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Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, October 18, 2017
Following a recent commitment to source 100 percent sustainable cotton by 2020, Target has introduced a new climate policy and Science-Based Target Initiative-aligned goals aimed at reducing its...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, October 18, 2017
Gold Standard, an organization established by WWF and other NGOs to catalyze action on climate change, is making it easier for anyone to support sustainable development projects around the world...
Behavior Change
by Libby MacCarthy, October 18, 2017
On its quest to create a kinder, healthier world — one snack at a time — the KIND Foundation, a nonprofit established by KIND Snacks, has launched a $20 million, multi-year initiative to inspire...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, October 18, 2017
It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and to celebrate, I spoke to some superstar companies reducing waste through product design that are featured in the National Zero Waste Council’s Design...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, October 17, 2017
DowDuPont Materials Science (Dow) and WE, a global development charity and youth empowerment movement, have rolled out the We Are Innovators campaign to challenge educators and students to harness...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, October 17, 2017
It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and to celebrate, I spoke to some superstar companies reducing waste through product design that are featured in the National Zero Waste Council’s Design...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, October 17, 2017
With millions of disposable coffee cups finding their way into landfill each year, businesses and local authorities across the globe have been searching for ways to increase recycling and recovery of...
Waste Not
by Jasmin Malik Chua, October 17, 2017
Want to subvert the traditional apparel supply chain? You must possess a “little bit of craziness,” according to Giulio Bonazzi, CEO and president of Aquafil, an Italian company that transforms...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, October 16, 2017
While the circular economy hits its stride in Sweden, recycling comes to a standstill in the US as it comes face-to-face with the realities of China’s new scrap ban. US shopping malls may be in fatal...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, October 16, 2017
From used bathroom tissue to banana peels, researchers and innovators are fueling a sustainable future by giving new life to previously overlooked waste streams. While scientists in the Netherlands...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, October 16, 2017
The global airline industry is flying high — according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the sector is forecasted to make a net profit of $29.8 billion in 2017 and air passengers...
Business Case
by Daniel Hill, October 16, 2017
Energy efficiency is a simple, quick and cost-effective method to reduce both costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That’s why companies are scaling up their energy-efficiency projects in an...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, October 13, 2017
The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow dedicated to ending human rights abuses associated with raw materials, has released a new report analyzing...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, October 13, 2017
Traceability is an ongoing concern for the textile industry. Technologies such as barcodes, QR codes and RFID tags have been put in place to enhance supply chain transparency, but they often fail to...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, October 13, 2017
The environmental impact of laboratories is enormous. But with the launch of ACT, the first-ever environmental impact factor label for laboratory products, nonprofit My Green Lab is working to...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, October 12, 2017
‘Purpose’ is not a buzzword, a strapline, a communications campaign, or repackaged CSR – nor is it a recruitment tool for millennials or only suited for worthy businesses, asserts independent...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, October 12, 2017
Closed-loop cocktails are officially a thing thanks to Operation Dagger, a popular Singapore-based bar and one of Asia’s best watering holes. Single-use is practically unheard of in this trendy spot...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, October 12, 2017
Putting a price on carbon is becoming the new normal for major multinationals, with almost 1,400 companies[1] factoring an internal carbon price into business plans, according to a new report...
Finance & Investment
by Monica Marshall, October 12, 2017
This summer came to a calamitous end with the rapid succession of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria and Nate, two earthquakes in Mexico, rampant wildfires currently raging across Northern and...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, October 11, 2017
Starbucks is harnessing the power of new media to highlight the efforts being made by real people across the United States to effect positive changes in their communities. The coffee giant has...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, October 11, 2017
Big news has been rolling out of the Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference near Washington, D.C. this week, providing evidence of the major paradigm shift taking place in the...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, October 11, 2017
With the signing of the Paris Agreement, governments resolved to pursue efforts to go beyond the agreed 2°C goal and limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. However, nearly two...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, October 11, 2017
P2Binvestor (P2Bi), a leading marketplace lending platform that offers crowdsourced, asset-secured lines of credit to growing companies with big ambitions, is catalyzing the growth of mission-aligned...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, October 11, 2017
Ford has announced a new strategy to investors that will see the auto giant leverage its unique product strengths, trusted brand and global scale to refocus and thrive in an evolving and disruptive...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, October 11, 2017
The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the seventh edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), with this year’s theme focusing on “investing in inclusive innovation ecosystems.”...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, October 10, 2017
Earthshine, a consultancy and think tank focused on business and economic transformation, and remanufacturing company Norsk Ombruk have released a new business case white paper demonstrating how...
Business Case
by Maxine Perella, October 10, 2017
For many retailers, circular thinking involves redefining products – and the raw materials contained within them – as assets that need to be kept in circulation for as long as possible. During each...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, October 10, 2017
Good for your health, good for the environment, good for the future. These common themes have consumers embracing trends toward products that are responsibly sourced and manufactured. As with many...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, October 9, 2017
Salesforce Ventures, the corporate investment arm of Salesforce, a global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), has launched a $50 million impact investment fund to accelerate the growth...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, October 9, 2017
Nearly three weeks after Puerto Rico was pummeled by Hurricane Maria, the island is still feeling the storm’s disastrous effects. The destruction of transmission lines across the island has left much...
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