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Sprint to Be First US Company to Send Customer Mailings on Wheat-Straw Paper
Sprint to Be First US Company to Send Customer Mailings on Wheat-Straw Paper

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In its latest effort to optimize paper use and reduce environmental impact, Sprint will pilot a new kind of forest friendly paper for customer mailings, beginning in August. While the paper, made of wheat-straw byproduct, is not noticeably different to the naked eye than wood-derived paper, it offers a sustainable alternative and potential longer-term cost savings, as additional paper sources and suppliers are introduced into North America. Sprint’s pilot to use the wheat-straw paper for mailed customer correspondence is a first in the U.S.

Kingfisher Highlights Progress Toward Net Positive Goals in 2015 Report
Kingfisher Highlights Progress Toward Net Positive Goals in 2015 Report

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A collaborative approach to responsible sourcing, packaging and the circular economy has taken DIY giant Kingfisher to new heights in the second year of its Net Positive sustainability plan.On Wednesday, the parent company of B&Q, Screwfix and other European home-improvement brands released its annual Net Positive Report, updating stakeholders on its sustainability ambition to transform the business to have a restorative impact on the environment.

How UL Environment Is Helping Industry Develop Credible Claims Around Product Chemical Safety
How UL Environment Is Helping Industry Develop Credible Claims Around Product Chemical Safety

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On Tuesday evening, I had a chance to speak with Dr. Angela Griffiths, Director of the UL Environment Advisory Services group in the Activation Hub at SB ’15 San Diego. She shared with me the newest research and recommended best practices for assessing product health risks associated with chemical content.

How Ford, Goodwill, Sprint Built Effective Recycling/Reuse Initiatives Through Innovative Partnerships
How Ford, Goodwill, Sprint Built Effective Recycling/Reuse Initiatives Through Innovative Partnerships

WASTE NOT - On Tuesday, the week of learning at SB ’15 San Diego continued as Nina Goodrich, director of GreenBlue, moderated a discussion on innovative partnerships around recycling and reuse initiatives.

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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.

How to Invest in Municipalities to Increase Recycling in the U.S.: The Case of the Closed Loop Fund
How to Invest in Municipalities to Increase Recycling in the U.S.: The Case of the Closed Loop Fund

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - How do we make recycling work and be cost-effective? Bridget Croke, Director of Partnerships and Communications at the Closed Loop Fund (CLF), posed this question to a panel of three of CLF’s leading investors: Tim Carey, Senior Director of Sustainability & Recycling at PepsiCo; Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer at Keurig Green Mountain; and Ashley C. Hall, Senior Manager of Product Sustainability at Walmart.

41 Factory Owners, Safety Officials Charged with Murder in Rana Plaza Tragedy
41 Factory Owners, Safety Officials Charged with Murder in Rana Plaza Tragedy

SUPPLY CHAIN - On Monday, Bangladeshi police charged 41 people, including the owner of the Rana Plaza complex, with murder over the 2013 factory collapse that killed more than 1,100 people.

Report: UK Public Sector Embracing Smart Tech, But Financing and Implementation Hurdles Remain
Report: UK Public Sector Embracing Smart Tech, But Financing and Implementation Hurdles Remain

CLEANTECH - A majority (87 percent) of public sector sustainability professionals in the UK have begun to embrace smart technologies, but future projects are stymied by lack of finance and poor implementation strategy, according to new research by GE Lighting and the Carbon Trust.The most common areas where there has been significant smart technology adoption are building efficiency (77 percent), LED lighting (57 percent) and water and waste technologies (24 percent). The smart technologies most commonly installed include intelligent features such as sensors, which combined with internet connectivity and control systems, enhance performance and efficiency and reduce resource consumption, costs and carbon emissions.

CFSI Helping Companies Comply with New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation
CFSI Helping Companies Comply with New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) today announced it is available to help companies navigate compliance with the pending conflict minerals legislation recently voted on by the European Parliament.In addition, the CFSI says it is adopting a risk-based approach to its audit program to bolster audits of smelters and refiners of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold worldwide.The draft EU legislation on conflict minerals requires importers and processors of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold to self-certify via independent, third-party due diligence audits of smelters and refiners that their products do not directly or indirectly finance conflict and serious human rights abuses.

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Study: Tech Sector Leads the Way in Conflict Mineral Reporting; Packaging, Healthcare, Energy Sectors Lag
Study: Tech Sector Leads the Way in Conflict Mineral Reporting; Packaging, Healthcare, Energy Sectors Lag

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today, the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) released a study measuring large cap company performance on a major human rights risk and ascertained the industries both leading and lagging when it comes to conflict minerals reporting.To conduct the pilot study for the report, Mining the Disclosures: An Investor Guide to Conflict Minerals Reporting, RSN worked with Sustainalytics, a leading provider of environmental, social and governance research, to develop a research tool that offers insights into the quality of corporate conflict minerals disclosures.

