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Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, August 13, 2014
This morning, Kellogg announced a new set of commitments aimed at protecting its supply chain and increasing the efficiency of its operations. Specifically, the company has pledged to responsibly...
The Next Economy
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 12, 2014
The UK Environmental Audit Committee has released a new report – Growing a Circular Economy: Ending the Throwaway Society – which calls for lower taxes for businesses that repair or reuse goods;...
Packaging
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 12, 2014
The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has published a new brochure called Reducing Fresh Food Waste: The Role of Packaging.The free brochure explains that Americans...
Brand Innovation
by Maryanne Conlin, August 12, 2014
A recent Boston Consulting Group (BCG) research report showed responsible products accounted for two-thirds of grocery product growth in 2013. That’s a pretty incredible number considering how...
Startups
by Mike Hower, August 12, 2014
Just in time for back-to-school season, eco-friendly school supplies company Green ABCs has launched a new line of supplies, which help minimize waste with recycled materials, renewable resources and...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, August 12, 2014
Bacardi is working with global nonprofit Bonsucro to foster sustainability in the sugarcane sector as part of its effort to make good on its promise of obtaining 40 percent of the sugarcane-derived...
Waste Not
by Hannah Ritchie, August 11, 2014
In a world where there is a glaring equality gap in the provision of food and adequate nutrition, plus increasing strain on the global food system from a growing population, food waste is becoming a...
New Metrics
by Mark McElroy, August 11, 2014
In part one, Mark McElroy examined three types of integrated report structures, as identified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), along with their limitations. Here, he explores a new...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Ritchie, August 11, 2014
Nestlé UK & Ireland and Tata Global Beverages have both announced they are committed to achieving 100 percent sustainable sourcing for their products as part of their overall sustainability...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, August 11, 2014
Minnesota-based research group Skajaquoda has developed a flexible solar panel that goes around any bag strap and charges its internal battery as you go about your day.The device, called Sun Strap,...
Startups
by Mike Hower, August 11, 2014
Farmland LP, Public Lab, Rising Tide Capital and Sustaintech India are the winners of the Social Venture Network’s (SVN) 2014 Innovation Award, which recognizes companies that demonstrate the...
Products and Design
by Cheryl Baldwin, August 11, 2014
Food and beverage companies are beginning to realize the importance of sustainability, with a growing number of companies working to advance environmental and social improvement in product...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, August 8, 2014
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced a global initiative to increase its procurement of responsibly sourced seafood and eliminate the procurement of highly vulnerable seafood species, starting...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, August 8, 2014
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole, a champion of social change throughout his 30-year career, is introducing a new campaign for Fall 2014 called “Look Good, For Good.” Building upon the company’s...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, August 8, 2014
Intel is the largest user of clean energy within the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership for the fourth consecutive year, according to the agency’s recently updated...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, August 8, 2014
Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG have announced a collaboration to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.This initiative builds on cooperation between...
Products and Design
by Hannah Ritchie, August 8, 2014
Designnobis, a creative innovation firm, has developed a cheap lighting concept comprised of solar panels and discarded plastic bottles. The Turkish firm developed a product they call ‘Infinite Light...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, August 7, 2014
Thanks to the company’s new coatings technology EvCote™ Water Barrier 3000 — made from plant-based oils and recycled PET bottles — companies and consumers can now select a more sustainable cup in...
Supply Chain
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 7, 2014
The Coca-Cola Company and its African bottling partners announced a new investment of $5 billion during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held earlier this week. To be made over the next six years, this...
Marketing and Comms
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 7, 2014
Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has announced the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort, the “Pass The Red Cup” challenge, featuring multi-Grammy Award...
Leadership
by Adam Mott, August 7, 2014
Since the release of the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) in January, we have been working diligently to get it rolled out to the industry and implemented across our own supply chain. Doing this has...
Chemistry and Materials
by Mike Hower, August 7, 2014
A group of scientists at the University of Birmingham is calling for soft furnishings to be discarded with the same caution as electronics. Waste from soft furnishings such as curtains, cushions and...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, August 7, 2014
Only 41 percent of Americans trust the federal government to solve the country’s most pressing problems, and three-quarters say it’s important for major companies to help on this front, according to...
New Metrics
by Mark McElroy, August 6, 2014
Last year, prior to the release of the IIRC’s Integrated Reporting (<IR>) framework, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) published an interesting report on integrated reporting trends between...
Behavior Change
by Hannah Ritchie, August 6, 2014
If the health benefits of fruit and vegetables were marketed more like pharmaceutical drugs, it could potentially develop into a multimillion-dollar boon for the pharmaceutical industry, claims one...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, August 6, 2014
Dow and IBM have committed to participate in a joint global project with International Medical Corps (IMC) that will promote and support a campaign to improve sanitation and hygiene behavior in the...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, August 6, 2014
A pair of designers have developed a new portable outlet that absorbs solar energy and converts it to electricity for everyday use.This nifty device can be attached to a window or wall that gets a...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, August 6, 2014
In the drive to engage US consumers on the wonders of electric-vehicle mobility, the ante was upped once again on Tuesday when Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VW) announced the latest in its holistic...
The Next Economy
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 5, 2014
A new study released by Airbnb quantifies the environmental benefits of home-sharing for travelers, and finds that the company’s business model promotes a more efficient use of existing resources and...
Chemistry and Materials
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 5, 2014
A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that the use of new nanomaterials in tire production could help further the sustainability of the industry and...

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