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Chemistry and Materials
by Jennifer Elks, April 18, 2014
UK supermarket chain Waitrose has teamed up with energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power Project to design and build a lower-impact system for the production of industrial fertilizer....
Leadership
by Anna Lui, April 18, 2014
Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability recently launched the Executive Master’s for Sustainability Leadership (EMSL), a 13-month program designed for mid-career professionals currently...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, April 18, 2014
Duracell, Volkswagen, LG, and Hitachi are among the first corporate members of CalCharge, a pioneering initiative designed to accelerate the development of the energy storage sector in California....
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, April 18, 2014
Fair Trade USA recently announced that it has certified one billion pounds of Fair Trade coffee since its founding in 1998.The organization says this milestone was made possible by the sustainable...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, April 17, 2014
RepRisk has released its Most Controversial Companies of 2013 report. Throughout the year, RepRisk detected news on thousands of companies across the globe in relation to their environmental, social...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Jennifer Elks, April 17, 2014
Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of consumers consistently recycle in the home, but despite a genuine concern for the environment, only about half do so in rooms beyond the kitchen. According to...
Cleantech
by Aarthi Rayapura, April 17, 2014
British Airways and Solena Fuels' GreenSky London project is set to build the world's first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel at the Thames Enterprise Park in Essex. The location is...
Marketing and Comms
by Tim Lindsay, April 17, 2014
Late last month, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its second report, warning the impacts of global warming are likely to be ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible.’ It’...
Packaging
by Jennifer Elks, April 17, 2014
Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow (AYS) announced today that, after dialogue with AYS, personal care products giant Colgate-Palmolive has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging for...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, April 17, 2014
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has received funding from the Alcoa Foundation to develop a new web-based education program for product designers, according to a recent...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, April 17, 2014
Walmart has announced plans to purchase energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures for its new supercenters in the United States, stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the...
The Next Economy
by Aarthi Rayapura, April 16, 2014
A recent study by Arizona State University's Sustainability Solutions Services (S3) and The Nature Conservancy reveals that forest thinning could benefit the state by making its forests more...
Business Models
by Jennifer Elks, April 16, 2014
“Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” eyeglass brand Warby Parker has teamed up with San Francisco-based design nonprofit Architecture for Humanity (AFH) on a limited-edition set of two AFH-designed frames,...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, April 16, 2014
In 2013, adidas issued 66 warning letters to suppliers across 14 countries, and terminated nine manufacturing agreements for social and environmental non-compliance, according to the footwear company...
Supply Chain
by Jennifer Elks, April 16, 2014
H&M has formed a strategic alliance with Solidaridad, an international organization dedicated to creating responsible agricultural supply chains, to achieve more sustainable textile production....
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, April 16, 2014
New Jersey-based Liquid Light has received a CAD$500,000 seed grant in the first round of Alberta’s Grand Challenge, organized by the Climate Change and Emission Management Corporation (CCEMC)....
Products and Design
by Aarthi Rayapura, April 15, 2014
“It isn't just what you write that can make a difference, it's how you write it,” declares the ad for Ryman Eco, a new font by stationary brand Ryman and ad agency Grey London.Ryman claims that its...
Chemistry and Materials
by Jennifer Elks, April 15, 2014
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, have demonstrated proof-of-concept of NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (...
Packaging
by Mike Hower, April 15, 2014
Winemaker Truett-Hurst has completed a general supply agreement with Ecologic Brands to produce paper bottles for its PaperBoy brand.PaperBoy recyclable wine bottles are made from compressed recycled...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, April 15, 2014
General Electric and idea accelerator company Quirky have launched Aros, an app-enabled air-conditioning unit that gathers information based on users' habits, cost of energy, and budget to...
Supply Chain
by Jennifer Elks, April 15, 2014
At a corporate responsibility summit for global automakers and suppliers near Detroit last week, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) announced an initiative to accelerate action on...
The Next Economy
by Katharine Earley, April 14, 2014
“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it,” enthuses Rien Otto, the charismatic founder of Dutch aWEARness, speaking from an international showcase of corporate clothing in...
Blog
by Sustainable Brands, April 14, 2014
Can your artistic vision inspire someone to take action to create a more sustainable future?This year the Sustainable Brands community is asking designers, painters, sculptors, illustrators,...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, April 14, 2014
IKEA US announced last week that it is making its first US wind farm investment with the purchase of Hoopeston Wind in Hoopeston, Illinois. The 98-megawatt wind farm is the largest single IKEA Group...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, April 14, 2014
Heineken has increased the percentage of renewable electricity it uses in its global operations from 9.3 percent in 2012 to 18 percent, to a total of 358,100,000 kWh, according to the beer maker’s...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, April 14, 2014
Diabetes care supplier Novo Nordisk has opened two new clinics in Ghana as part of its Base of the Pyramid program, which creates partnerships to build sustainable access to diabetes care for people...
Organizational Change
by Jennifer Elks, April 11, 2014
HP announced this week that thousands of entrepreneurs around the world have already received microloans from its employees since the launch of Matter to a Million, the Hewlett-Packard Company...
Waste Not
by Jennifer Elks, April 11, 2014
In December, Unilever pled guilty to two counts of violating the Clean Water Act, for an incident on December 5, 2008 in which it illegally discharged thousands of gallons of wastewater from its...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, April 11, 2014
Practically Green, the engagement platform for sustainability and responsibility programs, this week announced it is rebranding as WeSpire. The company also debuted its proprietary ROI calculator,...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, April 11, 2014
REI is on track to powering all of its stores and distribution centers by renewable energy, through a combination of renewable energy projects and certified renewable energy certificates (RECs).With...

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