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Member Spotlight: Want to increase happiness among teens? Mike Pepperman from LGE is ready to collaborate.
Member Spotlight: Want to increase happiness among teens? Mike Pepperman from LGE is ready to collaborate.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - We recently spoke with Mike Pepperman, corporate social responsibility and community relations manager at LG Electronics, about why he’s so inspired by LGE’s work supporting sustainable happiness for youth. Keep reading to understand the impact of this work and how it also supports LGE’s business value. Does your work relate to the science of happiness? If so, get in touch with Mike to drive even greater impact.

World's First Search Engine for Clean Drinking Water Also Fights Plastic Bottle Pollution
World's First Search Engine for Clean Drinking Water Also Fights Plastic Bottle Pollution

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Consumers report that the prevailing reason why they buy bottled water is "convenience." Anyone can search online for the nearest gas station, coffee shop or nail salon, but when it comes to thirst, what options does one have? Open Google Maps and search “water fountain” — or ask Siri or Alexa, “Where can I fill up my water bottle?” No one has ever indexed the locations and prices of clean water around the world ... until now.

ExxonMobil and BASF Corporation demonstrate new solvent to decrease sulfur emissions
ExxonMobil and BASF Corporation demonstrate new solvent to decrease sulfur emissions

PRESS RELEASE - HOUSTON, TX –  ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC and  BASF Corporation are conducting a full scale commercial demonstration of a new gas treating solvent at Imperial Oil’s Sarnia Refinery.

HP, IKEA Join Group Developing Global Supply Chain for Ocean-Bound Plastics
HP, IKEA Join Group Developing Global Supply Chain for Ocean-Bound Plastics

WASTE NOT - Today, NextWave Plastics — a collaborative, open-source initiative convening leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains — announced that HP Inc. and IKEA are joining its global consortium. The addition of HP and IKEA marks 10 companies collaborating to “turn off the tap” of plastic entering the ocean.

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Activating Community: How Box Inspired Real-Time Digital Social Impact
Activating Community: How Box Inspired Real-Time Digital Social Impact

MARKETING AND COMMS - How do you get a community to take immediate social action when you have just a handful of minutes onstage? This question doesn’t get asked often — or sound plausible — because most organizations have created an imaginary line between things that happen in ‘real life’ and things that happen in ‘digital life.’ At conferences, keynote speakers make their pitch for social action and hope, against the odds, that attendees will remember to donate to causes or email their lawmakers later.

Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy's dirty diapers
Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy's dirty diapers

PRESS RELEASE - A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing. More than 20 million tonnes of disposable diapers are burned or dumped in landfills globally every year - a major environmental problem since their use became widespread in the 1960s and 1970s. Part of the problem is that collecting, cleaning and breaking diapers into their component parts - plastic, cellulose and super absorbent polymer - is tricky and expensive. The other issue is that no-one has been able to establish a market for the recycled output, dooming previous commercial efforts to failure.

Closed Loop Fund Launches FlexPack Recovery Challenge, Gets $10M Infusion from Amazon
Closed Loop Fund Launches FlexPack Recovery Challenge, Gets $10M Infusion from Amazon

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Amazon today announced that it will invest $10 million in Closed Loop Fund to support recycling infrastructure in the United States. The investment will increase the availability of curbside recycling for 3 million homes in communities across the country, making it easier for customers to recycle and further develop end markets for recycled commodities. The investment will divert 1 million tons of recyclable material from landfill into the recycling stream and eliminate the equivalent of 2 million metric tons of CO2 by 2028 — equivalent to shutting down a coal-fired power plant for six months.

Small Dose, Big Clean: Seventh Generation Reinvents the Liquid Laundry Bottle Using 60% Less Plastic, 50% Less Water and a Super Convenient Dosing Technology
Small Dose, Big Clean: Seventh Generation Reinvents the Liquid Laundry Bottle Using 60% Less Plastic, 50% Less Water and a Super Convenient Dosing Technology

PRESS RELEASE - Seventh Generation, a leading household and personal care products company and pioneer in the eco-friendly products space, has announced the launch of a new laundry detergent in an effort to modernize the liquid laundry category and drive unnecessary plastic and water waste out of the industry.

PepsiCo and Loop Industries Sign Multi-Year Supply Agreement for Loop Branded 100% Sustainable Plastic
PepsiCo and Loop Industries Sign Multi-Year Supply Agreement for Loop Branded 100% Sustainable Plastic

PRESS RELEASE - Loop Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOOP), a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic and PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) today announced that they have entered into a multi-year supply agreement that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity from Loop’s joint venture facility in the United States and incorporate Loop™ PET plastic, which is 100% recycled material, into its product packaging by early 2020.

