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World's First Search Engine for Clean Drinking Water Also Fights Plastic Bottle Pollution
World's First Search Engine for Clean Drinking Water Also Fights Plastic Bottle Pollution

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Consumers report that the prevailing reason why they buy bottled water is "convenience." Anyone can search online for the nearest gas station, coffee shop or nail salon, but when it comes to thirst, what options does one have? Open Google Maps and search “water fountain” — or ask Siri or Alexa, “Where can I fill up my water bottle?” No one has ever indexed the locations and prices of clean water around the world ... until now.

New Partnership Aims to Make Payments More Sustainable
New Partnership Aims to Make Payments More Sustainable

PRESS RELEASE - For many years, the idea of going green in payments has been limited to linking purchases and accounts with donations to environmental causes and carbon offsets. These programs have had an impact in terms of awareness and raising much-needed funds. Now, there’s an opportunity to put these efforts into action across a broader part of the payments industry. Today, Mastercard and card manufacturers Gemalto, Giesecke+Devrient and IDEMIA launched the Greener Payments Partnership to establish environmental best practices and reduce first-use PVC plastic in card manufacturing.

Addressing SDG 14: 3 Steps to a Sustainable Ocean Supply Chain
Addressing SDG 14: 3 Steps to a Sustainable Ocean Supply Chain

NEW METRICS - Oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet’s surface and are home to 80 percent of life on earth. Fish, which provide 20 percent of daily protein intake to about 3.1 billion people, is among the most widely traded food commodities — at a value of US$145 billion annually.

Kohler Co.’s Innovation For Good Program Recognized as Changemaker with 2018 Mahatma Award
Kohler Co.’s Innovation For Good Program Recognized as Changemaker with 2018 Mahatma Award

PRESS RELEASE - Kohler Co. has been presented with a 2018 Mahatma Award for Social Good for its “Innovation for Good” (IfG) efforts. Laura Kohler, Senior Vice President-Human Resources, Stewardship & Sustainability for Kohler Co., accepted the award on behalf of IfG and Kohler Co. in New York City during the recently held UN General Assembly. The Mahatma Awards for Social Good spotlight changemakers and are awarded annually to individuals or organizations committed to addressing complex social issues like safe water, sanitation, disease, poverty and hunger.

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Target, ADM Join Food Giants Rising to Ceres' AgWater Challenge
Target, ADM Join Food Giants Rising to Ceres' AgWater Challenge

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announce the addition of Target and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, to the AgWater Challenge. The two companies’ new water stewardship commitments were shared today at the Financial Times Water Summit in London.

Small Dose, Big Clean: Seventh Generation Reinvents the Liquid Laundry Bottle Using 60% Less Plastic, 50% Less Water and a Super Convenient Dosing Technology
Small Dose, Big Clean: Seventh Generation Reinvents the Liquid Laundry Bottle Using 60% Less Plastic, 50% Less Water and a Super Convenient Dosing Technology

PRESS RELEASE - Seventh Generation, a leading household and personal care products company and pioneer in the eco-friendly products space, has announced the launch of a new laundry detergent in an effort to modernize the liquid laundry category and drive unnecessary plastic and water waste out of the industry.

Nestlé Waters Allentown Factories Achieve Globally Recognized Water Stewardship Certification
Nestlé Waters Allentown Factories Achieve Globally Recognized Water Stewardship Certification

PRESS RELEASE - Nestlé Waters North America announced today that its Allentown, Pennsylvania factories received certification under the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard. Created and supported by prominent environmental conservation groups, development organizations, and industry leaders, the AWS Standard is the first comprehensive global benchmark for responsible water stewardship across social, environmental, and economic criteria. This achievement was confirmed through audits conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS), a leading international third-party certification body, and sole certifier to the AWS standard in North America.

Carbon Trust Endorses Braskem’s Carbon-Negative Claims for Bio-based Plastic
Carbon Trust Endorses Braskem’s Carbon-Negative Claims for Bio-based Plastic

PRESS RELEASE - Brazilian chemicals company Braskem, producers of I’m green™ – a bio-based polyethylene made from sugarcane – has had its negative carbon footprint credentials strengthened thanks to an independent review by the Carbon Trust. In a new report comparing I’m green™ with fossil-based equivalents, the Carbon Trust has endorsed the methodology used by Braskem to support claims that for every tonne of I’m green™ produced, the equivalent of around 3 tonnes of CO2 are locked away by the sugarcane, which provides the main raw material for its manufacture. This means Braskem’s bio-based plastic is effectively carbon-negative.

EVRYTHNG, CPG Brands Partner to Take Consumer Guesswork Out of Recycling
EVRYTHNG, CPG Brands Partner to Take Consumer Guesswork Out of Recycling

THE NEXT ECONOMY - EVRYTHNG — the IoT platform that makes every consumer product intelligent, interactive and trackable — is now powering a first-of-its-kind recycling scheme providing CPG brands and retailers with vital insights to consumer recycling habits and behaviors.