2015 Dupont Packaging Innovation Winners Feature Less Material, Increased Recyclability
2015 Dupont Packaging Innovation Winners Feature Less Material, Increased Recyclability

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation are the industry's longest-running, global, independently judged recognition of innovation and collaboration throughout the packaging value chain. This year, a panel of experts evaluated almost 140 entries from over 25 countries and on Friday awarded one diamond winner, five gold winners and seven silver winners based on "excellence" in one, two or all three categories: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience."This year's winners … exemplify how collaboration, innovation and packaging excellence converge to generate game-changing solutions that positively impact our lives," said William J. Harvey, president of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Announces New Material Health Certificate Registry
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Announces New Material Health Certificate Registry

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This morning, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute launched the Material Health Certificate Registry, a new online tool for identifying and communicating the work of manufacturers toward chemically optimized products. Two pilot companies, Owens Corning and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, are the first to obtain certificates and today announced several products assessed against the Material Health requirements of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard.

Nestlé to Transform California Milk Factory to ‘Zero Water’
Nestlé to Transform California Milk Factory to ‘Zero Water’

WASTE NOT - Nestlé is investing in technology to help reduce the amount of water it uses in California at the five water bottling plants and four facilities where food or petcare products are manufactured.Work is underway to transform the Nestlé milk factory in the city of Modesto into a ‘zero water’ factory, meaning the plant will not use any local freshwater resources for its operations.The project is expected to save nearly 63 million gallons of water each year, equivalent to 71 percent of absolute withdrawals in 2014. Around $7 million has been invested in the project, which is due to be completed by the end of 2016, the company says.

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.

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Shareholders, Interest Groups Launch Two-Pronged Assault on Kraft’s Non-Recyclable Capri Sun Pouches
Shareholders, Interest Groups Launch Two-Pronged Assault on Kraft’s Non-Recyclable Capri Sun Pouches

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - At a shareholder meeting on Tuesday, a proposal to Kraft Foods Group asserting that non-recyclable packaging — particularly that of Capri Sun pouches — is wasting valuable resources received the support of 29.2 percent of shares voted, according to As You Sow. The shares favoring the proposal have a market value of more than $9 billion.

Top 5 Reasons to Communicate About Your Supply Chain Sustainability Efforts
Top 5 Reasons to Communicate About Your Supply Chain Sustainability Efforts

SUPPLY CHAIN - Companies face a harder time today satisfying their customers. They expect their purchases to deliver as promised and, increasingly, they want to ensure the manufacturing process didn’t cause social or environmental damage along the value chain.

Startup Creates Reusable To-Go Containers for Food Service Industry
Startup Creates Reusable To-Go Containers for Food Service Industry

WASTE NOT - Preserve, producer of sustainable consumer goods with a focus on creating closed loop products using recycled plastic, today announced the launch of Preserve 2 Go — a durable, reusable clamshell container designed for use in food services.Developed to “transform the takeout food experience and to provide an avenue for a more sustainable, eco-friendly system”, Preserve 2 Go could help eliminate the unnecessary waste of millions of disposable to-go containers.

Method Opens First LEED-Platinum Certified Factory in Chicago
Method Opens First LEED-Platinum Certified Factory in Chicago

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Method Products, maker of eco-friendly household, fabric and personal care products, has opened the doors of its 'South Side Soapbox' factory in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. Designed by architects and sustainable designers, William McDonough + Partners, the Soapbox is the industry’s first LEED-platinum certified factory.The 150,000 square foot facility includes product manufacturing, bottle production, warehousing and distribution.

UPSTREAM Hands State Officials Model Legislation for Optimizing Packaging Recycling
UPSTREAM Hands State Officials Model Legislation for Optimizing Packaging Recycling

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today, environmental advocacy organization UPSTREAM announced the release of model legislation that state legislatures can adopt to optimize recycling, address litter and create jobs through shared responsibility for packaging. The model legislation was developed by UPSTREAM in consultation with local government officials and recycling experts throughout the country.

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Sprint's Environmentally Responsible Business Practices Earn it Top Honors from Frost & Sullivan for the Fourth Straight Year
Sprint's Environmentally Responsible Business Practices Earn it Top Honors from Frost & Sullivan for the Fourth Straight Year

PRESS RELEASE - The company's efforts to ensure long-term sustainability have helped set a new standard for corporate environmental responsibility

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