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Fast Co's World-Changing Ideas Winners Build Empathy, EVs; Repurpose Guns, Flowers
Fast Co's World-Changing Ideas Winners Build Empathy, EVs; Repurpose Guns, Flowers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - For the second year, Fast Company is celebrating businesses, policies, and nonprofits that are poised help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future with its World Changing Ideas Awards. From melted down guns to nitrogen-producing microbes, there’s quite a bit of variety among 2018’s twelve winners.

Closed Loop Fund Announces Historic Partnership on Funding for Recycling Infrastructure
Closed Loop Fund Announces Historic Partnership on Funding for Recycling Infrastructure

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Closed Loop Fund (CLF) today unveiled an historic statewide, public-private partnership targeting a $5 million investment in recycling infrastructure in Connecticut in 2018. This statewide program follows Closed Loop Fund’s successful investment in Waterbury, CT in 2017.

Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains: What and How to Measure
Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains: What and How to Measure

SUPPLY CHAIN - Despite decades of intense media and business attention, poor working conditions persist in global supply chains. Even Apple, recently announced yet again as the world’s most admired company by Fortune magazine, has struggled to address this issue.

Going Beyond Less Bad: Redefining Products, Brands for Positive Impact
Going Beyond Less Bad: Redefining Products, Brands for Positive Impact

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - “We want all of our three billion products we sell every year to be well on the path to being truly sustainable by 2025.”

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Unilever discloses fragrance ingredients online for its home care and personal care brands
Unilever discloses fragrance ingredients online for its home care and personal care brands

PRESS RELEASE - Unilever is going beyond labelling requirements by disclosing fragrance ingredients online in Europe, starting with France and the UK. The move builds on the commitment Unilever made last year, to build trust in its brands by providing in-depth product and ingredient information for its home care and personal care products.

Unilever, Savers Team Up to Tackle Clothing Waste
Unilever, Savers Team Up to Tackle Clothing Waste

COLLABORATION - Coinciding with New York Fashion Week, Unilever and global thrift retailer Savers announced a new partnership to draw attention to the issue of clothing waste. As they say, timing is everything. The two organizations collaborated for the latest iteration of Savers’ I Give a Sh!rt campaign, an awareness movement that aims to shed light on the 10.5 million tons of clothing that are discarded every year.

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."

Circularity, Sustainability Take Hold in Toy Industry
Circularity, Sustainability Take Hold in Toy Industry

WASTE NOT - The closed-loop conversation is often one that focuses on e-waste, fashion and single-use plastics, but LEGO Group and Antwerp-based design furniture brand ecoBirdy are aiming to change that by bringing the concept of circularity and sustainability to the toy front. Supported by the EU’s program for the competitiveness of SMEs (COSME), ecoBirdy has launched its first collection of design furniture for kids made entirely from recycled plastic toys. The launch follows two years of research exploring how to sustainably recycle plastic toys.

Forget Bitcoin, Planting Trees Can Offer Amazing Returns
Forget Bitcoin, Planting Trees Can Offer Amazing Returns

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new report has found that money actually does grow on trees. Businesses are making money from planting trees and growing sales as rapidly as 10 times per year.

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Why Take a Duck to CES? How Tech Is Helping Aflac Put Purpose Into Practice
Why Take a Duck to CES? How Tech Is Helping Aflac Put Purpose Into Practice

WALKING THE TALK - Nested between smart mirrors, driverless cars, and paper-thin TVs, a little duck fluffed its feathers, awaiting its big debut. Unlike most of the 3,900+ products at the crowded cultural phenomenon that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the duck was not for sale. No matter: the response from attendees was remarkable.

Can Huawei Crack the US Market Without Environmental Credentials?
Can Huawei Crack the US Market Without Environmental Credentials?

CLEANTECH - Your bus shelter and web browser may soon be blanketed with ads promoting “The best phone you’ve never heard of," heralding the arrival of a new smartphone that has finally come to town. Who is this mysterious “newcomer”? None other than Chinese IT giant Huawei. Huawei, which is already the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the arrival of its flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro, to the US market.

