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Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, December 20, 2017
The food industry is in transition, with new technologies, programs and initiatives targeting everything from food waste to resource efficiency and traceability emerging almost daily to nudge the...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, December 20, 2017
A key ingredient in everything from beauty products to detergents and even ice cream, palm oil is an important commodity that generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. However,...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, December 19, 2017
A year after announcing its strategy to ensure 100 percent of its branded tuna is sustainably sourced, Thai Union, the company behind brands such as Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee, John West and...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, December 19, 2017
Back in 2015, we first learned about + POOL, a wildly ambitious idea by four enterprising New Yorkers to make the City’s notoriously polluted Hudson River swimmable with the help of a floating,...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, December 19, 2017
Circularity is slowing making its way into the fashion industry, aiming to transform one of the most polluting sectors into a shining example of sustainability, but it still has a long way to go...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 19, 2017
Between a growing global population — which is estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 — rapid urbanization and climate change, shifting agricultural to a more sustainable model is essential for...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, December 18, 2017
In today’s digitally dependent world, e-waste management is a critical issue that requires urgent attention from both the public and private sector. Published by the International Telecommunication...
Marketing and Comms
by Whitney Dailey, December 18, 2017
Last week, in response to President Trump’s decision to scale back Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, outdoor retail brand and sustainability leader Patagonia in turn...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, December 18, 2017
Single-serve beverage waste is on the fast-track to obsolescence as startups, multinationals and local governments unveil strategies to keep cups, straws and plastic bottles out of landfill....
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, December 18, 2017
Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have developed a technology that could finally make it economically feasible for coal plants to curb their carbon emissions...
Business Case
by Coro Strandberg, December 15, 2017
Grim climate change reality: The seas are rising. Terrifying hurricanes regularly raze vast, inhabited areas. And wildfires are flaring up more frequently and causing massive damage: The US...
Walking the Talk
by Cristian Barcan, December 15, 2017
Sustainability matters, but why does it matter to your business? The vinyl industry began our sustainability journey with the recognition that meeting the needs of a fast-growing population will...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, December 15, 2017
IBM has announced that it is teaming up with Walmart, JD.com and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies to launch a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance to enhance...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, December 15, 2017
JUST Capital, a nonprofit research organization, and Forbes have released the 2017 edition of the JUST 100 List, which ranks publicly traded companies in the US on their performance to act on the...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 14, 2017
Provenance is leading a new collaboration of fintech startups to test whether blockchain technology can help unlock financial incentives that improve transparency and sustainability in agricultural...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 14, 2017
Sustainable products geeks rejoice, for 'tis once again the season of giving! And what better way to celebrate and participate than with gifts whose buying and giving creates more cheer, health,...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, December 14, 2017
Craft beer has taken off over the past five years, with the industry now boasting over 6,000 craft breweries in the US alone, 700 of which opened in the past year. In order to continue this momentum...
Marketing and Comms
by Alexandra Smith, December 14, 2017
Today’s customers are more cynical than ever when it comes to the intentions of big business. How do we create experiences for these customers that feel truly genuine? To Maria Moraes Robinson and...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Libby MacCarthy, December 13, 2017
Just one month after the launch of its new natural personal care product line ApotheCARE Essentials, Unilever has rolled out yet another responsible beauty brand: Love Beauty and Planet. And it’s...
Finance & Investment
by Libby MacCarthy, December 13, 2017
Climate risk poses a considerable threat to investors, who stand to lose millions If companies fail to address unsustainable elements in their supply chains. Yet despite growing pressure for action,...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 13, 2017
As an issue putting nearly a trillion dollars at risk, deforestation has quickly become a front-of-mind concern for businesses dependent on forest-risk commodities, such as timber, palm oil and cocoa...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, December 13, 2017
2017 was a big year for the circular economy, with innovative new products, initiatives and tech tools popping up almost daily, and making it easier than every for corporates and consumers alike to...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 12, 2017
The cocoa industry is undoubtedly changing for the better, but the road to a sustainable sector is a long one. According to industry experts, long-term, sustainable change can’t be made without...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, December 12, 2017
Furthering its mission to create a kinder, healthier world — one snack at a time — KIND has launched a new video campaign that explores the courage it takes to be kind towards strangers in...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 12, 2017
An estimated 150 million metric tons of plastic waste are in the ocean today and every year around eight million metric tons more are being added. Earlier this year, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, December 12, 2017
One year after the launch of the Courtauld Commitment 2025, WRAP has published its first Review of work underway in the food and beverage sector as a result of the voluntary agreement. The...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 12, 2017
Approximately 21 million Americans own woodlands in the United States. Collectively, these family-owned forests account for nearly 290 million acres, or more than one-third of U.S. forests — more...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, December 11, 2017
Digital news organization NowThis is rolling out a new food-focused channel that aims to explore food as it relates to culture and the environment. NowThis Food builds on the brand’s already...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, December 11, 2017
Circular principles continue to drive a more sustainable future, as the fashion, carpet and steel industries zero in on resource efficiency and innovative raw materials. Over the last decade, Eileen...
New Metrics
by Mark McElroy, December 11, 2017
At the closing of the New Metrics ‘17 conference in Philadelphia last month, attendees were asked: “What ‘New Metric’ will you go back and implement in 2017/2018?” The overriding response tabulated...
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