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Report: Food Companies Gaining Ground on Product Sustainability
Report: Food Companies Gaining Ground on Product Sustainability

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Food production dominates fresh water use and is a primary driving force for soil and biodiversity loss – and food demand is on the rise. The good news is that while faced with such challenges and often considered to be lagging on sustainability, the food and beverage industry stands out as most-improved in a 2015 survey.

Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage
Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Out of 37 nominated startups, Skeleton Technologies won the Gold ECO15 London Award at the Ecosummit 2015 conference. The company manufactures high-performance, graphene-based ultracapacitors — energy storage devices with much higher power and longer life cycles than batteries.

New App Aims to Disrupt Retail by Cutting Out Big Box Middlemen
New App Aims to Disrupt Retail by Cutting Out Big Box Middlemen

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Flipping the business-to-consumer (B2C) model on its head, San Francisco-based startup WUSIC wants to disrupt the retail industry through a “consumer-to-business” (C2B) model where consumers go straight to manufacturers for the largest savings possible. Consumer demand would dictate supply quantity and price from online marketplace Alibaba’s network of global factories, effectively cutting out big box middlemen such as WalMart and Target.

7 Reasons Why Recycling Is Not a Waste: A Response to 'The Reign of Recycling'
7 Reasons Why Recycling Is Not a Waste: A Response to 'The Reign of Recycling'

WASTE NOT - Recycling in the United States is an economically unsustainable trend — or at least that’s what New York Times writer John Tierney recently argued in his opinion piece, “The Reign of Recycling," published in the October 4th Sunday Review.

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Better Analysis, Better Choices: A New LCA Tool for a Climate-Challenged World
Better Analysis, Better Choices: A New LCA Tool for a Climate-Challenged World

NEW METRICS - New Leaf Paper founder Jeff Mendelsohn hosted a workshop on day one of Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’15 about an improved Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) framework that helps users make better decisions by incorporating current climate science impacts, as well as greater transparency and comparability. The framework is called LEO-SCS-002 and is in the process of being added to current LCA standards.

Creating Shared Value: Nestlé USA Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill, Makes 1,000 Products More Nutritious
Creating Shared Value: Nestlé USA Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill, Makes 1,000 Products More Nutritious

WASTE NOT - Today, Nestlé USA released its second Creating Shared Value (CSV) report, which details the company’s progress against 27 commitments set in 2013 related to nutrition, health and wellness, environmental impact and water use, social impact, and responsible sourcing. Nestlé has added a new commitment to achieve zero waste to landfill status in all factories by 2020; its global CSV report for 2014 was released in March.Among the highlights:

Levi's New Wellthread Collection Launches Water<Less Fabric, Holistic Approach to Sustainable Design
Levi's New Wellthread Collection Launches Water<Less Fabric, Holistic Approach to Sustainable Design

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Levi Strauss &amp; Co. has led the charge in dramatically reducing the environmental impact of its garments by improving the efficiency of its processes: As the company announced in March, it has saved more than 1 billion liters of water since the inception of its Water&lt;Less™ process in 2011.

What Can the Ethical Fashion Movement Teach Us About Tackling Sustainability In Challenging Industries?
What Can the Ethical Fashion Movement Teach Us About Tackling Sustainability In Challenging Industries?

SUPPLY CHAIN - The sustainability challenges facing the clothing industry today are immense. In 2013 the Danish fashion institute estimated it to be the second-most damaging industry in the world, with 25 percent of the world’s pesticides used to grow cotton alone, and one-fifth of industrial water pollution stemming from the dyeing and treatment of fabric. The U.S.

Carlsberg Saying 'Cheers' to Crowdsourced Solutions for Sustainable Beer
Carlsberg Saying 'Cheers' to Crowdsourced Solutions for Sustainable Beer

COLLABORATION - Carlsberg Group is inviting companies and members of the public to submit their ideas on how to make Carlsberg beer more sustainable. The competition, “Cheers to Green Ideas,” was launched in partnership with Scandinavian think tank Sustainia on Monday.

