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Trending: Fashion Loved, and Not So Loved, by Forests
Trending: Fashion Loved, and Not So Loved, by Forests

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Last week, a colorful protest temporarily diverted attention from the red carpet parade at the 2015 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards at New York City’s Lincoln Center.Dressed in sleek formal wear, activists deployed a large banner over the heads of the crowd while others handed out balloons and business cards printed with a parody logo of the demonstration’s target: Ralph Lauren.

Indonesian Pulp and Paper Giant APRIL Pledges Zero Deforestation, Greenpeace Applauds
Indonesian Pulp and Paper Giant APRIL Pledges Zero Deforestation, Greenpeace Applauds

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL), one of the world’s largest producers of pulp and paper, has today announced an end to deforestation as part of a new Sustainable Forest Management Plan.Deforestation for pulp and paper, and palm oil, is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia. If properly implemented, APRIL’s pledge will prove to be another major step by business towards protecting Indonesia’s rainforests and peatlands.

Sustainable Design, Consumer Behavior Change Key to Moving Away from Wood-Based Paper, Packaging
Sustainable Design, Consumer Behavior Change Key to Moving Away from Wood-Based Paper, Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Jeff Mendelsohn, moderator and founder of New Leaf Paper, opened up Tuesday’s SB ‘15 San Diego panel about the use of non-wood fiber with two questions that — from a consumer’s perspective — are questions we all should embrace and act on, now:

New Business Guide Ranks Printers on Forest Sourcing, Sustainability Performance
New Business Guide Ranks Printers on Forest Sourcing, Sustainability Performance

SUPPLY CHAIN - Meeting your sustainability goals requires partners whose own policies and practices support you in hitting your targets. Printers are the gatekeepers to the eco-qualities of your paper products — be it your annual report or latest marketing materials. The Blueline Report 2015, published by international environmental not-for-profit Canopy, ranks North America’s major printers on a set of 29 sustainability criteria. It is the tool to help you discern if your printer is an environmental leader or just slick at green marketing.

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Investments in Life Systems Boosting Green Transition
Investments in Life Systems Boosting Green Transition

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Earth Day 2015 marked $6.22 trillion invested in the global green transition since 2007, on track to meet the Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) goal of $10 trillion privately invested in the green economy by 2020 to effectively scale innovations and reduce costs in green technologies. The report, Breakdowns Driving Breakthroughs, focuses on Life Systems, a new category capturing system-wide interconnections, equaling 14 percent of the overall $6.22 trillion total.

Trending: NGOs, Investors Losing Patience with Lag Between Deforestation Commitments, Implementation
Trending: NGOs, Investors Losing Patience with Lag Between Deforestation Commitments, Implementation

SUPPLY CHAIN - Despite recent commitments to deforestation-free palm oil by several well-known brands and producers, many companies are delaying implementation of these commitments. Commitments are just the first step; the implementation stage is where companies can really start to make a difference – and both conservation groups and the investor community are voicing their dissatisfaction and concern about the lack of follow-through from companies including McDonald's and Bunge Limited.

Challenges Can Help Foster Innovation in Sustainability, Environmental Protection
Challenges Can Help Foster Innovation in Sustainability, Environmental Protection

COLLABORATION - There have been many high-profile commitments by corporations to end deforestation in their supply chains and to transition to sources that preserve these valuable forest resources. And while most will agree that deforestation remains one of the greatest contributors to global climate change, not all are in agreement on how exactly businesses will make this transition in a way that continues to meet the demands of their customers.

World's Largest Rayon Producer Announces Game-Changing Forest Protection Policy
World's Largest Rayon Producer Announces Game-Changing Forest Protection Policy

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Today, global viscose giant Aditya Birla Group announced an industry-leading commitment to eliminate sourcing from the world’s ancient and endangered forests for all of its Viscose fibers, which are widely used in clothing and textiles.Aditya Birla is India’s largest multinational conglomerate (with US$40B in revenue) and the world’s largest producer of Viscose, manufacturing 20 percent of the world’s supply of the material, which is made from wood pulp. The commitment applies to wood and pulp sourcing for all its mills, including those in Canada, Indonesia and China.

Successful Stakeholder Engagement 101 (or How Prince Ea Is Rallying Millions to #StandForTrees)
Successful Stakeholder Engagement 101 (or How Prince Ea Is Rallying Millions to #StandForTrees)

MARKETING AND COMMS - What’s one way to engage a worldwide audience in a global ecological imperative in a matter of hours? Recruit someone like Prince Ea to deliver the message.

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Prince Ea Partners with Stand For Trees to Activate Grassroots Climate Action
Prince Ea Partners with Stand For Trees to Activate Grassroots Climate Action

COLLABORATION - As we approach the world’s 21st year of international climate change negotiations (let that sink in), it has never been more critical for citizens to begin demanding and building climate action. That is exactly why Prince Ea has teamed up with Code REDD's Stand For Trees campaign to create an unprecedented reflection on the consequences of our climate inaction, and an inspired vision of collective change.

