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'Peak Stuff': Why IKEA Is Shifting Towards New Business Models
'Peak Stuff': Why IKEA Is Shifting Towards New Business Models

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Last month, IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard, raised eyebrows at a panel debate by suggesting that in some parts of the world we have reached the point of ‘peak stuff’, a comment that was interpreted by some as a warning that consumer appetite for home furnishings had reached a crucial turning point.

Barbie Breaks Out of Blonde, Blue-Eyed Box with Range of New Shapes, Sizes, Skin Tones
Barbie Breaks Out of Blonde, Blue-Eyed Box with Range of New Shapes, Sizes, Skin Tones

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “It’s kind of cool to have people look different,” a young girl says, with two dolls in her hands. One is blonde and blue-eyed, the other has darker tones – and both are Barbie.In a bold move from Mattel, Barbie will now be available in 7 different skin tones and 22 eye colors. The most startling change, though, is that she will also have 4 body types: original, petite, tall, and curvy.

Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Action on Forced Labor, Scale-Up of Low-Carbon Refrigeration
Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Action on Forced Labor, Scale-Up of Low-Carbon Refrigeration

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a group of about 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other global industry stakeholders, sent out two calls to action this month. The CGF is rallying the industry to fight forced labor – which affects 21 million people globally – in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The CGF also plans to ramp up its implementation of low-carbon refrigeration equipment among its members’ stores.

CES 2016: Whirlpool Showcases Latest Home Tech Innovations That Combine 'Smart with Heart'
CES 2016: Whirlpool Showcases Latest Home Tech Innovations That Combine 'Smart with Heart'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, hundreds of innovators, large and small, will showcase thousands of their latest potentially game-changing technologies in the world of electronics.A CES staple, appliance giant Whirlpool will showcase its Whirlpool® Every day, care™ interactive experience, where attendees can experience the latest product innovations and future design concepts:

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Colgate Hoping to Rally Super Bowl Viewers to Save Water with Debut Ad
Colgate Hoping to Rally Super Bowl Viewers to Save Water with Debut Ad

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Colgate toothpastes and toothbrushes will not be the focus of the brand’s first-ever Super Bowl advertisement. Rather, it will be using its airtime to remind viewers to turn off the tap when brushing their teeth.

Trending: Could Healthy Vending Machines, Powdered Meals Be the Next Big Thing in Sustainable Food?
Trending: Could Healthy Vending Machines, Powdered Meals Be the Next Big Thing in Sustainable Food?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The future is uncertain — especially when it comes to food. As the need to transition to a more sustainable food system becomes apparent, many have speculated on what the future of food will hold. Will we consume crickets for protein, or stick with something more familiar, like drought-resistant beans and plant-based burgers?

What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21
What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21

COLLABORATION - As evidenced by the unprecedented private-sector engagement in COP21 earlier this month, businesses globally get that they need to innovate (and improve!) their products, services and business models to combat climate change, resource scarcity and unpredictable futures. Aside from the alignment of 195 nations on a climate-action agreement, what did all the talk at COP21 amount to from a business perspective? A lot of initiatives that push forward change and collaboration. But is it all smoke and mirrors, and toothless pledges, or is there real action brewing?

Documentary Causing a STINK! Over Chemicals in Products
Documentary Causing a STINK! Over Chemicals in Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A new documentary is racking up awards across the United States, exposing the dangers hidden in the products found on store shelves. Director Jon Whelan stumbled across the issue of undisclosed chemicals when he noticed a foul smell from a pair of pajamas he purchased for his daughter. The film, aptly titled STINK!, follows his journey to uncover the source of products’ odors and what “fragrance” on a label really means.

How to Innovate on Future Product Concepts That Are Better for Your Business, Our World
How to Innovate on Future Product Concepts That Are Better for Your Business, Our World

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Workshops often vary in their composition of speaker insights, Q&As and practical activities, but Monday afternoon’s SB’15 London session with Chris Sherwin, Head of Sustainability at design firm Seymourpowell, was all about active participation. You’d expect a workshop focused on product design and innovation to be a hub for brewing and evolving ideas (from the obvious to the most far-fetched) and it lived up to expectations.

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Kingfisher, IKEA Talk Evolution Into Circular, Service, Sharing Business Models
Kingfisher, IKEA Talk Evolution Into Circular, Service, Sharing Business Models

THE NEXT ECONOMY - DIY retailer Kingfisher and Swedish housewares giant IKEA both recently told edie of the potential to incorporate elements of the sharing economy and servitization, in what they see as a "natural progression" of their business models.

