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Waste Not
by Sheila Shayon, February 3, 2016
Among the key challenges to the burgeoning recycling market are lack of infrastructure, innovation at scale and funding. But a variety of initiatives — in developed and developing areas alike — are...
Products and Design
by Marisa Vieira, February 2, 2016
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach is a game-changing initiative in LCA, with effects and ramifications that we are only just beginning to understand. Today in PRé’s PEF series: What...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, February 2, 2016
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the US alone generates an estimated 24 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW), which ends up in landfills each year — the...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, February 2, 2016
Labor conditions in the apparel industry are an ongoing struggle even for brands with substantial purchasing power. Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in April 2013, dozens of brands...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, February 2, 2016
A competition that began in October, the CoolCalifornia Challenge, is motivating Californians in 22 participating cities to reduce their water and energy consumption. The cities are competing for a...
Collaboration
by Nadia Kähkönen, February 2, 2016
Representatives from almost 200 countries convened in Paris in December to reach the most significant agreement on climate change since the topic initially surfaced as a political priority some...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, February 1, 2016
Following the adoption of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package and the announcement of a €24B fund to support circular economy projects and businesses, several organizations have...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, February 1, 2016
Millennials (adults ages 18 to 35 in 2015) comprise over 30 percent of the labor force in both the United States and Canada. They are doing things differently, hold different values, and have a high...
New Metrics
by Ralph Thurm, February 1, 2016
If 2015 was the year that inspired new hope in sustainability with the publication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the success of COP21, 2016 is the year the rubber needs to hit the...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, January 30, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a project to cultivate microalgae as biomass for fuels and an array of consumer products. The microscopic single-cell organisms could unlock an...
Brand Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, January 29, 2016
“It’s kind of cool to have people look different,” a young girl says, with two dolls in her hands. One is blonde and blue-eyed, the other has darker tones – and both are Barbie.In a bold move from...
New Metrics
by Cory Searcy, January 29, 2016
Corporate sustainability ratings are of growing interest to business leaders, investors, and the general public. The annual releases of popular ratings such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, January 29, 2016
After almost two years of research and collaboration with a variety of partners, social enterprise Fairphone is pleased to announce it has successfully established the first pilot supply chain for...
Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, January 29, 2016
In October, water testing found toxic levels of lead in the water at Flint, Mich. schools. The state of Michigan, community groups, various charities, and even Mark Walhberg and Sean “Diddy” Combs...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, January 28, 2016
Following the recent announcement of a €24 billion EU Circular Economy Package, leading sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has today launched two free tools, developed together with...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, January 28, 2016
As sustainable business enters the mainstream, there is a growing need for a skilled labor force that can meet the needs of socially and environmentally focused firms. The rate of growth for jobs...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, January 28, 2016
Back to the Roots®, an Oakland, California startup spearheading a movement to reconnect people with food, announced today that it has completed a $5 million strategic seed financing round, led by...
Behavior Change
by Hannah Furlong, January 28, 2016
For Chicken of the Sea, the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans give the right recommendation: People should eat more seafood, and it should replace of other protein foods for two meals per week. In...
Behavior Change
by Nick Desolino, January 28, 2016
Sustainable Brands recently referenced a study from Ohio State University that shows that “not only do many consumers not want to put much effort toward finding out whether our purchases were...
Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, January 27, 2016
The winners of the 2016 European Plastics Innovation Awards were announced on Wednesday, and included several products that boast superior environmental performance. The expert jury, made up of both...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, January 27, 2016
The largest ever study of climate data from suppliers and their corporate customers, the CDP’s Global Supply Chain Report 2016, found that less than half of suppliers have set a target to reduce...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, January 27, 2016
Benefit corporation Singularity University (SU) is in ambitious pursuit of solutions for eleven “global grand challenges” that its experts have identified: environment, security, health, learning,...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, January 26, 2016
Whether the presidential candidates pay attention to it or not, climate change is a looming threat. Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation was considered to be the greatest global risk...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, January 26, 2016
In recent years, the travel and hospitality industry has smartly identified the business case for investing in the preservation of popular destinations around the world, and the environmental and...
Brand Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, January 26, 2016
Amidst increasing risks and heightened uncertainty, diverse perspectives are essential to solving the complex problems facing the world today. That is the thinking behind Hewlett Packard Enterprise (...
Business Models
by Hannah Furlong, January 25, 2016
Circular and sharing economy models are the latest trend in sustainable fashion – it seems there are new initiatives popping up all the time! Just last week, we covered startups reKindness and Hubbub...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, January 25, 2016
Dell and actor Adrian Grenier have announced the “Legacy of Good” short documentary film contest, aimed at creating compelling stories to raise awareness around the circular economy movement and...
New Metrics
by Yehuda Kahane, January 25, 2016
The industrial economy is geared towards maximization of wealth. This target has led towards substantial, even amazing, economic growth during the last two centuries. Yet, at the same time this...
Leadership
by Simon Robinson, January 25, 2016
Fritjof Capra is one of the world’s leading thinkers in systems theory, and the author of many influential books, such as The Tao of Physics; The Web of Life: A New Synthesis of Mind and Matter...
Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, January 22, 2016
Shipping temperature-sensitive goods is tricky business – warm climates and summer months create unique challenges for transporting refrigerated goods. Proper temperature regulation prevents spoilage...
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