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Bold Climate Action Could Deliver US$26T by 2030, But Only If We Hurry
Bold Climate Action Could Deliver US$26T by 2030, But Only If We Hurry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A major report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that we are significantly underestimating the benefits of cleaner, climate-smart growth. Bold climate action could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits through to 2030, compared with business as usual.

Efficient Water Usage in Recycled Fiber Production
Efficient Water Usage in Recycled Fiber Production

PRESS RELEASE - A Q&A with Phil Nysse, Production Superintendent at Sustana’s Fox River Fiber Mill

Boothster proud to work with the Boy Scouts of America on their latest sustainable tradeshow booth design
Boothster proud to work with the Boy Scouts of America on their latest sustainable tradeshow booth design

PRESS RELEASE - The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character.

Shaw’s Latest Sustainability Report Highlights Commitment to Product Stewardship and Human Health
Shaw’s Latest Sustainability Report Highlights Commitment to Product Stewardship and Human Health

PRESS RELEASE - Dalton, Ga. – August 30, 2018 – The 2017 sustainability report released today by Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) focuses on the company’s continued efforts to “Create a Better Future” through a focus on safe, sustainable products and operations that contribute to healthier environments and preservation of natural resources. “2017 was a positive year for Shaw, as we continued to accelerate the evolution of our company,” said Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO, Shaw Industries. “As we continue to grow and work to ensure that our people thrive and our processes evolve, Shaw’s dedication to Cradle to Cradle design philosophies is unwavering and a guidepost for both human and environmental health considerations.”

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Plastics’ Effect on Waste: The Answer Might Surprise You
Plastics’ Effect on Waste: The Answer Might Surprise You

WASTE NOT - The latest plastic product to come under fire is plastic straws. Before that, it was bags; and before that, foam foodservice items. Have you ever stopped to ask, why do we use so much plastic, especially plastic packaging? The answer depends on the type of packaging, but one of the overriding answers is that plastic is more resource efficient than its competing materials. In other words, it takes less energy (a key resource) to do the job.

Fashion for Good, Partnership for Sustainable Textiles Take Shape with Museum, Roadmaps
Fashion for Good, Partnership for Sustainable Textiles Take Shape with Museum, Roadmaps

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - 60 members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have revealed concrete action plans to ensure humane working conditions, greater environmental protection and fair wages in their own companies and in their suppliers’ production facilities. The Partnership — a multi-stakeholder coalition made up of companies, associations, NGOs, trade unions, standards organisations and the Federal German Government, formed in 2014 with the aim of making improvements along the entire textile supply chain —considers this a major step forward, as it means that many members agree on revealing even sensible information for the first time.

How Ranchers Are Getting by with Less Water Across the West
How Ranchers Are Getting by with Less Water Across the West

WALKING THE TALK - In the summer, all we talk about is rain. Walk into a diner or a barn, or just run into someone at the store, and the first question anyone asks — even before “How are you?” — is, “Did you get any rain?” It’s the same in New Mexico as in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and California. Everyone is concerned because, as ranchers, we know the health of our cattle depends on the amount of water that falls out of the sky. And this year, it hasn’t been a lot.

Braskem launches new renewable resin in Allbirds shoes
Braskem launches new renewable resin in Allbirds shoes

PRESS RELEASE - Braskem launches new renewable resin in Allbirds shoes Made from sugarcane, the new product is the first with its characteristics to be made from a renewable resource and should supply the footwear, automotive, flexible packaging industries, as well as others

Eastman Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report
Eastman Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report

PRESS RELEASE - Eastman today announces the release of its 2018 sustainability report, Changing the trajectory. Building on the company’s progress, the report provides a review of Eastman’s sustainability strategy and goals as well as highlights from the past year. The interactive report is available online at www.eastman.com/sustainability.

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New Research Calls for Less Talk, More Action to #MoveTheDate
New Research Calls for Less Talk, More Action to #MoveTheDate

WALKING THE TALK - Today, August 1, marks our earliest yet Earth Overshoot Day — the day humanity has used nature’s resource budget for the year — since its establishment in 1987. Despite increasing awareness of our planetary boundaries and social thresholds, we’ve not only not managed to reverse it, we’re making it worse.

