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Report: Scaling Circular Economy in China Could Save Businesses, Households ¥70T by 2040
Report: Scaling Circular Economy in China Could Save Businesses, Households ¥70T by 2040

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - New research from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) finds that a transition to a circular economy in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable for citizens while reducing the impacts normally associated with middle-class lifestyles. The findings are being presented today at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China.

AT&T, G3ict and World Enabled Launch Smart Cities for All Project
AT&T, G3ict and World Enabled Launch Smart Cities for All Project

PRESS RELEASE - The Smart Cities for All global initiative, a collaboration of G3ict and World Enabled, two nonprofits with a history of leadership in inclusive, accessible design, to launch a new project, Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities. The project is convening leaders from government, industry, and disability organizations to generate new knowledge and tools that define how urban innovation ecosystems, including entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and accelerators, can create more inclusive apps and technology solutions that impact the lives of all people in cities, including persons with disabilities and older persons.

UPS Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Sixth Consecutive Year
UPS Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Sixth Consecutive Year

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA, September 18, 2018 – UPS (NYSE: UPS) was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the sixth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the 14th straight year. The recognition comes as UPS continues to work toward its ambitious sustainability goals to add more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources. UPS’s inclusion on these highly-regarded indices reflects its position in the top 10 percent of sustainability performers among the 2,500 largest companies tracked in the S&P Global Broad Market Index.

Trending: Cloud-Based, Wood-Based Solutions Latest Attacks on Plastic Waste
Trending: Cloud-Based, Wood-Based Solutions Latest Attacks on Plastic Waste

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, SAP UKI announced plans to work with partners to pilot a “Plastics Cloud,” which will collect existing and live data from across the plastics supply chain to spark new ideas for waste reduction. The Plastics Cloud will use the power of SAP Leonardo, including machine learning, to compile information which can be used to forecast trends in plastics purchasing and recycling, enabling services to meet demand. Data could also be shared with consumers to help them understand their own plastics impact.

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Latin American Leaders Commit to Forge Inclusive Digital Future for All
Latin American Leaders Commit to Forge Inclusive Digital Future for All

COLLABORATION - On Thursday, Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda — a globally recognized disability rights expert, President of World Enabled and Director of the Inclusive Cities Lab at the University of California Berkeley — shared his vision for socially inclusive, smart cities of the future in a keynote address at the Smart City Expo LATAM Congress 2018 in Puebla, Mexico.

GCAS: 400 Investors, Salesforce & Friends 'Step Up' to Ensure Climate Turning Point by 2020
GCAS: 400 Investors, Salesforce & Friends 'Step Up' to Ensure Climate Turning Point by 2020

COLLABORATION - Today, among a flurry of big announcements at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, Salesforce announced its leadership in the creation of the Step Up Declaration and strategic corporate commitments to help catalyze a climate turning point by 2020.

EnviroLife by Sustana: A Sustainability Solution for Food Packaging
EnviroLife by Sustana: A Sustainability Solution for Food Packaging

PRESS RELEASE - Sustana promotes and applies sustainable manufacturing and business practices to deliver premium, eco-friendly recycled fibers to customers across North America. One example of this is the unique food packaging product EnviroLife. EnviroLife allows brands to reduce their environmental impact by using recycled fiber in direct-contact food packaging.

Global Climate Action Series: Cisco Announces Ambitious Product Power Efficiency Goal
Global Climate Action Series: Cisco Announces Ambitious Product Power Efficiency Goal

PRESS RELEASE - Note: This blog originally appeared by guest writer Darrel Stickler, Global Environmental Sustainability Leader at Cisco on the company blog. Today is the first day of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, just north of Cisco’s global headquarters. A low-carbon footprint event for Cisco to attend! The theme of the summit is “Take Ambition to the Next Level.”

Procter & Gamble Earns Top Honors in Dow’s 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation
Procter & Gamble Earns Top Honors in Dow’s 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation

PRESS RELEASE - Today, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) announced the winners of the 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation, which recognizes the packaging industry’s top achievements in innovative packaging designs, materials, technologies and processes.

