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Cleantech
by Caitlin Kauffman, May 1, 2015
Tesla Energy, the latest from Tesla Motors visionary Elon Musk, was introduced last night onstage at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, California, just south of LA. A statement from the...
New Metrics
by Matt Polsky, May 1, 2015
In 13 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 25 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.)...
Supply Chain
by Caitlin Kauffman, May 1, 2015
The past week saw continued momentum in the global push for a more sustainable fashion industry, some from some surprising sources.On Monday, the day after John Oliver’s blistering takedown of fast...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, May 1, 2015
Just in time for graduation season, REPREVE recycled fibers will be used in Oak Hall graduation gowns at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country.Since the introduction of REPREVE...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, April 30, 2015
Disneyland Resort has been recognized by the EPA with the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge Award, for its zero-waste efforts and the highest percent increase in food recovery of any theme park in the...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, April 30, 2015
If only 30 percent of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) refrigerants are reclaimed for reuse by 2040, approximately 18 billion metric tons carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent would be prevented from reaching the...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, April 30, 2015
Preserve, producer of sustainable consumer goods with a focus on creating closed loop products using recycled plastic, today announced the launch of Preserve 2 Go — a durable, reusable clamshell...
Products and Design
by Caitlin Kauffman, April 30, 2015
Today, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk announced the winners of the inaugural Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, which asked participants to design products...
Waste Not
by Caitlin Kauffman, April 30, 2015
Spring cleaning this year just got a little easier: On Saturday, May 2nd, donating old clothes will be a breeze thanks to a partnership between Goodwill and Uber. Donors can open the Uber app on...
Marketing and Comms
by Phillip Haid, April 29, 2015
Bulging biceps, spray-tans, beer bongs, and a plea to save a sub-culture enshrined on the Jersey Shore: This is not your typical dairy ad. And yet that is what made Organic Valley’s "Save the...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, April 29, 2015
Heineken has teamed up with Blippar — the augmented reality smartphone app — to launch a new digital campaign that taps into increasing consumer interest into sustainability and a desire to...
Chemistry and Materials
by Mike Hower, April 29, 2015
Method Products, maker of eco-friendly household, fabric and personal care products, has opened the doors of its 'South Side Soapbox' factory in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Designed by...
Business Models
by Hannah Ritchie, April 29, 2015
It is often presumed in the modern world that drawing people out of poverty results in higher carbon emissions and environmental impact; the biggest driver of greenhouse gas emissions has been...
Blog
by Neesha Tambe, April 29, 2015
It’s time once again for the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) — our annual competition for startups poised to make scalable, sustainable impacts. Each year, we receive submissions from...
New Metrics
by Caitlin Kauffman, April 28, 2015
Meaningful Brands® – Havas Media Group’s metric of brand strength – is the first global study to show how our quality of life and wellbeing connects with brands at both a human and business level....
Chemistry and Materials
by Caitlin Kauffman, April 28, 2015
San Diego is home to a robust surfing industry and now, thanks to a collaboration with UC San Diego’s biology and chemistry students, the city is also home to the world’s first algae-based surfboard....
Packaging
by Caitlin Kauffman, April 28, 2015
Today, environmental advocacy organization UPSTREAM announced the release of model legislation that state legislatures can adopt to optimize recycling, address litter and create jobs through shared...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, April 28, 2015
Having racked up over 10,000 deliveries and 30,000 members in its Scandinavian motherland since its 2013 launch, Norwegian social delivery service Nimber is set to plug a sustainability gap in the UK...
Collaboration
by Caitlin Kauffman, April 28, 2015
Today, Unilever announced plans to partner with leading mass social movements Global Citizen and Live Earth: Road to Paris, which respectively commit to activating consumers to demand climate action...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, April 28, 2015
Rapidly falling costs and clear benefits have led to a sharp increase in the number and scale of light-emitting diode (LED) and smart streetlight projects in the past year, according to a new study...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, April 27, 2015
Chipotle has become the first major restaurant chain to announce it will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients, The New York Times reports.Steve Ells, founder and...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, April 27, 2015
This is the latest in a series of posts in which we will poll our global community of business leaders and practitioners — the “SB Vanguard” — on a variety of issues pertinent to the evolving...
ICT and Big Data
by Brynn McNally, April 24, 2015
You’re a Chief Executive. Why care about environmental impacts and employee wellbeing if the bottom line is improving? The business logic behind CSR contends that negligence of these issues increases...
Business Models
by Maxine Perella, April 24, 2015
In these times of increasing corporate scrutiny, do we need a radical new definition of CSR? One that pretty much pushes the idea that companies need to take a financial hit in order to do social...
Supply Chain
by Ieva Vilimaviciute, April 24, 2015
Today marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh. It also marks the second Fashion Revolution Day, launched last year to commemorate...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, April 23, 2015
On Friday, the second annual Fashion Revolution Day, people in 66 countries around the world will challenge global fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, April 23, 2015
Biome Bioplastics, one of the UK’s leading developers of bio-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, has begun a major development program to progress successful bio-based chemicals research...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, April 23, 2015
Sixty-two institutional investors representing nearly $2 trillion in assets have called for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to push for better disclosure by oil and gas companies of...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, April 23, 2015
Effectively communicating sustainability must go beyond a dire series of predictions — it's about sharing real-world evidence of the economic, social and environmental challenges faced daily on...
Marketing and Comms
by Jennifer Elks, April 22, 2015
For those of us in the sustainability field, stakeholder engagement that leads to action is the Holy Grail for creating the change needed for a healthy world and future. So what’s one secret to...
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