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The Internet of Things, Smart Cities and World Water Day
The Internet of Things, Smart Cities and World Water Day

CLEANTECH - Click to enlarge. The United Nations deemed March 22 World Water Dayas a way to call global attention to this diminishing resource.

The Power of Clean Water in a Four-Gram Sachet
The Power of Clean Water in a Four-Gram Sachet

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - It takes just 30 minutes – using only a bucket, a spoon, a cloth and a four-gram Procter & Gamble sachet – to purify 10 litres of dirty, contaminated water. Rose M lives in a semi-urban area in Kisumu County in Western Kenya with her husband and two teenage children. She and her husband, Sam, are HIV-positive, so they are particularly susceptible to waterborne diseases. Her entire family would often get sick from drinking the polluted water from a nearby river, which is contaminated by the local wildlife.

BASF launches Maglis, a new online platform to help farmers improve crop management
BASF launches Maglis, a new online platform to help farmers improve crop management

PRESS RELEASE - Limburgerhof, Germany – March 3, 2016 – Today, BASF has launched MaglisTM, an online agricultural platform set to become a key partner in helping farmers manage their crops. With the platform, farmers will be able to gather, interpret, and monitor a range of crop-related data that will support them in making better decisions on how to grow and market their crops. The launch took place at the Commodity Classic agricultural convention and trade show, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Avery Dennison RFID Labels Improve Efficiency, Cut Waste in Apparel Industry
Avery Dennison RFID Labels Improve Efficiency, Cut Waste in Apparel Industry

WASTE NOT - Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is transforming both consumers’ shopping carts and companies’ supply chains by allowing intelligent barcodes to talk to a networked system that tracks products from Point A to Point Z. A technology once limited to tracking cattle, RFID tags are now tracking consumer products worldwide. Many manufacturers use the tags to monitor the location of each product they make from the time it's made until it's pulled off the shelf and tossed in a shopping cart.

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New Wind Power Agreement Enables Iron Mountain to Exchange 30 Percent of North American Electricity Use with Renewable Energy
New Wind Power Agreement Enables Iron Mountain to Exchange 30 Percent of North American Electricity Use with Renewable Energy

PRESS RELEASE - Iron Mountain Incorporated® (NYSE:IRM), the storage and information management company, today announced the signing of a 15-year wind power purchase agreement that will exchange 30 percent of its North American electricity footprint with renewable energy. Additionally, the purchase of two-thirds of the power produced by a new wind turbine farm – currently under construction in Ringer Hill, Penn. – will provide Iron Mountain with long-term rate stability and expected annual savings of up to $500,000 in utility costs.

Sharing Has Been Hijacked
Sharing Has Been Hijacked

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The “sharing economy” is today’s buzzword for Silicon Valley’s most recent batch of billion-dollar companies. So ring the headlines: $51 billion valuation for Uber; Chinese ride-hailing business Didi Kuaidi raising $4.42 billion; Airbnb valuation $10+ billion. In the last three years, the world has embraced this idea of the sharing economy. Who would have thought that a 23-year-old part-time student tooling around in her Prius would disrupt the transportation industry? Or that renting out your spare bedroom with the Star Wars sheets could make you part of the largest hotel network in the world?

Kolster: Brands of the Future Will Lead by Challenging Sustainability Narrative
Kolster: Brands of the Future Will Lead by Challenging Sustainability Narrative

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - Last month Thomas Kolster, author of the critically acclaimed book, Goodvertising, compèred a packed SB’16 Copenhagen preview event featuring insights on Behavioural Economics from Krukow, the launch of a new sustainable packaging solution from Carlsberg and the announcement of a

Pincvision Awarded for Keeping IT Giant Cisco Sustainable
Pincvision Awarded for Keeping IT Giant Cisco Sustainable

PRESS RELEASE - Each year, the Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award is presented to companies that use Oracle software or other Oracle products to save energy, waste or emissions, design more eco-friendly products or otherwise reduce their environmental impacts while reducing costs at the same time. Cisco was nominated by Pincvision, its partner for over ten years. Cisco is known for its routers, servers, networks and matching software. The company has operations in 165 countries and recorded 47.1 billion US Dollar in sales in 2014.

Winning Water Tech Removes Contaminants Using Bubbles, Wastewater Minerals, Biomaterials
Winning Water Tech Removes Contaminants Using Bubbles, Wastewater Minerals, Biomaterials

CLEANTECH - Last week, Veolia, The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced the first-ever “Pow!