More Gifts That Keep on Giving: Sustainable Brands' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
More Gifts That Keep on Giving: Sustainable Brands' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustainable products geeks rejoice, for 'tis once again the season of giving! And what better way to celebrate and participate than with gifts whose buying and giving creates more cheer, health, beauty and financial stability while eliminating waste, pollution and carbon emissions around the world? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be proud to give. Waste Not You know we’re big fans of upcycling, here at SB! Here are just a few of the waste-turned-products we loved this year:

Why You Should Care About the NRDC's Antibiotics Scorecard
Why You Should Care About the NRDC's Antibiotics Scorecard

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Since 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been publishing its Chain Reaction report, produced in collaboration with Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union, Food Animal Concerns Trust and Center for Food Safety. Chain Reaction is basically a report card, showing how well major fast-food (and -casual) restaurants are doing at limiting their reliance on meat products raised on antibiotics. Here’s a look at 2017’s scorecard:

Sustainable Surf, MAFIA Bags Launch Sustainable Daypack Made Entirely from Waste
Sustainable Surf, MAFIA Bags Launch Sustainable Daypack Made Entirely from Waste

WASTE NOT - Sustainable Surf, a nonprofit focused on protecting ocean health, has teamed up with Swiss designer Yves Béhar and MAFIA Bags, a Bay Area-based brand making bags and backpacks from upcycled sails, to create an urban adventure bag that supports the local community and diverts valuable resources from landfill.

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Consumer Goods Forum Launches Local Group to Tackle Sustainability Challenges in Japan
Consumer Goods Forum Launches Local Group to Tackle Sustainability Challenges in Japan

COLLABORATION - As part of its ongoing regionalization strategy, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has created a Japan Sustainability Local Group. Chaired by Koji Inoue of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., the Local Group will help local and multinational CGF members in Japan share knowledge and best practices on sustainability challenges facing the consumer goods industry and strategies for working towards the CFG’s global Environmental and Social Sustainability Resolutions.

Target Commits to New Climate Policy, Science-Based Target-Aligned Sustainability Goals
Target Commits to New Climate Policy, Science-Based Target-Aligned Sustainability Goals

CLEANTECH - Following a recent commitment to source 100 percent sustainable cotton by 2020, Target has introduced a new climate policy and Science-Based Target Initiative-aligned goals aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.

Danone, Nestlé, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Walgreens Unite to Help Consumers Lead Their Healthiest Lives
Danone, Nestlé, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Walgreens Unite to Help Consumers Lead Their Healthiest Lives

COLLABORATION - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is on a mission to help consumers make healthier choices with the launch of a new pilot campaign in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Powered by Partnership: Procter & Gamble and Constellation Complete 50-Megawatt Renewable Energy Plant
Powered by Partnership: Procter & Gamble and Constellation Complete 50-Megawatt Renewable Energy Plant

PRESS RELEASE - The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), today announced the completion of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant located at one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. Constellation owns and operates the plant, which supplies steam to P&G’s Albany, GA paper manufacturing facility and generates electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power.

Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Streamlined Food Labels Worldwide by 2020
Consumer Goods Forum Calls for Streamlined Food Labels Worldwide by 2020

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - “Sell by,” “Use by,” “Display until” and “Best before” food labels intended to inform consumers about food quality and safety frequently come under fire for their lack of clarity and confusing terminology that contributes significantly to the colossal food waste problem — one that costs families up to $29 billion annually in the United States alone. However, little concrete action has been taken to address the problem.

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SC Johnson Expands Sustainable Product Portfolio, Acquires Method, Ecover
SC Johnson Expands Sustainable Product Portfolio, Acquires Method, Ecover

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - SC Johnson, a manufacturer of products such as Windex, Glade, Shout, Raid and Pledge, has signed an agreement to acquire Method and Ecover, two consumer brands from People Against Dirty, a B-Corp and pioneer in ‘planet-friendly’ home, fabric and personal care products. Method and Ecover are well known for their use of naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients and responsible packaging.

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