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Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant
Honeywell Scales Up Production of Low-GHG Propellant, Insulating Agent and Refrigerant

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Honeywell has announced that it has started full-scale commercial production of a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) material used as an aerosol propellant, insulating agent and refrigerant.The diversified technology and manufacturing company says the material, known by the industry designation HFO-1234ze and marketed by Honeywell under its Solstice® line of low-global-warming materials, is being produced at the Honeywell Fluorine Products facility in Baton Rouge, La.

What Should Uber Do?
What Should Uber Do?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Uber seems to be under fire from all directions. The ride-sharing service is being blocked by some cities and entire nations, dealing with accusations of a driver having sexually assaulted a passenger, addressing a story by a reporter who felt threatened when a company executive suggested they try to squash negative coverage, receiving criticisms over surge pricing during the recent incident in Sydney, and being sued for allegedly making false claims about the safety of its service. You’d be right for wondering if Uber might fall even faster than it rose.

CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Top Environmental Consulting Firms Ranking
CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Top Environmental Consulting Firms Ranking

LEADERSHIP - CH2M Hill and Tetra Tech lead the global environmental consultancy market for the second consecutive year, which saw a 0.8 percent decrease to stand at $28.7 billion in 2013, according to new research by Environment Analyst.

Bill Gates Tastes Proof of Latest Breakthrough Concept in Wastewater Treatment
Bill Gates Tastes Proof of Latest Breakthrough Concept in Wastewater Treatment

CLEANTECH - Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently took a leap of faith when he personally put the latest technology for wastewater processing to the ultimate test — by drinking water produced from recycled human sewage.

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Whirlpool Imagines Smart Homes with a Conscience at CES 2015
Whirlpool Imagines Smart Homes with a Conscience at CES 2015

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Whirlpool is helping attendees imagine the future of a fully connected home ecosystem — from smart products such as the first connected, donation-enabled laundry pair, to a socially networked kitchen environment concept with smarter surfaces.

BASF, Haier, Astronautics Corp Unveil Next-Gen Refrigeration Technology at CES 2015
BASF, Haier, Astronautics Corp Unveil Next-Gen Refrigeration Technology at CES 2015

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Among the dizzying array of potentially game-changing innovations on display this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BASF — along with Haier, a global manufacturer of household appliances, and Astronautics Corporation of America — are presenting a proof‑of‑concept wine cooler refrigerated by a magnetocaloric heat pump.

Ford Highlighting Smart Mobility, 25 Experiments Aimed at Changing the Way the World Moves at CES 2015
Ford Highlighting Smart Mobility, 25 Experiments Aimed at Changing the Way the World Moves at CES 2015

CLEANTECH - This week at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford is showcasing its latest innovations — aimed not only at advancing its vehicles, but at helping to change the way the world moves.With the Ford Smart Mobility plan, the automaker is focusing on leading-edge work in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. Ford also announced 25 mobility experiments it’s conducting around the world this year, testing breakthrough transportation ideas to create better customer experiences, more flexible user-ship models and social collaboration that can reward customers.

Cashew Nut Byproduct Could Help Trap Tsetse Fly, Create New Value for African Farmers
Cashew Nut Byproduct Could Help Trap Tsetse Fly, Create New Value for African Farmers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Researchers have developed a new chemical method applied to a byproduct of cashew nuts that could make it easier to trap tsetse flies and open new revenue streams for nut producers in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report.

New Mobile App Encourages Fitness, Rewards You for Reducing Your CO2 Emissions
New Mobile App Encourages Fitness, Rewards You for Reducing Your CO2 Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Looking for something to hold you accountable on your New Year’s resolution to be more active? Changers — a German startup whose mission is to motivate behavior change by making sustainable actions measurable — has launched CO2 Fit, a new mobile app that measures the CO2 generated during various types of travel and rewards more active and lower-emitting options with Recoins, the world's first ‘green’ currency based on CO2 savings.

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Tradeshift Waiving Fees for Companies Building Circular Economy Apps
Tradeshift Waiving Fees for Companies Building Circular Economy Apps

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Tradeshift, which digitally connects enterprises with their suppliers via a cloud-based platform, announced on Tuesday that it will waive the 30 percent revenue share it receives, for organizations that use its platform to build apps that help to support the circular economy. Organizations that build apps supporting the circular economy will receive all profit from their app.

Eastman Joins Consortium Dedicated to Sustainable Chemical Procurement
Eastman Joins Consortium Dedicated to Sustainable Chemical Procurement

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Eastman Chemical Company today announced it will join chemical giants such as BASF, AkzoNobel, Henkel and Clariant as a member of Together for Sustainability (TfS), a European initiative dedicated to the sustainable procurement of chemicals. Eastman and TfS have confirmed acceptance of Eastman’s application to the consortium as the first U.S.-based company to join, with plans to finalize Eastman’s membership in early 2015.

