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Beyond Burgers: Eating Insects Is Just One Small Part of Their Potential
Beyond Burgers: Eating Insects Is Just One Small Part of Their Potential

WASTE NOT - Asking Westerners “Would you eat bugs to save the planet?” makes for great headlines — but it only scratches the surface of how bugs can help solve global challenges. Essentially, insects such as black soldier flies are a quintessential addition to a circular economy.

Digital Disruption Paving the Way for More Collaborative, Transparent Waste Collection
Digital Disruption Paving the Way for More Collaborative, Transparent Waste Collection

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - In Dow's 'Looped In' series, sustainability experts across the company connect with other industry leaders to discuss circular initiatives and partnerships, and what we can learn from the results.

Unilever to Ditch Fossil Fuel-Based Ingredients for Computer-Designed Enzymes in Cleaning Products
Unilever to Ditch Fossil Fuel-Based Ingredients for Computer-Designed Enzymes in Cleaning Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A partnership with biotech company Arzeda will see the companies computer designing new enzymes with superior benefits to help clean up the cleaning industry.

LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions
LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The carbon-capture experts and the high-end yoga pants purveyor have developed a waste-gas-based polyester with the same appearance, properties and functionality of virgin polyester — a lower-carbon potential game-changer for the apparel industry.

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The Urban Sun: A Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel?
The Urban Sun: A Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Combining art, creativity, architecture and science, Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers, experts and scientists have found a radical way to clean public spaces of coronavirus — with light.

L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, Suntory Unveil World’s First Enzymatically Recycled Bottles
L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, Suntory Unveil World’s First Enzymatically Recycled Bottles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Food-grade sample bottles produced by a consortium of companies dedicated to the cause are using Carbios' breakthrough enzymatic recycling process.

GM Launches $60B 'Equitable Climate Action' Plan
GM Launches $60B 'Equitable Climate Action' Plan

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new, $25 billion climate-equity-focused philanthropic fund will complement GM's $35 billion investment in EV and AV programs globally through 2025.

Digital Payment Giants Join Forces to Nudge 1B Users into Climate Action
Digital Payment Giants Join Forces to Nudge 1B Users into Climate Action

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Mastercard, BBVA and Ant Group are among 12 global firms aiming to steer consumers toward behaviors that help support climate action and restore biodiversity around the world.

With Aggressive Expansion, Too Good to Go Doubles Down on Commitment to Address Food Waste
With Aggressive Expansion, Too Good to Go Doubles Down on Commitment to Address Food Waste

WASTE NOT - Beyond being the world’s largest business-to-consumer marketplace for surplus food, Too Good to Go is a movement. Not only does it offer a win-win-win solution for food, people and the planet — the company seeks to inspire and empower individuals around the world to take action against food waste.

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Aleph Farms’ 3D-Bioprinted, Cultivated Steak: A Sustainable Future for Meat Production?
Aleph Farms’ 3D-Bioprinted, Cultivated Steak: A Sustainable Future for Meat Production?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Innovators such as Aleph Farms could change the meat industry for good: Your steak can now be grown in a lab — offering the same texture and taste of a conventional steak, without the environmental and ethical consequences.

More Corporate Giants Join Forces to Improve, Scale Business Investments in Climate Solutions
More Corporate Giants Join Forces to Improve, Scale Business Investments in Climate Solutions

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Amazon, Disney, Google and Netflix are among the founding companies behind the Business Alliance for Scaling Climate Solutions (BASCS), to increase the scale and impact of business investment in climate solutions.

Are 3D-Printed Buildings the Sustainable Future of Construction?
Are 3D-Printed Buildings the Sustainable Future of Construction?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The construction industry must adopt technologies that increase productivity while mitigating the impact of our growing housing needs on the climate crisis. Mighty Buildings’ technology may be ‘one of the only in existence’ that could unlock the needed productivity alongside reduced emissions.

How to Empower the Next, Diverse Generation of Inventors
How to Empower the Next, Diverse Generation of Inventors

THE NEXT ECONOMY - For those who cultivate innovation and invention, it is our responsibility to provide opportunity for those historically marginalized. Our society must take the harsh realizations uncovered by the pandemic and use them to fuel ambition and drive, to ensure access and opportunity for every student.

2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances
2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year again, when Fast Company calls out its favorite World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of that we’re especially keen to keep an eye on.

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The Mountain Ahead: Surveying the Path to Carbon Negative
The Mountain Ahead: Surveying the Path to Carbon Negative

THE NEXT ECONOMY - We are at the very beginning of the most challenging leg of the climate journey; many companies have yet to commit to zeroing out their emissions. Still, a few at the cutting edge are responding to the call for a higher bar to be set and are staking their reputations on achieving it. 

Does Waste Have an Image Problem?
Does Waste Have an Image Problem?

WASTE NOT - For circularity to become mainstream, where nothing is wasted and everything is fed back into the system, it requires businesses to find value in resources already in circulation — and reframe how they perceive waste in the first place.

Rising to the Challenge: Meeting the World’s Demand for More Cotton While Using Less Land
Rising to the Challenge: Meeting the World’s Demand for More Cotton While Using Less Land

SUPPLY CHAIN - US cotton growers have long been stewards of the land. They continue to adapt and innovate to develop more cotton with the space they have. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol intends to build on this progress and create a smarter cotton future.

Bridging the Missing Link in Purposeful Business: How Women Are Addressing Sustainability, Equality
Bridging the Missing Link in Purposeful Business: How Women Are Addressing Sustainability, Equality

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Dow is committed to supporting women at every level of its business — so that, as doors open to the next generation of female leaders, so do new ideas for delivering sustainable solutions.

Microsoft, LinkedIn Expand Initiative to Enable More Inclusive, Skills-Based Tech Economy in US
Microsoft, LinkedIn Expand Initiative to Enable More Inclusive, Skills-Based Tech Economy in US

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The companies have launched a variety of new tools and services aimed at fostering a more inclusive tech workforce in the US, with a specific focus on women and underrepresented minorities.

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How AI Is Enabling Smarter, Scalable, Sustainable Water Solutions
How AI Is Enabling Smarter, Scalable, Sustainable Water Solutions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - What if artificial intelligence could be help solve some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, such as water access? That is what DataRobot is trying to enable through its AI For Good program.

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