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Non-Toxic Batteries, Functional Furniture Win 6th C2C Product Design Challenge
Non-Toxic Batteries, Functional Furniture Win 6th C2C Product Design Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Products Innovation Institute has revealed the winners of the latest Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge.

Trending: CO2 Dyeing, Biosynthetics Driving Transition Towards New Textiles Economy
Trending: CO2 Dyeing, Biosynthetics Driving Transition Towards New Textiles Economy

CLEANTECH - A new textiles economy is on the horizon as innovative textile and chemical firms develop new chemical- and petroleum-free processes to produce fabrics and materials.

Unbelts Is Creating a Better Way to Do ‘Made in China’
Unbelts Is Creating a Better Way to Do ‘Made in China’

SUPPLY CHAIN - A garment’s country of origin isn’t that garment’s full story. Canadian belt manufacturer Unbelts is looking to prove that the fashion industry and consumers have a responsibility and an existing means to provide high-quality clothing-production jobs around the world. Plus, this 2017 Best for the World honoree is out to make women feel awesome in their pants — a goal that is also worthy of global adoption.

The North Face: Successful Programs Start with Motivated Workers
The North Face: Successful Programs Start with Motivated Workers

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 16th article in the series.

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Outdoor Industry Film Series to Highlight Business Imperative for Embracing Purpose
Outdoor Industry Film Series to Highlight Business Imperative for Embracing Purpose

MARKETING AND COMMS - The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), whose members include REI, Iron Mountain, Patagonia, The North Face and Timberland, is producing a new film series that shares the stories of outdo

EPA Honors LG with 'Champion" Award for Sustainable Materials Management
EPA Honors LG with 'Champion" Award for Sustainable Materials Management

PRESS RELEASE - Underscoring its leadership in environmental sustainability, LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Champion Award, special recognition for demonstrating significant environmental, social and economic outcomes that go above and beyond the requirements of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

evian® Transforms Its Approach to Plastic to Become a 100% Circular Brand by 2025
evian® Transforms Its Approach to Plastic to Become a 100% Circular Brand by 2025

PRESS RELEASE - evian today announces that it will make all of its plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic by 2025, a move that will see the natural spring water brand adopt a ‘circular approach’ to its plastic usage, where plastic is kept within the economy and out of nature. Working in close relationship with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to define this roadmap, evian will move from a linear model to a circular one, where all bottles will be made from recycled plastic without the need for any virgin plastics. This will enable plastic to evolve from potential waste to become a valuable resource. evian plans to achieve this through pioneering partnerships to redesign its packaging, accelerate recycling initiatives and remove plastic waste from nature.

NRDC Mapping Tool Links Apparel Brands to Their Suppliers’ Environmental Performance
NRDC Mapping Tool Links Apparel Brands to Their Suppliers’ Environmental Performance

MARKETING AND COMMS - A new mapping tool created by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and China’s Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) is ushering in a new era for transparency in China. The IPE Green Supply Chain Map — the only of its kind in the world — openly links multinational corporations to their suppliers’ environmental performance.

Trending: Scientists Uncover Unexpected Uses for Harmful Greenhouse Gases
Trending: Scientists Uncover Unexpected Uses for Harmful Greenhouse Gases

CLEANTECH - Though harmful greenhouse gases are charged with driving unprecedented — and dangerous — climate change, they’re proving to be an unlikely ally to researchers working on solutions to treat African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and reduce the variability of renewable power.

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Dow Makes Moves to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution in Japan, Indonesia
Dow Makes Moves to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution in Japan, Indonesia

WASTE NOT - According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), up to 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into the world’s oceans annually. In 2016, The Dow Chemical Company announced a commitment to spend $2.8 million over the next two years to drive solutions that address global marine debris and litter. Dow is now making good on that promise with new efforts in Japan and Indonesia.

Finding Local Solutions to Local Challenges: Contributing to Communities the Otsuka Group Way
Finding Local Solutions to Local Challenges: Contributing to Communities the Otsuka Group Way

WALKING THE TALK - Pinpoint specific local issues. Promote sustainable local development. Pave the way for caring and productive corporate growth. That’s how Japan’s Otsuka group of companies seeks to shape its role as an essential company for society.

Trending: Step Change in Design, Recycling Efforts Essential for Addressing E-Waste
Trending: Step Change in Design, Recycling Efforts Essential for Addressing E-Waste

WASTE NOT - In today’s digitally dependent world, e-waste management is a critical issue that requires urgent attention from both the public and private sector.