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Dell Advances Circular Economy Model with CE100, Industry-First Recycled Carbon Fiber
Dell Advances Circular Economy Model with CE100, Industry-First Recycled Carbon Fiber

THE NEXT ECONOMY - On Monday, Dell announced additional progress against its circular economy initiatives, including the expansion of its closed-loop recycled plastic supply chain, introduction of reclaimed carbon-fiber source materials and new industry collaborations to advance global circular practices.

adidas Reveals Plans to Close Materials Loops with Custom, Recyclable, Zero-Waste Sporting Goods
adidas Reveals Plans to Close Materials Loops with Custom, Recyclable, Zero-Waste Sporting Goods

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, adidas announced Sport Infinity, the sportswear giant’s plan for a new breed of sporting goods that will never be thrown away. Instead, football (soccer) players will be able to constantly reimagine and recycle their dream products using an inexhaustible 3-D “super-material.” Every gram of sportswear, including the boots of Argentine soccer star Leo Messi, will be broken down to be remolded again in a waste-free, adhesive-free process that gives consumers more scope for personalization than ever before.

Sealed Air Releases 2020 Goals for Its Own Sustainability, Reimagining Customer Solutions for Same
Sealed Air Releases 2020 Goals for Its Own Sustainability, Reimagining Customer Solutions for Same

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today, Sealed Air, the packaging solutions company that brought you Bubble Wrap®, released its latest sustainability report. The report outlines new goals for 2020, including reducing operations intensity by 25 percent.

It All Started With Bubble Wrap: Announcing Our Annual Sustainability Report
It All Started With Bubble Wrap:  Announcing Our Annual Sustainability Report

PRESS RELEASE - Since our company’s founding, Sealed Air has provided solutions for our customers and solutions for the world. From the start, Bubble Wrap was truly revolutionary both as a product and as a value proposition. It could reduce total packaging cost by using less material, reduce packaging size and weight, and reduce loss from damage. In other words, it promoted sustainability long before it was fashionable. Today, we have grown far beyond Bubble Wrap. We employ more than 24,000 employees, operate 145 manufacturing facilities, and have 35 packaging and equipment design centers. We generate roughly 7.8 billion dollars of business in more than 175 countries primarily through three divisions.

#BusinessCase: Sustainability Initiatives Have Saved PepsiCo Over $375M Since 2010
#BusinessCase: Sustainability Initiatives Have Saved PepsiCo Over $375M Since 2010

WASTE NOT - The water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives have been tallied up, and PepsiCo, Inc. asserts that its environmental sustainability initiatives have saved the company more than $375 million since its goals were established in 2010. The company proudly announced this week that it also delivered double-digit net revenue and operating profit growth during the same time period, demonstrating a solid business case.

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How Avery Dennison Helped Christopher Raeburn Produce Sustainable Style for London Fashion Week
How Avery Dennison Helped Christopher Raeburn Produce Sustainable Style for London Fashion Week

COLLABORATION - Award-winning British designer Christopher Raeburn showcased his new Spring/Summer 2016 SARAWAK collection on Tuesday at London Fashion Week. Raeburn worked closely with apparel branding, labeling, packaging and embellishments company Avery Dennison RBIS (Retail Branding and Information Solutions) to explore sustainability throughout the design process, from mood board to the runway.

NIKE Commits to 100% Renewables, Partners With MIT Climate CoLab on Materials Innovation
NIKE Commits to 100% Renewables, Partners With MIT Climate CoLab on Materials Innovation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As part of NIKE, Inc.’s goal to reduce its environmental footprint and enable business growth, the company announced two efforts today aimed at furthering that commitment: a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab to bring innovation in materials to the forefront of the climate conversation, and a commitment to reach 100 percent renewable energy in company-owned-and-operated facilities by 2025.

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.

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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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