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Member Spotlight: Ann Starodaj of Optoro connects the dots on transforming retail waste, attracting top talent and achieving professional fulfillment
Member Spotlight: Ann Starodaj of Optoro connects the dots on transforming retail waste, attracting top talent and achieving professional fulfillment

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - Ann Starodaj (@AnnStarodaj), director of sustainability at Optoro, spoke with us recently to discuss her passion for promoting sustainable consumption, how Optoro’s software solutions enable this for clients, and how leveraging a strong appetite within the business to measure product impact is helping her expand the sustainability team. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiring army of changemakers Ann is seeing in the marketplace, her desire to collaborate with members on reverse logistics, and the insights she gained as a pastry chef before diving head long into sustainability.

Trending: Scottish Ale, 3D Printing Filament Among Latest Food Waste Innovations
Trending: Scottish Ale, 3D Printing Filament Among Latest Food Waste Innovations

WASTE NOT - A Canadian startup called Genecis, formed by a group of graduates from the University of Toronto Scarborough, is upcycling food waste into biodegradable plastics, which can then be used in everything from 3D printing filament to packaging.

Dow Names Commercial Leaders to Address Global Recycling Challenges
Dow Names Commercial Leaders to Address Global Recycling Challenges

PRESS RELEASE - Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, today announced the creation of two new senior leadership roles charged with addressing global plastics recycling and waste management challenges. Tim Boven, previously Dow’s global integrated supply chain director for Hydrocarbons, is the new recycling commercial director for Latin America and North America. Carsten Larsen, formerly Dow Industrial Solutions’ commercial director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, will serve as recycling commercial director for EMEA & APAC.

EVRYTHNG, CPG Brands Partner to Take Consumer Guesswork Out of Recycling
EVRYTHNG, CPG Brands Partner to Take Consumer Guesswork Out of Recycling

THE NEXT ECONOMY - EVRYTHNG — the IoT platform that makes every consumer product intelligent, interactive and trackable — is now powering a first-of-its-kind recycling scheme providing CPG brands and retailers with vital insights to consumer recycling habits and behaviors.

How AI, Machine Learning Are Solving Global Problems
How AI, Machine Learning Are Solving Global Problems

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Although developments in the field of artificial intelligence began around the 1950s, its capacities have significantly increased in the recent years. Owing to factors such as the development of faster computers, availability of open-source software and the access to vast amounts of computational data, AI has now branched into machine learning (ML), probabilistic predictions, chaos theory and evolutionary computation. Investing in artificial intelligence courses, therefore, prepares people to undertake not just one, but many AI applications.

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ACCA Outlines 12 Characteristics Essential to Future Business Model Innovation
ACCA Outlines 12 Characteristics Essential to Future Business Model Innovation

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new report published this week by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) identifies 12 characteristics behind business model design, that are being combined by organizations around the world in different ways to create new sources of value.

Carrefour, J&J Among Top Honorees at 3rd Annual D&AD Impact Awards
Carrefour, J&J Among Top Honorees at 3rd Annual D&AD Impact Awards

MARKETING AND COMMS - Leading figures from the worlds of business, advertising, design and philanthropy gathered in New York City this week to honor the best in creative work creating a real social impact at the third annual D&AD Impact Awards. D&AD Impact celebrates creative campaigns that contribute towards a better and more sustainable future. In total, 76 D&AD Impact Pencils were awarded to campaigns, projects and products addressing some of the most pressing issues in the world today.

Trending: Wood Pulp, Kelp Shaping New Crop of Plant-Based Textiles
Trending: Wood Pulp, Kelp Shaping New Crop of Plant-Based Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While it might be cliche to say that plant-based fabrics are the latest trend in fashion, the recent emergence of luxury textiles made from everything from kapok tree fibers, apples, orange waste and coffee grounds, to a vegan wool alternative made from hemp and coconut fibers suggests these innovations are more than a seasonal blip.

Making National Parks 'Smart' Could Be Key to Their Sustainability
Making National Parks 'Smart' Could Be Key to Their Sustainability

COLLABORATION - More and more studies suggest that time spent outdoors can help foster our mental and physical development and wellbeing. Unfortunately, maintaining green spaces such as urban and national parks is not always an easy task. Maintenance can be particularly challenging for national park authorities, who often need to keep watch over hundreds of miles of wild terrain.

Nespresso Pilots Weather Index Insurance Program for Colombian Smallholder Coffee Farmers
Nespresso Pilots Weather Index Insurance Program for Colombian Smallholder Coffee Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Nespresso has partnered with Blue Marble Microinsurance — a startup with the mission of providing socially impactful, commercially viable insurance protection to the underserved and incorporated by nine insurance entities — to launch a pilot weather index insurance program for smallholder coffee farmers in Colombia.

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Global Practitioners Gather to Compare Notes on Redesigning the #GoodLife
Global Practitioners Gather to Compare Notes on Redesigning the #GoodLife

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Last year, the Sustainable Brands community gathered around the world throughout the year to share insights on how they – and their customers – were “redefining the good life.” This year, the conversation has progressed from the ‘what’ to the ‘how’ of designing the sustainable future in which we all want to live.

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