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Making National Parks 'Smart' Could Be Key to Their Sustainability
Making National Parks 'Smart' Could Be Key to Their Sustainability

COLLABORATION - More and more studies suggest that time spent outdoors can help foster our mental and physical development and wellbeing. Unfortunately, maintaining green spaces such as urban and national parks is not always an easy task. Maintenance can be particularly challenging for national park authorities, who often need to keep watch over hundreds of miles of wild terrain.

BCFN Foundation, UN SDSN Promise Roadmap to Global Food System Transformation
BCFN Foundation, UN SDSN Promise Roadmap to Global Food System Transformation

COLLABORATION - The past few weeks have seen a flurry of big announcements and commitments regarding increasing sustainability in a variety of areas, including overhauling our broken food system: Two weeks ago, at the Global Climate Action Summit, FoodShot Global launched a new investment platform aimed at accelerating food system transformation through a “Moonshots for Better Food” challenge to startups working to create a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable food system worldwide; while earlier this week at Climate Week NYC,

Iron Mountain Hits Key Renewable Energy Milestones in Europe
Iron Mountain Hits Key Renewable Energy Milestones in Europe

PRESS RELEASE - Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced that its operations in Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom have achieved the company’s stated goal of utilizing 100 percent of their electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. This milestone represents a significant achievement for the company following its joining of the RE100 initiative earlier this year in which Iron Mountain committed to using renewable energy sources for 100 percent of its worldwide electricity. In doing so, the company pledged to follow a rigorous standard for green power purchasing and achieving aggressive interim milestones on the way to a complete conversion by 2050.

Campaign Calls on BlackRock to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is on Climate Change
Campaign Calls on BlackRock to Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is on Climate Change

WALKING THE TALK - A campaign launched today is holding BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, accountable as the single largest contributor to climate destruction. BlackRock’s Big Problem — supported by over a dozen organizations, including Friends of the Earth US, Amazon Watch and the Sierra Club, with support from The Sunrise Project — asserts that as the world’s biggest owner of fossil fuel companies, BlackRock is putting the planet on a path towards runaway climate change. The campaign launches as world leaders in climate policy, solutions and finance gather in New York for Climate Week.

BASF recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and SDG Pioneer
BASF recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and SDG Pioneer

PRESS RELEASE - FLORHAM PARK, NJ, September 25, 2018 – BASF was recognized for its continuing involvement and commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and as an SDG Pioneer during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

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The UPS Foundation to Award $2.6 Million In Environmental Grants
The UPS Foundation to Award $2.6 Million In Environmental Grants

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA – The UPS Foundation, which leads global citizenship and philanthropy programs for

The Ocean Cleanup, Story of Stuff Set Their Sights on San Francisco's Marine Plastic Pollution
The Ocean Cleanup, Story of Stuff Set Their Sights on San Francisco's Marine Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization that made waves in 2015 with its grand plans and new approach to ridding the oceans of plastic, last weekend launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system from the San Francisco Bay. “System 001” headed to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup. System 001 is being towed from the San Francisco Bay by the vessel Maersk Launcher, which has been made available to the project by A.P.

Unilever and Walmart Announce Forest Sustainability Initiatives at the Global Climate Action Summit
Unilever and Walmart Announce Forest Sustainability Initiatives at the Global Climate Action Summit

PRESS RELEASE - Note: This article originally appeared in the 3BL Media Walmart newsroom on September 13, 2018.

EnviroLife by Sustana: A Sustainability Solution for Food Packaging
EnviroLife by Sustana: A Sustainability Solution for Food Packaging

PRESS RELEASE - Sustana promotes and applies sustainable manufacturing and business practices to deliver premium, eco-friendly recycled fibers to customers across North America. One example of this is the unique food packaging product EnviroLife. EnviroLife allows brands to reduce their environmental impact by using recycled fiber in direct-contact food packaging.

Procter & Gamble Earns Top Honors in Dow’s 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation
Procter & Gamble Earns Top Honors in Dow’s 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation

PRESS RELEASE - Today, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) announced the winners of the 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation, which recognizes the packaging industry’s top achievements in innovative packaging designs, materials, technologies and processes.

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Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials welcome PepsiCo to the NaturALL Bottle Alliance
Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials welcome PepsiCo to the NaturALL Bottle Alliance

PRESS RELEASE - The NaturALL Bottle Alliance is a research consortium formed in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and bio-based materials development company Origin Materials to accelerate the development of innovative packaging solutions made with 100% sustainable and renewable resources. Today it announced that PepsiCo, Inc. has joined the Alliance to advance the shared goal of creating beverage containers with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

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