'Put a Box Around It': Helen Sahi on Avery Dennison's Approach to Innovation, Partnerships, Sustainability
'Put a Box Around It': Helen Sahi on Avery Dennison's Approach to Innovation, Partnerships, Sustainability

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Core to Avery Dennison’s long-term success is developing products and solutions that are sustainable for years to come. With the volume of materials it produces, how does the company deliver a positive environmental and social impact for its customers and the communities in which it operates? For Avery Dennison, it’s a core responsibility — and it all starts with sustainability.

Target Expands Sustainable Product Index to Include 1,000+ Toxic Chemicals
Target Expands Sustainable Product Index to Include 1,000+ Toxic Chemicals

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Target has improved its sustainable product standard by beginning to test category-specific criteria and consider more toxic chemicals. The retailer’s Sustainable Product Index evaluates products based on a points system and the highest-scoring options are promoted under its “Made to Matter” banner.

This Startup's Shower Head Uses 70% Less Water
This Startup's Shower Head Uses 70% Less Water

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In a time when water conservation increasingly is becoming a top-of-mind issue, showers remain a guilty pleasure even for many of the eco-conscious. After toilets and clothes washers, showers are the third-largest water hogs in an average U.S. home — a typical eight-minute shower uses around 20 gallons of water, according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

How Avery Dennison Helped Christopher Raeburn Produce Sustainable Style for London Fashion Week
How Avery Dennison Helped Christopher Raeburn Produce Sustainable Style for London Fashion Week

COLLABORATION - Award-winning British designer Christopher Raeburn showcased his new Spring/Summer 2016 SARAWAK collection on Tuesday at London Fashion Week. Raeburn worked closely with apparel branding, labeling, packaging and embellishments company Avery Dennison RBIS (Retail Branding and Information Solutions) to explore sustainability throughout the design process, from mood board to the runway.

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Consumers Want Environmental Info on Product Labels: Why Now Is the Time to Act
Consumers Want Environmental Info on Product Labels: Why Now Is the Time to Act

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Package labels that clearly detail food product ingredients have become the norm, thanks in large part to demand from consumers who want to be able to make informed decisions about their purchases. But what about other information related to sustainability and how product packaging is sourced?Current product labels do not offer a sufficient or clear explanation of sourcing and sustainability information. We need to recognize, across all industries, that the materials used to develop the packaging of a product is equally as important as the ingredients that go inside a product. Consumers are demanding greater transparency and it is the responsibility of all of us, including manufacturers, regulators and third-party groups, to fulfill this obligation.

Cradle to Cradle, AutoDesk Launch Second Annual Product Design Challenge
Cradle to Cradle, AutoDesk Launch Second Annual Product Design Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today is the launch of the second annual Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, which calls upon designers to innovate products for the circular economy. Participants will be awarded up to $6,000 for their designs that creatively eliminate the concept of waste.

Study: Choice Architecture, Not More Info, Key to Healthier Purchasing Habits
Study: Choice Architecture, Not More Info, Key to Healthier Purchasing Habits

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Recent studies suggest consumers are increasingly motivated to buy sustainable products, especially the rising generation of socially motivated millennials — that’s the headline in the sustainable business community. But we also know that it’s difficult to motivate consumers to act upon their best intentions. They may state their preference to buy organic, ethically produced products in the abstract, but their actual choice may be different at the point of purchase.

How Target Is Taking Sustainable Products Mainstream (and Working with Walmart)
How Target Is Taking Sustainable Products Mainstream (and Working with Walmart)

COLLABORATION - For years, the answer to the question “Do people really want to buy more sustainable products?” was a profound “sort of.” Surveys consistently show that we aspire to buy responsibly, and we even say we’ll pay more for environmental or socially preferable products. But purchase intent does not always translate to real sales, and companies have often struggled to make sustainable products more mainstream.

Consumer Goods Forum Publishes First-Ever Set of Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines
Consumer Goods Forum Publishes First-Ever Set of Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines

COLLABORATION - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network driven by its members to encourage the adoption of practices and standards that serve the consumer goods industry worldwide, has announced publication of the first-ever Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines.

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Introducing PEF: A Game-Changer in LCA
Introducing PEF: A Game-Changer in LCA

NEW METRICS - The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach is a game-changing standard in LCA, with effects and ramifications that we are only just beginning to understand. That’s why PRé is devoting an article series to PEF, discussing it one aspect at a time.Today: How did PEF come about? And what are some of the lessons we have learned so far?

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