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Harnessing Nature’s Technology: The Biomimicry Toolkit
Harnessing Nature’s Technology: The Biomimicry Toolkit

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This was no introductory workshop. Everyone in attendance on Monday afternoon, day one of SB'17 Detroit, raised their hand when asked if they knew what biomimicry is, and everyone was interested in diving in and learning how to use biomimicry in their own work. Thus, organizers Nicole Hagerman Miller and Dr.

Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain
Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Cotton is often king in discussions surrounding the creation of a more sustainable apparel industry, yet over 120 million trees are felled every year — 30 percent of which originate from ancient and endangered forests — to produce textiles such as viscose and rayon.

3M, International Paper, P&G Team Up in the Name of Sustainable Forestry
3M, International Paper, P&G Team Up in the Name of Sustainable Forestry

COLLABORATION - American Forest Foundation (AFF), International Paper, The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and 3M Company have banded together to form the Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative.

Redefining the Good Life: The Investing Power of Millennials
Redefining the Good Life: The Investing Power of Millennials

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Over the next few years, the private sector will inherit the enormous responsibility of sustaining the health of our planet. Although this daunting challenge may force companies to operate outside of their comfort zones, businesses should recognize that with great responsibility comes great opportunity. In a market where consumer attitudes and brand loyalties are shifting to prefer socially and environmentally conscious products, companies hoping to remain competitive must integrate sustainability into the core of their business models.

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Trending: Cutting-Edge Textile Policies Set New Bar for Apparel Industry
Trending: Cutting-Edge Textile Policies Set New Bar for Apparel Industry

WALKING THE TALK - A more sustainable apparel industry is on the horizon thanks to continued efforts by industry leaders to develop innovative textile policies that value natural resources.

Canopy Releases Updated Version of Ecopaper Database
Canopy Releases Updated Version of Ecopaper Database

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Being dubbed the “Holy Grail” of directories for sustainable paper and packaging, Canopy’s updated Ecopaper Database now features more than 450 printing and writing grade papers, office stationery products and packaging with high recycled, agricultural residue, alternative or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) fiber content.

Timberland Pulls on its Boots for Urban Greening
Timberland Pulls on its Boots for Urban Greening

PRESS RELEASE - Last year, as a global outdoor lifestyle brand, Timberland launched a five year commitment to double its footprint in five cities – just not in the way you might expect. In each city, we will create or restore urban green spaces that match or exceed the combined retail footprint of our local stores in that city. 

In Finland, the Circular Economy Goes Mainstream
In Finland, the Circular Economy Goes Mainstream

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Poised as a leader in the transition to a circular economy, Finland is living up to expectations with businesses finding new uses for wood pulp and doughnut fryer fat.

EPA Recognizes Eastman with 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award
EPA Recognizes Eastman with 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

PRESS RELEASE - For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes Eastman (NYSE: EMN) with an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for continued leadership and superior energy efficiency achievements. This year marks Eastman’s fourth consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR honor. The award reaffirms Eastman’s commitment to managing natural resources, which continues to drive sustainable and impactful improvements in energy performance, resulting in energy intensity reductions, avoided costs and lowered emissions.

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Starbucks Helps Safeguard the Future of Coffee with Pledge to Replant 1B Coffee Trees
Starbucks Helps Safeguard the Future of Coffee with Pledge to Replant 1B Coffee Trees

SUPPLY CHAIN - Building on its commitment to provide support to coffee growers around the world, Starbucks Coffee Company has announced that it will deliver 100 million healthy coffee trees to farmers who need them by 2025.

New Report Finds People Still Throwing Away a Sh!rt Ton of Clothing
New Report Finds People Still Throwing Away a Sh!rt Ton of Clothing

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Walk to work. Recycle your aluminum cans. Remember your reusable shopping bags. These modern-day sustainability mantras help consumers take small steps every day to lower their environmental footprint, keeping plastics out of the oceans and carbon emissions down. But have we considered the footprint of our clothing — one of the biggest polluters in the world?

