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‘Clean Beauty’ Is Just a Pipe Dream If Sustainability Gets Left Behind
‘Clean Beauty’ Is Just a Pipe Dream If Sustainability Gets Left Behind

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Every year, 3B trees are turned into paper packaging for the products we buy — including for many ‘clean’ beauty brands. These brands must take the same holistic approach to their packaging as their ingredients.

Give Greater: The 2022 SB Holiday Gift Guide
Give Greater: The 2022 SB Holiday Gift Guide

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As always, the goal of our gift guide is to encourage a more conscious approach to gift-giving by highlighting products, services and experiences that create value and benefits beyond short-term gratification for the recipient. Here’s this year’s list of some of the many companies, platforms and products that we’d be happy to support anytime.

L'Oréal USA Product Labeling System Aims to Educate Consumers About the Environmental Impact of Products
L'Oréal USA Product Labeling System Aims to Educate Consumers About the Environmental Impact of Products

MARKETING AND COMMS - New survey finds 83% of US consumers value brand product transparency, but only 47% feel they have the information to make sustainability-based purchasing decisions. Impact labeling will begin with Garnier products and roll out progressively across L'Oréal's brand portfolio.

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Innovators Creating Healthier Products, Lifestyles, Communities, Supply Chains
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Innovators Creating Healthier Products, Lifestyles, Communities, Supply Chains

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week at SB’22 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and opportunities for collaboration with the goal of building a regenerative future for all. Here, we hear highlights from our day three keynotes, which featured pioneers disrupting and upleveling a variety of industries.

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Making the Dream Work: Equipping Suppliers for the Climate Action Journey
Making the Dream Work: Equipping Suppliers for the Climate Action Journey

SUPPLY CHAIN - A collaborative, network approach is helping global companies meet their suppliers where they are and ensure they have the resources and know-how to rise to growing imperatives to reduce climate impacts.

Trending: Carbon-Capture Innovators Continue Paving Path to Climate-Beneficial Future
Trending: Carbon-Capture Innovators Continue Paving Path to Climate-Beneficial Future

CLEANTECH - 2 startups at the forefront of the carbon-capture space, Air Company and LanzaTech, continue to expand their portfolio of carbon-negative products and groundbreaking brand partnerships that will ensure global proliferation of their technologies.

ISS National Lab, Estée Lauder Choose 2 Potential Plastic Pollution Solutions to Launch into Space
ISS National Lab, Estée Lauder Choose 2 Potential Plastic Pollution Solutions to Launch into Space

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Beyond Plastics Challenge aims to address the plastics dilemma on Earth through the design and production of solutions aided by access to space. The two winning concepts will be able to conduct research in the International Space Station’s unique, weightless environment.

Circularity Is ‘Izzy’: Meet the Clean Beauty Startup Creating a Blueprint for a Waste-Free Industry
Circularity Is ‘Izzy’: Meet the Clean Beauty Startup Creating a Blueprint for a Waste-Free Industry

WASTE NOT - New York-based startup Izzy Zero Waste Beauty is out to show the incredibly wasteful beauty industry that it can mend its wicked ways — vastly reducing its footprint through a hyper-local supply chain and 100% refillable, recyclable products.

The Doomsday Clock Is Ticking on the World’s Biggest Advertising Festival
The Doomsday Clock Is Ticking on the World’s Biggest Advertising Festival

MARKETING AND COMMS - The heat is on — from Greenpeace protesting Cannes to concerned citizens and legislative pressure — for advertisers to make their work count for more than selling more products to the Western world. Here are six key takeaways from this year’s Cannes Lions, and how your campaigns can be and do better.

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Unilever and Geno Launch $120M Venture to Scale Alternative to Palm Oil-, Fossil Fuel-Based Cleansers
Unilever and Geno Launch $120M Venture to Scale Alternative to Palm Oil-, Fossil Fuel-Based Cleansers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The partnership aims to commercialize and scale more sustainable alternatives to palm oil and fossil-fuel-derived cleansing ingredients — the current industry standard in everyday cleaning and personal care products.

