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Consumer Goods Firms Prioritizing 'Common Principles' to Eradicate Forced Labour
Consumer Goods Firms Prioritizing 'Common Principles' to Eradicate Forced Labour

COLLABORATION - There are an estimated 21 million victims of forced labour in the world today, with labour exploitation fast becoming the dominant form – in 2015, it overtook sexual exploitation for the first time in the UK. The insidious nature of forced labour, coupled with the growing complexity of global supply chains, makes it a tough problem for corporations to identify, let alone stamp out.

Communication Chasm: Brand Wins, Missed Opportunities in Engaging Consumers on Purpose
Communication Chasm: Brand Wins, Missed Opportunities in Engaging Consumers on Purpose

MARKETING AND COMMS - If ever there was a time for the world’s leading brands to show leadership in sustainability, that time is now. Globally, the political resolve to combat climate change is being challenged by the arrival of a new US president who considers global warming a “hoax.” Resource scarcity and shrinking biodiversity are a growing concern for more and more areas of the planet. Immigration fears are being stoked by nationalist politicians throughout the world; and attaining racial and gender diversity continues to be an unattained goal in many parts of global society.

WRAP Advises Electronics Shoppers to Keep Calm and Be 'SMART' This Black Friday
WRAP Advises Electronics Shoppers to Keep Calm and Be 'SMART' This Black Friday

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - As retailers and shoppers gear up for another “highly charged” Black Friday, UK anti-waste advocacy organization WRAP has provided a ‘SMART’ guide for buying electronic products. Each year the UK buys 1.4 million tonnes (or £21 billion worth) of electrical and electronic products; WRAP estimates that consumers discard a similar amount. The SMART guidelines are designed to help consumers keep calm, buy smarter, and avoid unnecessary waste of devices and their components.

One Simple Action: How FSC, Kimberly-Clark Are Engaging Consumers in Sustainable Forestry
One Simple Action: How FSC, Kimberly-Clark Are Engaging Consumers in Sustainable Forestry

MARKETING AND COMMS - Moving the needle on consumer behavior remains a monumental task - but a necessary one if we are to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With household consumption accounting for nearly 70 percent of economic activity in the United States, consumers’ choices can make a real difference. At the same time, consumers are faced with so many decisions in their day-to-day lives that “decision fatigue” is commonplace. We cannot expect consumers to weigh the environmental and social implications of each of their actions and purchases.

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New ZDHC Platform to Provide 'Gateway' to Safer Chemicals in Textiles
New ZDHC Platform to Provide 'Gateway' to Safer Chemicals in Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The issue of hazardous chemicals isn’t new in consumer products; the Romans knew lead was harmful over 2000 years ago. Scheele’s Green, a copper-arsenic-based pigment, was one of the first colourfast greens used for textiles in the early 1860s. However, as the picture below demonstrates, it didn't take long for the toxic effects of this pigment to become known. Something has to be going wrong if hundreds of years ago we knew arsenic and lead were hazardous, and today, we still have to communicate this to the value chain.

Walmart Unveils New Sustainable Packaging Priorities to Complement Zero-Waste Goal
Walmart Unveils New Sustainable Packaging Priorities to Complement Zero-Waste Goal

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Walmart hopes to reignite the passion around sustainable packaging with vendors, store buyers, packaging suppliers and consumers with three new, clear goals: Optimize Design; Source Sustainably; and Support Recycling. The priorities were unveiled along with the company’s new “Sustainable Packaging Playbook” at the Walmart Sustainable Packaging Summit this week.

Disney, Dole Launch Character-Clad Produce to Promote Healthy Eating
Disney, Dole Launch Character-Clad Produce to Promote Healthy Eating

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) and Dole Food Company have announced a co-branded assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables featuring iconic Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel characters.

Procter & Gamble to Partner with Indian Government in Clean India Mission
Procter & Gamble to Partner with Indian Government in Clean India Mission

PRESS RELEASE - Procter & Gamble global chief executive David Taylor met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to discuss the company's manufacturing initiatives in the country and partnership opportunities in education and the government's cleanliness drive. In line with P&G's global sustainability goals, the company said it has offered to help the country's Clean India Initiative (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan) by using technology to reduce waste to landfill that will up-cycle sanitary waste. The maker of Ariel and Pampers appointed Taylor as its chief a year ago amid falling global sales and restructuring of its products portfolio. Internationally, Taylor has been reorganising P&G's brand portfolio, focusing on the core ones and selling dozens of unprofitable brands.

Want to Be a Catalyst for Cradle to Cradle Design? Certifier Opens Free Online Course
Want to Be a Catalyst for Cradle to Cradle Design? Certifier Opens Free Online Course

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Product developers, designers and manufacturers looking to create more responsible, sustainable products now have the opportunity to participate in the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Catalyst program, free of charge. An online course, resources for implementing Cradle to Cradle design within an organization, and access to a community of fellow innovators are all part of the program.

