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1.8M Fairtrade Farmers to World Leaders: 'Keep Your Climate Promises'
1.8M Fairtrade Farmers to World Leaders: 'Keep Your Climate Promises'

MARKETING AND COMMS - Signed by Fairtrade producers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the letter warns governments of developed nations that their lack of climate action is threatening farmers' livelihoods and global food supplies.

Reimagining Finance for Forests in a Climate-Changing World
Reimagining Finance for Forests in a Climate-Changing World

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Carbon credits, which promise an impact measured to a specific quantity of CO2, may not be the most efficient instrument in constantly climate-changing world. But a new approach can make carbon markets fit-for-purpose moving forward. Here are some key premises for business to finance forests and broader climate action in a new era.

Circular Solutions Still Promising, But Researchers Say Framework Lacks ‘Substance’
Circular Solutions Still Promising, But Researchers Say Framework Lacks ‘Substance’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation study examines the myriad ways that scaled circular models can help restore critical biodiversity; but Swedish researchers warn that without more clarity and substance, efforts to scale a circular economy risk becoming counterproductive.

Fairphone Forges Ahead with Longer-Lasting, E-waste-Neutral Smartphone
Fairphone Forges Ahead with Longer-Lasting, E-waste-Neutral Smartphone

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Still striving to greatly improve the sustainability of the industry, Fairphone’s new model embodies the company’s commitment to better materials, better mining practices and a longer product lifecycle.

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Polestar’s Latest LCA Report Shows New Potential for EV Industry Transparency
Polestar’s Latest LCA Report Shows New Potential for EV Industry Transparency

MARKETING AND COMMS - The Swedish EV maker finds vast differences in CO2e throughout the life of its vehicles, depending on the source of the charging energy.

Holistic Approach to US Cotton-Growing Yielding Benefits for Flora, Fauna and Farmer
Holistic Approach to US Cotton-Growing Yielding Benefits for Flora, Fauna and Farmer

SUPPLY CHAIN - As consumers demand that brands and retailers provide more sustainable products and ask for transparency, companies understand that these need to start at the very beginning — in the dirt, so to speak.

Craft Brewer Extols Benefits of Pivot to Better Packaging
Craft Brewer Extols Benefits of Pivot to Better Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Through materials innovation and technology advances, the packaging industry can be a critical component in working toward a world without waste and a truly closed-loop, circular economy.

How Formosa Plastics Is Nurturing Biodiversity in Texas
How Formosa Plastics Is Nurturing Biodiversity in Texas

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In 2020, the team at the Formosa Agricultural and Environmental Research Center, located at the site of the company’s Texas plant, began concurrent production of honeybees, native flowering plants and native trees as part of an effort to enrich the area’s biodiversity.

Tau Index Provides Glimpse Into Nations Poised to Lead in Sustainability, Thanks to ICT
Tau Index Provides Glimpse Into Nations Poised to Lead in Sustainability, Thanks to ICT

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Index ranks 144 countries based on their ICT infrastructures and ecosystems, including how well they are utilizing ICT to create more sustainable economies. For Tau Institute founder Roger Strukhoff, what sets the nations that will succeed apart is “a certain willingness to think beyond their front door.”

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Tourism Industry’s Vision for the Future is Collaborative, Locally Focused
Tourism Industry’s Vision for the Future is Collaborative, Locally Focused

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Many people are becoming more aware of their environmental footprint and the impact they have on people and the planet. This awareness can be harnessed by the tourism industry to shift passive sea-and-sun tourists into more conscientious, actively engaged travelers.

Better Living Through Better Chemistry: A Conversation with John Warner
Better Living Through Better Chemistry: A Conversation with John Warner

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - While the use of green chemistry is critical to mitigating adverse environmental impacts, there remains a gap in education of chemists and an overall lack of awareness in the industry. We sat down with John Warner, one of the founders of the field, to better understand how green chemistry is helping to enable a more sustainable future through science.

Tackling the Unseen Climate Costs of a Plastic Planet
Tackling the Unseen Climate Costs of a Plastic Planet

WASTE NOT - Whether it’s using the carrot of incentives or the stick of regulations, change is possible — and strongly desired. So, what can brands do? Be proactive and make the extra effort to find and choose recycled plastic whenever possible.

A Just Transition: How Nestlé is Taking a New Approach Across Our Value Chain
A Just Transition: How Nestlé is Taking a New Approach Across Our Value Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Whether in our personal lives or in business, doing only what is required or expected is generally unsatisfying. If your plan of action means doing the bare minimum, the status quo is the likely result.

Indigenous-Inspired Design to Help Future-Proof Tulum’s New Train Station
Indigenous-Inspired Design to Help Future-Proof Tulum’s New Train Station

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Aidia Studio’s pre-Hispanic Mayan-inspired design is a much-needed evolutionary twist on current architecture that will help ensure the survival of the Mexican city’s transport links during increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

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Can We Evolve from the Chip Shortage to Better Supply Chains and Consumption Habits?
Can We Evolve from the Chip Shortage to Better Supply Chains and Consumption Habits?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As the global chip shortage drags on and demand for electronics exceeds supply, we hope that the market for refurbished electronic devices and a circular economy will gain more traction.

Can the Food Sector Survive the Water Crisis?
Can the Food Sector Survive the Water Crisis?

SUPPLY CHAIN - New data from the IPCC shows that more frequent, intense droughts could squeeze the food sector with too little water. This year, we are getting a glimpse of what that might look like.

30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy
30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - Ray Onovwigun and his startup, Romco Metals, have seized the opportunity to build the capacity and infrastructure Africa needs to become a global player in the recovery and recycling of valuable metals.

Logitech Unveils Strategy to Reach Net Zero by 2030, Eyes Climate Positivity
Logitech Unveils Strategy to Reach Net Zero by 2030, Eyes Climate Positivity

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The first consumer electronics company to provide detailed carbon-impact data on all of its products, Logitech says all of its products and operations will be carbon neutral by the end of 2021.

Nestlé Asks Consumers How They Would Navigate Quest for Sustainable Palm Oil
Nestlé Asks Consumers How They Would Navigate Quest for Sustainable Palm Oil

MARKETING AND COMMS - Nestlé hopes that a new interactive platform, Beneath the Surface, will give viewers better insight into the complexity of palm oil supply chains and insight into how choices they make under different scenarios can lead to a range of outcomes and consequences.

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Trending: lululemon, Pangaia Push Plant-Based Fabrics Further
Trending: lululemon, Pangaia Push Plant-Based Fabrics Further

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - lululemon’s latest partnership aims to replace conventional nylon in its products with bio-based; while two new blends from Pangaia are the brand’s latest step to delivering sustainable alternatives to overproduced materials such as cotton.

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