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The Biosphere’s Guide to Fool-Proofing Sustainability, Part 5: Sustainable Product Platforms
The Biosphere’s Guide to Fool-Proofing Sustainability, Part 5: Sustainable Product Platforms

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Biosphere Rule #4 is about taking your value cycle, built with parsimonious materials and a power-autonomous energy system, and creating a production platform upon which you can build a whole suite of products — producing profit-amplifying economies of scale and scope.

Hidden: The Waste That Goes Into Making Stuff and How 2 Companies Are Tackling It
Hidden: The Waste That Goes Into Making Stuff and How 2 Companies Are Tackling It

WASTE NOT - The waste we produce in our daily lives is just one small portion of the total waste stream. Public Thread and Rewilder, two winners of the recently announced Upcyclers Network Annual Product Awards, are putting non-household waste streams to creative use.

The Biosphere’s Guide to Fool-Proofing Sustainability, Part 4: Power Autonomy
The Biosphere’s Guide to Fool-Proofing Sustainability, Part 4: Power Autonomy

CLEANTECH - Nature has discovered that if you want to sustain your value cycles for billions of years, they need to run on free flows of solar energy. Our products and processes need to do the same.

Trending: Building Regenerative Fashion Supply Chains, from the Ground Up
Trending: Building Regenerative Fashion Supply Chains, from the Ground Up

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new partnership for Timberland aims to create sustainable leather supply chain; while inclusive apparel brand Everybody & Everyone aims to create better fashion from raw materials to end use.

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Fool-Proofing Sustainability, Part 3: Value Cycling
Fool-Proofing Sustainability, Part 3: Value Cycling

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The model we use to teach MBAs about production is the value chain. But there's a problem: It imagines a linear world in which materials can be constantly pushed through an assembly line with no consequence.

Fool-Proofing Sustainability, Part 2: Materials Parsimony
Fool-Proofing Sustainability, Part 2: Materials Parsimony

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The amazing diversity of life is founded on dramatic materials parsimony; almost everything in nature is built out of just four elements. Whereas, what we humans have gotten since the Industrial Revolution is *materials proliferation.*

BASF Collaboration to Develop Closed-Loop Process for Recycling EV Batteries
BASF Collaboration to Develop Closed-Loop Process for Recycling EV Batteries

CLEANTECH - The ReLieVe project will develop and scale the process and structuring of an integrated industrial sector — from collection and recycling of end-of-life batteries, to the manufacturing of new electrode materials.

With New Absolute-Reduction Strategy, Unilever 'Gets Drastic on Plastic’
With New Absolute-Reduction Strategy, Unilever 'Gets Drastic on Plastic’

WASTE NOT - By 2025, the CPG giant says it will eliminate more than 100K tonnes of plastic packaging, and collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells. This makes Unilever the first global CPG company to commit to an absolute plastics reduction across its portfolio.

Trending: Collaborations Fostering Next-Gen Solutions for Coffee Cups, Paper Packaging
Trending: Collaborations Fostering Next-Gen Solutions for Coffee Cups, Paper Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Environmental NGO Canopy rallies apparel brands around better paper packaging; and six graduates of the NextGen Circular Business Accelerator prepare to bring their their sustainable coffee cup solutions to market.

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Can There Be Harmony Between Plastics and Sustainability? Greiner Says Yes.
Can There Be Harmony Between Plastics and Sustainability? Greiner Says Yes.

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastics companies are key to solving our plastics problem. We spoke with Stefan Grafenhorst, Head of Sustainability at Greiner, to find out more about the path toward making plastic a sustainable material.

Good Fashion Fund Seeks Sustainable, Scalable Supply Chain Solutions
Good Fashion Fund Seeks Sustainable, Scalable Supply Chain Solutions

SUPPLY CHAIN - If we are to really shift the textile industry from one that is harming workers, local communities and the environment to one that is circular and sustainable, scalable solutions will be necessary.

Trending: Circular In, Single-Use Out for Food and Beverage Containers
Trending: Circular In, Single-Use Out for Food and Beverage Containers

WASTE NOT - 12 UK projects have earned grants for creating a circular economy for coffee cups; and a Toronto restaurant is trialing reusable to-go containers, and asking others to follow suit.

Meet the Latest 12 Startups Set to Change Fashion as We Know it
Meet the Latest 12 Startups Set to Change Fashion as We Know it

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Innovations in garment fitting, recycling, intelligent machinery and a virtual garment marketplace are among the 12 new innovations joining the latest Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator Programme.

Partnerships, Recyclable K-Cups® Helping Keurig Dr Pepper Towards Waste-Reduction Goals
Partnerships, Recyclable K-Cups® Helping Keurig Dr Pepper Towards Waste-Reduction Goals

COLLABORATION - What happens when an ethical coffee company merges with a major soda group? Chief Sustainability Officer Monique Oxender told us more about Keurig Dr Pepper and its new “Drink Well, Do Good” platform.

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Meet CHEP: The Unsung Leader in Circular, Data-Driven Transport Solutions
Meet CHEP: The Unsung Leader in Circular, Data-Driven Transport Solutions

SUPPLY CHAIN - Wooden pallets may not be the most glamorous part of the global supply chain, but nothing gets moved around without them, and they are a huge opportunity for a circular economy.

How Dow Is Helping Global Communities Tackle Plastic Waste
How Dow Is Helping Global Communities Tackle Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - By helping to incentivize, develop and scale circular and environmentally beneficial projects, we can maximize the value of waste, empower communities and create a more sustainable future.

A Designer Fix to Our Current State of 'Broken'
A Designer Fix to Our Current State of 'Broken'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - From alternative materials to circular production methods, sustainable design continues on a viable path forward; it is an approach that I hope other manufacturers embrace as the ultimate design challenge.

Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution
Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - Molson Coors, Dasani and Poland Spring all unveil ambitious plans to eliminate problematic single-use plastic from their packaging — and help keep consumers up to speed on what’s #NotTrash.

Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation
Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastic in and of itself is not the problem — creating value for it is key to ensuring it doesn’t just get thrown “away.” Here are just a few of the innovations eliminating the idea of [plastic] waste.

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Latest C2C Certified Product Standard Open for Public Comment
Latest C2C Certified Product Standard Open for Public Comment

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Recognized as the world’s leading science-based standard for responsible production and consumption, the Standard encourages innovation to maximize the positive impacts of products and materials.

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