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by Nicole Palkovsky, Jun 2018
If I took one thing away from the Circular Economy sessions at SB’18 Vancouver, it was the need to design for the end of a product’s first life. Note I said, “first life,” because ideally it will be...
by Sustainable Brands, Jun 2018
It’s a tough time to be a plastic straw producer. Over the past few months, it seems the message has broken through that plastic straws are harmful to the environment – and marine life in particular...
by Sustainable Brands, Jun 2018
Recycle Now, a WRAP campaign that helps people in the UK recycle more things, more often, has launched a new communications toolkit for local authorities and partners, introducing a social norming...
by Sustainable Brands, Jun 2018
Today at SB’18 Vancouver, The North Face will announce the launch of The North Face Renewed — a collection of refurbished products for consumers who want to access affordable gear and reduce their...
by Sustainable Brands, Jun 2018
Today, Savers® released its third annual State of Reuse Report, which reveals that while people consistently state they are donating or finding ways to extend the life of their items, there is still...
by Hannah Furlong, May 2018
These days — especially in sustainability circles — it seems impossible to avoid hearing about the massive problem that is plastic pollution, and what we can do to address it. In the past two weeks...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
Like many large companies, Hilton has been steadily improving its sustainability performance one step at a time. With the release of its latest sustainability report ...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
Awareness of our plastic waste problem continues to grow, prompting campaigns and corporate action around the world. To name but a few recent examples, the Welsh Government and National Geographic...
by Meredith Boyd, May 2018
Ahead of Earth Day last month, over one million people took to social media urging corporations to "break free" from single-use plastics. And from the fashion to the auto industry – and everywhere in...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
While many aspects of the textile industry have notoriously harmful effects on people and the planet, we’re seeing a variety of solutions emerge that could shape the future of fashion. Two of the...
by Vicki Warker, May 2018
How does food get on a plate? Unless you’re growing it yourself, that food may have had a long, complex journey before it arrived on your fork. That long trail all too often results in a lot of food...
by Hannah Furlong, May 2018
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has launched a new industry collaborative to build on the vision outlined in its New Textiles Economy report. Announced at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit this week...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
The Welsh Government and City to Sea, a group campaigning against single-use plastics, are collaborating on the development of campaigns to encourage refills and change residents’ behavior to make...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
As the amount of single-use plastic in the world's oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. On Wednesday, the media giant...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
After one of our most high-traffic voting periods to date, it’s time to meet the eleven semi-finalists in the 7th annual Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) — our competition for startups that...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
The business case for sustainability in the fashion industry has strengthened, but the pace of change still isn’t going fast or far enough, according to the newly released second edition of the Pulse...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
Some 290 million tires are discarded each year in the U.S. alone, and they can be a challenge to recycle. Still, these days as much as 80 percent are reused or recycled in some way, such as for tire-...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
Three new goals to enhance the circular economy for plastics and reduce packaging waste have been announced by leading U.S. plastic producers including BASF, Dow, DuPont and Braskem. Together as part...
by Stephen Ardagh, May 2018
The US food industry uses roughly 30 billion disposable gloves per year. Estimates vary but between 45-75 percent of these are vinyl (PVC) disposable gloves. There are many scientific studies...
by Sustainable Brands, May 2018
People of all ages are more aware of their impact on the planet’s limited resources and ecosystem health than ever before. Packaging is of particular concern, prompting this year’s Earth Day theme:...
by Vigil Yu, May 2018
On April 21st, at the Palace Cinema in Raffles City, Changning, Shanghai, I attended the premiere of the first of a three-part documentary series, “Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes” — a joint project by...
by Sustainable Brands, Apr 2018
Building on their individual efforts and those under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF)’s New Plastics Economy initiative, dozens of businesses have made their commitment to the new UK Plastics...
by Rebecca Gasper, Apr 2018
The United States generates millions of tons of food scraps; inedible fats, oils and greases; sewage and manure. Some of this organic waste is used for energy or fertilizer, but most of it — around...
by Sustainable Brands, Apr 2018
Food waste is the single largest waste stream lost to disposal and is the leading cause of methane emissions from landfills. While many communities have successfully implemented curbside organics...
by Sustainable Brands, Apr 2018
Plastic bottles will find new life in textiles and nitrile gloves are being recycled into new consumer goods through corporate partnerships. Global textile manufacturer Unifi has announced a multi-...
by Sustainable Brands, Apr 2018
Around the globe, over one million individuals have signed petitions, taken to stores and restaurants, and posted photos of ridiculous packaging on social media to call out corporations for their...
by Sustainable Brands, Apr 2018
Growing consumer awareness and pressure has pushed plastic waste to the forefront of sustainability concerns, prompting numerous commitments to reduce single-use plastics, more efforts to combat...
by Sustainable Brands, Apr 2018
Everyone’s gotta eat – and it makes for a big industry. Globally, food and agriculture is a $7.8 trillion industry. Its also growing (pun intended): global investments in the food and agriculture...
by Sustainable Brands, Apr 2018
Water and waste are issues at nearly every step of the textile and apparel lifecycles. Luckily, solutions are being developed across the board. Girlfriend Collective broke onto the fashion scene...
by Sustainable Brands, Apr 2018
Long before concepts such as future-fit and circular became buzzwords, Fuji Xerox was already busy redefining business as usual and demonstrating the opportunities to be harnessed by embracing a more...
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