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Cleantech
by Bill Ford, March 30, 2018
In Henry Ford’s day, there was no term for environmentalist. But he had a goal of zero waste to landfill, just as we do today, based on his belief that nothing should be wasted. Those values still...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, March 30, 2018
As much as one third of the world’s food is being wasted. The United States alone wastes roughly 63 million tons, or $218 billion, of food annually. As awareness of this issue has grown over in...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, March 29, 2018
Apparel collections that are less harmful to the environment are on the horizon from G-Star RAW and H&M. Meanwhile, a small Boston-based footwear company is making it easier for customers to...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, March 29, 2018
2018 has already seen a number of environmentally conscious trends — such as a switch to electric vehicles and plant-based diets — make the headlines. But which of these trends will make the biggest...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, March 29, 2018
McDonald’s has made strides towards sustainability this month: it’s the first restaurant company to set an approved Science-Based Target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; it’s launching a...
Organizational Change
by Dr. John Izzo, March 29, 2018
This is the seventh in a series of articles examining how business leaders and companies can transform their corporate culture in order to succeed in the midst of the impending Purpose...
Behavior Change
by Becky Willan, March 28, 2018
We’re increasingly living in a world of purpose-led brands, as growing numbers of consumers are more interested than ever in the “big world” issues related to the products they buy, and how they use...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, March 28, 2018
The week surrounding Easter has the highest consumption of chocolate in the year. For environmentalists, it can be a bitter reminder that many of the world’s primary regions for growing cocoa are...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, March 28, 2018
The team behind digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap has been busy. Their latest projects aim to bring a new level of transparency to two of the most notoriously difficult to track...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, March 27, 2018
2017 was a particularly challenging year for health in the United States. The annual Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index showed that 21 states saw “declines in social, emotional and psychological...
Leadership
by Coro Strandberg, March 27, 2018
“If life were easy, it wouldn’t be difficult.” — Kermit the Frog As a sustainability professional, I am drawn to this Muppet wisdom. Over the many years I’ve worked in the field as an advisor and...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, March 27, 2018
UN Environment has awarded seed funding to twelve young people with business ideas on how to foster energy-efficient, low-waste and low-carbon lifestyles. Each of the winners of the Asia Pacific Low...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, March 27, 2018
Does cryptography hold the key to solving global social and environmental challenges? It certainly holds promise for some. Blockchain has become a hot topic recently, thanks to its variety of...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, March 26, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Closed Loop Fund (CLF) today unveiled an historic statewide, public-private partnership targeting a $5 million...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, March 26, 2018
Hundreds of students from Los Angeles STEM programs will participate in one of the largest student-driven programs ever launched to protect the world’s rainforests. Rainforest Connection’s “Planet...
Waste Not
by Tom Szaky, March 26, 2018
On foot, by bicycle, through water and combinations of the above, distance races such as marathons and ocean races are a global phenomenon. Running and cycling races have become a big business ...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, March 23, 2018
With the global population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050 and the realities of climate change quickly unfolding, the pressure is on to find new solutions that allow us to meet growing demand...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, March 23, 2018
For the first time ever in Ghana, cocoa farmers have obtained official ownership of non-cocoa trees on their farms. Some 150 farmers in the country’s western region will now be able to include shade...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, March 23, 2018
Amidst a flurry of corporate activity around World Water Day (March 22), the growing issues of demand, availability and quality of water have been front-and-center this week. According to UN...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, March 23, 2018
The potential of a circular economy continues to unfold as new technologies are help transform everything from post-consumer textiles to almond shells into high-quality raw materials. CARBIOS, a...
Collaboration
by Hannah Furlong, March 22, 2018
From social media campaigns to water conservation projects and efficiency improvements across their supply chains, top brands announced all sorts of initiatives today in celebration of World Water...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, March 22, 2018
Having achieved all of its previous sustainability goals over the past decade, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is hitting refresh on its sustainability goals, announcing a new set of 2025 targets for...
Organizational Change
by Dr. Jeff Vander..., March 22, 2018
This is the sixth in a series of articles examining how business leaders and companies can transform their corporate culture in order to succeed in the midst of the impending Purpose Revolution. Find...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Libby MacCarthy, March 22, 2018
To usher cities towards a carbon-neutral future, local governments around the globe are hedging their bets on diesel and petrol vehicles bans. But eliminating fossil fueled mobility isn’t the only...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, March 21, 2018
The Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) latest campaign is “helping people understand what sustainable food looks, smells and tastes like,” says its president Raymond Blanc OBE. A thousand...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, March 21, 2018
Social enterprise Circle Economy is calling on the global community to participate in creating a visionary circular future. In hopes of solving some of “humanity’s biggest challenges,” the...
Supply Chain
by Michele Bartolini, March 21, 2018
To raise awareness of the importance of forests and sustainable forestry, the United Nations has designated today, March 21, as the International Day of Forests. Paper is still a part of our everyday...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, March 21, 2018
While textile waste and human rights are often the focus of conversations surrounding sustainability in the fashion industry, most consumers remain unaware of the sector’s impact on forests and the...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, March 20, 2018
Ahead of its Annual Meeting of Shareholders this week, Starbucks has announced it is committing $10M in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and its Center for the Circular Economy to develop a more...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, March 20, 2018
Italy is quickly establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in the circular economy, as evidenced by a new report from Enel, an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of...
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