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With a Sustainability Strategy Fully Embedded, How Do You Maintain Momentum to Reach Your Goals?
With a Sustainability Strategy Fully Embedded, How Do You Maintain Momentum to Reach Your Goals?

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - “We’ve been working on design for recyclability for years now. But the next step is to make packaging fully recyclable and then collect the packaging to recycle it into new products. We’re very close to creating a low-carbon, circular economy.” — Han Zhang

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute: Pushing a Safe and Just Circular Economy Into the Mainstream
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute: Pushing a Safe and Just Circular Economy Into the Mainstream

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As part of Shaw’s sustain[HUMAN]ability® Leadership Recognition Program, VP of Global Sustainability and Innovation Kellie Ballew recently spoke with C2CPII President and CEO Dr. Christina Raab about the evolving, interconnected nature of sustainability and the Institute’s work.

MiiR’s ‘Re:Claimed’ Program Gives Rejected Custom Products a Second Chance
MiiR’s ‘Re:Claimed’ Program Gives Rejected Custom Products a Second Chance

WASTE NOT - The design-focused drinkware company used existing production channels to find a new path to market for would-be-wasted units from its B2B program.

A New Era of Sports Sponsorship: Connecting Branded Merchandise with Circular Innovation
A New Era of Sports Sponsorship: Connecting Branded Merchandise with Circular Innovation

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Despite more leagues and arenas introducing initiatives to curb waste from concessions and encourage recycling, the science and innovation necessary to create lasting impact across the board (or the court or field) are still missing. That's where Dow and its partners come in.

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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.

What Is Plastic Neutrality and How Do We Get There?
What Is Plastic Neutrality and How Do We Get There?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Plastic neutrality is achieved when an individual or organization’s plastic footprint is measured and balanced by the removal and recovery of plastic waste from nature, and complemented by reductions in plastic use.

Carbios, On, Patagonia, PUMA, Salomon Team Up to Advance Circularity of Textiles
Carbios, On, Patagonia, PUMA, Salomon Team Up to Advance Circularity of Textiles

WASTE NOT - After achieving a milestone in packaging recycling, Carbios’ unique biological recycling technology stands to fundamentally change the circularity of textiles.

In Conversation with Dow: The Unexpected and Unconventional Partnerships That Launch Circular Solutions
In Conversation with Dow: The Unexpected and Unconventional Partnerships That Launch Circular Solutions

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Dow Sustainability Director Julie Zaniewski kicks off this conversation series by sharing insights into how the chemical giant is shaking up business as usual to deliver solutions.

How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean
How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Our vision is to embed effective recycling across the region’s islands and enable value-added processing of materials where it makes commercial sense — but we’ve been held back by many challenges. For businesses and brands that sell into the Caribbean, it’s an opportunity to be part of our mission and walk their talk around plastic pollution reduction and circularity.

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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.

War in Ukraine Takes Toll on East Asian Economies, Prospects for Achieving SDGs
War in Ukraine Takes Toll on East Asian Economies, Prospects for Achieving SDGs

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As ever, it is the most vulnerable people around the world who suffer greatest from slow growth, rising inflation, and the energy and food system disruptions stemming from the war in Ukraine. Bridging the finance divide, while ensuring that resources catalyze the necessary transformations, will be key for putting the SDGs back within reach.

P&G Unveils New Strategy to Help Address Global Water Crisis
P&G Unveils New Strategy to Help Address Global Water Crisis

WALKING THE TALK - The company’s expanded commitment includes a first-of-its-kind goal to restore more water than is consumed during use of P&G products in two high-water-stressed metropolitan areas.

Groupe Rossignol CEO Offers Measured Hope About the Future of Winter Sports
Groupe Rossignol CEO Offers Measured Hope About the Future of Winter Sports

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The leading ski and snowboard maker is a case study in outdoor economy resilience amid several unknowns — including climate change. CEO Vincent Wauters is committed to working with competitors for the greater good.

LanzaTech, with Support of Danone, Discovers Breakthrough Method to Produce PET from Captured Carbon
LanzaTech, with Support of Danone, Discovers Breakthrough Method to Produce PET from Captured Carbon

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Proof of concept for direct production of monoethylene glycol (MEG), a key building block in sustainable PET manufacturing, has been completed at lab scale.

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A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US
A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - These investments offer proof-of-concept for scaling more investments in waste infrastructure across North America. Modernizing Sims’ recycling capabilities acts as a circularity laboratory, which can lead to better design for the whole US recycling system.

What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer
What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As the global plastic-pollution crisis continues to deepen, key stakeholders must come together to find and fund solutions. The introduction of plastic credits has brought with it a renewed cause for optimism.

Meet StoreDot: The Startup That Used Neuroscience to Revolutionize EV Batteries
Meet StoreDot: The Startup That Used Neuroscience to Revolutionize EV Batteries

CLEANTECH - Thanks to a unique, interdisciplinary approach to addressing ‘range anxiety’ due to limited battery life, the Israeli startup has reinvented the EV battery with a breakthrough that could finally leapfrog EVs into the mainstream.

How Brands Can Help Solve the Macro Problem of Microplastics
How Brands Can Help Solve the Macro Problem of Microplastics

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The impact of microplastics on our world is daunting; but every step we take to curb the creation of more microplastics, while also reducing how much of them continue lurking in the environment, makes a difference.

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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2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein
2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year, again — when we pore excitedly over Fast Company’s annual list of World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

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