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Waste, Bioplastics and Edible Packaging Solutions Shine as Carlsberg Green Ideas Finalists
Waste, Bioplastics and Edible Packaging Solutions Shine as Carlsberg Green Ideas Finalists

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In September and October, Carlsberg Group accepted submissions for its "Cheers to Green Ideas" competition, hosted in partnership with think tank Sustainia. The competition asked people and organizations from around the world to submit their ideas about how to make Carlsberg more sustainable.

Trending: Desalination Tech ‘On Ice’ and in the Desert
Trending: Desalination Tech ‘On Ice’ and in the Desert

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Water scarcity is among the most serious long-term risks facing society worldwide. Climate impacts are worsening drought conditions, causing billions of dollars in economic losses and fresh water supplies are dwindling. To make matters worse, 97 percent of the planet’s water is salt water, 2 percent is glacier ice, and just 1 percent is usable fresh water.

UC Scientists Test Drought-Fighting Method to Capture Californian Rainwater
UC Scientists Test Drought-Fighting Method to Capture Californian Rainwater

WASTE NOT - Researchers from UC Davis and UC Cooperative Extension are testing a new method for capturing excess water flows during California’s rainy season by diverting it from rivers into the network of canals running through Central Valley farmland, SFGate reports.This irrigation system remains empty during the rainy months, and the scientists are exploring the possibility of filling some canals with water and directing it onto farmland where it can seep underground.

Trending: Sustainable Clothing Sees 12% Water Use Reduction in UK, New Products on Kickstarter
Trending: Sustainable Clothing Sees 12% Water Use Reduction in UK, New Products on Kickstarter

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Around the world, more and more action is being taken to create a more sustainable clothing industry. In the U.K., waste reduction charity WRAP is seeing significant progress on its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP). Meanwhile, two U.S.-based Kickstarter campaigns are offering sustainable, certified organic options: men’s denim made in America; and temperature-regulating base layers that use nanofibers from Austria.

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A-B InBev: How a Global Brewer Is Setting the Bar for Innovation in Local Water Conservation
A-B InBev: How a Global Brewer Is Setting the Bar for Innovation in Local Water Conservation

LEADERSHIP - I came to Colorado, like millions before me, for the mountains, the active, sustainable lifestyle — and, of course, the beer. Coloradoans love their beer. So when I was invited up to Fort Collins to check out the water-saving initiatives of a local brewery I jumped at the opportunity. “Which one?” I wondered. Fort Collins is home to more than 15 breweries (roughly 1 for every 10,000 residents), amongst the highest concentrations for any city in America. New Belgium is a certified B Corp — that’d make sense. Or maybe Odell?

WRAP, CDP Reveal Global Companies Leading in Waste Reduction, Water Security
WRAP, CDP Reveal Global Companies Leading in Waste Reduction, Water Security

WASTE NOT - Asahi Group Holdings, Colgate Palmolive, Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation are among the global corporations achieving an A rating for their efforts to improve water security, according to the first global ranking of corporate water stewardship revealed this week by CDP — which holds the most comprehensive dataset of publicly available corporate water information collected on behalf of investors.

Tsk Tsk! Levi's Says Thoughtful Clothing Care Could Have Saved Californians 35B Liters of Water
Tsk Tsk! Levi's Says Thoughtful Clothing Care Could Have Saved Californians 35B Liters of Water

WASTE NOT - Levi Strauss & Co. claims its consumer care recommendations could have saved California 35 billion liters of water over the past four years — the amount of time that the state has been experiencing a severe drought.

Trending: Fetzer Vineyards, U.S. Department of Labor Celebrate B Corp Certification
Trending: Fetzer Vineyards, U.S. Department of Labor Celebrate B Corp Certification

LEADERSHIP - One of the highest standards for social and environmental responsibility in business, B Corp certification, was awarded to Fetzer Vineyards and praised by the U.S. Department of Labor last week. The certification developed by the non-profit B Lab now signifies over 1,400 responsibly run companies from 130 industries and 42 countries. The performance standards are comprehensive and transparent, and measure a company’s impact on all of its stakeholders, including workers, suppliers, community, and the environment.

PepsiCo, Unilever, WWF Leading Coalition Pushing for Value Chain Collaboration in Fighting Food Waste
PepsiCo, Unilever, WWF Leading Coalition Pushing for Value Chain Collaboration in Fighting Food Waste

WASTE NOT - As we prepare for the innumerable resource challenges of supporting a population expected to top 9 billion in the next 35 years, it is simply unacceptable to continue wasting food. Organizations large and small are now focusing a variety of efforts on eliminating food waste.

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Water for Life Launches Campaign to Bring Sustainable Water Filters to Developing Countries
Water for Life Launches Campaign to Bring Sustainable Water Filters to Developing Countries

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A 2010 report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF estimated that four out of every 10 people in the world, particularly those in Africa and Asia, do not have clean water to drink, and according to Green Cross International, roughly 3,000 children die each day as a result of diseases caused by ingestion of filthy water.

