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Bridgestone Wins $35M USDA Climate-Smart Grant to Further Advance Guayule Natural Rubber Production
Bridgestone Wins $35M USDA Climate-Smart Grant to Further Advance Guayule Natural Rubber Production

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The USDA has awarded Bridgestone $35M to grow its investment in desert shrub guayule to advance a climate-smart domestic rubber industry and offer a water-smart solution amid the ongoing drought in the Southwestern US.

COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?
COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?

WALKING THE TALK - From COP27, we see more and more business initiatives focused on not only reaching sustainability, but averting a climate crisis and achieving nature positivity — but have climate-fueled forest fires already nullified our chances at an effective carbon market?

2022 Ray of Hope Prize Winners Offer Biomimetic Solutions to Fresh Food Waste, Surface Finishing
2022 Ray of Hope Prize Winners Offer Biomimetic Solutions to Fresh Food Waste, Surface Finishing

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Biomimicry Institute has chosen India’s GreenPod Labs and Germany’s Fusion Bionic as 2022’s top biomimicry startups, from a pool of over 200 applicants from 54 countries.

IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World
IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World

CLEANTECH - The second cohort of the IBM Sustainability Accelerator comprises five organizations helping marginalized communities get just and equitable access to sustainable energy resources around the world.

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New Menswear Brand Out to Remind Industry That Nature Is the Ultimate Luxury
New Menswear Brand Out to Remind Industry That Nature Is the Ultimate Luxury

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Men’s apparel startup HyperNatural is aiming to subvert the industry’s reliance on synthetic materials with its unique fabric made from a blend of recycled and organic waste streams. While it’s still ironing out circularity kinks, the brand is determined to not make perfection the enemy of progress.

Brand Leaders, Visionaries Gather to Help Sustainability Practitioners ‘Recenter & Accelerate’
Brand Leaders, Visionaries Gather to Help Sustainability Practitioners ‘Recenter & Accelerate’

LEADERSHIP - This week at SB'22 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and opportunities for collaboration with the goal of building a regenerative future for all. On opening night, luminaries from a variety of disciplines reminded attendees the importance of taking a breath and opening your mind.

Authentic, Verified Information Will Elevate Your Brand’s Climate Credentials
Authentic, Verified Information Will Elevate Your Brand’s Climate Credentials

MARKETING AND COMMS - Climate action is increasingly important to incorporate into a brand’s value proposition to customers and consumers. These four steps will enable brand managers to take clear and meaningful actions — which, in turn, can connect with consumers and differentiate products in the market.

‘WhatIF’ More Foods Were Made This Way? Meet the Company Feeding Both People and Soil
‘WhatIF’ More Foods Were Made This Way? Meet the Company Feeding Both People and Soil

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - By creating supply chains around nutritionally dense, easy-to-grow but mostly overlooked ingredients that help restore soil health, WhatIF Foods envisions a more just, beneficial food system tailored to meet the needs of various regions.

4 Ways the Commercial Real Estate Industry Can Help Address Water Scarcity
4 Ways the Commercial Real Estate Industry Can Help Address Water Scarcity

CLEANTECH - Commercial real estate is the second-largest consumer of publicly supplied water in the US. Imagine if we came together to tackle this problem head on! Here are four recommendations for how property managers and building owners can lead the way.

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In Our Water- and Climate-Stressed World, There’s No Excuse for Wastewater Going to Waste
In Our Water- and Climate-Stressed World, There’s No Excuse for Wastewater Going to Waste

CLEANTECH - Globally, 80% of wastewater is discharged into local environments with minimal or no treatment — water that could be recycled and reused. California-based startup Aquacycl's waste-to-energy solution protects water resources while helping companies reduce costs.

Team of Scientists Unveil Space-Tech Platform That Tracks Carbon in Every Tree
Team of Scientists Unveil Space-Tech Platform That Tracks Carbon in Every Tree

NEW METRICS - CTREES’ global dataset provides a nearly real-time picture of the carbon implications of forest conservation and restoration at the local, national and global level — ensuring results from efforts to reach global climate targets can be accurately reported.

‘Rivers Are Life’ Highlights Local River-Restoration Efforts with Potential for Global Impact
‘Rivers Are Life’ Highlights Local River-Restoration Efforts with Potential for Global Impact

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - The platform highlights and connects individuals who are enacting river-beneficial solutions in their own communities. These 'River Heroes' represent efforts that start on a local scale but create ripple effects that expand beyond.

Enhanced Biodegradation Technology Could Significantly Reduce Clothing Impact at the Landfill
Enhanced Biodegradation Technology Could Significantly Reduce Clothing Impact at the Landfill

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - 37.5 Technology is offering brand partners a new additive that greatly improves and expedites the biodegradability of textiles, for free — to encourage broader industry adoption and help eliminate one of our biggest polluters.

So Long, Coffee Pods ... Hello, Coffee Balls?
So Long, Coffee Pods ... Hello, Coffee Balls?

WASTE NOT - The inventive, waste-free, single-serve coffee system means that portioned coffee no longer needs to be surrounded by an aluminum or plastic capsule.

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Diageo Innovation Fund to Help Smallholder Farms in Africa Withstand Climate Change
Diageo Innovation Fund to Help Smallholder Farms in Africa Withstand Climate Change

SUPPLY CHAIN - Diageo has committed to cultivating solutions to enable the farmers in its African supply chain — who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of increasing droughts and floods — to maintain steady farming cycles and income in a climate-changing world.

Ethical Foods Fund to Support Early-Stage, Values-Based Canadian Companies Driving Future of Sustainable Food
Ethical Foods Fund to Support Early-Stage, Values-Based Canadian Companies Driving Future of Sustainable Food

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The fund will support sustainable food production via early-stage, values-based food innovators — from the ethical treatment of employees on farms and in factories, to the end of the food production cycle with compostable packaging.

This Startup Is Enhancing the Ocean’s Ability to Store Carbon, Reversing Acidification
This Startup Is Enhancing the Ocean’s Ability to Store Carbon, Reversing Acidification

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ebb Carbon’s pioneering carbon-removal technology combines with electrochemistry to accelerate the ocean's natural process of carbon removal, safely storing it for 10,000+ years, whilst simultaneously reducing ocean acidity — helping heal one of our strongest assets in the climate change fight.

Clif Bar’s Clif Corps Partners with Venus Williams to Advance Equity and Access to Nature and Sport
Clif Bar’s Clif Corps Partners with Venus Williams to Advance Equity and Access to Nature and Sport

COLLABORATION - The initiative kicks off with an event series from longtime partner Outdoor Afro, furthering its mission to inspire Black connections and leadership in nature.

Like ‘Majik’: This Kenyan Startup Is Producing Clean Drinking Water from Thin Air
Like ‘Majik’: This Kenyan Startup Is Producing Clean Drinking Water from Thin Air

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Majik Water has found an ingenious way to capture the water from the atmosphere, even in arid regions — harnessing a limitless resource and providing a sustainable solution for thousands of Kenyans, with a goal of reaching 100M people by 2030.

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10 Biomimetic Innovations Poised to Tackle Countless Climate, Biodiversity, Business Challenges
10 Biomimetic Innovations Poised to Tackle Countless Climate, Biodiversity, Business Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Biomimicry Institute’s 2022 cohort of Ray of Hope Prize finalists are leveraging nature’s genius to revolutionize textiles, wind turbines, waste remediation, building materials, cleaning products, sunscreen, plastics and more.

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