Target Puts Responsible Sourcing Aspirations Into Action with New Forest Products Policy
Target Puts Responsible Sourcing Aspirations Into Action with New Forest Products Policy

SUPPLY CHAIN - Putting its responsible sourcing aspirations into action, Target has developed a new forest products policy. The policy will see the retailer source all of the wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood-based fiber used in its brand-owned products from well managed, credibly certified forests and post-consumer recycled materials.

New Tool Aims to Assess Landscape-Level Forest Sustainability
New Tool Aims to Assess Landscape-Level Forest Sustainability

NEW METRICS - As with most industries these days, companies in paper and packaging know that their customers — be they publishers, fast food companies or office suppliers — want to buy products that are deemed sustainable. They know that millions of dollars can depend on whether their products can meet this threshold.

Danone to Invest in Sustainable Wastewater System in Spain
Danone to Invest in Sustainable Wastewater System in Spain

PRESS RELEASE - Danone will invest €2 million during the next three years in a new wastewater system at its dairy plant in Tres Cantos, Spain. The investment will allow the facility to increase its water autonomy to 80%, and furthers Danone’s goal to become self-sufficient at the site north of Madrid. The move will make the Tres Cantos factory more economical with its water usage – currently, it uses 800 cubic metres of water every day to support capacity of 4 million yogurts and custards.

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TD, NCC Assign Economic Value to Ecological Services of Canada’s Forests
TD, NCC Assign Economic Value to Ecological Services of Canada’s Forests

NEW METRICS - Adding to the growing body of research highlighting the value of forests for mitigating climate change, the TD Bank Group (TD) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) have released a new report that assigns an economic value to the ecological goods and services forests provide to Canadians.

Marking World Water Day: Ford Continues Its Water Leadership Goal with New Water Saving Technologies at Chicago Assembly Plant
Marking World Water Day: Ford Continues Its Water Leadership Goal with New Water Saving Technologies at Chicago Assembly Plant

PRESS RELEASE - The Chicago Assembly Plant – home of the Ford Taurus and the award-winning Ford Explorer –implemented efficiency efforts towards the end of 2016 that helped the plant reduce water usage by 13 million gallons last year – expected to be significantly higher in 2017 after a full year of use.   In marking this year’s World Water Day, Ford Motor Company continuously strives to go further in its commitment to water leadership. Ford recently announced its updated manufacturing water strategy, which calls for an additional 30 percent reduction in water use per vehicle from 2015 to 2020, along with a long-term aspirational goal of zero drinkable water use in manufacturing.  

Cocoa Giants Cargill, Nestlé, Mars Join Forces to Put an End to Deforestation
Cocoa Giants Cargill, Nestlé, Mars Join Forces to Put an End to Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - Twelve of the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies have agreed to collectively work towards ending deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The agreement commits the participating companies to develop and present a joint public-private framework of action to address deforestation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) meeting in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.

Companies Continue Progress in Erasing Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses from Supply Chains
Companies Continue Progress in Erasing Deforestation, Human Rights Abuses from Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - A wave of efforts to increase transparency and ethics in complex global supply chains in recent years has not only unearthed grave ongoing issues, but a groundswell of private sector commitments to address them. Two that have risen to the forefront of concern for multinationals are deforestation and human rights abuses.

VF Corp Joins Over 65 Apparel Giants Acting to Minimize Impacts on Endangered Forests
VF Corp Joins Over 65 Apparel Giants Acting to Minimize Impacts on Endangered Forests

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, VF Corporation, the US' largest fashion conglomerate - parent company of lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories brands including Timberland, The North Face, Lee and Wrangler – released its first-ever Forest Derived Materials Policy, which sets formal guidelines for the company’s purchasing preferences and use of sustain

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New Campaign from Outerknown Aims to Remind Us #ITSNOTOK to Pollute the Oceans
New Campaign from Outerknown Aims to Remind Us #ITSNOTOK to Pollute the Oceans

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - This week, sustainable menswear brand Outerknown launched #ITSNOTOK, an evergreen giveback program designed to bring awareness to environmental issues – particularly the declining health of our oceans, mostly due to pollution – all over the world. #ITSNOTOK is a call to action to consumers to become part of the solution, rather than the problem, by helping to clean up the oceans.

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