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Garment Factories, Palm Oil Suppliers Mapped for End-to-End Traceability
Garment Factories, Palm Oil Suppliers Mapped for End-to-End Traceability

SUPPLY CHAIN - The team behind digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap has been busy. Their latest projects aim to bring a new level of transparency to two of the most notoriously difficult to track industries in the world: clothing and palm oil.

A Measure of Progress
A Measure of Progress

PRESS RELEASE - In Henry Ford’s day, there was no term for environmentalist. But he had a goal of zero waste to landfill, just as we do today, based on his belief that nothing should be wasted. Those values still hold true at Ford. Currently, conversation is underway on setting the near-term standards for fuel economy. It is a critical one for all of us who care about the environment and our customers, and we all need to work together to ensure there is a win on both fronts. Today, our planet faces increasing challenges, the implications of which are profound: greater congestion in cities, the rise of human population, climate change and all its implications. The cost of believing it is not real is just too high.

12 Asian Entrepreneurs Win $10K for Low-Carbon Mobility, Plastic Waste, Energy Ideas
12 Asian Entrepreneurs Win $10K for Low-Carbon Mobility, Plastic Waste, Energy Ideas

CLEANTECH - UN Environment has awarded seed funding to twelve young people with business ideas on how to foster energy-efficient, low-waste and low-carbon lifestyles. Each of the winners of the Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge will receive US$10,000 and mentorship to help bring their ideas to fruition.

Problem-Solvers Invited to Ideate, Prototype Blockchain Solutions for Social Good
Problem-Solvers Invited to Ideate, Prototype Blockchain Solutions for Social Good

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Does cryptography hold the key to solving global social and environmental challenges? It certainly holds promise for some. Blockchain has become a hot topic recently, thanks to its variety of potential applications across supply chains, marketing, and more.

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Closed Loop Fund Announces Historic Partnership on Funding for Recycling Infrastructure
Closed Loop Fund Announces Historic Partnership on Funding for Recycling Infrastructure

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Closed Loop Fund (CLF) today unveiled an historic statewide, public-private partnership targeting a $5 million investment in recycling infrastructure in Connecticut in 2018. This statewide program follows Closed Loop Fund’s successful investment in Waterbury, CT in 2017.

Cisco to Provide Destination: Home with $50 Million Over Five Years to Help End Homelessness in Santa Clara County
Cisco to Provide Destination: Home with $50 Million Over Five Years to Help End Homelessness in Santa Clara County

PRESS RELEASE - Desintaion: Home today announced that Cisco has committed $50 million over the next five years to help end homelessness in Santa Clara County. Destination: Home will utilize this significant partnership with Cisco to leverage existing public resources to build more housing for the most vulnerable residents, improve technology capacity across the homeless services sector, and invest in promising and evidence-based practices to most effectively help individuals and families in need of support and stability.

Middle School Students Are Saving Rainforests Using Old Smartphones
Middle School Students Are Saving Rainforests Using Old Smartphones

CLEANTECH - Hundreds of students from Los Angeles STEM programs will participate in one of the largest student-driven programs ever launched to protect the world’s rainforests. Rainforest Connection’s “Planet Guardians” program will guide middle schoolers in building solar-powered listening devices using old smartphones. These “Guardian” devices will be installed high in the trees of fragile rainforests to capture sounds of illegal logging and alerting forest rangers in real time.

Trending: New Circular Solutions for Polyester, Almonds Drive Textiles, Plastics Towards Zero Waste
Trending: New Circular Solutions for Polyester, Almonds Drive Textiles, Plastics Towards Zero Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The potential of a circular economy continues to unfold as new technologies are help transform everything from post-consumer textiles to almond shells into high-quality raw materials. CARBIOS, a pioneer in the field of bioplasturgy, has taken its enzymatic depolymerization process to the next level, rendering it applicable to PET polyester fibers from textile waste.

Trending: Climate-Smart Street Furniture, Infrastructure Helping Future-Fit Cities of Tomorrow
Trending: Climate-Smart Street Furniture, Infrastructure Helping Future-Fit Cities of Tomorrow

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - To usher cities towards a carbon-neutral future, local governments around the globe are hedging their bets on diesel and petrol vehicles bans. But eliminating fossil fueled mobility isn’t the only way to reduce emissions. Smart street furniture and innovative urban infrastructure are fast emerging as viable — and impactful — solutions to the CO2 problem.

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Circle Economy, eBay Launch Crowdsourcing Platform for Circular Solutions
Circle Economy, eBay Launch Crowdsourcing Platform for Circular Solutions

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Social enterprise Circle Economy is calling on the global community to participate in creating a visionary circular future. In hopes of solving some of “humanity’s biggest challenges,” the organization has launched a new online crowdsourcing platform with support from the eBay Foundation. The Circle Lab platform is intended to capture ideas, encourage collaboration, and help ensure that ideas get off the ground and are implemented.

