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Report: Scaling Circular Economy in China Could Save Businesses, Households ¥70T by 2040
Report: Scaling Circular Economy in China Could Save Businesses, Households ¥70T by 2040

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - New research from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) finds that a transition to a circular economy in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable for citizens while reducing the impacts normally associated with middle-class lifestyles. The findings are being presented today at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China.

New Campaign Rallies iPhone 6s Users Against Planned Obsolescence
New Campaign Rallies iPhone 6s Users Against Planned Obsolescence

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - As Apple, the world’s second-largest smartphone producer, prepares to sign the death warrant of the wildly popular iPhone 6s with the rumored launch of multiple new models later this month, Back Market — the largest marketplace exclusively dedicated to bringing thousands of refurbished electronic devices and appliances from certified professionals to consumers — has launched an awareness campaign rallying the public against planned obsolescence.

HPE Triples Performance, Enhances Energy Efficiency in New Supercomputer for National Renewable Energy Lab
HPE Triples Performance, Enhances Energy Efficiency in New Supercomputer for National Renewable Energy Lab

PRESS RELEASE - Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced today it is building a new supercomputer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that is more energy efficient and 3.5 times more powerful than its existing system.¹ The new development is part of a long-standing collaboration between HPE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to apply advanced supercomputing and HPC solutions to accelerate research across various DOE agencies.

AT&T's FirstNet Plans Emergency Drop Kits, Creating a ‘Connected Bubble’ for Public Safety
AT&T's FirstNet Plans Emergency Drop Kits, Creating a ‘Connected Bubble’ for Public Safety

PRESS RELEASE - In an emergency, communication is critical to response efforts. That’s why former public safety officials and first responders on the AT&T* FirstNet team, in collaboration with Sonim, are creating Emergency Drop Kits. These portable kits will envelop first responders in a 300-foot “connected bubble,” letting them maintain constant communication to better coordinate their response. The Emergency Drop Kits are being designed for use during emergencies in rural and remote areas, as well as areas where communications may be temporarily unavailable. Think wildfires or hurricanes.

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Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining
Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining

SUPPLY CHAIN - Led by leading companies Anglo American, ArcelorMittal, Microsoft and Tiffany & Co — and after a full decade of consultation among large numbers of stakeholders from the mining industry, organized labor, nonprofits, impacted communities and businesses — a global Standard for Responsible Mining was released today.

Startups Shine in SB Innovation Open, 'Shark Tank' for Retailers
Startups Shine in SB Innovation Open, 'Shark Tank' for Retailers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Startups that positively impact people, planet and profit often bring the most exciting innovations to the sustainability space. Once again, Sustainable Brands did its part this week at SB’18 Vancouver to highlight the latest emerging companies addressing intractable issues — inspiring audiences and building connections with established brands. Shark Tank: Circular Economy Innovations for Retail First, in a Tuesday afternoon “Shark Tank,” startups pitched their solutions to retailers.

LG Electronics Honored By U.S. EPA As 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year
LG Electronics Honored By U.S. EPA As 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year

PRESS RELEASE - LG Electronics has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficient home appliances and consumer electronics products. "Environmental sustainability is a core business principle at LG. We're proud of our long-standing partnership with ENERGY STAR and our positive environmental impact in the United States," said William Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics North America. "LG is helping American consumers experience 'Innovation for a Better Life' by creating products that deliver energy savings to help save money and the planet without sacrificing performance or style."

Middle School Students Are Saving Rainforests Using Old Smartphones
Middle School Students Are Saving Rainforests Using Old Smartphones

CLEANTECH - 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 Guardians” program will guide middle schoolers in building solar-powered listening devices using old smartphones. These “Guardian” devices will be installed high in the trees of fragile rainforests to capture sounds of illegal logging and alerting forest rangers in real time.

New Approaches, Tools for Ethical Sourcing of Conflict Minerals
New Approaches, Tools for Ethical Sourcing of Conflict Minerals

NEW METRICS - A multi-industry initiative has introduced new protocols and tools for the responsible sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold, and cobalt, as well as social, environmental and governance impacts of the extraction and processing of raw materials in international supply chains.

