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Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 6, 2017
While there’s plenty of discussion surrounding single-use plastics — namely straws, water bottles, food packaging, coffee stirrers, etc. — the topic of disposable needle counters doesn’t typically...
Organizational Change
by Daniel Persica, December 6, 2017
The face of the U.S.’s workforce is undergoing a vast and rapid change as an estimated 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. With nearly 4 million people calling it quits each year, this silver...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 6, 2017
Big data and IoT are back in the news, as real-time cargo tracking and monitoring service Arviem scores a Green Supply Chain 2017 Award for advancing supply chain transparency and UNEP calls for...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, December 5, 2017
Denim has rightfully earned its reputation as a dirty business, but denim brand G-Star Raw is continuing its efforts to shape a new future for the fabric with the development of the first-ever...
Finance & Investment
by Maxine Perella, December 5, 2017
A report launched at the World Forum on Natural Capital (WFNC) in Edinburgh, Scotland last week examines the vanishing wealth of the world’s nature, and the growing systemic risk that represents to...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, December 5, 2017
Despite mounting evidence for the business case for integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into brand strategy, a new report released by Corporate Citizenship shares some alarming...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, December 5, 2017
Over the past decade, Danish energy company Ørsted has effectively transformed itself into one of Europe’s leading sustainable energy companies, transitioning away from oil and coal in favor of...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 4, 2017
Technological advancements, circular design principles and innovative raw materials are rapidly transforming the apparel industry, but lack of transparency continues to present a significant obstacle...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, December 4, 2017
Wilmar International, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, has announced major steps forward in reducing its environmental and social impacts. The company has worked out an innovative financial...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Libby MacCarthy, December 4, 2017
While carbon emissions and water and energy efficiency are top-of-mind concerns for companies keen on reducing the environmental impacts of their products, a sustainable future can’t be achieved...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, December 4, 2017
“The most important resource a customer, coffee brand or even the roaster has in the coffee industry is the relationship with a farmer,” said Thrive Farmers’ co-founder and chief sustainability...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, December 1, 2017
Sustainable Surf, a nonprofit focused on protecting ocean health, has teamed up with Swiss designer Yves Béhar and MAFIA Bags, a Bay Area-based brand making bags and backpacks from upcycled sails, to...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 1, 2017
Electric vehicles and alternative fuels are key components of the auto industry’s vision for the future, but technology isn’t the only thing driving sustainable mobility. Drive Sustainability, a...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, December 1, 2017
Thermoplastics resin producer Braskem has been keeping busy, entering into a series of new partnerships to make bio-based packaging the mainstream choice for the personal care and consumer goods...
Marketing and Comms
by Andrew Winston, December 1, 2017
For the last 5 years, my firm has tracked the sustainability goals of the world’s largest companies. These thousands of targets commit multinationals to do many important things, such as slashing...
Finance & Investment
by Maxine Perella, November 30, 2017
Factoring the value of nature into governance and corporate decision-making is not an easy task, but governments and businesses are starting to recognize the importance of natural capital accounting...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, November 30, 2017
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has released early registration of the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), a self-assessment tool that globally standardizes sustainability...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, November 30, 2017
While the LEED rating system has faced criticism for its narrow scope, hefty price tag and preference for context-ignorant cleantech, a new resilient construction standard developed by global...
Marketing and Comms
by News Deeply, November 30, 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...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, November 29, 2017
As part of its ongoing regionalization strategy, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has created a Japan Sustainability Local Group. Chaired by Koji Inoue of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., the Local Group will help...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, November 29, 2017
Households in the UK waste two million tons of food each year simply by not consuming it in time. A third of this food waste is the result of the result of a confusing and counterintuitive labeling...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, November 29, 2017
Packaging remains a considerable challenge for businesses looking to reduce their impacts, but innovators such as food-service supplier Eco-Products and Finnish startup Sulpac are helping to...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, November 29, 2017
Researchers at MIT have developed a new membrane system that could be used to convert power plant CO2 emissions into fuel for cars, trucks and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, November 28, 2017
While discussion around the future of urban mobility largely focuses on electric vehicles and public transportation, buzz is growing around the role of bikes in driving down emissions in cities....
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, November 28, 2017
Sweden is a leader in waste-to-energy generation and earlier this year, the country began powering its incineration plants with trash purchased from neighboring countries. With less than one percent...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, November 28, 2017
Consumers have a critical role to play in pushing forward the sustainability agenda, particularly when it comes to food. But initiating change requires both educating the public about the issues and...
New Metrics
by Jed Wolf, November 28, 2017
The new wave of conscious consumption, driven largely by millennials and Gen Z, is pushing companies to innovate around social causes. The Nielsen Global Corporate Sustainability Report found that 73...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, November 27, 2017
While a recent report from waste management firm Suez has expressed concern about the potential “disastrous” consequences of Brexit on the UK’s already taxed waste infrastructure system, Scotland is...
Behavior Change
by Monica Marshall, November 27, 2017
This has been a bad year for natural disasters. In fact, 2017 is tied with 2011 for the most billion-dollar disasters.[1] Without even counting Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria or the California...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, November 27, 2017
Carlsberg Group is now one step closer to achieving its Together Towards Zero goals — the company’s brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden is now 100 percent powered by biogas and clean electricity, thereby...
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