The Recycling Partnership and the PepsiCo Foundation Launch All In On Recycling Challenge
The Recycling Partnership and the PepsiCo Foundation Launch All In On Recycling Challenge

PRESS RELEASE - The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of one of the world's leading food and beverage companies, and national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership today announced the launch of "All In On Recycling," the largest ever industry-wide residential recycling challenge to make recycling easier for 25 million families across the country – providing them with the resources they need to recycle more and recycle better.

Paper Calculator v4 Continues to Drive Sustainable Use, Purchasing
Paper Calculator v4 Continues to Drive Sustainable Use, Purchasing

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - From packaging to copy paper and tissue, global paper consumption is steadily increasing. Reducing paper’s impacts on the planet is critical, but only what’s measured is managed. Previous tools to help quantify paper’s environmental performance have had limited data quality, scope and accessibility.

Swarovski, UCLA Shine Light on Water Protection, Education in New Documentary
Swarovski, UCLA Shine Light on Water Protection, Education in New Documentary

MARKETING AND COMMS - A new film, WATERSCHOOL, takes viewers on a journey with several young female students who live along six of the world’s major rivers — the Amazon, Mississippi, Danube, Nile, Ganges and Yangtze — to shine a light on the importance of safeguarding the continued supply of fresh water and the work of the Swarovski Waterschool education and community investment progra

Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge Seeks Ways to Use Voice to Make a Positive Impact
Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge Seeks Ways to Use Voice to Make a Positive Impact

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Amazon has launched a new challenge to reward developers of Alexa skills that have a positive impact on the environment, local communities and the world.

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RSPO Reinstates Nestlé’s Membership
RSPO Reinstates Nestlé’s Membership

PRESS RELEASE - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) today reinstated Nestlé S.A.’s membership following the submission of its time-bound action plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023. Effective Monday, July 16, 2018, Nestlé's certificates and membership status will be reinstated. RSPO and Nestlé share the vision of transforming the palm oil industry for a sustainable future. They also believe that achieving this requires the entire industry to work towards greater transparency, inclusiveness, direct supply chain engagement and capacity building throughout the supply chain.

Cities, Countries, Companies to Automakers: You Have the Keys to a Zero-Emissions Future
Cities, Countries, Companies to Automakers: You Have the Keys to a Zero-Emissions Future

COLLABORATION - States, regions, cities and international business are uniting to use their purchasing and policy influence to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) around the world through a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Challenge, launched today.

Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining
Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining

SUPPLY CHAIN - Led by leading companies Anglo American, ArcelorMittal, Microsoft and Tiffany & Co — and after a full decade of consultation among large numbers of stakeholders from the mining industry, organized labor, nonprofits, impacted communities and businesses — a global Standard for Responsible Mining was released today.

Jellyfish, Eyelids Among Inspiration for 8 Winners of 2018 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge
Jellyfish, Eyelids Among Inspiration for 8 Winners of 2018 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - From soil erosion solutions that draw inspiration from natural tide pools and a kingfisher’s eyelid, to technologies that use protection methods developed by plants, the winners of this year’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge present some truly creative solutions inspired by nature.

Over 90 Startups to Compete in Urban Drinking Water Scarcity Challenge
Over 90 Startups to Compete in Urban Drinking Water Scarcity Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 calls for universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, but the planet’s growing population is a major challenge in the way of achieving it. The UN predicts a 40 percent shortfall in global water supply by 2030. Meanwhile, about 54 percent of the world population currently lives in urban areas and the UN forecasts that percentage will grow to 66 percent by 2050.

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How Brands Can Bee of Help in Protecting Pollinators
How Brands Can Bee of Help in Protecting Pollinators

COLLABORATION - This week, National Pollinator Week, marks an important time to not only celebrate the role honey bees play in the sustainability of our food system, but also to spur action that can support the health of these pollinators. While everyone can play a part in maintaining bee health, collective action is the key to safeguarding the 35 percent of the world’s crops that rely on pollinators to some degree.

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