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How WestRock Is Collaborating Its Way Toward a More Circular Economy
How WestRock Is Collaborating Its Way Toward a More Circular Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Here, WestRock shares insights from its Climate Week panel with the Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, GreenBlue and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

Greyston Bakery: The Path to — and ROI of — a Loyal, Engaged Workforce
Greyston Bakery: The Path to — and ROI of — a Loyal, Engaged Workforce

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - After 25 years at Kraft Foods, Rich Jamesley was drawn to Greyston Bakery five years ago by its mission in using business for social good. I caught up with him recently to hear more about the challenges and rewards of working for this people-first organization.

Is Plastics Recycling Still a Lie?
Is Plastics Recycling Still a Lie?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - More and more plastic is finally being recovered and recycled by companies that share Oceanworks’ commitment to ensuring that this feedstock becomes — and remains — a first choice for the industry going forward.

The Business Case(s) for Blending Ocean Plastics
The Business Case(s) for Blending Ocean Plastics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Forging a path that recognizes both the importance of recycling and the specific needs of manufacturers will enlist far more companies into the world of recycled plastic. The key to this happy medium is blending.

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Growing Pressure on Brands to Cut Supply Link Tainted with Uyghur Forced Labor
Growing Pressure on Brands to Cut Supply Link Tainted with Uyghur Forced Labor

SUPPLY CHAIN - State-sanctioned camps, forced labor and cultural genocide are something no company should be involved with, directly or indirectly.

Trending: Visions of a New Energy Future from Vattenfall, BP?
Trending: Visions of a New Energy Future from Vattenfall, BP?

CLEANTECH - Two strikingly different displays emerged this week, as the energy companies shared their visions of how we might achieve a global clean energy future.

Inside the 2019 CSR Risk and Performance Index: Regional and Sector Comparisons
Inside the 2019 CSR Risk and Performance Index: Regional and Sector Comparisons

WALKING THE TALK - Despite overall sustainability performance remaining mostly steady, EcoVadis’ latest CSR Risk and Performance Index shows significant differences between regions and industries.

The Biosphere Rules: Sustainability Is a Destination, Not a Journey
The Biosphere Rules: Sustainability Is a Destination, Not a Journey

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Envision a future where every material thing in our world is made out of a handful of materials, carefully selected to be safe, healthy and infinitely recyclable. Everything from coffee cup to countertop could be broken down and used as raw materials for a new shawl or lampshade.

Q&A: P&G and the Road to 100% Renewables
Q&A: P&G and the Road to 100% Renewables

CLEANTECH - Procter & Gamble has reached its 2020 goal of purchasing 100% renewable electricity in the US, Canada and Western Europe — which represent over 70% of its purchased electricity. We caught up with James McCall, Global Supply Chain Sustainability Leader at P&G, to learn more.

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The Biosphere’s Guide to Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 5: Sustainable Product Platforms
The Biosphere’s Guide to Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 5: Sustainable Product Platforms

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Biosphere Rule #4 is about taking your value cycle, built with parsimonious materials and a power-autonomous energy system, and creating a production platform upon which you can build a whole suite of products — producing profit-amplifying economies of scale and scope.

Can Being Climate Neutral Become the New Normal?
Can Being Climate Neutral Become the New Normal?

WALKING THE TALK - Gold Standard’s Sarah Leugers recently chatted with entrepreneurial leaders at Allbirds and Peak Design to discuss their climate-neutral commitments and the value this creates for their brands.

Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 2: Materials Parsimony
Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 2: Materials Parsimony

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The amazing diversity of life is founded on dramatic materials parsimony; almost everything in nature is built out of just four elements. Whereas, what we humans have gotten since the Industrial Revolution is *materials proliferation.*

BASF Collaboration to Develop Closed-Loop Process for Recycling EV Batteries
BASF Collaboration to Develop Closed-Loop Process for Recycling EV Batteries

CLEANTECH - The ReLieVe project will develop and scale the process and structuring of an integrated industrial sector — from collection and recycling of end-of-life batteries, to the manufacturing of new electrode materials.

Foolproofing Sustainability with the ‘Biosphere Rules’
Foolproofing Sustainability with the ‘Biosphere Rules’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Remediation has had some successes. But you can’t remediate an extinct species, an acidified ocean or a climate that’s pushed beyond its critical tipping point. What we need to be doing is “premediation."

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Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution
Beverage Giants Up the Ante on Efforts to Reverse Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - Molson Coors, Dasani and Poland Spring all unveil ambitious plans to eliminate problematic single-use plastic from their packaging — and help keep consumers up to speed on what’s #NotTrash.

Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation
Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste Is About Value Creation

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastic in and of itself is not the problem — creating value for it is key to ensuring it doesn’t just get thrown “away.” Here are just a few of the innovations eliminating the idea of [plastic] waste.

Ekoa: The Wonder Material That Could Help Save the Rainforests
Ekoa: The Wonder Material That Could Help Save the Rainforests

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Merely slowing our rate of deforestation won't cut it if humanity is going to make a dent in climate change — major disruptions are needed. That's where Ekoa comes in.

Trending: G-Star Raw, Gap Dyeing to Make Better Jeans
Trending: G-Star Raw, Gap Dyeing to Make Better Jeans

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - G-Star Raw launches its latest collection of garments dyed with upcycled plant waste; while Gap Inc will roll out foam-dyed denim that dramatically reduces water, chemical and energy use.

Renewal Mill: Turning By-Products Into More Nutritious Food
Renewal Mill: Turning By-Products Into More Nutritious Food

WASTE NOT - Through its proprietary technology, the company transforms organic, high-fiber food by-product streams into nutritious raw ingredients.

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The World’s First Data Visualization of Product Carbon Footprints
The World’s First Data Visualization of Product Carbon Footprints

NEW METRICS - By generating carbon-intensity data for each product, CoClear was able to identify industry trends, as well as track product performance improvements along value chains.

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