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health Brands Launch Reuse-and-Refill Packaging
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health Brands Launch Reuse-and-Refill Packaging

OUR HEALTHY LIVES MISSION - Reuse-and-refill is one of a suite of solutions that consumer goods companies are introducing to facilitate more responsible use of packaging. Consumers expect companies to help make more sustainable consumption easier, while companies rely on consumers to embrace improvements to their products.

Appalachian Botanical Is Growing Opportunity in West Virginia
Appalachian Botanical Is Growing Opportunity in West Virginia

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The company — committed to sustainable agriculture and a truly inclusive approach for creating economic opportunity for the people of Boone County, West Virginia — has been growing lavender and raising bees on reclaimed coal mine soil since 2019.

Report Highlights ‘Wild Dozen’ Plant Ingredients Consumers, Companies Should Consume with Care
Report Highlights ‘Wild Dozen’ Plant Ingredients Consumers, Companies Should Consume with Care

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new report by TRAFFIC, the FAO and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Medicinal Plant Specialist Group looks at 12 common, wild-harvested plant ingredients and their effects on local sourcing communities and ecosystems.

Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions
Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions

COLLABORATION - In an effort to combat climate change and reduce waste in its value chain, Estée Lauder Companies’ charitable wing, the ELC Charitable Foundation, has partnered with Plastics for Change to improve the livelihoods of waste collectors in India while diverting ocean-bound plastics.

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Tomorrow's Brands Are Reimagining Product Formats, Reshaping Industries
Tomorrow's Brands Are Reimagining Product Formats, Reshaping Industries

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Bite has reimagined the way consumers can and should use routine personal-care products. It has disrupted the linear approach to a stale industry with a fresh, waste-free format that offers a successful, premium model of circularity.

PCR & Ocean-Bound Plastic Both Have a Place in Sustainable Beauty
PCR & Ocean-Bound Plastic Both Have a Place in Sustainable Beauty

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Big Plastic (and Big Oil) have a five-decade lead and massive economies of scale that will take a little longer to match in terms of costs and simplicity. But working with the right partners and openness to shaking up the status quo is paying off for brands willing to put their principles and profits on equal footing.

Radical Hospitality: Inside a Cross-Sector Collaboration Delivering Life-Changing Impact
Radical Hospitality: Inside a Cross-Sector Collaboration Delivering Life-Changing Impact

COLLABORATION - Mobile shower pioneer LavaMaeX and Unilever brand The Right to Shower have built a partnership that’s given more than 38,000 unhoused people dignity, hope and a fresh sense of opportunity.

HowGood Augments Ingredient Sustainability Database with OP2B’s Regenerative Ag Metrics
HowGood Augments Ingredient Sustainability Database with OP2B’s Regenerative Ag Metrics

SUPPLY CHAIN - Brands and retailers using HowGood’s Latis platform can now further improve product impacts using uniform metrics and thus contribute to a global agricultural transition.

How Kao Is Creating a More Sustainable, Beautiful, ‘Kirei’ Life for All
How Kao Is Creating a More Sustainable, Beautiful, ‘Kirei’ Life for All

WALKING THE TALK - Through its Kirei Lifestyle Plan, Kao aims to empower at least 1 billion people to live more gently and sustainably by 2030. We caught up with Kao’s Dave Muenz to hear about the company’s progress toward its goals; and how the pandemic has both impacted, but also provided opportunities for, progress on sustainability.

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Trending: Beauty Brands Building Biodiversity, Better Packaging Solutions
Trending: Beauty Brands Building Biodiversity, Better Packaging Solutions

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Aveda and L’Occitane Group continue to raise the bar for beauty industry sustainability ambitions with new packaging innovations and a ‘nature-positive’ biodiversity strategy.

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