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CVS Health, Target, Walmart Share Insights from Piloting Ideas to Move ‘Beyond the Plastic Bag’
CVS Health, Target, Walmart Share Insights from Piloting Ideas to Move ‘Beyond the Plastic Bag’

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - New report shares insights to guide retailers on effective reusable bag models — a key solution as regulations to reduce reliance on single-use plastic bags grow across the US.

Retailers and the Food Waste Fight: The Journey Continues
Retailers and the Food Waste Fight: The Journey Continues

WASTE NOT - Between new approaches to labeling, innovative coatings, redistribution and data-driven solutions, retailers across the Western world continue to fight the good fight against food waste.

Trending: Pangaia, Primark Expand Efforts to Turn Waste Textiles Into New Colors
Trending: Pangaia, Primark Expand Efforts to Turn Waste Textiles Into New Colors

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The latest in a growing wave of circular textile innovations, the materials-science company and the global retailer have both launched collections that turn waste materials into new, colored textiles that require no dyeing.

MiiR’s ‘Re:Claimed’ Program Gives Rejected Custom Products a Second Chance
MiiR’s ‘Re:Claimed’ Program Gives Rejected Custom Products a Second Chance

WASTE NOT - The design-focused drinkware company used existing production channels to find a new path to market for would-be-wasted units from its B2B program.

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About You, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Zalando Partner on Climate Action Platform for Fashion Brands
About You, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Zalando Partner on Climate Action Platform for Fashion Brands

SUPPLY CHAIN - In a unique industry collaboration, the three online retailers are launching a bespoke learning platform to support their brand partners in setting science-based emissions-reduction targets.

New eCommerce Platform Will Decrease Supply Chain Opacity, One Purchase at a Time
New eCommerce Platform Will Decrease Supply Chain Opacity, One Purchase at a Time

SUPPLY CHAIN - Neuterra enables consumers to make data-driven purchasing decisions and helps brands gain valuable insights on sustainability trends, with the goal of revealing the true cost of consumption and taking an intersectional approach to addressing the climate crisis.

What Makes a Resale Company Truly Sustainable?
What Makes a Resale Company Truly Sustainable?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the resale market for apparel alone estimated to grow to $77B billion by 2026, sustainability is sure to become an increasingly important factor for consumers to consider when debating where to sell and buy their used goods.

This Startup Is Determined to Provide ‘Plenty’ of Jobs and Leafy Greens All Year Round
This Startup Is Determined to Provide ‘Plenty’ of Jobs and Leafy Greens All Year Round

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - By teaming up with retail leader Walmart, San Francisco-based Plenty is set to supply California (for starters) with healthy, sustainable food at an affordable price, using only 1% of the land needed for traditional farming.

Brand-Led Culture Change: A Primer on the Holy Grail of Today’s Purpose-Driven Brands
Brand-Led Culture Change: A Primer on the Holy Grail of Today’s Purpose-Driven Brands

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - On day one of Brand-Led Culture Change, brands, retailers, trend watchers and behavioral and cultural design experts examined the role and power of consumer-facing companies to create the socially and environmentally prosperous world we want to live in.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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