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Integral Thinking & True Materiality, Part 5: Scalability Opportunities Define the Size of Impact
Integral Thinking & True Materiality, Part 5: Scalability Opportunities Define the Size of Impact

NEW METRICS - This is part 5 of a 6-part series about integral thinking and true materiality. It proposes a new impetus to develop reporting that is able to serve the idea of a green & inclusive economy. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

Could Growing Food in Gravel Be Pay Dirt for Sustainable Agriculture?
Could Growing Food in Gravel Be Pay Dirt for Sustainable Agriculture?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A new age in gardening is dawning: Geological agriculture, aka gravel gardening — a completely soil-less way to grow all kinds of crops in sedimentary rock.Leading the charge is To Soil Less, a family business founded by former management consultant Richard Campbell in 2011.

Q&A: How the YK Center Is Pushing Forward the ‘New Economy’
Q&A: How the YK Center Is Pushing Forward the ‘New Economy’

NEW METRICS - That the future of profit is purpose is the modus operandi of the YK Center, a self-proclaimed “for-benefit organization” striving to push the needle on a more sustainable economy.

Consumers Love E-Commerce’s Convenience, But Not Its Cardboard
Consumers Love E-Commerce’s Convenience, But Not Its Cardboard

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While consumers are becoming more comfortable with online shopping and are enjoying the convenience it can bring, there are growing concerns around its environmental impact. The human desire for instant gratification is driving faster and faster delivery services for e-commerce, and that quick service carries a hefty impact.

Campbell Soup Launches $125M Venture Capital Fund for Food Startups
Campbell Soup Launches $125M Venture Capital Fund for Food Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Campbell Soup Company has announced that it is launching a $125 million venture capital (VC) fund to invest in food startups. The fund, under the banner Acre Venture Partners L.P., will be managed by unidentified outsiders independent of Campbell, although the food giant is its sole limited partner.

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Unilever Foundry Seeking 50 New Stellar Marketing Tech Startups
Unilever Foundry Seeking 50 New Stellar Marketing Tech Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Unilever Foundry — Unilever’s startup technology incubator — has launched a search for the world’s top 50 marketing technology startups to pitch to industry leaders at Lions Innovation in Cannes in June. As part of the Unilever Foundry 50, the startups will have an exclusive opportunity to showcase their technology, pitch their solutions to brand and agency leaders from around the world and catalyze new partnerships.

Singapore Strives to Become World’s First ‘Smart Nation’
Singapore Strives to Become World’s First ‘Smart Nation’

CLEANTECH - There’s plenty of talk about “smart cities” as the surest route to building strong and resilient urban environments in the face of mounting climate impacts, but what about a “smart country”? While Singapore technically is a city-state — being both a city and sovereign nation — it is embracing many of the same smart city techniques as cities across the world.Globally, cities are experimenting with smart city technologies to tackle issues such as waste collection and traffic light management, but Singapore is focused on two core global challenges: urban density and an aging population.

What Are We Really Eating? DNA Testing Enhances Transparency for Consumers, Supply Chains
What Are We Really Eating? DNA Testing Enhances Transparency for Consumers, Supply Chains

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - As the demand for transparency and emphasis on consumer choice continue to grow, so do the challenges of supply chain management. Brands are increasingly expected to work with their suppliers to reduce their environmental impact, eliminate labor abuses, and replace certain ingredients. Ensuring product quality and label accuracy remains an issue, especially for brands with international suppliers or extensive supply chains.

Mobility as a Service Charting the Course for Customized On-Demand Mobility
Mobility as a Service Charting the Course for Customized On-Demand Mobility

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - To serve people’s urban mobility needs, cities rely on anything from one dominant, mainly private owned means of transport — the personal automobile — to a complex mixture of publicly and privately financed transport means. Users of these mobility services are usually left to their own devices to identify the optimum (combination of) modes to cover a journey and understand differences in terms of pricing, time and convenience.

Report: IoT Will Usher in 'Transformational Paradigm of Growth' for Circular Economy
Report: IoT Will Usher in 'Transformational Paradigm of Growth' for Circular Economy

CLEANTECH - With up to 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, a pervasive digital transformation is reshaping the economy. Will this ‘fourth industrial revolution’ lead to an acceleration of the extractive, ‘linear’ economy of today, or will it enable the transition towards a society in which value creation is increasingly decoupled from finite resource consumption?

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Satellites, Drones Catching Companies Destroying the Planet
Satellites, Drones Catching Companies Destroying the Planet

CLEANTECH - Aerial imaging is emerging as an invaluable resource for collecting information and enforcing the law, especially when it comes to environmental protection. Satellite and drone technologies are getting increasingly smaller, cheaper, and easier to use, and are producing higher-resolution images. Among other opportunities, the tech has enabled organizations and startups to more accurately monitor environmental destruction and provide data as legal evidence.

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