Apple Announces Chinese Solar Project and US Forest Conservation Effort
Apple Announces Chinese Solar Project and US Forest Conservation Effort

CLEANTECH - Apple has announced plans to invest in a new Chinese solar power project and help preserve some 36,000 acres of forests in the eastern United States.The tech giant is partnering with solar company SunPower to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in China — more than the amount of energy consumed by Apple’s 19 corporate offices and 21 retail stores in China and Hong Kong.The projects are expected to provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per year while also protecting the ecosystem. They will feature SunPower's "light-on-land" approach to solar photovoltaic power plant design and construction, which allows pasture farming to continue while power is generated.

Paper: Definition, Focus, Accountability Needed to Turn Deforestation Commitments Into Action
Paper: Definition, Focus, Accountability Needed to Turn Deforestation Commitments Into Action

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In its new position paper published today, Halting Deforestation and Achieving Sustainability, the Rainforest Alliance addresses the recent surge in deforestation-free pledges. Timed to coincide with an Innovation Forum event in Washington, DC on “How Business Can Tackle Deforestation,” the paper argues the deforestation-free trend is an exciting development, but needs definition, focus, and accountability to deliver lasting benefits for forests, people and the planet.

Trending: NGOs, Brands, Suppliers Making Deforestation-Free Plantations, Packaging a Reality
Trending: NGOs, Brands, Suppliers Making Deforestation-Free Plantations, Packaging a Reality

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Barely a week in and April could very well shape up to be ‘Zero-Deforestation Month’ if the multi-sector momentum around addressing the issue continues. So far, we’ve seen a new commitment from Yum!

Pulp Nonfiction: 'Out of Fashion' Campaign Targets Apparel Brands Contributing to Deforestation
Pulp Nonfiction: 'Out of Fashion' Campaign Targets Apparel Brands Contributing to Deforestation

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In recent years it’s become common knowledge that companies using palm oil in their snack foods or publishers sourcing paper fiber from Indonesian pulp mills may be at risk of contributing to deforestation and labor rights abuses.

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Trending: Activists, Shareholders Continue to Rail Against Companies Lagging on Sustainable Palm Oil
Trending: Activists, Shareholders Continue to Rail Against Companies Lagging on Sustainable Palm Oil

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - This week, stakeholders continued to take action to pressure companies into turning over a new leaf when it comes to their sourcing practices — around what has become known as Conflict Palm Oil.

REI, National Parks Encouraging People to #FindYourPark and Truly Experience the Great Outdoors
REI, National Parks Encouraging People to #FindYourPark and Truly Experience the Great Outdoors

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - REI has announced its support of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 through a multi-year, multimillion-dollar partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The partnership kicks off this week with the launch of Find Your Park, a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service and setting the stage for the next 100 years.

SCS Global Services Certifies One of the Largest Forest Areas in South Asia Under FSC Standard
SCS Global Services Certifies One of the Largest Forest Areas in South Asia Under FSC Standard

SUPPLY CHAIN - Third-party certifier SCS Global Services has announced that Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation (UPFC) — which manages all aspects of forestry operations within the State of Uttar Pradesh, located in northern India bordering on Nepal — has met all of the requirements necessary to earn certification for responsible forestry under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard.The Forest Management Certification encompasses 13 forest divisions covering a total forest area of 349,296 hectares. This area represents roughly 40 percent of the FSC-certified forest area in South Asia.

Here’s How Satellites Are Saving the World’s Forests
Here’s How Satellites Are Saving the World’s Forests

CLEANTECH - The world’s besieged forests have found friends in high places — in this case, very high. Remote-sensing satellites keep constant watch from hundreds of miles above the earth, collecting data that — when combined with information sharing and human networks around the world — can be used to preserve the world's forests, which are disappearing at an alarming net loss of 12.8 million acres each year (an area the size of Costa Rica).Although deforestation has slowed slightly since the 1990s thanks to conservation efforts, the situation remains dire.

Almond Farmers Explain the Switch to Organic in CLIF's Latest 'Farmers Speak' Video
Almond Farmers Explain the Switch to Organic in CLIF's Latest 'Farmers Speak' Video

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Clif Bar has released the second installment in its Farmers Speak series. Where the first centered on organic oats; the second installment “gives voice” to organic almonds — a key ingredient in 17 products across the company’s CLIF®, CLIF® Organic Trail Mix, LUNA® and CLIF® Kit’s Organic Fruit + Nut Bar brand bars.The video tells the story of Burroughs Family Farm — which grows nearly 1,000 acres of organic almonds in Merced County, in California’s Central Valley — and the family’s decision to make the bold transition from conventional to organic farming practices.

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Bad Palm Oil Production Practices Linked to Devastating Air Pollution, Haze, UCS Says
Bad Palm Oil Production Practices Linked to Devastating Air Pollution, Haze, UCS Says

SUPPLY CHAIN - On top of the fact that palm oil production — the biggest driver of deforestation in Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and South America — is responsible for the rampant release of carbon emissions, the destruction of vital habitats for endangered species such as orangutans and the Sumatran tiger, and the production of methane-rich wastewater, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) links unsustainable palm oil production practices with significant air pollution in Southeast Asia in the form of devastating haze.

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