmed trout sales grew 31 percent from 2015. Overall, prices for Norwegian seafood rose an estimated 40 percent last year.

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Stop Hunger’s ‘Satisfeito’ Initiative Combats Food Waste and Malnutrition in Brazil

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Stop Hunger has aimed to improve the quality of life of Brazilians since 2003. One of its initiatives, Satisfeito, is asking people to eat slightly smaller portions in order to prevent food waste and combat child hunger and malnutrition. At participating restaurants in the Satisfeito program, qualifying meal items are indicated with an icon on the menu. Customers receive a dish that is one-third smaller but they pay full price; the money saved by the restaurant is then donated to non-profit organizations that fight child hunger, according to the Satisfeito website. There are currently 60 restaurants participating in the program in Brazil and Mexico.