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2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein
2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year, again — when we pore excitedly over Fast Company’s annual list of World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

GAF Project Aims to Increase Quality of Life, Climate Resilience in Urban Communities
GAF Project Aims to Increase Quality of Life, Climate Resilience in Urban Communities

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The GAF Cool Community Project will assess and mitigate the impacts of the urban heat island effect in landlocked and underserved cities — beginning with the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacoima.

Paleblue Is Betting Big on a Switch to Rechargeable
Paleblue Is Betting Big on a Switch to Rechargeable

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The startup estimates that wide-scale adoption of long-life, rechargeable batteries could save 126,350 metric tons of batteries from filling US landfills each year, with an immeasurable reduction in chemical leakage. But the industry has been slow to innovate to address its environmental impacts.

Green Science Policy Institute: Engaging Across Sectors to Drive Meaningful Change
Green Science Policy Institute: Engaging Across Sectors to Drive Meaningful Change

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Institute’s work includes education and cross-sector partnerships to reduce harmful chemicals in products. We spoke with Senior Scientist Tom Bruton, PhD to learn more about the organization’s history, cross-sector collaborative efforts and focus in the midst of a global pandemic.

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‘Toxic Tours’ Shed Light on Communities Most Affected by Petrochemical Pollution
‘Toxic Tours’ Shed Light on Communities Most Affected by Petrochemical Pollution

MARKETING AND COMMS - New platform from Break Free from Plastic explores the hardest-hit frontline communities in the world, from India to Ohio. After hearing each story, viewers can choose to view another location, or take actions designed to make local and global impact.

For the Women at Westlake Chemical, Affinity Wins
For the Women at Westlake Chemical, Affinity Wins

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - As the traditionally male-dominated chemical industry becomes ever more inclusive, women in leadership roles are joining forces to create camaraderie, mentorship and opportunities for professional and personal growth.

These ‘Friendly’ Insects Could Make Our Most Deadly, Destructive Pests Drop Like Flies
These ‘Friendly’ Insects Could Make Our Most Deadly, Destructive Pests Drop Like Flies

CLEANTECH - Oxitec’s Friendly™ technology has created self-limiting versions of some of our most deadly and destructive insect pests — a safe, targeted solution that has the potential to protect human populations, food crops and livelihoods globally.

Improving the Sustainability of Wet Processing: An Investment Pot of Gold
Improving the Sustainability of Wet Processing: An Investment Pot of Gold

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - In the textile industry, one area ripe for investment is making wet processing more sustainable. As with most pots of gold, it’s not without its challenges — but data indicate that the returns are well worth the effort. Investors keen to seize this nascent opportunity should consider three primary steps.

Water Wins: When Sustainability Becomes Part of the Company Culture
Water Wins: When Sustainability Becomes Part of the Company Culture

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - “Sustainability is best played together. It's validating to see what we started and see it grow first across the other teams in our plant, and eventually across Lubrizol.” — Kalli Stull

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Widespread Engagement at Heart of Dow’s Mission to Transform Into a 125-Year-Old Sustainability Leader
Widespread Engagement at Heart of Dow’s Mission to Transform Into a 125-Year-Old Sustainability Leader

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Today, Dow considers its sustainability strategy and business strategy to be one and the same; employees understand that the two can no longer be separate. But, as Global Sustainability Director Haley Lowry explains, this didn’t happen overnight.

Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab and Library Offers Resources for Designers, Architects, Students
Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab and Library Offers Resources for Designers, Architects, Students

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Shaw’s Tim Conway recently spoke with the Lab's director, Alison Mears, about how it is raising awareness about building material ingredients and educating the next generation of designers and architects.

Thinking About the Box: The Role of Digital Printing in Packaging Sustainability, Consumer Experience
Thinking About the Box: The Role of Digital Printing in Packaging Sustainability, Consumer Experience

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Brands have a powerful voice and field of influence; by leading by example on digital packaging innovation, they can not only reduce their impact on the environment, but be heroes of change and inspire others to take positive action, as well.

Brightworks: Looking at the ‘Brightside’ of Material Health & Sustainable Design
Brightworks: Looking at the ‘Brightside’ of Material Health & Sustainable Design

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Brightworks’ materials scoring methodology distills existing product sustainability standards and attributes into holistic, comparable, numerical scores — making it easier for manufacturers, the design industry and design clients to create and select more sustainable materials.

Report: US Plastics Production to Outpace Coal in Driving Climate Change by 2030
Report: US Plastics Production to Outpace Coal in Driving Climate Change by 2030

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Beyond Plastics says the report's estimates are conservative; many emissions remain uncounted because current regulations do not require the industry to report them.

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Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles
Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On completion of a two-year, collaborative industry study, the two companies will share the findings to understand potentials and challenges with recycled textiles from a chemical-contamination perspective and to impact circular economy legislation.

Better Living Through Better Chemistry: A Conversation with John Warner
Better Living Through Better Chemistry: A Conversation with John Warner

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - While the use of green chemistry is critical to mitigating adverse environmental impacts, there remains a gap in education of chemists and an overall lack of awareness in the industry. We sat down with John Warner, one of the founders of the field, to better understand how green chemistry is helping to enable a more sustainable future through science.

Trending: lululemon, Pangaia Push Plant-Based Fabrics Further
Trending: lululemon, Pangaia Push Plant-Based Fabrics Further

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - lululemon’s latest partnership aims to replace conventional nylon in its products with bio-based; while two new blends from Pangaia are the brand’s latest step to delivering sustainable alternatives to overproduced materials such as cotton.

Closed-Loop Tech Aims to Change Textile Industry’s Water Use from ‘Waste2Fresh’
Closed-Loop Tech Aims to Change Textile Industry’s Water Use from ‘Waste2Fresh’

CLEANTECH - With textile manufacturing responsible for 20% of global water pollution, Waste2Fresh's closed-loop water-recycling system aim to revolutionize the industry’s exploitative methods for dyeing and manufacturing our clothes.

Unilever to Ditch Fossil Fuel-Based Ingredients for Computer-Designed Enzymes in Cleaning Products
Unilever to Ditch Fossil Fuel-Based Ingredients for Computer-Designed Enzymes in Cleaning Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A partnership with biotech company Arzeda will see the companies computer designing new enzymes with superior benefits to help clean up the cleaning industry.

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Q&A: Harnessing Energy, Fresh Thinking with the Next Generation of Innovators
Q&A: Harnessing Energy, Fresh Thinking with the Next Generation of Innovators

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - As climate- and waste-related issues continue to evolve, the next generation will create and deliver sustainable solutions that decision-makers haven’t yet dreamt of. That's why we must engage these rising leaders about the path to circularity and carbon neutrality.

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