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Coffee Ground Yarn, Rice Husks and More in M&S' First Sustainable Footwear Collection
Coffee Ground Yarn, Rice Husks and More in M&S' First Sustainable Footwear Collection

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - UK retailer Marks & Spencer has launched its first sustainable footwear collection, called Footglove Earth — the latest component of the company's ongoing Plan A initiative to become the world's most sustainable retailer by 2020.

APP on Slow Progress of Zero Deforestation Policy: 'We Must Have the Courage to Continually Improve'
APP on Slow Progress of Zero Deforestation Policy: 'We Must Have the Courage to Continually Improve'

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - On Wednesday, the two-year anniversary of the launch of Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), an unprecedented initiative aimed at defining a new standard and business model for achieving a deforestation-free paper supply chain, Rainforest Alliance (RA) released the results of its evaluation to gauge the paper giant’s progress on its commitments.

Bridgestone's Sustainability Hub: A Dialogue on Solving Survey Fatigue
Bridgestone's Sustainability Hub: A Dialogue on Solving Survey Fatigue

COLLABORATION - How do companies deal with mushrooming sustainability data requests coming in from all directions – raters, investors, B2B customers? Bridgestone Americas’ Director of Environmental Affairs, Tim Bent, decided to get systematic about it – working with PivotGoals project manager Jeff Gowdy, they created a Sustainability Hub to interface the company’s environmental, social, governance and economic data with incoming questionnaires.

Report Highlights CPG, Food Companies Leading and Lagging on Better Packaging
Report Highlights CPG, Food Companies Leading and Lagging on Better Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have issued a new report examining packaging used by 47 fast food/quick service restaurant (QSR) chains, beverage companies, and consumer good/grocery companies and highlights the leaders and laggards in terms of its recyclability.

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Carlsberg Working to Develop Biodegradable Wood Fiber Bottle
Carlsberg Working to Develop Biodegradable Wood Fiber Bottle

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Beer giant Carlsberg last week announced its plans to develop the world’s first fully biodegradable wood-fiber bottle.After its participation on a panel on “Wasteless Supply” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Carlsberg launched its three-year project with development partners to design a bio-based, biodegradable bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fiber, which it is calling the “Green Fiber Bottle.” The company will work alongside packaging company ecoXpac, and in collaboration with Innovation Fund Denmark and the Technical University of Denmark.

So Your Company Is Doing the Right Thing. How Can You Make People Care?
So Your Company Is Doing the Right Thing. How Can You Make People Care?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - When it comes to corporate transparency, times are changing. Gone are the days when a company could be considered a leader simply by publishing an annual report. Today’s stakeholders want to truly engage with your company’s story, especially when it comes to sustainability — and they want to do it on their own terms, with clickable, personalized information.

Project MainStream Launches 3 Programs to Help Scale Circular Economy
Project MainStream Launches 3 Programs to Help Scale Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - Project MainStream, part of the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy initiative, has launched three new programs focused on developing ways of scaling the circular economy through materials management, information technology and business model innovation, among others.

Millennials Up Pressure on Brands for Sustainable Packaging
Millennials Up Pressure on Brands for Sustainable Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Millennials have higher expectations for sustainable product packaging than their older counterparts, according to a new study by Finnish packaging solutions company Stora Enso.Millennials, defined as those born between 1980 and 2000, are the focus of the Stora Enso Packaging divisions’ fourth Viewpoint report, which looks at their preferences and decisions when it comes to product packaging. Since this age group will comprise almost half of the European workforce (and therefore dominant consumers) by 2025, it is a key target for retailers and a prime category for brands to win over.

Grand & Toy, TerraCycle Launch National Office Products Recycling Program
Grand & Toy, TerraCycle Launch National Office Products Recycling Program

WASTE NOT - Grand & Toy, an affiliate of Office Depot, and TerraCycle Canada have announced the launch of a new, national retailer recycling program for office products.The program comes after a successful five month K-Cup® Pack pilot recycling partnership between Grand & Toy and TerraCycle for customers in Southern Ontario. The program will now be expanded nationally and will include coffee capsule recycling, as well as recycling for office supplies and computer accessories.

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Ford Challenges 10 Designers to Transform Its Seat Covers Into Couture for Hong Kong Fashion Week
Ford Challenges 10 Designers to Transform Its Seat Covers Into Couture for Hong Kong Fashion Week

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - On Monday, Ford Motor Company and Redress — a sustainable fashion charity organization — announced the winners of The Redress Forum: Ford Design Challenge, in which 10 emerging designers from around the world transformed sustainable seat fabrics from Ford vehicles into couture garments as part of The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 at Hong Kong Fashion Week.

