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SC Johnson First CPG Brand to Disclose Product-Specific Fragrance Information to Consumers
SC Johnson First CPG Brand to Disclose Product-Specific Fragrance Information to Consumers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In an effort to expand the transparency of its products, SC Johnson announced this week that it will disclose product-specific ingredients of its fragrances, beginning with Glade®. Other SC Johnson brands including Pledge®, Windex®, Shout® and Scrubbing Bubbles® will follow. Consumers will be able to access fragrance information on WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com or by calling 800-558-5252. Ingredient information is available down to .09 percent of the product formula, or the top 10 ingredients when there are at least 20 ingredients – whichever provides the most information.

#SB15SD: How to Inform Supply Chain Engagement Strategy with the Latest Data
#SB15SD: How to Inform Supply Chain Engagement Strategy with the Latest Data

CLEANTECH - With nearly 500 eco-labels in 200 countries and across 25 industry sectors, it is easy for both consumers and producers to get confused. A Thursday morning panel at SB ’15 San Diego featuring Sheila Bonini, CEO of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), and Adam Gordon, Supply Chain Account Manager at CDP, shared two innovative ways of addressing that challenge.

ISEAL Alliance Launches New Tool for Buyers to Challenge Credibility of Ecolabels
ISEAL Alliance Launches New Tool for Buyers to Challenge Credibility of Ecolabels

MARKETING AND COMMS - ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards and labels, has launched its new “Challenge the Label” website with downloadable tools that helps companies choose credible sustainability labels for their products. ISEAL’s Director of Communications, Lara Koritzke, alongside leaders from Marine Stewardship Council and Bumble Bee Seafoods unveiled the “Challenge the Label” site and buyer tools today at the Sustainable Brands 2015 Conference in San Diego, California.

Ben & Jerry’s Announces Carbon Tax Covering Farm to Landfill Emissions
Ben & Jerry’s Announces Carbon Tax Covering Farm to Landfill Emissions

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Ben & Jerry’s has announced that it will institute its own internal carbon tax of $10 for every metric ton of its greenhouse gas emissions, from farm to landfill.Using a recent Lifecycle Analysis that gave the ice cream company a “cow-to-cone” picture of its carbon footprint, Ben & Jerry’s says it will be putting the funds from the tax to jumpstart sustainbility programs it’s already working on. Due to the fact that the dairy component counts for 42 percent of its overall lifecycle emissions, the company will start by working with farmers to develop and implement carbon footprint-reducing strategies.

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#SB15sd Workshop Demystifies Range of Tools for Evaluating Chemicals in Products
#SB15sd Workshop Demystifies Range of Tools for Evaluating Chemicals in Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Kicking off Sustainable Brands ‘15 San Diego this morning was an informative workshop on evaluating product chemicals and the most useful tools for doing so. Consumers have recently become hyper-aware of chemicals used in their products, but the way they receive that information and the way the information is gathered differs according to the tools brands use. The panel discussed chemical hazard, exposure and risk capabilities, software usability and other factors to consider when deciding which framework or software solution best meet a company’s chemical assessment needs.

Building a Circular Economy: How Ford, Novelis Created a Truly Closed Loop for Automotive Aluminum
Building a Circular Economy: How Ford, Novelis Created a Truly Closed Loop for Automotive Aluminum

THE NEXT ECONOMY - With approximately 9 billion people in the world today, society consumes and discards more and more each year, with no signs of slowing down. Culturally, we’ve begun to embrace and adopt recycling as a solution to our modern waste habits and an opportunity to keep designing, using and producing recyclable materials. But what if those recyclable materials are not in fact being recycled? Well, then we’re right back where we started, aren’t we?

CFSI Helping Companies Comply with New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation
CFSI Helping Companies Comply with New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) today announced it is available to help companies navigate compliance with the pending conflict minerals legislation recently voted on by the European Parliament.In addition, the CFSI says it is adopting a risk-based approach to its audit program to bolster audits of smelters and refiners of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold worldwide.The draft EU legislation on conflict minerals requires importers and processors of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold to self-certify via independent, third-party due diligence audits of smelters and refiners that their products do not directly or indirectly finance conflict and serious human rights abuses.

Announcing The Product Social Footprinting Programme
Announcing The Product Social Footprinting Programme

NEW METRICS - During my past five years at PRé, I’ve observed how companies approach different issues. I’m very interested in social impact assessment, and I experienced that companies have wildly different approaches for assessing the social impacts of their products and services, and for managing product social sustainability.

This year, TOMS' One Day Without Shoes Campaign Allows You to Donate Shoes for Free
This year, TOMS' One Day Without Shoes Campaign Allows You to Donate Shoes for Free

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the rise of brands such as Warby Parker, Soapbox Soaps, Plum Organics and Bombas Socks, the one-for-one giving model has become a popular way for companies to easily tie social impact to consumer product purchases and show just how easy it can be to support a worthy cause.