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Big, Bold Goals Needed to Drive Ongoing Quest for Sustainable Materials
Big, Bold Goals Needed to Drive Ongoing Quest for Sustainable Materials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We currently produce enough plastic to wrap Denmark in plastic film every day of the year all year round. This was just one of the shocking facts revealed by Sofus Midtgaard – Managing Partner & Nordic Lead at Leaderlab & LAUNCH, and moderator for Tuesday’s panel discussion that explored accelerating the transition to healthy products through the development of sustainable materials.

Can Product Manufacturers Benefit from the Sharing Economy?
Can Product Manufacturers Benefit from the Sharing Economy?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Collaborative consumption, also called the sharing economy, is expected to continue growing as a trend, particularly as digital technology makes sharing marketplaces more commonplace and accessible. This shift away from individual ownership of goods could really hurt manufacturers – or, as a recent study suggests, could deliver them profit-making benefits if they adjust their prices and product design.

Our Use of Eco-Labels Is Set to Soar – For Products, Brands ... and People?
Our Use of Eco-Labels Is Set to Soar – For Products, Brands ... and People?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Certification, standards and labels have long provided an effective mechanism for raising awareness around a range of sustainability issues – from deforestation and overfishing, to carbon reduction and energy efficiency.

Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations
Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two design challenges are back and accepting new entries for products designed to help enable a sustainable future. The non-profit H&M Foundation is accepting applications for the second edition of its Global Change Award through October 31st, 2016. The competition is seeking early stage ideas that present new circular approaches for the fashion industry – whether by changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used, or recycled – by adding disruptive technology or using a new business model.

Study: Many Consumers Willing to Pay More for, Switch to Completely Transparent Brands
Study: Many Consumers Willing to Pay More for, Switch to Completely Transparent Brands

MARKETING AND COMMS - A new study reveals that consumers’ demand for product transparency is on the rise – overall, they desire more product information and are inclined to be more loyal to brands that provide more detailed insights. About 40 percent say they would switch to a new brand if it offered full product transparency, and 81 percent say they would consider a brand’s entire portfolio of products if they switched to that brand as a result of increased transparency.

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Unilever’s Surf Launches Unique Partnership with Oxfam to Lighten the Load of Women’s Unpaid Care Work
Unilever’s Surf Launches Unique Partnership with Oxfam to Lighten the Load of Women’s Unpaid Care Work

PRESS RELEASE - Unilever’s laundry brand, Surf, today announces a unique three-year partnership with Oxfam that aims to recognise, reduce and redistribute the amount of time spent by women and girls on unpaid care work. Crucially the collaboration will challenge social norms by encouraging the equitable distribution of unpaid work.

First International Standard for Sustainable Procurement Is Almost Here
First International Standard for Sustainable Procurement Is Almost Here

SUPPLY CHAIN - The number of standards for green products has grown in recent years due to increasing market demand for environmentally-preferable products, resulting in concerns over greenwashing and a need for an international standard. ISO has been working on such a standard since 2014, to help organizations make their procurement processes more sustainable.

While Companies Continue to Strive for Sustainability, Consumers Still at the Heart of Lasting Change
While Companies Continue to Strive for Sustainability, Consumers Still at the Heart of Lasting Change

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - A decade ago something remarkable happened: Business leaders watched Al Gore present An Inconvenient Truth, and accepted that man-made climate change was real and catastrophic. CEOs said that something must be done and embraced carbon pricing and emissions trading. These same captains of industry were further encouraged when the UK Stern Review explained that early investment in low-carbon solutions would outweigh its costs and boost economic growth.

Unilever Acquires Blueair, Will Help Millions More People Fight Rising Urban Air Pollution By Creating Safer Indoor Environments
Unilever Acquires Blueair, Will Help Millions More People Fight Rising Urban Air Pollution By Creating Safer Indoor Environments

PRESS RELEASE - Blueair, a world leader in air purifying solutions with acclaimed leading-edge filtration technologies and design, announced today it has been acquired by Unilever. Blueair founder Bengt Rittri said the acquisition will enable even more people to protect their health by using Blueair air purifiers to remove indoor airborne contaminants such as hazardous PM2.5 sooty particles, allergens, chemicals and viruses.

How Cities Can Become Hubs for a Circular Economy
How Cities Can Become Hubs for a Circular Economy

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - How many packages have you relied on today? Responsible and innovative packaging is critical to delivering shippable, shelve-able, sellable, product value. Consumers, retailers, and brands count on packaging. And then what? The best way to retain investment value and mitigate risks is to recycle these materials. “Municipal recycling programs are the hubs of the reverse logistics needed to return valuable packaging to the supply chain,” says Jeff Meyers, The Recycling Partnership’s Director of Corporate Partnerships.

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Molekule: The World's First Air Purifier to Eliminate Pollutants on a Molecular Level
Molekule: The World's First Air Purifier to Eliminate Pollutants on a Molecular Level

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - San Francisco-based technology startup Molekule recently introduced the world’s first molecular air purifier, bringing a patented technology to the category that eliminates a full spectrum of indoor pollutants by breaking them down on a molecular level. According to the EPA, a backer of the new product, air indoors can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air and since on average, people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, that exposure is harmful to health and well-being.

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