New MasterCard Rewards with Nike Carbon Offsets, Tracks Footprint Reduction
New MasterCard Rewards with Nike Carbon Offsets, Tracks Footprint Reduction

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustain:Green has created a new biodegradable MasterCard® rewards card, which provides carbon offsets for everyday purchases — specifically, helping to fund Nike’s Mata no Peito rainforest preservation projects in Brazil.

Pesticide Industry Resists Calls to Reveal Inert Ingredients
Pesticide Industry Resists Calls to Reveal Inert Ingredients

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Pesticide manufacturers are pushing back against increasing consumer and environmental advocacy group demands for disclosure of the chemicals in pesticide formulations—claiming the information is proprietary.Of particular interest are the so-called inert ingredients such as chemicals in pesticides that perform functions other than controlling pests. Examples include emulsifiers, solvents, aerosols, fragrances, dyes and other chemicals that are not necessarily benign, according to those calling for mandatory labeling of inert ingredients in pesticides.

Valio Debuts First Product Using Tetra Pak’s 100% Plant-Based Carton Package
Valio Debuts First Product Using Tetra Pak’s 100% Plant-Based Carton Package

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Finnish dairy producer Valio has become the first company in the world to sell products to consumers in carton packaging made entirely from plant-based materials. Consumers are able to buy these packages at retail shops in Finland beginning this week.

Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant
Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Honeywell has announced that it has started full-scale commercial production of a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) material used as an aerosol propellant, insulating agent and refrigerant.The diversified technology and manufacturing company says the material, known by the industry designation HFO-1234ze and marketed by Honeywell under its Solstice® line of low-global-warming materials, is being produced at the Honeywell Fluorine Products facility in Baton Rouge, La.

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BASF, Boeing Join DOE Program to Develop Advanced Composites
BASF, Boeing Join DOE Program to Develop Advanced Composites

COLLABORATION - 57 companies, including BASF, Boeing and Ford, have joined the Department of Energy’s new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites. A consortium of companies, nonprofits and universities led by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are investing more than $250 million to launch the Institute, focused on cutting-edge research on advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites, which combine strong fibers with tough plastics that are lighter and stronger than steel.

Forbo Closes Loop on Its 'Back to the Floor' Recycling Scheme
Forbo Closes Loop on Its 'Back to the Floor' Recycling Scheme

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Dutch flooring supplier and manufacturer Forbo Flooring has now closed the loop on its Back to the Floor recycling scheme, according to Environmental Expert. Now in its third year, the scheme now recycles Forbo flooring off-cuts into new products.

BMW, Nestlé, Rio Tinto Alcan Develop New Standard for Sustainable Aluminum Sourcing
BMW, Nestlé, Rio Tinto Alcan Develop New Standard for Sustainable Aluminum Sourcing

SUPPLY CHAIN - BMW Group, Hydro, Nestlé Nespresso SA and Rio Tinto Alcan and other members of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) have generated a new Standard to help improve environmental and social standards for sourcing the material, as well as government performance to improve the sector’s conditions throughout its value chain. The new Standard also aims to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, which are historically high.

White Coffee Introduces Organic Coffee in Biodegradable, Compostable Single-Serve BioCup
White Coffee Introduces Organic Coffee in Biodegradable, Compostable Single-Serve BioCup

WASTE NOT - White Coffee Corporation has introduced a new line of single-serve organic coffees in a new BioCup that is completely biodegradable when aerobically composted.Consumers committed to sustainable packaging will have a large selection of blends and flavors, the company says. These certified organic coffees evoke nature and the environment with earthy, deep and aromatic flavors. The BioCup is available in 11 flavors: Colombian, Breakfast Blend, French Roast, Full City Roast, Mexican High Grown, Peruvian, Rainforest Blend, Hazelnut, French Vanilla, Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Morsel.

Ecover Partners with Sonoco on Plant-Based Plastic Bottles for New North American Cleaning Products
Ecover Partners with Sonoco on Plant-Based Plastic Bottles for New North American Cleaning Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Ecover, the world's largest maker of non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products, has teamed up with packaging producer Sonoco for a series of plant-based plastic bottles for its new North American home care line.

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Dow, Nestlé UK, Unilever Researching New Options for Recycling Flexible Packaging
Dow, Nestlé UK, Unilever Researching New Options for Recycling Flexible Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Nestlé UK and Unilever are among organizations coming together on a new project aiming to improve the recyclability of flexible packaging products, in the hope of pushing the resource industry closer towards a circular economic approach.

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