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eBay Releases Methodology for Calculating Environmental, Financial Benefits of Recommerce
eBay Releases Methodology for Calculating Environmental, Financial Benefits of Recommerce

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The resale giant says the information allows consumers to make meaningful decisions about what used or refurbished products to purchase, by understanding how the positive environmental impact from purchases are calculated.

Tesco, WWF Tapping Sustainable Food Startups to Fast-Track Supply Chain Innovations
Tesco, WWF Tapping Sustainable Food Startups to Fast-Track Supply Chain Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Innovation Connections accelerator program aims to fast-track vital food system innovations; Tesco is also calling on the UK government to help accelerate scale-up of late-stage innovations in food supply chains.

eBay UK’s ‘Imperfects’ Marketplace Gives Flawed Fashion Items a Second Chance
eBay UK’s ‘Imperfects’ Marketplace Gives Flawed Fashion Items a Second Chance

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The platform features items from over 100 high-street and high-end designers at up to 60% off. All items are considered new, but feature minor defects that would prevent brands from selling them in stores at full retail prices.

How Digital Technology Is Supporting a Circular Future for eCommerce
How Digital Technology Is Supporting a Circular Future for eCommerce

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More and more ecommerce companies are considering how a circular approach, with the support of digital technology, can reduce their footprint and help consumers do the same.

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Thought-Provoking Campaigns Urge Consumers to Take More Conscious Approach to Shopping
Thought-Provoking Campaigns Urge Consumers to Take More Conscious Approach to Shopping

MARKETING AND COMMS - This week, Sendle and Allbirds launched creative for Earth Week that remind consumers of the vast environmental costs of our addiction to instant-gratification retail and shipping.

Without Ukrainian Sunflower Oil, Iceland Foods Forced to Put Practicality Over Sustainability
Without Ukrainian Sunflower Oil, Iceland Foods Forced to Put Practicality Over Sustainability

SUPPLY CHAIN - Thanks to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the British grocery chain has been cut off from its supply of sunflower oil; the company says it must temporarily revert to using palm oil, which it eliminated from its products in 2018.

How Amazon Is Making Sustainable Shopping Easier
How Amazon Is Making Sustainable Shopping Easier

MARKETING AND COMMS - Since 2020, Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly program has helped customers discover and shop for more sustainable products. We asked Amazon's Adam Werbach how the program began, what the company has learned, and his vision for the program’s future.

New Target Collection Answers Increased Consumer Demand for Products That Reduce Waste
New Target Collection Answers Increased Consumer Demand for Products That Reduce Waste

MARKETING AND COMMS - The ‘Target Zero’ collection features products and packaging designed to be refillable, reusable or compostable; made from recycled content; or made from materials that reduce the use of plastic.

Lidl, Swiss Scientists Developing Circular Food-Preservation Solution
Lidl, Swiss Scientists Developing Circular Food-Preservation Solution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - New cellulosic bio-coating for fresh produce greatly reduces both packaging and food waste by coating the produce with, well, produce.

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How Brands and Retailers Can Collaborate to Activate Sustainability, Drive Growth
How Brands and Retailers Can Collaborate to Activate Sustainability, Drive Growth

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Why are so few brands and retailers partnering to communicate their sustainability attributes at the moment of truth — when shoppers are in the right mindset to buy? A new guidebook offers 10 guiding principles and many inspirational examples to help guide brands and retailers through the process.

Transforming Plastic Waste into Asphalt: Paving the Way for Sustainable Roads
Transforming Plastic Waste into Asphalt: Paving the Way for Sustainable Roads

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - In order for truly sustainable and circular systems to be realized, every facet of normal life must be re-considered — from the cars we drive to the roads we drive them on.

Conscientious Consumption: The SB 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Conscientious Consumption: The SB 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

WALKING THE TALK - With no end in sight to the pandemic and its many ripple effects, we can all use a little bit of brightness in our lives! So, here are some of the many companies, platforms and products aligned with a more intentional approach to consumption, that we’d be happy to support anytime.

Composting Consortium Aims to Advance Recovery of Compostable Packaging, Food Scraps
Composting Consortium Aims to Advance Recovery of Compostable Packaging, Food Scraps

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The new Consortium — which includes Closed Loop Partners, PepsiCo, the NextGen Consortium, the US Plastics Pact and other value chain players — aims to pilot industry-wide solutions and map tech and infrastructure investment to advance the circularity of compostable packaging in the US.

P&G, Walmart Collaborate on Interactive Experience to Help Guide Better Purchases, Habits
P&G, Walmart Collaborate on Interactive Experience to Help Guide Better Purchases, Habits

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The two companies have teamed up to develop an interactive, educational and entertaining experience designed to educate families on how they can conserve resources in their homes with a few simple changes.

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Circularity Doesn't Need to Be Overwhelming: 3 Ways Retailers Can Close Loops in eCommerce
Circularity Doesn't Need to Be Overwhelming: 3 Ways Retailers Can Close Loops in eCommerce

THE NEXT ECONOMY - For retailers, the logistical challenges of returns are overwhelming. Without circularity in operations, returned items often end up in landfills. But retailers can take small, immediate steps to set themselves up for becoming more circular — and more successful.

Loop Expands Into Brick-and-Mortar Stores Worldwide
Loop Expands Into Brick-and-Mortar Stores Worldwide

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The reusable packaging platform’s transition from ecommerce to in-store marks the conclusion of its hugely successful pilot and the beginning of Loop’s next phase of growth, which will see it available in-store across five countries and on four continents.

Nestlé Professional, WRI Expand Cool Food Meals to Foodservice Locations Across the US
Nestlé Professional, WRI Expand Cool Food Meals to Foodservice Locations Across the US

MARKETING AND COMMS - New partnership enables foodservice operators to easily guide diners toward climate-friendly food choices. Nestlé Professional Cool Food Meals will incorporate plant-based proteins from Sweet Earth Foods, which will be carbon neutral by 2025.

New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail
New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As circular business models continue to increase in popularity, Chairish’s report finds the resale furniture industry projected to grow by 54% over the next five years; two-thirds of consumers surveyed think resale will play a significant role in the future of sustainability.

How eCommerce Can Reduce Both Shoe Returns and Their Environmental Effects
How eCommerce Can Reduce Both Shoe Returns and Their Environmental Effects

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Retailers and brands that view themselves as leaders in a customer's online shopping journey, and want to keep their trust in sustainability initiatives, need to solve the root of the return culture problem: Fit. Sizeable advancements in AI and machine learning have put the perfect fit in the hands of everyone.

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IKEA Brings Circular Model Stateside with Pilot of Buy Back & Resell Service
IKEA Brings Circular Model Stateside with Pilot of Buy Back & Resell Service

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The retailer is piloting the service, which helps customers prolong the life of their furniture, at IKEA Conshohocken for a limited time — with a goal of expanding it to all of its US stores in the future.

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