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Ford Releases Exoskeleton Wearable Technology Globally to Lessen Worker Fatigue, Injury
Ford Releases Exoskeleton Wearable Technology Globally to Lessen Worker Fatigue, Injury

PRESS RELEASE - Imagine lifting a bag of flour or a watermelon over your head up to 4,600 times a day as part of your job – that is similar to what some Ford employees do every day as they work to build vehicles around the world. Repetitive motions like those can lead to fatigue and injury for workers, but now Ford is rolling out a new wearable technology globally called EksoVest that helps reduce injury risk in some plant workers after a successful trial in two U.S. plants.

6 Considerations to Create a Sustainable, Ethical Fashion Brand
6 Considerations to Create a Sustainable, Ethical Fashion Brand

SUPPLY CHAIN - When Otero Menswear first decided to create an innovative, fashion-forward line of menswear, promoting both style and confidence, we were also committed to manufacturing every article of clothing with a high respect for both the environment and the people who are involved in every stage of manufacturing. As reasonable as these goals may seem, it turns out that the odds were stacked against us … but with a little heart and soul, we found a way. This article is to give you some tips on how you, too, can find a way through an industry that seems dead set on continuing in its harmful ways.

Report: Slavery, Labor Abuses in SE Asian Supply Chains Set to Spiral in Age of Automation
Report: Slavery, Labor Abuses in SE Asian Supply Chains Set to Spiral in Age of Automation

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Drastic job losses in South East Asia resulting from the onset of robot manufacturing are predicted to lead to a dramatic increase in slavery and labor abuses in global supply chains, unless governments take early measures to prevent automation threatening millions of livelihoods, states a new report by Verisk Maplecroft.

Cities, Countries, Companies to Automakers: You Have the Keys to a Zero-Emissions Future
Cities, Countries, Companies to Automakers: You Have the Keys to a Zero-Emissions Future

COLLABORATION - States, regions, cities and international business are uniting to use their purchasing and policy influence to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) around the world through a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Challenge, launched today.

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BASF Calls for Proposals: Inaugural Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge
BASF Calls for Proposals: Inaugural Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge

PRESS RELEASE - Newtrition®, BASF’s human nutrition brand invites innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide to participate in the first-ever Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge.

3M™ Smog-reducing Granules Harness the Power of the Sun to Improve Air Quality
3M™ Smog-reducing Granules Harness the Power of the Sun to Improve Air Quality

PRESS RELEASE - At 3M, we use science every day to improve lives and help solve society’s toughest challenges. We like to imagine a world where all communities are safe, healthy and thriving—where increased energy efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and access to clean air and water enhance human health at home and at work. Still, nearly four in ten Americans currently live in counties with unhealthy levels of ground level ozone or particle pollution.¹ Since reducing air pollution remains critical to public health,² 3M is addressing this environmental challenge by creatively applying science to help remove smog³ and improve the air we breathe.

Better Data and Metrics: Next Steps in Powering a Circular Economy?
Better Data and Metrics: Next Steps in Powering a Circular Economy?

NEW METRICS - Scotland remains one of the world’s leading nations on circular economy thinking — this year Glasgow will host the Circular Economy Hotspot, an international event and trade mission that will showcase the country’s progressive approach to materials and resource use.

Q&A: How NewGen Surgical Is Redesigning Sustainable Healthcare
Q&A: How NewGen Surgical Is Redesigning Sustainable Healthcare

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The U.S. healthcare sector is the second most intensive commercial user of energy. Hospitals are one of the largest energy users, contributing 8 percent of the U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the purchase of healthcare goods and services, and produce more than 4.67 million tons of waste each year. Realizing the significance of these impacts, NewGen Surgical was started in 2012 with a vision to make single-use medical devices more sustainable through their redesign and material inputs.

Interface Moving from Net Zero to Climate Positive by Rethinking Factories as Forests
Interface Moving from Net Zero to Climate Positive by Rethinking Factories as Forests

NEW METRICS - With 3.8 billion years of R&D behind Earth’s systems and creatures, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what we can learn and how we can apply those lessons to our companies, products and processes.

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When Will We Truly Begin Designing for Circularity?
When Will We Truly Begin Designing for Circularity?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - If I took one thing away from the Circular Economy sessions at SB’18 Vancouver, it was the need to design for the end of a product’s first life. Note I said, “first life,” because ideally it will be endlessly recycled. That said, as new products come online, designers need to be asking, what materials are we using? Can the product itself be reused like the very cool fashion pieces curated by Beyond Retro (a Bank & Vogue LTD company), or will it be recycled and recreated like Brambles’ packaging solutions?

