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Recurate’s Inaugural Resale Report Highlights Goldmine in Brand-Owned Recommerce
Recurate’s Inaugural Resale Report Highlights Goldmine in Brand-Owned Recommerce

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Many brands that offer pre-owned merchandise through their own retail channels initially do it for sustainability reasons — to keep useful products out of landfills. While that is an important benefit of recommerce, thinking of it only in those terms is overlooking major business opportunities.

New Research Highlights the Importance of Evolving Wildlife Tourism Policies
New Research Highlights the Importance of Evolving Wildlife Tourism Policies

WALKING THE TALK - Recent findings and the popularity of wildlife tourism show that tour operators should have an animal welfare policy in place alongside other social responsibility protocols that should evolve as new information becomes available. Travel companies needing to develop or update such a policy can begin with the tips below.

New Vertical Aquaculture Technology Offers Sustainable, Profitable, Globally Scalable Protein Source
New Vertical Aquaculture Technology Offers Sustainable, Profitable, Globally Scalable Protein Source

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Housed in cargo containers, Atarraya’s ‘plug-and-play,’ AI-powered Shrimpbox delivers up to 10x the ROI of traditional poultry or swine farming, creating new opportunities for farmers — even in landlocked, highly populated areas.

Alaska Airlines Aiming to Advance Low-Carbon Aviation Through Corporate Partnerships, Shared Learning
Alaska Airlines Aiming to Advance Low-Carbon Aviation Through Corporate Partnerships, Shared Learning

CLEANTECH - New program expands first-in-the-US agreement with corporate partners to reduce business travel emissions through sustainable aviation fuels.

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Just Capital Highlights 100 Companies Advancing Racial Equity, Opportunity for Workers and Communities
Just Capital Highlights 100 Companies Advancing Racial Equity, Opportunity for Workers and Communities

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Companies cannot afford to ignore racial equity or neglect cultivating inclusive opportunity and mobility; their shareholders, employees, communities and customers are all paying attention to how they bring their commitments to life through action.

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.

How the Sustainability Journey Can Be a Powerful Tool for Change
How the Sustainability Journey Can Be a Powerful Tool for Change

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - At a recent Sustainable Brands virtual event, leaders from the CPG, restaurant and IT industries highlighted how they sold important ideas and ambitions around impact and responsibility internally, and how that translates to external success.

Aqua Cultured Foods Aims to Eradicate Overfishing with Sushi That Isn’t Sushi
Aqua Cultured Foods Aims to Eradicate Overfishing with Sushi That Isn’t Sushi

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Despite over 80% of the world’s fish stocks being fully exploited or overexploited, global seafood demand is expected to jump another 30% by 2030. Aqua Cultured aims to deliver affordable, nutritious seafood alternatives to allow our oceans to recover.

World’s First Robotic Beekeeper on Mission to Repopulate and Protect Global Honeybee Populations
World’s First Robotic Beekeeper on Mission to Repopulate and Protect Global Honeybee Populations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Israeli startup Beewise is reinventing beekeeping through AI technology and automation, and significantly improving pollination and honey yields with its smart, networked hives.

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Report: An Asset Mindset Is Needed to Make a Circular Economy a Reality
Report: An Asset Mindset Is Needed to Make a Circular Economy a Reality

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Latest research from Planet Tracker proposes a practical business solution to the problem of plastic waste, whereby packaging is treated as an asset to be returned, rather than a liability to be tossed.

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.

4 Things We Must Get Right to Truly Transform the US Agriculture System
4 Things We Must Get Right to Truly Transform the US Agriculture System

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As regenerative ag gains momentum in the US, how do we ensure that the transition of the food system materializes in a way that supports equitable economic prosperity while allowing people and planet to flourish long term? Here are four areas where today’s decisions will shape US agriculture’s future trajectory.

Conquering the Last Frontier of the Climate Emergency: Your Screen
Conquering the Last Frontier of the Climate Emergency: Your Screen

CLEANTECH - As creators of our digital world, we have a powerful role to play. We must consciously reinvent web design to radically reduce the polluting impacts of our sites and apps. We must use our talents to rethink how we build websites, reduce wastage and save energy — or else, we’re complicit.

Could This Upcycled Sugar Company Help Solve the Obesity and Biodiversity Crises?
Could This Upcycled Sugar Company Help Solve the Obesity and Biodiversity Crises?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Supplant breaks down typically wasted agricultural fiber into its signature product, Sugars from Fiber — an entirely new category of sugars, which performs like sugar in the kitchen while retaining the nutritional properties of fiber, and mitigating the impacts of one of the world’s most environmentally destructive crops.

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The Problem with Plastic-Free July
The Problem with Plastic-Free July

WASTE NOT - The problems we’re facing aren’t going to be solved by forgoing plastic straws. Yes, every small action makes a difference; but these actions need to be a piece of a greater puzzle in which every council, government, company and community is building towards better waste management overall.

Sompo Holdings: Promoting Sustainable Management That Emphasizes Diversity & Inclusion
Sompo Holdings: Promoting Sustainable Management That Emphasizes Diversity & Inclusion

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Against the backdrop of transforming the company's 130-year-old corporate culture and working toward the implementation of Purpose, we talked with Group Chief Sustainability Officer Ryoko Shimokawa about her vision for sustainable management.

With a Sustainability Strategy Fully Embedded, How Do You Maintain Momentum to Reach Your Goals?
With a Sustainability Strategy Fully Embedded, How Do You Maintain Momentum to Reach Your Goals?

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - “We’ve been working on design for recyclability for years now. But the next step is to make packaging fully recyclable and then collect the packaging to recycle it into new products. We’re very close to creating a low-carbon, circular economy.” — Han Zhang

ISS National Lab, Estée Lauder Choose 2 Potential Plastic Pollution Solutions to Launch into Space
ISS National Lab, Estée Lauder Choose 2 Potential Plastic Pollution Solutions to Launch into Space

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Beyond Plastics Challenge aims to address the plastics dilemma on Earth through the design and production of solutions aided by access to space. The two winning concepts will be able to conduct research in the International Space Station’s unique, weightless environment.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute: Pushing a Safe and Just Circular Economy Into the Mainstream
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute: Pushing a Safe and Just Circular Economy Into the Mainstream

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As part of Shaw’s sustain[HUMAN]ability® Leadership Recognition Program, VP of Global Sustainability and Innovation Kellie Ballew recently spoke with C2CPII President and CEO Dr. Christina Raab about the evolving, interconnected nature of sustainability and the Institute’s work.

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Why Higher Commodity Prices Hurt Smallholder Farmers — and What Can Be Done to Help
Why Higher Commodity Prices Hurt Smallholder Farmers — and What Can Be Done to Help

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - By investing in SMEs in developing countries, we aim to help them enhance their businesses for the benefit of smallholders — proving they are credible to the local banking sector along the way. Ultimately, our core purpose is to tilt the economic balance back toward smallholders; so they can make a decent living in normal times and survive inevitable price shocks.

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