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Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, August 21, 2014
Today, Nestlé announced a pledge to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with NGO World Animal Protection.The agreement...
Chemistry and Materials
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 21, 2014
Scientists at City University, Hong Kong have developed a treatment for cashmere that enables it to self-clean with some help from the sun.The technology coats cashmere fibers with tiny particles of...
Chemistry and Materials
by Mike Hower, August 21, 2014
NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.Carbon tetrachloride...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, August 21, 2014
Nevada-based Algae Systems says it has developed a way to make algae-based biofuel profitable by transforming raw sewage into fuel and clean drinking water.The company says it has a pilot plant in...
Business Models
by Richard Crespin, August 21, 2014
Large pieces of paper cover the tables. A few bright sticky notes sprout here and there. Earnest-looking people bent over writing or steeped in conversation ignore their half-eaten lunches. Ideas...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Ritchie, August 20, 2014
The voices of the world’s younger generation — who potentially have the most to lose from climate change — have predominantly been left unheard in the whole debate about how (or if) to deal with it....
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, August 20, 2014
Microsoft has announced that it is ending its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative public-policy lobbying group. The decision was apparently made in...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, August 20, 2014
SAP has announced it will invest up to $500 million through 2020 to train local talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa, with the overall goal of establishing the continent as...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, August 20, 2014
Novelis, global producer of aluminum rolled products, has announced a $106 million investment that will add 100,000 metric tons of coating capacity and 190,000 metric tons of recycling capacity at...
Chemistry and Materials
by Hannah Ritchie, August 20, 2014
A team of South Korean scientists has converted cigarette butts into a valuable material that they say could be used as an energy storage device in computers, electrical vehicles, wind turbines and...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, August 19, 2014
Today, EnerNOC, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based energy intelligence software (EIS), announced that it has made a strategic investment in Boston-based WeSpire, a software-as-a-service (SaaS)...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, August 19, 2014
Greenpeace launched a series of short web videos today featuring comedian, musician and activist Reggie Watts to support its #ClickClean campaign, which calls on companies to power the Internet with...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, August 19, 2014
If all of the municipal solid waste (MSW) that currently is put into landfills each year in the US were diverted to waste-to-energy (WTE) power plants, it could generate enough electricity to supply...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, August 19, 2014
Average carbon-dioxide emissions for a majority of global ocean container transports have declined year on year, and by nearly 8 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to a new report by BSR.The...
ICT and Big Data
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 19, 2014
The Global Footprint Network (GFN) has released data designating today, August 19, as this year’s Earth Overshoot Day — meaning we’ve already overshot our ecological footprint for the year.Each year...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, August 18, 2014
General Motors’ Global Headquarters, a multi-office tower complex that the automaker announced in December had achieved zero-waste status, now composts food scraps from its various Renaissance...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, August 18, 2014
Chick–fil–A has announced it is partnering with THRIVE Farmers™ Coffee to offer the QSR industry’s first–ever socially beneficial, specialty–grade coffee. Per THRIVE’s unique revenue-...
Blog
by Dimitar Vlahov, August 18, 2014
If you are a regular or even semi-regular reader of Sustainable Brands’ digital content, you are likely familiar with our New Metrics (#NewMetrics) events and publications. In case you are new to...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, August 18, 2014
The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) has announced the availability of a new tool designed to provide insight into how corporations assess and implement renewable and alternative...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, August 18, 2014
SeaWorld has announced plans to double the size of its killer whale environments at three parks and will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild.The first of the new...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, August 18, 2014
Hot on the heels of Patagonia making its bio-based wetsuit material publicly available in order to advance the sustainability of the surf industry, and everyone from adidas to G-Star Raw to Thread...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, August 15, 2014
A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to study the effect of sea ice retreat on Arctic climate, according to a recent announcement.The Arctic Radiation IceBridge...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, August 15, 2014
Suppliers of more than 55 percent of the world’s palm oil have committed to produce or trade 100 percent deforestation-free palm oil in response to demands by global brands, who in turn were...
New Metrics
by Renilde Becque, August 15, 2014
Towards ‘climate-stabilizing’ corporate carbon-reduction targetsAlthough setting corporate carbon-reduction targets is nowadays commonplace, many targets are grounded in ‘guestimates’ of what seems...
Brand Innovation
by Pablo Barros, August 15, 2014
Worldwide, according to forecasts from the United Nations, emerging economies will contribute 98 percent of population growth to 2050. Millions of new consumers will be joining the middle classes in...
Supply Chain
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 14, 2014
Biotech giant Monsanto's permit to plant genetically modified soybeans that resist the company's pesticide 'Roundup' was overturned by a district judge in the state of Yucatán in Mexico last month,...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, August 14, 2014
BASF has developed a versatile, high-performance polyamide called Ultramid®, which is derived from renewable raw materials — the company says it replaces up to 100 percent of the fossil-based...
Blog
by Kelly Cook, August 14, 2014
Growing up in the socially aware and culturally diverse Bay Area, I have always been conscious of climate challenges and environmental mandates. My family composts, we own hybrid cars, and our shared...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sheila Shayon, August 14, 2014
As Andrew Swinard noted recently in Crain’s Chicago Business: “For millennials — who, at 86 million strong, make up the largest population group the US has ever seen — social responsibility is the...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, August 14, 2014
PepsiCo has announced it will begin incorporating cashew juice into its blended juice products next spring as part of partnership with the Clinton Foundation, which aims to encourage sustainable...

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