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Why a Circular Economy Is Key to Sustainable Development (and Why Business Must Lead the Way)
Why a Circular Economy Is Key to Sustainable Development (and Why Business Must Lead the Way)

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, "What's Working: Sustainable Development Goals," in conjunction with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed set of goals will be the subject of discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25-27, 2015 in New York; they cover 17 key areas of development — including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others.

Mars, Avery Dennison to Confer with US Forest Owners on Challenges of Sustainable Management
Mars, Avery Dennison to Confer with US Forest Owners on Challenges of Sustainable Management

SUPPLY CHAIN - For the first time ever, family forest owners and well-known marketplace brands will connect and discuss their respective needs and challenges related to sustainable forest management. Mars Inc., McDonald’s, Avery Dennison, and Evergreen Packaging are among the participants.

One Year After New York Declaration on Forests, Report Identifies Companies Taking Action
One Year After New York Declaration on Forests, Report Identifies Companies Taking Action

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Several dozen companies that endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests at 2014’s United Nations Climate Summit are taking concrete steps to eliminate commodity-driven deforestation from their supply chains, according to a new report from Supply Change – a project convened by Washington D.C.-based non-profit Forest Trends.

Keurig’s K-Cups Inch Closer to Being 100% Recyclable
Keurig’s K-Cups Inch Closer to Being 100% Recyclable

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Keurig Green Mountain Inc. is making progress towards its goal of making all K-Cups recyclable by 2020. Following successful recycling research trials, the company has unveiled plans to transition the entire product line to polypropylene, according to Plastics News.

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#BusinessCase: Furniture Take-Back Programs from IKEA, John Lewis Save Money, Emissions
#BusinessCase: Furniture Take-Back Programs from IKEA, John Lewis Save Money, Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Furniture waste is the focus of two reports released this month. UK think tank RSA and recycling and waste company SUEZ published Rearranging the Furniture, which takes a design-focused approach to bulky waste reduction, increased reuse of furniture, and development of a circular economy. And the Furniture Re-use Network’s (FRN) new report, Commercial Retailers: Their Impact on the UK Reuse Sector, discusses the impacts of FRN partnerships with major furniture and electrical equipment retailers.

Ford Research & Engineering Center Goes Landfill-Free
Ford Research & Engineering Center Goes Landfill-Free

PRESS RELEASE - Ford Motor Company’s Research & Engineering Center is now landfill free, helping the automaker achieve its goal to trim global waste-to-landfill by 40 percent per vehicle produced from 2011 to 2016. The R&E Center sits on 720 acres in Dearborn, Michigan near Ford World Headquarters. With more than 12,000 employees working out of 34 buildings including research labs, design studios, and a major data center, the campus is much like a small city. Paring waste streams will allow Ford to be more efficient while helping to improve the environment.

27 African Startups Prove Worthy Grassroots Solutions for Sustainable Development
27 African Startups Prove Worthy Grassroots Solutions for Sustainable Development

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 27 African social and environmental startups were recognized with awards last week at the 2015 SEED Africa Symposium. The recipients’ business models benefit local communities and help meet sustainable development challenges. Two of the awards were specifically designated for women-led ventures that focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Avery Dennison Announces Ambitious Targets, Including at Least 26% Fewer Emissions by 2025
Avery Dennison Announces Ambitious Targets, Including at Least 26% Fewer Emissions by 2025

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Labeling and packaging leader Avery Dennison Corporation released its latest sustainability report earlier this month, which announced several new goals. Foremost among these goals is the company’s plan to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by at least 3 percent every year between now and 2025.

Can't Give Up the Bottle? Try Boxed Water
Can't Give Up the Bottle? Try Boxed Water

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastic bottles are some of the worst offenders in packaging waste, but sales of bottled water continue to grow: U.S. bottled water volume apparently rose 7 percent last year.

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Want People to Read Your Sustainability Report? Add a Personal Touch
Want People to Read Your Sustainability Report? Add a Personal Touch

MARKETING AND COMMS - Corporate responsibility report season is upon us, and with that, we are constantly being inundated with important data — reductions in carbon emissions, savings in waste and changes in energy use. This increase in sustainability reporting is a sign that we’re all moving towards a more sustainable future, but how can you make sure that the information you’re reporting on is relatable — that it’s truly resonating? How can you ensure that your customers and consumers feel connected to your sustainability report?

