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Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, May 15, 2018
An announcement today from Procter & Gamble’s laundry brands, Ariel and Lenor (the European sister brands of Tide and Downy, here in the States), revealed that their ‘Long Live Fashion Formula’...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, May 14, 2018
A major new initiative in Edinburgh will help local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) identify and capitalise on circular economy opportunities, while an economic study has shown how circular...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, May 14, 2018
A new television series is under development to help teach children about sustainability and what they can do to help keep our planet beautiful. With a goal to inspire and guide 4- to 7-year-old...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Frank Michel, May 14, 2018
Earlier this year, the Global Fashion Agenda released the CEO Agenda for the fashion industry, which highlights the “efficient use of chemicals, water and energy” as a core priority for immediate...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, May 14, 2018
In April of 2000, Clif Bar owner and founder Gary Erickson turned down a $120 million offer to buy Clif Bar & Company. Instead of taking it easy the rest of his life, Erickson decided to...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, May 11, 2018
The business case for sustainability in the fashion industry has strengthened, but the pace of change still isn’t going fast or far enough, according to the newly released second edition of the Pulse...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, May 11, 2018
Some 290 million tires are discarded each year in the U.S. alone, and they can be a challenge to recycle. Still, these days as much as 80 percent are reused or recycled in some way, such as for tire-...
Cleantech
by Parker O'Very, May 11, 2018
These days, there is more pressure than ever on businesses to be environmentally conscious, reduce their impact and do their part to keep the planet healthy. Logistics is a major area of focus for...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, May 10, 2018
The private sector has been mobilizing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. But corporations are also in constant...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, May 10, 2018
“Organizations rely on a diverse set of ‘capitals’ to function effectively,” says Emma Ringström, Sustainability Manager, Pulp and Performance Chemicals at AkzoNobel. By measuring these, she says, “...
Business Case
by Sustainable Brands, May 10, 2018
Unilever has today revealed its fourth consecutive year of growth for its ‘sustainable living’ brands, which delivered 70 percent of its turnover growth and grew 46 percent faster (a slightly slower...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, May 10, 2018
As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to...
Supply Chain
by Erb Institute, May 9, 2018
Have you ever stopped to think about how many people were involved in making the clothes you buy? Chances are you have heard about or read The Travels of a T-shirt in a Global Economy or...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, May 9, 2018
Three new goals to enhance the circular economy for plastics and reduce packaging waste have been announced by leading U.S. plastic producers including BASF, Dow, DuPont and Braskem. Together as part...
Collaboration
by Coro Strandberg, May 9, 2018
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford Environmental and social issues are increasingly affecting the viability of business —...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, May 9, 2018
Clif Bar & Company attributes its success to “not selling out” when the owners walked away from a $120 million buyout offer in 2000. Instead, they kept the company private and invented their five...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, May 8, 2018
Gen Z is bypassing the traditional political system and focusing on consumerism as a channel for change, according to new research from non-profit consultancy DoSomething Strategic. This generation...
Organizational Change
by Vigil Yu, May 8, 2018
Since 1990, Indonesia has lost half of its rainforests. What’s worse, the rate of deforestation, currently at roughly two million hectares per year, is still accelerating. Heart of the issue being...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, May 8, 2018
As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to have on...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, May 7, 2018
Starbucks Corporation and Nestlé S.A. announced on Sunday that they will form a global coffee alliance to accelerate and grow the global reach of Starbucks brands in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, May 7, 2018
It’s National Drinking Water Week, but new survey results suggest Americans may have more concerns on their minds than reasons to celebrate. Most Americans feel unknowledgeable about what is in their...
Walking the Talk
by Suzanne Shelton, May 7, 2018
It’s official. Sustainability is mainstream. You probably already knew that. What you may not know is that Americans aren’t really changing their personal behaviors. They’re changing their buying...
Cleantech
by Bill Lally, May 7, 2018
Technology has been quickly evolving into many markets such as clothing, food, health and home, and hotels are certainly no exception. As the industry is disrupted by more privatized options such as...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, May 4, 2018
Reimagining global agriculture will require numerous efforts of various size and focus, such as those in the news this week from a global agribusiness firm trying to meet targets across complex...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, May 4, 2018
By 2050 there will be over 9 billion people on the planet, and food production will have to increase by as much as 70 percent to feed everyone. We are already struggling to feed everyone today, even...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, May 4, 2018
Recent research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America revealed that one in four children are affected by anxiety disorders; putting our next generation of leaders and innovators at...
Waste Not
by Stephen Ardagh, May 4, 2018
The US food industry uses roughly 30 billion disposable gloves per year. Estimates vary but between 45-75 percent of these are vinyl (PVC) disposable gloves. There are many scientific studies...
Supply Chain
by Cheryl Baldwin, May 3, 2018
Half of the soil on our U.S. farmland is gone. Conventional agricultural practices and conversion of land to cropland caused this devastating loss. The good news is that the rate of soil erosion has...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, May 3, 2018
This week, global brewer AB InBev announced two major initiatives helping it advance toward its 2025 Sustainability Goals in different parts of the world. From spent grain to saved grain The brewing...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, May 3, 2018
“Clean meat” — products produced from culturing animal cells rather than raising and slaughtering animals — is facing its first major regulatory battle. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association petitioning...
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