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Vestas 11th Hour Racing: Cross-Sector Partnership a Perfect Storm for Sustainable Sailing
Vestas 11th Hour Racing: Cross-Sector Partnership a Perfect Storm for Sustainable Sailing

COLLABORATION - Vestas 11th Hour Racing's team director Mark Towill and skipper Charlie Enright take on challenges the way most people layer cold cuts; one on top of the other. The duo and their team are one of seven squads trying to win the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) a nine-month sailing slog, over 45,000 nautical miles, in all sorts of weather; doing so while being the most sustainable team in the race, and working to increase public awareness, concern and action on behalf of ocean health. No problem, right?

2018 Circulars Nominate 43 Changemakers Paving the Path to a Circular Future
2018 Circulars Nominate 43 Changemakers Paving the Path to a Circular Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - 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 engage in circularity. An initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, The Circulars are awarded to individuals, companies (from startups to multinationals) and public and social organizations in recognition for their contributions to the circular economy. This year, 43 innovators have been nominated for pushing the circular agenda forward and paving the way for others in their field.

Dell, Lonely Whale Launch Collaborative to Eliminate Marine Plastic Pollution
Dell, Lonely Whale Launch Collaborative to Eliminate Marine Plastic Pollution

SUPPLY CHAIN - 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 warned that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans if a more effective system for global plastics is not put into place.

Marine Transport Vessel Collects Oceanographic Data from Japanese Coast to Advance Research
Marine Transport Vessel Collects Oceanographic Data from Japanese Coast to Advance Research

COLLABORATION - Today, we are witnessing unusual weather patterns and natural disasters all over the world. Traditional state and corporate barriers must be transcended if we are to combat the universal issue of climate change.

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A True Fish Tale: Domtar Makes Paper *and* Raises Fish for Local Rivers
A True Fish Tale: Domtar Makes Paper *and* Raises Fish for Local Rivers

COLLABORATION - It may seem odd to hear about thousands of brook, brown and rainbow trout living in a paper mill, but it is certainly no fish tale in the traditional sense. Located near Pennsylvania’s Allegheny forest on the headwaters of the scenic Clarion River, Domtar’s Johnsonburg mill boasts a long and rich history of papermaking — and more recently — of raising fish to help support local rivers.

CPG Giants Reaffirm Commitment to New Plastics Economy, Pledge $150M for Plastic-Free Oceans
CPG Giants Reaffirm Commitment to New Plastics Economy, Pledge $150M for Plastic-Free Oceans

THE NEXT ECONOMY - With 8 million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean each year, we urgently need to change the way we make and use plastics, so that they don’t become waste in the first place. A host of announcements from major CPG companies and NGOs today from the Our Ocean 2017 conference in Malta signal the ongoing momentum behind the issue.

Unilever: Consumer Behavior Remains the Elusive Key to Sustainability
Unilever: Consumer Behavior Remains the Elusive Key to Sustainability

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship – in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 13th article in the series.

Target Agrees to Engage Corporate Peers on Phase out of Polystyrene Foam Packaging in E-Commerce
Target Agrees to Engage Corporate Peers on Phase out of Polystyrene Foam Packaging in E-Commerce

PRESS RELEASE - As You Sow has withdrawn a shareholder proposal with Target Corp. that asks the company to phase out use of polystyrene foam packaging in its e-commerce operations, as a result of the company’s willingness to work with its value chain and industry peers to discuss replacing foam with less harmful alternatives.

There is No ‘Away’: How Each of Us Can Help Stop Plastic Pollution
There is No ‘Away’: How Each of Us Can Help Stop Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - Last month, Indonesia pledged to cut plastic pollution by an astounding 70 percent by 2025, in response to the UN Environment Programme’s #CleanSeas campaign. This commitment is a huge step forward in reducing the more than 8 million tons of plastic going into our oceans every year.

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MillerCoors Launches Monthlong Volunteer Effort to Protect Water
MillerCoors Launches Monthlong Volunteer Effort to Protect Water

PRESS RELEASE - MILLERCOORS LAUNCHES MONTHLONG VOLUNTEER EFFORT TO PROTECT WATER Thousands of Employees Volunteer to Protect Water Resources During Great Water Month  

Seafood consumers put sustainability before price and brand
Seafood consumers put sustainability before price and brand

PRESS RELEASE -     Seafood consumers put sustainability before price and brand New independent research reveals global motivators to seafood purchase Consumers perceive NGOs and scientific organisations as contributing most to protecting oceans Independent certification increases consumer trust in brands Awareness of the blue MSC label is 37% amongst all consumers MSC-aware consumers say they will pay a premium of up to 11% for MSC labelled seafood     

The Ocean Cleanup Sets Course for World’s Largest Landfill — On Water
The Ocean Cleanup Sets Course for World’s Largest Landfill — On Water

WASTE NOT - The largest landfill in the world can’t be found on land at all — but in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The so-called “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” consists of millions of pounds of trash, mostly plastic, which have created an oceanic desert where only tiny phytoplankton can survive.

Ghost Fishing: Time for the Fishing Industry to Clean Up Its Deadly Mess
Ghost Fishing: Time for the Fishing Industry to Clean Up Its Deadly Mess

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - More and more consumers are aware of overfishing and the effects plastic trash is having on the world’s oceans. Various companies are taking small steps in harvesting ocean garbage and recycling it while organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council are raising awareness about the importance of sustainably sourced seafood. One problem, however, is still wreaking havoc on fisheries across the world. Unwanted and abandoned fishing equipment such as nets and pots, often called “ghost gear,” often still traps and kills fish and sea mammals long after their final use.

World Bank Says Businesses Must Collaborate to Help Save Oceans
World Bank Says Businesses Must Collaborate to Help Save Oceans

COLLABORATION - Businesses must work with government and the scientific community to help counter damage to the world’s oceans, according to a panel established by the World Bank to advise the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).The Blue Ribbon Panel consists of 21 global experts from 16 countries and includes high-level players ranging from CEOs of some of the largest seafood companies in the world — such as Thai Union Frozen Products, Bumble Bee Foods and High Liner Foods — to government officials and prominent marine conservationists. Without taking action to turn around the declining health of the ocean, the panel warns the consequences for economies, communities and ecosystems will be irreversible.

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