Sustainable Brands Seeks Entrepreneurs for Startup Business Competition
Sustainable Brands Seeks Entrepreneurs for Startup Business Competition

PRESS RELEASE - Innovation Open calls for submissions from socially and environmentally conscious ventures to compete at SB’18 Vancouver SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2018 – Sustainable Brands® recently opened submissions for its internationally recognized startup business competition, the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO).

Fashion for Good Unveils 15 Startups Future-Fitting Fashion Industry
Fashion for Good Unveils 15 Startups Future-Fitting Fashion Industry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator has revealed the names of the 15 startups selected to participate in its third edition, which kicks off today.

Award-winning coating technology from BASF improves energy efficiency of vehicles
Award-winning coating technology from BASF improves energy efficiency of vehicles

PRESS RELEASE - BASF’s Coatings division has won the internationally coveted iF Design Award in the category “Automobiles/Vehicles” for its functional paint technology for passive temperature management. The jury of the iF Design Award honored the specific properties of the paint system and its design potential for mobility of the future – a successful combination of functionality and design. The prize was presented during the iF Design Award Night at “BMW Welt” in Munich.

Nike Seeks Material Recovery, Design Ideas with ‘Limitless Potential’
Nike Seeks Material Recovery, Design Ideas with ‘Limitless Potential’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Nike is calling for innovation proposals to help advance its product sustainability. The Nike Circular Innovation Challenge consists of two distinct but connected calls that invite entrants to develop new technologies to advance footwear recycling or create new products using Nike Grind materials. The best proposals will win thousands in cash awards.

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H&M Names 5 Sustainable Startups That Could Change the Face of Fashion
H&M Names 5 Sustainable Startups That Could Change the Face of Fashion

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Fast fashion giant H&M has named the five winners of its latest Global Change Award, who are harnessing the power of technology to rein in the fashion industry’s extensive environmental and social impacts. This year’s winners include dissolvable thread, sustainable algae-based dye and clothes made from mushroom roots.

Dell’s ‘Closed-Loop’ Jewellery a Circular Economy Success, But a Drop in the Sustainability Bucket
Dell’s ‘Closed-Loop’ Jewellery a Circular Economy Success, But a Drop in the Sustainability Bucket

WASTE NOT - Earlier this year, tech giant Dell announced an innovative partnership with actress Nikki Reed’s jewellery company, Bayou with Love, which spawned a new line of fine jewellery made using recycled gold from the motherboards of end-of-life Dell computers. The juxtaposition of fine, intricate jewels with old computers has driven media interest and raised the issue and importance of sustainability within the tech sector. ‘The Circular Collection’ has been positioned as an example of circular economy success, but how deep does this move go?

Cisco and Portugal’s Government Announce Collaboration to Accelerate Country Digitization
Cisco and Portugal’s Government Announce Collaboration to Accelerate Country Digitization

PRESS RELEASE - The Government of Portugal and Cisco signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate country digitization. The signing followed a meeting yesterday between Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa, Cisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins, and Sofia Tenreiro, General Manager of Cisco Portugal. Over the next two years, Portugal and Cisco will cooperate to capture opportunities presented by a digital economy, with the aim to positively impact economic growth, education, innovation, and competitiveness as well as social inclusion and quality of life.

Trending: Urban Farming, Insects Emerging as Cornerstones of Sustainable Food Future
Trending: Urban Farming, Insects Emerging as Cornerstones of Sustainable Food Future

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the world population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, 70 percent more food will be needed, making sustainable food and agricultural solutions an imperative. Urban farming and alternative proteins are emerging as viable and intelligent approaches to meet growing nutritional demands with minimal environmental impacts.

Trending: Int'l Women's Day Spawns Host of Social Impact Partnerships, Films, Campaigns
Trending: Int'l Women's Day Spawns Host of Social Impact Partnerships, Films, Campaigns

MARKETING AND COMMS - At a moment when the world is beginning to more fully acknowledge the power and voice of women, big name brands and organizations are using their influence — and some creative marketing — to shed light on issues such as the gender pay gap and the lack of opportunities for women in STEM.

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Trending: The Future of Mobility Is Circular
Trending: The Future of Mobility Is Circular

WASTE NOT - Discussion around the future of mobility is dominated by discourse around the shift away from fossil fuels, but this is only one small part of a more complex conversation. Even clean energy vehicles have impacts on environmental and human health. China’s industry ministry, General Motors and Goodyear are taking these often-overlooked impacts into account by focusing on waste recovery and prevention approaches that seek to establish closed-loop systems.

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