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Startup Creates Reusable To-Go Containers for Food Service Industry
Startup Creates Reusable To-Go Containers for Food Service Industry

WASTE NOT - Preserve, producer of sustainable consumer goods with a focus on creating closed loop products using recycled plastic, today announced the launch of Preserve 2 Go — a durable, reusable clamshell container designed for use in food services.Developed to “transform the takeout food experience and to provide an avenue for a more sustainable, eco-friendly system”, Preserve 2 Go could help eliminate the unnecessary waste of millions of disposable to-go containers.

C2C Design Challenge Winners Help Reduce Water Waste, Build Better Furniture, Reduce Obsoletism
C2C Design Challenge Winners Help Reduce Water Waste, Build Better Furniture, Reduce Obsoletism

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk announced the winners of the inaugural Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, which asked participants to design products made with materials that can return safely to industry or nature at the end of use, fulfilling a core criterion of “remaking the way we make things.”

Tilonia Showing Economic Growth Doesn’t Have to Lead to Environmental Degradation
Tilonia Showing Economic Growth Doesn’t Have to Lead to Environmental Degradation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It is often presumed in the modern world that drawing people out of poverty results in higher carbon emissions and environmental impact; the biggest driver of greenhouse gas emissions has been economic growth. However, Tilonia®, an ethical accessories brand based in Rajasthan, India, has shown that the conventional growth model can be broken.

Optimizing Your Sustainability Roadmap: Lessons from Product Development Portfolio Management
Optimizing Your Sustainability Roadmap: Lessons from  Product Development Portfolio Management

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As sustainability management becomes ever more closely linked to company resilience and reputation, CSR goals are coming into sharper focus for companies that are truly on the journey. But there are many choices to be made among a broad range of sustainability initiatives that could achieve those goals; just as in the world of product development, where there is an unlimited number of possible new product ideas and features, there will always be too many ideas and not enough resources. So how do you prioritize your company’s sustainability initiatives for maximum value and impact?

Novelis Launches evercycle™ Certified High-Recycled Content Products
Novelis Launches evercycle™ Certified High-Recycled Content Products

PRESS RELEASE - Company announces commercial availability in North America of evercycle for food containers with 100 percent recycled contentATLANTA, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today announced the first product in a new portfolio of cer

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Seventh Generation and 3,000 Business Partners Call on Congress to Reform Chemical Safety Laws
Seventh Generation and 3,000 Business Partners Call on Congress to Reform Chemical Safety Laws

NEW METRICS - Seventh Generation, the nation's leading brand of non-toxic and renewable bio-based household, baby and personal care solutions, called on Congress last week to strengthen the country's outdated chemical policy.

Can Products Be Convenient Without Being Wasteful?
Can Products Be Convenient Without Being Wasteful?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Selling a product in today’s world is not just about quality and price point anymore. Packaging has become a key factor in the way companies sell products, and specifically, how (if at all) they are making packaging more sustainable. What companies want to know now is if consumers take their carbon footprint into account when buying products and how they respond when companies make an effort to create more sustainable packaging for their products.

Can FNV Do for Produce What Finger-Wagging Hasn't?
Can FNV Do for Produce What Finger-Wagging Hasn't?

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Parents have known from time immemorial that fruits and vegetables are good for their children and that everyone should eat more of them. Now, they’re getting more help in their quest than ever before from the federal government, celebrities and Madison Avenue.

Unilever Partnering with Greenredeem to Increase Recycling Rates for a Good Cause
Unilever Partnering with Greenredeem to Increase Recycling Rates for a Good Cause

MARKETING AND COMMS - Unilever UK and Greenredeem, which rewards people for everyday conscious actions (similar to the UK equivalent of Recyclebank), have announced a partnership aimed at increasing recycling rates and other small, positive actions in our everyday lives to live more sustainably.

New App OpenLabel Aims to Replace Product Labels
New App OpenLabel Aims to Replace Product Labels

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Silicon Valley startup OpenLabel has just launched a free iPhone app and website that lets consumers and non-profit partners attach information and product ratings directly onto any barcoded product.After closing half a million dollar seed investment from investors at Google, Amazon, and MicroVentures, OpenLabel released its free mobile app and web platform that helps smart shoppers make healthier, more responsible, and more informed decisions.

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Industry Partners Publish First Sustainability Standard for Household Cooking Appliances
Industry Partners Publish First Sustainability Standard for Household Cooking Appliances

NEW METRICS - Whirlpool has announced that nine of its cooking appliances are among the industry’s first certified under the Association for Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) Sustainability Standard for Cooking Products — the first voluntary sustainability standard for household cooking products, developed by AHAM, UL Environment and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group.

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