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Moving Toward a Circular Economy for Packaging
Moving Toward a Circular Economy for Packaging

WASTE NOT - A circular economy for plastics is achievable in our lifetime, though it will require consumers and manufacturers to work together. Whether companies decide to keep it in-house or partner with like-minded third parties, an investment in our future now will lead to more profitable operations and create relentless forward progress.

Steakholder Foods, Umami Meats Win $1M Grant to 3D Bio-Print Structured, Cultivated Fish Products
Steakholder Foods, Umami Meats Win $1M Grant to 3D Bio-Print Structured, Cultivated Fish Products

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The collaboration, using Steakholder’s proprietary 3D bio-printing technology, is a significant step forward in both companies’ mission to cultivate and scale sustainable alternatives to conventionally farmed and fished foods.

2022 Lessons: How to Improve Employee Engagement Through Responsive Company Culture
2022 Lessons: How to Improve Employee Engagement Through Responsive Company Culture

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Many employees are re-evaluating what they want and expect from their employers. This is a pivotal moment for companies to recalibrate program offerings and better support employees in applying their unique talents to purposeful projects in the communities where they live, work and raise their families.

The New Reuse Economy: What’s Working (and Not Working) on the Quest for a Packaging Waste-Free Future
The New Reuse Economy: What’s Working (and Not Working) on the Quest for a Packaging Waste-Free Future

WASTE NOT - While recycling and lightweighting packaging strategies are helpful, they still align more with a linear rather than circular economy. Here, Upstream CEO Matt Prindiville lays out his organization’s vision for a truly plastic waste-free future.

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2 New Funds Show Companies, Investors Putting Money Where Their Mouths Are on Biodiversity Commitments
2 New Funds Show Companies, Investors Putting Money Where Their Mouths Are on Biodiversity Commitments

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - With a fresh spotlight on the critical role of biodiversity in the health of the planet, climate and economy, two ambitious new funds aim to mobilize millions in resources to scale on-the-ground, nature-preservation and -regeneration projects and nature-based climate solutions around the world.

Cocoa Will Never Be Sustainable Without Living Wages for Farmers; New Action Guide Helps Companies Get There
Cocoa Will Never Be Sustainable Without Living Wages for Farmers; New Action Guide Helps Companies Get There

SUPPLY CHAIN - The VOICE Network’s Cocoa Barometer links the range of challenges facing cocoa-farming communities to pervasive poverty. The IDH’s new, free Living Wage Action Guide helps companies find the path to the best interventions for their situation.

Putting Recycling to Work for People, Communities and the Planet
Putting Recycling to Work for People, Communities and the Planet

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - To create a truly circular ecosystem for plastics, we need scalable innovations to close the gap between what consumers can recycle now and which plastics might become a regular part of a future recycling system.

2022 Trends in Purpose and What They Mean for the Year Ahead
2022 Trends in Purpose and What They Mean for the Year Ahead

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This year, we saw companies double-down on purpose amidst a rise in consumer skepticism and politically motivated attacks on ESG. Below are six notable trends and what they might mean for 2023.

Can Insuring Nature Encourage the Necessary Action to Protect It from Climate Risks?
Can Insuring Nature Encourage the Necessary Action to Protect It from Climate Risks?

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - COP15 again highlighted the importance of ensuring money moves in the right direction to bring about lasting environmental protection. One example is The Nature Conservancy’s recent purchase of a coral reef insurance policy to protect Hawai‘i’s marine environment from damage by hurricanes or tropical storms.

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Stella McCartney to Pilot Mixed-Textile Recycling Venture
Stella McCartney to Pilot Mixed-Textile Recycling Venture

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Protein Evolution’s technology can turn unused polyester and nylon fabrics from Stella McCartney’s previous collections into good-as-new, infinitely recyclable fibers — and could present a new circular solution for the fashion industry.

Climate Policymakers Denounce UK Approval of New ‘Net-Zero’ Coal Mine
Climate Policymakers Denounce UK Approval of New ‘Net-Zero’ Coal Mine

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The mine’s operator and UK government pledge to offset nearly 500,000 annual tons of emissions through carbon credits; but the clear greenwashing has been lambasted by critics the world over.

Opinion: Why Some Big Brands ‘Aren’t Convinced’ by Plastic Credits
Opinion: Why Some Big Brands ‘Aren’t Convinced’ by Plastic Credits

THE NEXT ECONOMY - 80M tons of plastic waste will end up in the environment just in the next 10 years. Without voluntary, global producer responsibility programs to unlock capital towards infrastructure and bridge the policy vacuum, how else do polluters suggest for us to tackle this massive financing gap in the meantime?

COP15 Must Mark a Turning Point for Meat and Dairy Investors
COP15 Must Mark a Turning Point for Meat and Dairy Investors

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Meat and dairy companies need to go further and faster to protect our natural world — before politicians, regulators and investors make the decision for them. The latest FAIRR Index shows what’s possible and shines a spotlight on the investment risks of maintaining the status quo.

A Completely Different Definition of ‘Waste’: 5 Key Takeaways from the Sustainability Next Summit
A Completely Different Definition of ‘Waste’: 5 Key Takeaways from the Sustainability Next Summit

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Last month, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics and Fast Company co-hosted the virtual summit to convene policy experts, industry leaders and innovators with the expertise and resources to drive real progress toward a circular economy.

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Company Shareholders Vote to Examine More Climate-Beneficial Retirement Plans
Company Shareholders Vote to Examine More Climate-Beneficial Retirement Plans

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Campbell's — and many other companies’ — current 401(k) options have employees investing millions in fossil fuels and deforestation through Vanguard, which has just announced it has left the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.

COP15: ‘Environmental DNA’ Technology Enables World-First Nature Performance-Monitoring Service
COP15: ‘Environmental DNA’ Technology Enables World-First Nature Performance-Monitoring Service

NEW METRICS - NatureMetrics says new platform represents breakthrough in understanding and managing our impact on nature — providing simple, standardized metrics to track and report on site-based nature impacts.

Why Activism, Advocacy and Allyship Are Essential to Corporate Diversity
Why Activism, Advocacy and Allyship Are Essential to Corporate Diversity

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - If a corporation really wants diversity and its benefits, the only way to get it is to regularly hire and promote people who don’t look like the current leadership. The task is to create not just the appearance of change, but a genuine commitment to creating equitable organizations and systems.

COP27: Holding Both Hope and Despair as We Fight For Every 0.1°C
COP27: Holding Both Hope and Despair as We Fight For Every 0.1°C

COLLABORATION - The first COP took place in 1995 — 27 years later, and it’s easy to understand the scepticism. We’re still quite a long way from universal adoption by all nations and private sector actors of net-zero strategies that align with the urgent timescales science tells us are needed. But no other issue brings 198 nation states together in this way.

Record Number of Companies Recognize Biodiversity Risks, But Struggling to Turn Commitments Into Action
Record Number of Companies Recognize Biodiversity Risks, But Struggling to Turn Commitments Into Action

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Self-reported data from over 7,700 companies that responded to questions on biodiversity through CDP’s climate change questionnaire shows they are ready to disclose on biodiversity, sending a powerful signal to negotiators ahead of COP15.

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As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative
As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative

WALKING THE TALK - In 2021, WSL launched WAOO to protect and conserve surf ecosystems around the world. Over the 2022 tour season, it collaborated with community organizations, indigenous groups, surfers and others on activations including replanting native coastal vegetation in Hawaii, removing plastic pollution from Indonesian waterways, and restoring coral reefs in Tahiti.

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