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Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, January 19, 2018
Fashion and textile industry heavy hitters are heeding the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent call for a New Textiles Economy with the rollout of new agreements and action plans that consider the...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, January 19, 2018
With an estimated 12 million tons of plastic waste entering the world’s oceans each year, consumers and governments are increasingly looking to businesses to eliminate plastic packaging. Fast food...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, January 19, 2018
The business world is undergoing rapid transformation, as consumers’ — and employees’ — expectations of companies increase, largely in regards to social purpose and environmental performance. It’s no...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, January 18, 2018
The auto sector is facing a complete overhaul with technological disruption already well underway. In order to remain relevant in the low-carbon transition, automotive companies must rapidly adapt to...
Collaboration
by Richard Howitt, January 18, 2018
Sustainability is at risk. And whilst the risks that go beyond climate change may be less well-understood, they are just as pressing. That was the message at the first meeting of the European Union’s...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, January 18, 2018
Environmental and social issues are increasingly being used to shape business practice as companies recognize the link between strong ESG performance and profit. But for those that continue to put up...
The Next Economy
by Tom Idle, January 17, 2018
As we navigate our own private echo chambers day to day, it is tempting to allow oneself to be swept up in the positivity so prevalent in sustainable business circles right now. We have the...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, January 17, 2018
In a bid to put people on the path to better health, CVS Health has made significant changes in its retail stores, such as ending the sale of tobacco products, embracing healthier food options and...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, January 17, 2018
In response to the success of its “Blue Planet II” nature documentary series and the substantial social media response that followed, the BBC will launch two new programs that explore the impact of...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, January 17, 2018
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new algae-powered fuel cell that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models. Both cost-effective and practical to...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, January 16, 2018
Coinciding with the launch of Theresa May’s 25 Year Environment Plan, WRAP has announced a new collaborative initiative with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) that aims to help turn the tide on...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, January 16, 2018
Between climate change and a rapidly expanding population, the future of food security is uncertain. Scientists at the John Innes Center, University of Queensland and University of Sydney have been...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, January 16, 2018
As the problems of microplastics and water scarcity persist, businesses are looking to new technologies to encourage greater consumer and corporate water stewardship. Platform technology company...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, January 15, 2018
Europe’s appetite for renewables is growing rapidly, and countries including Germany, Scotland and Denmark have already established themselves as leaders in renewable energy generation. However, the...
Walking the Talk
by Jay Coen Gilbert, January 15, 2018
Sixty-four years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. We named our son Dexter with this in mind. In his first sermon...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, January 15, 2018
The world’s largest auto alliance has launched a corporate capital fund, Alliance Ventures, that will invest $1 billion to support innovative projects shaping the next generation of mobility over the...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, January 12, 2018
The UK government has unveiled a national action plan to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042. The announcement aims to quell concerns of critics regarding the potential negative impacts Brexit...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, January 12, 2018
With impact investing on the rise, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has published a new report highlighting a range of strategies investors can employ to strengthen their ability to exit...
Cleantech
by Gary Cook, January 12, 2018
Your bus shelter and web browser may soon be blanketed with ads promoting “The best phone you’ve never heard of," heralding the arrival of a new smartphone that has finally come to town. Who is this...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, January 11, 2018
Companies are increasingly becoming aware that the business case for corporate social responsibility has grown beyond environmental sustainability and social impact to include positive workplace...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, January 11, 2018
The US consumes more meat than any other country in the world. But what does this mean for consumers on a personal level? Blitz Results has created a new calculator that shows users the impact of...
Organizational Change
by Sophie Komornicki, January 11, 2018
Although it may seem counterintuitive for a company to discourage consumers from buying its products, we have seen this strategy work in brands’ favor in the past — Patagonia’s “Don’t Buy This Jacket...
Supply Chain
by Dan Davies, January 11, 2018
Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, has certainly earned its space as one of the most talked-about topics of 2017. Regardless of whether one views these new '...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, January 10, 2018
The circular economy continues to gain steam as key players in the sustainability sphere join forces to unlock new opportunities to create positive impacts.    First, the Ellen MacArthur...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, January 10, 2018
Newsweek has released the results of its 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, an annual assessment of the sustainability performance of the largest publicly-traded companies in the US and the world by...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, January 10, 2018
Just one year after its launch, The Soulfull Project — a mission-driven startup dedicated to making high-quality, nutritious food more accessible to those in need — has pledged to donate one million...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, January 9, 2018
Though widely known for its consumer electronics products, Panasonic is using its tech expertise to focus on a new venture: creating smart, sustainable cities of the future. Building on the success...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, January 9, 2018
Wind’s potential to fuel the next economy is no longer speculation, but rather fact. According to new research by Research & Markets, energy statistics from Denmark and a pledge made by the UK...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, January 8, 2018
Sustainability is increasingly becoming an integral part of business practice, but consumers continue to hold the key to achieving long-term change — a concept that has been widely observed by...
The Next Economy
by Benita Matofska, January 8, 2018
The sharing economy is proving to be the biggest business trend of all time; and as we say goodbye to 2017, we could look back on the year that saw potential valuations of this new economy soar to $2...
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