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Dell’s ‘Closed-Loop’ Jewellery a Circular Economy Success, But a Drop in the Sustainability Bucket
Dell’s ‘Closed-Loop’ Jewellery a Circular Economy Success, But a Drop in the Sustainability Bucket

WASTE NOT - Earlier this year, tech giant Dell announced an innovative partnership with actress Nikki Reed’s jewellery company, Bayou with Love, which spawned a new line of fine jewellery made using recycled gold from the motherboards of end-of-life Dell computers. The juxtaposition of fine, intricate jewels with old computers has driven media interest and raised the issue and importance of sustainability within the tech sector. ‘The Circular Collection’ has been positioned as an example of circular economy success, but how deep does this move go?

LG Electronics Honored By U.S. EPA As 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year
LG Electronics Honored By U.S. EPA As 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year

PRESS RELEASE - LG Electronics has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficient home appliances and consumer electronics products. "Environmental sustainability is a core business principle at LG. We're proud of our long-standing partnership with ENERGY STAR and our positive environmental impact in the United States," said William Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics North America. "LG is helping American consumers experience 'Innovation for a Better Life' by creating products that deliver energy savings to help save money and the planet without sacrificing performance or style."

OMRON: Building a Sustainable Company by Responding to Social Needs
OMRON: Building a Sustainable Company by Responding to Social Needs

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

EPA Honors LG with 'Champion" Award for Sustainable Materials Management
EPA Honors LG with 'Champion" Award for Sustainable Materials Management

PRESS RELEASE - Underscoring its leadership in environmental sustainability, LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Champion Award, special recognition for demonstrating significant environmental, social and economic outcomes that go above and beyond the requirements of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

Trending: Step Change in Design, Recycling Efforts Essential for Addressing E-Waste
Trending: Step Change in Design, Recycling Efforts Essential for Addressing E-Waste

WASTE NOT - In today’s digitally dependent world, e-waste management is a critical issue that requires urgent attention from both the public and private sector.

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Trending: Closed-Loop Solutions Ramp Up Recycling Rates for Batteries, Contact Lenses
Trending: Closed-Loop Solutions Ramp Up Recycling Rates for Batteries, Contact Lenses

WASTE NOT - While coffee cup recycling is just beginning to gather steam, previously hard-to-recycle products such as lead batteries and contacts are demonstrating surprisingly high recycling rates.

Perfect Sustainable Product Design Needs to Start with a Circle
Perfect Sustainable Product Design Needs to Start with a Circle

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Electronic waste is the world’s fastest-growing waste stream, and according to a United Nations report, it’s projected that 50 million tons of e-waste will be accumulated by 2018.

Global Battery Alliance Aims to Eliminate Human, Environmental Toll of Global Battery Supply Chain
Global Battery Alliance Aims to Eliminate Human, Environmental Toll of Global Battery Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - A coalition of businesses, international organizations and NGOs have banded together to put an end to the social and environmental impacts driving the growing trade in batteries for smartphones, gadgets, electric vehicles and renewable energy storage systems. Launched at the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2017, the Global Battery Alliance aims to create a responsible value chain for the battery market powering the technology and clean energy revolution.

Fairphone Secures €6.5M to Take Fair, Conflict-Free Electronics Mainstream
Fairphone Secures €6.5M to Take Fair, Conflict-Free Electronics Mainstream

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Fairphone, a social enterprise and modular smartphone producer spurring a paradigm shift in the technology industry, has secured €6.5 million to scale up its mission to make fair, responsible electronics mainstream. The investment will enable Fairphone to continue innovating in the areas of material sourcing, production, distribution, recycling and product longevity.

Kohler Releases 2016 Sustainability and Stewardship Report
Kohler Releases 2016 Sustainability and Stewardship Report

PRESS RELEASE - Kohler Co., the leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath plumbing products in the U.S., has released its first public sustainability and stewardship report. The report reflects Kohler Co.'s sustainability strategy, introduced in 2008:

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Meet the Company Refusing to Accept When a Lithium Ion Battery Is ‘Dead’
Meet the Company Refusing to Accept When a Lithium Ion Battery Is ‘Dead’

CLEANTECH - Have a look at the gadgets you have within reach right now. Your cell, your laptop, your tablet, a backup power source – they all have one thing in common. They are powered using a lithium-ion battery, and for good reason. These batteries offer high energy density and high voltage, meaning they can power increasingly sophisticated electronics. They last a long time. And they are relatively environmentally friendly, containing no polluting metals, such as cadmium, lead or mercury.

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