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Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, October 16, 2014
On average, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on grocery food produced safely and responsibly, according to the Conscious Consumer™ Study issued today by Gibbs-rbb Strategic...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, October 16, 2014
Canadian forest conservation nonprofit Canopy announced Wednesday that EcoPlanet Bamboo, the largest global developer of certified bamboo plantations on degraded lands, has committed to a sourcing...
Packaging
by Tamay Kiper, October 16, 2014
As an urban gardener, I’ve always been proud of my small-scale food production and gardening efforts, thinking that I’m supporting nature and working with the environment. But I wasn’t aware of the...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Hannah Ritchie, October 16, 2014
Child hunger is often seen as an issue that only affects the developing world, but it’s actually a lot closer to home than you might think. In America alone, there are an estimated 16 million...
Packaging
by Mike Hower, October 16, 2014
Tetra Pak, provider of food processing and packaging solutions, today announced the launch of the industry’s first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials.The new Tetra...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, October 16, 2014
Ghana-based technology provider Farmerline has announced plans to join the Business Call to Action (BCtA) and help empower 500,000 small-scale farmers in West Africa to advance their livelihoods by...
Business Models
by Ira Baseman, October 15, 2014
I am sitting in the airport at Minneapolis, Minnesota, having just left the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Retailer Sustainability Conference, and my mind is awash in the list of...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, October 15, 2014
Rechargeable lithium batteries, used in everything from portable electronic devices to electric cars to large-scale energy storage, are convenient and efficient but less than stellar when it comes to...
Chemistry and Materials
by Hannah Ritchie, October 15, 2014
AkzoNobel has discovered a way to add self-cleaning properties and extend the life of its paints. Pioneered by one of the company’s product developers, Dr. Peter Greenwood, the company added...
The Next Economy
by Maxine Perella, October 15, 2014
Sustainable footwear is a hotbed of innovation right now for many apparel and lifestyle brands, who are looking to blend ever-smarter manufacturing efficiencies with material optimization techniques...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, October 15, 2014
Today, in recognition of Global Handwashing Day, Dow and Unilever have collaborated on an improvement that is expected to positively impact health and hygiene around the world.Unilever's Lifebuoy,...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, October 15, 2014
UK nonprofit Business in the Community (BITC) has joined forces with leading UK brands to launch its Be Energy Aware campaign, running October 13-26, aimed at encouraging consumers to be more aware...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, October 15, 2014
A growing number of companies are committed to policies to ensure environmental, social and governance sustainability — but some remain skeptical about their benefits, according to a new report from...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, October 15, 2014
Plastic bag manufacturers have begun collecting signatures for a referendum vote to overturn California’s recent ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. If the law’s opponents submit more than 500,...
Supply Chain
by Mark Robertson, October 14, 2014
Click for full infographic.From the cockle-picking disaster in the UK in 2004 to the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 to the recent investigation into the global Thai prawn industry...
Business Models
by Leslie Pascaud, October 14, 2014
Impact investing is the all the rage in billionaire circles. Now as most of us aren’t billionaires, you might ask: ‘why do we care?’ Quite simply because this phenomenon is changing the face of both...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, October 14, 2014
eBay, Kindle and Skype are some of the best apps for creating sustainable behaviors, according to a new study by WSP, a global professional services consultancy.eBay ranked highest due to its huge...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, October 14, 2014
Southeast Asian countries will invest $13.6 billion in smart grid infrastructure between 2014 and 2024, according to a new study by market intelligence firm Northeast Group.This investment will...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, October 13, 2014
In a collaborative move that’s happily becoming a trend, 57 leading organizations across a variety of industries — including the Climate Group, Ecover, GE, IKEA, Interface, Tesco, Unilever, and...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, October 13, 2014
The Clorox Company has reduced its greenhouse gases emissions by 12 percent and the amount of waste it sends to landfill per case of product sold by 34 percent since 2011, according to the company’s...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, October 13, 2014
Hilton Worldwide has reduced its waste output by 26.8 percent, energy use by 13.6 percent, carbon output by 20.2 percent and water use by 13.1 percent since 2009, according to the company’s 2013-2014...
The Next Economy
by Joss Tantram, October 13, 2014
“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”— George Bernard ShawA bird in the hand…We know that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. The...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, October 10, 2014
The search is on for fashion or textile designers that can show their flair for sustainable fashion; the brand new SCAP Extending the Life of Clothes Design Awards (SCAP ELC Awards) is...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Tamay Kiper, October 10, 2014
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure to attend Metrics that Matter, Messages that Motivate — Making the Right Case for Sustainability in Healthcare, an event hosted by The Wharton Initiative for Global...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, October 10, 2014
By sharing a pool of kegs rather than owning their own, over 200 leading craft brewers have helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013. These findings, based...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, October 10, 2014
Transportation Network Company (TNC) Uber has received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the lowest possible rating given by the organization. The failing rating largely was...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, October 10, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named The Home Depot a 2014 WaterSense Partner of the Year for its commitment to water efficiency and efforts to educate Americans about WaterSense...
New Metrics
by Andy Whitman, October 10, 2014
The Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences announced its initial, successful fielding of the Vital Capital Index for Dairy Agriculture (VCI) with the Agri-Mark dairy cooperative, best...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, October 9, 2014
With the annual International Uzbek Cotton and Textile Fair scheduled for October 14th and 15th in Tashkent, retailers and apparel brands are taking action to prevent Uzbek cotton from...
Blog
by Dimitar Vlahov, October 9, 2014
 “Don’t fight forces, use them.” — Buckminster FullerAt Sustainable Brands, we believe — with a level of passion typical of unabashed optimists — that sustainability can be one of the few most...

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