Conserving resources with EPS food packaging
Conserving resources with EPS food packaging

PRESS RELEASE - BASF’s customer Schaumaplast GmbH & Co.KG, an internationally active manufacturer of molded parts made from particle foams, is now offering packaging made from biomass-balanced Styropor®. The Styropor MB used is the first EPS (expandable polystyrene) on the market to be produced using BASF’s biomass balance approach. Following special balancing, the TÜV SÜD-certified method can be used to replace the fossil resources needed to manufacture Styropor entirely with renewable resources right at the start of the production process. Each biomass balance product thus helps to conserve fossil resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The formulation and quality of Styropor MB is unchanged compared to its fossil counterpart.

Braskem's I'm greenTM PE and ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division Bring Carbon Reduction Packaging to Montgomery County DEP and Maryland Environmental Service
Braskem's I'm greenTM PE and ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division Bring Carbon Reduction Packaging to Montgomery County DEP and Maryland Environmental Service

PRESS RELEASE - Braskem's sugarcane based bioplastic to be used to package over 500,000 bags of Leafgro®, a soil conditioner for sale in lawn and garden retail locations along the U.S. East Coast.

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Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG
Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG

PRESS RELEASE - The companies will invest in the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark.    

A Good Look: Big Companies Taking Major Action on Climate Change
A Good Look: Big Companies Taking Major Action on Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE - by: Danielle Azoulay, AVP of CSR & Sustainability for L’Oréal USA I was 12 years old when Hurricane Andrew blew the roof off my Miami house. Huddled under mattresses, my family and I scuttled around our living room looking for somewhere to hide, while debris was falling overhead. Now living in New York City, I naively thought that I had traded tropical hurricanes for winter snowstorms, but when tropical storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy hit, that notion proved untrue.

Trending: Algae, Ocean Plastics Pave the Way for More Sustainable Consumer Products
Trending: Algae, Ocean Plastics Pave the Way for More Sustainable Consumer Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Petroleum-based plastic’s time is running out as new, more sustainable material solutions emerge. According to the International Air Transport Association, 5.2 million tons of waste were generated by airline passengers in 2016. With the release of its new OCN cosmetic range, Galileo Watermark, a producer of amenity kits and a leader in onboard hospitality design and development for the travel and retail industries, is working to drive these numbers down.

Collaboration Imperative for Making Sustainability Commitments a Reality
Collaboration Imperative for Making Sustainability Commitments a Reality

COLLABORATION - Recent climate change talks in Bonn drew to a close last week without major fanfare. However, despite no landmark announcements — such as that coming out of Paris after COP21 — it was nonetheless a critical meeting, with a key aim of better defining ‘how’ to make the ambitions set out in Paris in 2015 a reality and keep global warming to 1.5 degrees. For those of us leading sustainability efforts for companies, the COP talks are a great opportunity to learn about what’s happening at a global level and reflect on how we, as just one actor, fit into the bigger picture.

BillerudKorsnäs further improves in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index 2017
BillerudKorsnäs further improves in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index 2017

PRESS RELEASE - BillerudKorsnäs is since 2011 a participant in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) and has during this period demonstrated transparency and continuous improvement. This year, in the product category Packaging, 73.9 percent (70,6)* was achieved, an improvement of 3.3 percentage points. In the subcategories Responsible Fibre Sourcing and Clean Manufacturing, 74 percent (69) respectively 70 percent (65) were achieved, corresponding to an improvement of five percentage points each. As in the 2015 index, BillerudKorsnäs scores high in terms of transparency with 78 percent (78) in the subcategory Reporting & EMS.

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Amway recycling: A global initiative that starts at headquarters
Amway recycling: A global initiative that starts at headquarters

PRESS RELEASE - It’s a scene that plays out thousands of times a day at Amway’s Paper Products plant on the company’s world headquarters campus. Simple in its function, there’s almost an artistic quality to it. Flipping arcs of paper drop onto a conveyor belt as the rhythmic sound of a die-cutter creates more for the taking. The trim scrap from Glister packaging is headed to its next destination – a recycling plant. Such is the short lifecycle for the leftovers created by machines that precisely cut out containers for Amway products inside the Ada, Michigan facility. All of this effort is part of a clear initiative at Amway, Rick Van Dellen, global sustainability program manager, said. Amway strives for excellence – even in recycling its waste.

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