Drones: Sustainability's New Wingmen?
Drones: Sustainability's New Wingmen?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Drones have already disintermediated the aerospace/defense industry and have crossed the threshold from commercial to consumer, delivering to the average person the world’s most powerful personal computer. The potential for good in industrial agriculture, wildlife conservation and animal poaching, monitoring of factory farms, and prevention and early detection of forest fires is unprecedented.Drones can make granular crop maps for farmers, monitor illegal logging, track sometimes elusive endangered species in their habitats, and even drill down to track the sounds of animals as small as bats.

Dow, Nestlé UK, Unilever Researching New Options for Recycling Flexible Packaging
Dow, Nestlé UK, Unilever Researching New Options for Recycling Flexible Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Nestlé UK and Unilever are among organizations coming together on a new project aiming to improve the recyclability of flexible packaging products, in the hope of pushing the resource industry closer towards a circular economic approach.

Tesco Developing Online Sustainability Community for 5,000 Suppliers
Tesco Developing Online Sustainability Community for 5,000 Suppliers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, has appointed Anthesis Group to develop and manage a single online sustainability community spanning the retailer’s supply base.

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Trending: This Week in Sustainable Textiles — Featuring Archroma, I:CO and Zero Waste Scotland
Trending: This Week in Sustainable Textiles — Featuring Archroma, I:CO and Zero Waste Scotland

SUPPLY CHAIN - On Monday, Archroma, a global producer of textile dyes and specialty chemicals, launched a new range of products created from agricultural waste. In addition, the company is utilizing the latest in communications technology to enable transparency of the supply chain to consumers.

EnerG2 and BASF announce multifaceted partnership
EnerG2 and BASF announce multifaceted partnership

PRESS RELEASE - EnerG2, a Seattle-based company manufacturing advanced carbon materials for next-generation energy storage devices, and BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, today announced a strategic partnership. EnerG2 and BASF entered into a comprehensive collaboration to improve and scale-up the production of EnerG2’s proprietary carbon materials for use in supercapacitor electrodes and as a performance additive in start-stop lead-acid batteries. Both technologies play an important role in short-term energy storage for automotive and industrial applications.

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 Tests 25 Eco-friendly Innovations
Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 Tests 25 Eco-friendly Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 has begun flight testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving aviation's environmental performance through every phase of flight.The program accelerates the testing, refinement and use of new technologies and methods that can improve efficiency and reduce noise. Boeing says this new round of testing, using 787 Dreamliner ZA004, will evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency; remote sensors to reduce wiring; aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel efficiency, and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation.Technologies being tested include:

Social Enterprise Using Low-Cost Kiosks to Provide Drinking Water in Rural India
Social Enterprise Using Low-Cost Kiosks to Provide Drinking Water in Rural India

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - India-based social enterprise Spring Health has announced plans to join the Business Call to Action (BCtA) and provide safe drinking water to two million customers in rural India by 2017 to improve the health outcomes of more than five million people in Eastern India by 2019.Spring Health is the Indian counterpart of US-headquartered Windhorse International, founded by entrepreneur Paul Polak with Indian partner Jacob Mathew and CEO Kishan Nanavati.

Microsoft to Build First Zero-Carbon Data Center
Microsoft to Build First Zero-Carbon Data Center

CLEANTECH - Microsoft, Siemens and FuelCell Energy have come together to build what they claim is the first zero-carbon, waste-to-energy data center in the U.S.Microsoft's data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming uses biogas produced at the nearby Dry Creek facility, which is a byproduct of municipal wastewater treatment. Anaerobic bacteria produce the biogas while stabilizing solids removed from wastewater. The fuel cell electrochemically converts the biogas into electricity to power the Microsoft IT server container. Virtually no air pollutants are released because of the absence of combustion.

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Innovations in Business Models, Water Stewardship, Engagement Abound on Final Morning of #SB14London
Innovations in Business Models, Water Stewardship, Engagement Abound on Final Morning of #SB14London

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The circular economy and water stewardship dominated the morning’s agenda on the final day of SB ’14 London. After leading us through a host of thought-provoking plenary presentations Tuesday morning, our two event MCs - Forum for the Future chief executive Sally Uren and The Guardian’s executive editor Jo Confino – expressed their enthusiasm for the ideology that underpins the circular economy.Confino felt it was a concept that could go mainstream. “Business can buy into it easily as it doesn’t fight against the current capitalist system,” he said, while Uren was optimistic about the level of brand innovation it could potentially unlock.

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