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Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials welcome PepsiCo to the NaturALL Bottle Alliance
Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials welcome PepsiCo to the NaturALL Bottle Alliance

PRESS RELEASE - The NaturALL Bottle Alliance is a research consortium formed in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and bio-based materials development company Origin Materials to accelerate the development of innovative packaging solutions made with 100% sustainable and renewable resources. Today it announced that PepsiCo, Inc. has joined the Alliance to advance the shared goal of creating beverage containers with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

H&M Opens Hydrothermal Recycling Facilities, Calls for Latest Class of Circular Innovators
H&M Opens Hydrothermal Recycling Facilities, Calls for Latest Class of Circular Innovators

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This week, the nonprofit H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) opened two first-of-their-kind textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong, where HKRITA’s breakthrough hydrothermal recycling technology will for the first time be put into practice at scale, and a miniaturized Garment-To-Garment Recycling System is opened for the public.

How a Celebrity Chef Learned to Love Farmed and Frozen Fish
How a Celebrity Chef Learned to Love Farmed and Frozen Fish

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Ned Bell has no shortage of opinions about seafood. He grew up fishing Pacific salmon off the west coast of Canada and now evangelizes for the future of fish as the founder of Chefs for Oceans and the executive chef at Ocean Wise, a nonprofit organization based at the Vancouver Aquarium that develops criteria for sustainable seafood and lends its logo to vendors and restaurants that meet its standards.

Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?
Could EVs Be the Secret to a 100% Renewable Grid?

CLEANTECH - It is possible to unlock a 100 percent renewably powered grid — without any coal, nuclear or gas storage baseload — within the next several years. And any driver or homeowner could contribute to the solution by using electric vehicles (EVs) as mobile batteries that charge at one location when there’s a surge of renewable energy and deliver it back to the grid at another when it’s needed.

How to Be a Company Society Requires for the Next 100 Years
How to Be a Company Society Requires for the Next 100 Years

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

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VTT's Plastic-Eating Microbes Could Help Solve Marine Plastic Problem
VTT's Plastic-Eating Microbes Could Help Solve Marine Plastic Problem

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - VTT — the Technical Research Centre of Finland — is helping to solve the global plastic waste problem with a project called PlastBug, a mobile container unit that removes plastic waste from ocean areas and converts it into material for other uses. "Our idea is to design a mobile container where microbes degrade plastic waste to valuable products like fuels or chemicals," says Kari Koivuranta, Principal Scientist at VTT.

Q&A: How Rubicon Global Is Championing a Zero-Waste World
Q&A: How Rubicon Global Is Championing a Zero-Waste World

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Founded in 2008, Atlanta-based Rubicon Global has become a worldwide leader in providing cloud-based waste and recycling solutions for customers in business, government and the nonprofit sectors.

The Developing World Is Taking Over Renewable Energy
The Developing World Is Taking Over Renewable Energy

CLEANTECH - Last year, the leading economies in renewable energy investment growth were not to be found in North America or even Europe — the leaders in growth were countries often described as developing, such as China, Brazil, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Argentina. These big shifts in renewables investment have, in fact, been emerging since 2004, and portend a strong outlook for continued growth in global renewable energy investment and reaching carbon-reduction targets.

Chipotle Seeking Startups That Can Help 'Cultivate a Better World'
Chipotle Seeking Startups That Can Help 'Cultivate a Better World'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Chipotle Mexican Grill announced this week that the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation will sponsor the first Chipotle Aluminaries Project, a seven-month-long accelerator program designed to help growth-stage ventures with a shared vision to cultivate a better world take their businesses to the next level.

New App Demystifies Nutrition Labels for Those with Special Dietary Needs
New App Demystifies Nutrition Labels for Those with Special Dietary Needs

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A new app is eliminating our last excuse for breaking our diet: Pinto aggregates nutrition information from over 100,000 of the most commonly eaten foods in the US and creates personalized nutrition labels that focuses specifically on the ingredients and nutritional information users are concerned about.

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C&A Releases First-Ever C2C Certified™ GOLD Denim Garment, Shares Recipe
C&A Releases First-Ever C2C Certified™ GOLD Denim Garment, Shares Recipe

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, MBDC — the world’s foremost advisors in material health, product design and the Cradle to Cradle Design® framework co-founded by William McDonough and Michael Braungart — is proud to support C&A as the world’s first retailer to offer Cradle to Cradle Certified™ GOLD denim jeans.

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