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Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, September 13, 2017
Earlier this week, French beauty giant L’Oréal announced that it has concluded the sale of The Body Shop to Brazilian sustainable personal care group Natura Cosmeticos. Natura’s acquisition of...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, September 13, 2017
Eighty-one percent of Gen Z believes they can have an impact on social and environmental issues by using social media, according to Cone Communcations' new report 2017 Cone Gen Z CSR Study: How...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, September 13, 2017
One-third of the world’s food — approximately 1.3 billion tons — is lost or wasted, a fact that is spurring startups to seek out new solutions to keep food out of landfills and stopping waste at the...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, September 13, 2017
The fashion and textile industries continue to make strides towards a more circular future with the emergence of new resources and technologies that make a sustainable shift easier than ever before....
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, September 12, 2017
Air pollution has become a hot button issue for the UK ever since London surpassed its air pollution limits just five days into 2017, leading both the public and private sector to leap into action to...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, September 12, 2017
Startups and retail giants alike are looking to bio-based materials and recycled plastics to drive innovation and reduce environmental impacts along the value chain within the fashion and textile...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, September 12, 2017
EcoVadis, a pioneering platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains, has published the first annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and...
Business Case
by Sustainable Brands, September 11, 2017
Bringing the business case for sustainability to the forefront, Fortune has released its third annual Change the World list, which highlights companies who are having a positive social or...
New Metrics
by Bob Grant, September 11, 2017
Massachusetts-based Fourstar Connections, founded in 1986 as a cable assembly shop, has evolved into a comprehensive solution provider with an extensive portfolio of services and solutions to tackle...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, September 11, 2017
Eco-design is now synonymous with new product development (NPD). Sustainable businesses and brands have understood that to remain resilient and competitive, product eco-design must be at the heart of...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, September 11, 2017
Microplastics — extremely small pieces (less than 5 mm) of plastic debris resulting from the disposal and breakdown of consumer products and industrial waste — have been found in tap water...
Supply Chain
by Jason Mathers, September 11, 2017
From fields to factories, companies are making considerable strides incorporating sustainable strategies across individual stages in their supply chain. But a key part of the supply chain that often...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, September 8, 2017
While alternative materials have largely been dominating the discussion around the future of fashion, startups and industry heavy hitters are like are now looking to 3D-printing technology to...
New Metrics
by Ralph Thurm, September 8, 2017
Part Seven in a 10-Part Series by Reporting 3.0. See previous parts below. 0.3 percent — a mere 31 of 9,000. This stunning statistic, to be published in next month’s edition of the Journal of...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, September 8, 2017
Sustainability consulting group Quantis, in conjunction with a pre-competitive consortium of over 40 private companies, NGOs, governments and scientific institutions, has released the Land Use Change...
Waste Not
by Lindsay Rentz, September 8, 2017
Our office kitchen only has one microwave and I always get hungry at peak lunchtime. I place my Pyrex glass container of leftovers at the end of the microwave queue of different shapes, sizes and...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, September 7, 2017
Brands are increasingly leveraging their influence for good, using their tremendous reach and means to draw attention to and inspire action to address some of the biggest environmental and social...
Marketing and Comms
by Scot Case, September 6, 2017
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a book that summarized the successful sustainability strategies typically showcased at Sustainable Brands conferences? The second edition of Greener Products: The...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, September 6, 2017
While it has widely been accepted that business-as-usual practices are not synonymous with a sustainable future, business still needs a nudge in the right direction, according to MARS CEO Grant F....
The Next Economy
by Joel Solomon, September 6, 2017
We need a financial plan for achieving a safe world in the next thirty years. This period will be crucial as social and ecological externalities come home to roost. We need a rapid reinvention of...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, September 6, 2017
The Centre for Sustainability Excellence (CSE) has released its second annual Sustainability Reporting Trends in North America report, highlighting trends from 551 companies in Canada and the United...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, September 6, 2017
Coinciding with International Colorblind Awareness Day, global learning development and play company Mattel has launched UNO® ColorADD, the world’s first card game for the colorblind. Designed in...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2017
William McDonough + Partners are bringing the Cradle to Cradle revolution to Latin America with the launch of ‘Project Legacy’ at Colombia’s Universidad EAN in the El Nogal district of Bogotá. The...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2017
While the textile industry presents endless opportunities to significantly reduce global environmental impacts, progressing towards sustainability and circularity continues to be an uphill battle. As...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2017
Scrappage schemes seem to be popping up almost daily as auto manufacturers across the UK and Europe ramp up efforts to drive polluting vehicles off the roads in anticipation of tightening governments...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2017
A pioneering new sustainable homeware and accessories brand has emerged on the market and is ready to radically transform the way furniture is made forever. Materials sourcing is where digital...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2017
Europe’s largest home electronics manufacturer, Grundig, has renewed its commitment to reduce global food waste, launching the second phase of its Respect Food initiative with a manifesto film...
Cleantech
by Bert Valdman, September 4, 2017
U.S. commercial buildings could cut energy use by 29 percent on average by taking full advantage of controls technology and implementing a few other base energy-efficiency measures, according to a...
Behavior Change
by News Deeply, September 4, 2017
News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends...
Leadership
by Simon Robinson, September 4, 2017
Customer experience design is the forgotten dimension of sustainability. We need to transcend what have now become well-defined approaches and definitions of customer experience, to help companies...
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