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Chemistry and Materials
by Hannah Furlong, May 31, 2016
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have proposed a new bio-inspired, “bottom-up” approach for designing cement paste – concrete’s binding ingredient. Led by Oral...
Startups
by Jason McIntosh, May 31, 2016
In today's startup world, high burn rates and the need to raise multiple rounds of funding have become the norm. It's believed that this is the only path to "scalability" — a word that has lost its...
New Metrics
by Frank Burns, May 31, 2016
A sustainability manager at a large auto parts manufacturer recently explained the company’s lack of interest in water management this way: “It's not worth our time. Water is too cheap and no one...
Leadership
by Hannah Furlong, May 31, 2016
For the first time since A.T. Kearney’s first Global Cities Index in 2008, London overtook New York City to claim the top spot. London has steadily improved its performance in the 27 metrics across...
Leadership
by Hannah Furlong, May 30, 2016
Earlier this month, plant-based food and beverages brand Silk announced a year-long sponsored research initiative with the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan...
Business Models
by Coro Strandberg, May 30, 2016
Mention the term “corporate social responsibility” and you might hear something like:  “It’s dead.”  “CSR has stalled.”  “CSR has not fulfilled its potential. It has failed us.” ...
Blog
by Siri Andrews, May 30, 2016
Sustainable Brands ’16 San Diego is coming up June 6-9, and part of the fun includes this year’s competition for game-changing, purpose-driven startups — the SB Innovation Open, hosted by Target. In...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, May 30, 2016
Today, large quantities of CO2 are emitted when we extract raw materials for the production of consumer goods. After use, most of these products end up in landfills as wasted resources. Among other...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, May 27, 2016
BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) and Sedex have been competitors in the past, but this week, the business-driven initiative and non-profit organization signed a Memorandum of...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, May 27, 2016
The motor vehicle industry in the United States spends about $3.6 billion on energy annually, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In the U.S., over 70 assembly plants currently...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Jim Lyza, May 27, 2016
We had a very interesting finding from our Eco Pulse 2015 study that took us by surprise: the percentage of people who said they had stopped buying a product based on the environmental...
Organizational Change
by Sille Krukow, May 27, 2016
Organizations across the globe are becoming increasingly focused on delivering sustainable products and services to their customer base as a way to limit their environmental footprint and to create a...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, May 27, 2016
Procter & Gamble announced today that it will eliminate phosphates from all of its Fairy dishwasher tablets by 2017. This change will apply to retail brands globally, going beyond current...
Brand Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, May 26, 2016
Deforested and degraded lands inhibit the ability of endangered plants and animals to grow and thrive again. Restored wildlife corridors such as “bio-bridges” within damaged landscapes can help re-...
Blog
by Siri Andrews, May 26, 2016
Our 2016 SB Innovation Open, hosted by Target is approaching fast, and our latest crop of disruptive, purpose-driven startups are among our most exciting yet. From edible beer to sustainable farming...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, May 26, 2016
Leading seafood brands, major UK retail chains and some of the world’s largest fishing companies have struck a groundbreaking deal to protect a key Arctic region from industrial fishing for cod. In a...
Marketing and Comms
by Stephanie Bertels, May 26, 2016
Early on in the Embedding Project, one topic came up more than any other: storytelling. While many companies are experimenting with sharing stories about sustainability as a way to shape their...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, May 26, 2016
Award-winning chefs from across the country, including ‘Top Chef’ head judge Tom Colicchio, gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 25 to advocate for food waste reduction in the American food...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, May 26, 2016
As the world’s largest designer, manufacturer and seller of networking equipment, Cisco Systems faces many supply chain sustainability issues, including energy, waste and climate change impacts,...
New Metrics
by Hannah Furlong, May 25, 2016
Oil company shareholders are voting on resolutions today that propose to cut spending on opening new oilfields and change how they report reserves, among others. In Dallas, Texas, ExxonMobil...
Organizational Change
by Jennifer Elks, May 25, 2016
In 1997, biologist Janine Benyus popularized the term “biomimicry,” with her groundbreaking book of the same name, and spearheaded the growth of the discipline dedicated to applying Nature’s designs...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, May 25, 2016
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative kicks off today with an inaugural workshop that brings together more than 40 leading companies including Amcor, Coca-Cola, The...
Chemistry and Materials
by Hannah Furlong, May 25, 2016
21- and 22-year-old Jeanny Yao and Miranda Wang are making the most of their student years; since high school, the pair have filed 2 patents, founded a company, and raised about $400,000 in pursuit...
Waste Not
by Hannah Furlong, May 24, 2016
France and the United Kingdom have been leaders in the fight against food waste: French retailer Intermarché’s “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” campaign paved the way for “ugly” produce around the...
Business Models
by Kenneth Lander, May 24, 2016
How can you taste sustainability? How can sustainability bring more quality to a cup of coffee? The answer is found in one word: ALIGNMENT. When a farmer remains partner with his coffee, his interest...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, May 24, 2016
Canadian forest-conservation NGO Canopy has announced six new brand partnerships in its successful CanopyStyle initiative, through which more than 65 major fashion brands, designers...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, May 24, 2016
Earlier this month, engineers at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) announced they made a breakthrough in magnesium battery technology that could lead to smaller, longer-lasting...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, May 23, 2016
Between gridlock on bridges, freeways and surface streets and a frustrating dearth of adequate (or affordable) parketing options, anyone who’s ever lived in or around San Francisco can vouch for the...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, May 23, 2016
A new strategic partnership aims to bolster social purpose startups and launch more products that are better for the planet. Today, communication, branding and leadership services companies Refresh...
Business Models
by Maxine Perella, May 23, 2016
As leading fashion brands continue their creative battles against textile waste — check out recent innovations by Levi Strauss, H&M and adidas — a new breed of circular clothing disruptor is...

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