Electronics Industry Launches Factory Worker Protection Program in Malaysia
Electronics Industry Launches Factory Worker Protection Program in Malaysia

LEADERSHIP - The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, on Wednesday announced the launch of a foreign migrant worker protection pilot program that aims to improve communications in electronics factories by providing workers with more effective ways to report issues related to social, environmental and ethical responsibility.The program, called “Suara Kita”, which is Malay for "Our Voice," will be piloted in Malaysia — given the sizable industry presence and large number of foreign workers there — from September 2015 through December 2016 with plans for it to be rolled out globally afterward.

How Marketing and Social Action Can Bring Back Recycling
How Marketing and Social Action Can Bring Back Recycling

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A cloud seems to be looming over the recycling industry today. No matter where you turn, the reigning attitude seems about the same — the future of recycling is in trouble.

Trending: Sustainability Demand Spurs New Packaging Innovations
Trending: Sustainability Demand Spurs New Packaging Innovations

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A recent report from Transparency Market Research revealed that sustainability awareness is driving the demand for paper packaging. Paper is the largest material type in the packaging market and is growing, since it is both economically and environmentally appealing.Volatility in raw material prices, energy costs, and the global economy have significantly affected the global packaging market, motivating companies to develop recyclable and reusable packaging.

New Denim Collection Helping H&M 'Close the Loop'
New Denim Collection Helping H&M 'Close the Loop'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Next month, H&M will introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected in the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores. The pieces for men, women and kids are the latest steps toward H&M’s goal of creating a closed loop for fashion, and will be available in all stores worldwide, as well as online.“Creating a closed loop for textiles, in which unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones, will not only minimize textile waste, but also significantly reduce the need for virgin resources as well as other impacts fashion has on our planet,“ says CEO Karl-Johan Persson.

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Brazilian Design Students 'Re-Pack Milk' with Easily Recyclable Container
Brazilian Design Students 'Re-Pack Milk' with Easily Recyclable Container

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Until we achieve widespread optimization of industrial materials use (quite a few years off, yet), recycling is still our best option for retaining value and extending the life of those materials.Not one of the better examples of this, modern milk cartons have six layers of different materials (75 percent cardboard, 20 percent aluminium, and 5 percent plastic) that must be separated, with different recycling methods for each — a resource-intensive process that essentially eliminates the benefits of recycling.

Kodak Opens Facility For Zero-Water, Zero-Chemical, Low-Energy Print Solution
Kodak Opens Facility For Zero-Water, Zero-Chemical, Low-Energy Print Solution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Kodak today opened a new manufacturing line at its Columbus, Georgia facility that will produce its KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. Kodak says SONORA Process Free Plates deliver the productivity, quality and print capabilities of mainstream processed plates while eliminating the water, chemical and energy use required by processed plates, without sacrificing quality or productivity..

Patagonia Out to Change the 'Filthy Business' of Denim
Patagonia Out to Change the 'Filthy Business' of Denim

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Knowing how conventional cotton is grown and denim is made, always-a-better-way outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has set out to change the industry. The company has partnered with chemical company Archroma on a new denim collection, launched this week — which is Fair Trade certified and said to use 84 percent less water, 30 percent less energy and 25 percent less CO2 compared to conventional denim dyeing processes — as well as a campaign telling us all about it.

Aquafil, Speedo USA Launch World's First Fabric Take-Back Program for Swimwear Industry
Aquafil, Speedo USA Launch World's First Fabric Take-Back Program for Swimwear Industry

WASTE NOT - Just weeks after partnering with surfer Kelly Slater on his new men’s apparel line, Outerknown, upcyled fiber supplier Aquafil today announced it has partnered with Speedo USA on a take-back program that will allow Speedo’s post-manufacturing swimwear scraps to be upcycled into Aquafil’s 100 percent regenerated ECONYL® nylon.

National Association of Manufacturers Slams EPA-Proposed Ozone Rule as Costly, Impractical
National Association of Manufacturers Slams EPA-Proposed Ozone Rule as Costly, Impractical

CLEANTECH - On Tuesday, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) launched a multimillion-dollar media campaign against the EPA’s proposal to restrict ground-level ozone pollution limits. The new ads released by NAM indicate that some U.S. national parks have more pollution than the proposed ozone restrictions, and aim to spur lawmakers to discuss the ozone rule with constituents during Congress’s August recess.

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Trending: Ford Seeks Sustainable Rubber Alternative, While Chevy Lightweights New Corvette
Trending: Ford Seeks Sustainable Rubber Alternative, While Chevy Lightweights New Corvette

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two major American automakers have formed innovative partnerships aimed at producing vehicles with lighter and more sustainable materials.First, Ford is in search of a sustainable alternative to rubber. Due to the extreme price fluctuations of natural rubber and the desire to lower the per vehicle environmental footprint, the company is testing several domestically sourced alternatives.

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