Toyota Sets Goals for Better Cars, Manufacturing and Communities
Toyota Sets Goals for Better Cars, Manufacturing and Communities

CLEANTECH - Toyota recently announced a set of goals to be achieved over the next 35 years, which address key global environmental issues such as climate change, water shortages, resource depletion and degradation of biodiversity.The Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 aims to reduce the negative impact of manufacturing and driving vehicles as much as possible. The challenge is composed of six individual challenges across three areas: Ever-better cars, ever-better manufacturing and enriching lives of communities.Ever-better cars

Courage Campaign Suing US Forest Service for Allowing Nestlé to Bottle Water in California
Courage Campaign Suing US Forest Service for Allowing Nestlé to Bottle Water in California

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The U.S. Forest Service is the latest organization to be targeted by environmental groups demanding action related to the California drought. On Tuesday, the Courage Campaign Institute, Story of Stuff Project, and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for allowing Nestlé to illegally bottle water from San Bernardino National Forest.

#NewMetrics '15: WWF, CDP, Trucost Present Tools for Staying Afloat in Water Management
#NewMetrics '15: WWF, CDP, Trucost Present Tools for Staying Afloat in Water Management

NEW METRICS - How do you make a problem you can’t see important? This is a big theme across all the breakouts at New Metrics ’15 this week — the importance of finding the accurate and appropriate measurement tools for the challenges that face us.In a session titled “Practical Tools for Evaluating and Reporting Water Use,” the panel discussed the challenge of putting a tangible value to an intangible problem — water management.

Caesars Outlines Environmental, Social Impacts of Its Focus on 'Inspiring Citizenship'
Caesars Outlines Environmental, Social Impacts of Its Focus on 'Inspiring Citizenship'

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Gaming, hotel and resort company Caesars Entertainment Corporation released its sixth annual Corporate Citizenship Report, Inspiring Citizenship, this week. The company achieved most of its 2015 targets early and has established new interim targets for 2020 in accordance with their goals for 2025.Highlights of environmental progress include:

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Levi's New Wellthread Collection Launches Water<Less Fabric, Holistic Approach to Sustainable Design
Levi's New Wellthread Collection Launches Water<Less Fabric, Holistic Approach to Sustainable Design

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Levi Strauss &amp; Co. has led the charge in dramatically reducing the environmental impact of its garments by improving the efficiency of its processes: As the company announced in March, it has saved more than 1 billion liters of water since the inception of its Water&lt;Less™ process in 2011.

Nestlé Pure Life's 'Ripple Effect' Movement Encouraging Healthy Hydration Habits Among Kids
Nestlé Pure Life's 'Ripple Effect' Movement Encouraging Healthy Hydration Habits Among Kids

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Nestlé’s Pure Life® Purified Water recently announced a new campaign dedicated to encouraging children to drink more water. A recent study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that a little more than half of all children and adolescents don’t get enough hydration. Although excessive dehydration — which is rare in the developed world — is associated with serious health problems, even mild dehydration can cause issues including headaches, irritability, poor physical performance and reduced cognitive functioning.1

Unilever Foundry's Ideas Platform Announces Winners of First 3 Sustainability Challenges
Unilever Foundry's Ideas Platform Announces Winners of First 3 Sustainability Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Unilever Foundry’s new idea platform today announced the winners of its first three sustainability challenges. The debut round of idea sourcing saw over 70 community members submit more than 150 ideas across the three categories. A panel of Unilever judges have now selected a grand prize winner for each challenge.

Sealed Air Releases 2020 Goals for Its Own Sustainability, Reimagining Customer Solutions for Same
Sealed Air Releases 2020 Goals for Its Own Sustainability, Reimagining Customer Solutions for Same

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today, Sealed Air, the packaging solutions company that brought you Bubble Wrap®, released its latest sustainability report. The report outlines new goals for 2020, including reducing operations intensity by 25 percent.

GE's Energy-Neutral Wastewater Treatment Technology Could Save Municipalities Millions
GE's Energy-Neutral Wastewater Treatment Technology Could Save Municipalities Millions

CLEANTECH - Water and wastewater treatment typically account for 35 percent of a municipality’s energy budget, which would mean big savings for local governments that can make the facilities energy neutral — that is, increase energy production to a level equal to or greater than the amount of energy it consumes.

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This Startup's Shower Head Uses 70% Less Water
This Startup's Shower Head Uses 70% Less Water

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In a time when water conservation increasingly is becoming a top-of-mind issue, showers remain a guilty pleasure even for many of the eco-conscious. After toilets and clothes washers, showers are the third-largest water hogs in an average U.S. home — a typical eight-minute shower uses around 20 gallons of water, according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

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