All of Interface’s Flooring Is Now Carbon Neutral – At No Extra Cost to Customers
All of Interface’s Flooring Is Now Carbon Neutral – At No Extra Cost to Customers

WALKING THE TALK - Interface has become the first global flooring manufacturer to declare that all of its products — including all carpet tile and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) – are carbon neutral across the entire product lifecycle. The company is now offering its Carbon Neutral Floors™ program as standard to every customer, at no extra cost, to help them meet their own sustainability goals while also allowing them to reduce the emissions impact of their projects or spaces.

Collaborating Toward the Good Life: A Conversation with Keurig Green Mountain's Monique Oxender
Collaborating Toward the Good Life: A Conversation with Keurig Green Mountain's Monique Oxender

PRESS RELEASE - A self-proclaimed “complexity junkie,” Monique Oxender, Keurig Green Mountain’s Chief Sustainability Officer, doesn’t bat an eye at tackling big, complicated issues. From the future of coffee to the recyclability of Keurig’s pods, Oxender and her team have provided innovative solutions to complex issues across the value chain — all while embodying Keurig’s signature focus on collaboration.

Kohler Expands Environmental, Health Disclosures for Kitchen & Bath Products
Kohler Expands Environmental, Health Disclosures for Kitchen & Bath Products

PRESS RELEASE - Today, in recognition of World Environmental Day, Kohler Co. announces expansion of its environmental and human health product disclosures for its kitchen and bath products.

P&G’s Marc Pritchard: The 5 Business Paradigms That Need Shifting
P&G’s Marc Pritchard: The 5 Business Paradigms That Need Shifting

WALKING THE TALK - In recent conversation with Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer at P&G, we spent our time talking about shifting out from old paradigms and models, to create new frameworks for building brands and advancing sustainability. Here are Pritchard’s top five paradigms to shift:

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Redesigning Good Business in a Shifting Landscape
Redesigning Good Business in a Shifting Landscape

PRESS RELEASE - 3 things we are looking forward to at Sustainable Brands ‘18

Mars Australia to Match 100% of Its Electricity Use with Renewable Energy by 2020
Mars Australia to Match 100% of Its Electricity Use with Renewable Energy by 2020

CLEANTECH - Mars Australia has signed 20 year power-purchase agreements (PPA) with Total Eren to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of Mars’ electricity from renewable energy by 2020. In addition to its latest agreement in Australia, Mars is already using or purchasing renewable electricity to cover 100 percent of its operations in Belgium, Brazil, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Q&A: Continuous Improvement the Engine of Innovation at Shaw
Q&A: Continuous Improvement the Engine of Innovation at Shaw

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, has also become a leader in sustainability — in August, Shaw announced that 85 percent of its products are now Cradle to Cradle Certified™; and earlier this month, it achieved carbon neutrality in its commercial carpet manufacturing operations. We spoke with Troy Virgo, Director of Sustainability and Product Stewardship, to learn more about what drives the company’s efforts.

This Intelligent Database Could Be a One-Stop Shop for Sustainable Product Designers
This Intelligent Database Could Be a One-Stop Shop for Sustainable Product Designers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Makersite is an all-in-one, open-source data platform for product design, costing and stewardship that product teams can use to analyze and collaborate on how things are made and improve the impacts of making them. The platform includes dozens of apps tailored to various business, compliance, health and environmental evaluations that developers and designers can use to quickly explore the effects of different product configurations, such as climate change, eutrophication, carcinogenicity, RoHS and REACH compliance and production costs. We caught up with CEO and co-founder Christoph Wilfert to find out more about this one-stop shop for sustainable product design.

Shaw Industries Further Reduces Carbon Footprint with Combined Heat & Power Plant at South Carolina Carpet Fiber Facility
Shaw Industries Further Reduces Carbon Footprint with Combined Heat & Power Plant at South Carolina Carpet Fiber Facility

PRESS RELEASE - Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has completed the construction of a cogeneration Combined Heat & Power (CHP) plant at its Columbia, S.C. fiber production facility. The CHP, which began operating in May 2018, will reduce the plant’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 26,000 metric tonnes; that’s an impact equal to removing almost 5,500 passenger vehicles from the road each year. This is the latest in ongoing investments Shaw is making to minimize its environmental footprint. The company recently announced it has achieved carbon neutrality in its commercial carpet manufacturing operations. Companywide, Shaw has made significant investments to help reduce its energy and greenhouse gas impact.

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Trending: Aquafil-H&M Collaboration, Cotton Dyeing Process Making Textiles More ‘Effective’
Trending: Aquafil-H&M Collaboration, Cotton Dyeing Process Making Textiles More ‘Effective’

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This year, the world’s largest event on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, included an Innovation Competition that saw 12 finalists pitch their technologies onstage in front of a panel of expert judges and Summit attendees. After a series of presentations and judging sessions over the two day event, the winner was announced: ColorZen.

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