Behavior Change

The latest developments supporting a shift toward sustainable consumption, as well as specific ways brands are encouraging less wasteful behaviors.

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KIND Blows Lid Off of Hidden Sugars in Snacks, Urges Industry to Open Up

KIND Blows Lid Off of Hidden Sugars in Snacks, Urges Industry to Open Up

With ‘Sweeteners Uncovered’ pop-up in NYC and online database, KIND shines a light on disguised ingredients in some of the US’s favorite snacks.

Show Me the … Health Benefits?

Utilities, retailers, appliance brands, even public officials beat the same drum to market to consumers: “Save energy! Save money!” It’s an easy refrain, but it’s not the smartest one.

PepsiCo Latin America’s ‘Recycling with Purpose’ Incentivizes Circular Consumer Practices

Launched on Global Recycling Day (March 18), the program focuses on the new consumer incentive and rewards program in alliance with ecoins, and will be expanded to 10 countries in Latin America over the next two years. 

#WearNext: Make Fashion Circular, NYC Partner to Tackle Clothing Waste

As well as being able to drop off clothing at stores and other collection points, New Yorkers will be encouraged to get involved by donating, repairing, reselling or swapping their old clothes to give them a new life.

Knorr, WWF Suggest 50 Future Foods to Fix Our Food System

From naturally pest-resistant grains to vitamin-rich flowers and drought-defying roots, they outline 50 nutritious foods that are better for our health and environment.

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Conscious Consumers Flocking to Pinterest for Sustainable Lifestyle Ideas

Sustainable living is the most searched term around sustainability (+69% since last year), while searches for “sustainable living for beginners” are up 265%.

Q&A: How a ‘Cuban’ Name Change Boosted Panera’s Soup Sales

WRI’s Better Buying Lab works with food companies to research and test science-based approaches that encourage consumers to choose more sustainable, plant-based foods.

Creating the SHIFT: Dr. Kate White on Redesigning Consumer Behaviors

Her work highlights actionable ways practitioners can influence consumers to behave more sustainably.

Spreading a Message of Moderation for the Holidays

The overall number of drunk driving deaths has decreased by about 50 percent since 1980, according to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. But while the number of drunk driving accidents has been cut in half, over 10,000 people still die every year from drunk driving–related accidents. We’re approaching one of the most dangerous times in the year: January 1st is the worst time for drunk driving and accidents caused by drunk drivers.

The New Black: How New Breed of Consumers Will Spend Money, Energy This Friday

During this season of giving, many of today’s more discerning consumers won’t be joining the masses scrambling to answer the siren call to stock up on discounted “stuff” — they’ll be remembering the values meant to be at the heart of this season, by taking REI’s advice to #OptOutside to enjoy nature and giving back by cleaning up; and when they do shop, they’re increasingly basing their loyalty and purchasing decisions on companies’ reputations rather than just product features and price.

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Off-Hours Consumer Delivery Systems May Unlock Sustainability at Scale

This article originally appeared on MeetingoftheMinds.org on October 22, 2018.

Give a Sh!rt™ About Our Environment, One Thrifted Item at a Time

The apparel and footwear industry accounts for 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions — that’s almost as much as the total emissions of the European Union. And the number of fashion cycles for clothing production has increased from two a year to as many as 50-100. Each cotton T-shirt we own withdrew more than 700 gallons of water from our natural resources during production.

REI Again Urging Americans to #OptOutside, Studying Link to Human Health

For the fourth year in a row, this Black Friday, REI will close all 153 stores, process no online payments and pay more than 12,000 employees to #OptOutside with friends and family.

New Report, WRI Platform and … Wu-Tang Clan Make Case for Plant-Based Diets

Meat-heavy diets have been under increased scrutiny of late, spawning a host of research and campaigns linking them to the accelerating impacts of climate change around the world. Now, a new report from the Changing Markets Foundation, Mighty Earth and Compassion in World Farming points the finger at governments, which they say are failing to tackle meat over-consumption to meet climate targets.

HP, Girl Rising Mark Int'l Day of the Girl with 12 Inspiring Stories of Empowerment

Today, in honor of International Day of the Girl, HP and Girl Rising — a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating poverty by providing education to girls — are celebrating 12 stories of female empowerment gathered from around the globe as part of the first-ever Girl Rising Creative Challenge. Introduced on International Women’s Day in March, the challenge was a call-to-action to highlight storytelling that has the power to change the world.

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Reframing How We Think of Food, Creativity Key to Winning War on Food Waste

Food is one of those issues that gets everyone interested. We all eat it, love it, and unfortunately waste it. But that’s starting to change. Alongside plastic waste (including the cause of the moment — eliminating straws, food waste is an issue that has deservedly grabbed mainstream attention over the last few years.

Seoul Spearheads Global Efforts to Promote Sustainable Urban Tourism

“Tourists, go home.” “Tourists: Your luxury trip, my daily misery.” “Your tourism kills my neighborhood.” These kinds of sentiments have likely been heard in travel destinations that have become victims of their own success and attractiveness. Indeed, for many residents living in popular landmarks, tourism can often be a nightmare rather than a dream. While many cities have been overwhelmed by mass tourism and what is now called “overtourism,” Seoul has been striving to promote alternative forms of tourism that do not put pressure on destinations and offer quality experiences to citizens as well as visitors.

How One E-Waste Recycler Uses Education to Incentivize the Right Behaviors

In the early days of my career, more years ago than I care to admit, I spent a good part of my time explaining to people what e-waste was, that it was hazardous and that it shouldn’t be landfilled. I’m pleased to report that those days are over. Most of us today are well aware of the tide of electronics washing up in China, Africa and elsewhere. The vast majority of us want to ensure our discarded electronic paperweights are properly recycled. We are moving in the right direction.

10 Ways Restaurant Owners Can Take Food Waste Off the Menu

There’s something about your menu that you may not have noticed — a lot of it is trash. But it’s not the quality we’re talking about; it’s the waste.

New Campaign Rallies iPhone 6s Users Against Planned Obsolescence

As Apple, the world’s second-largest smartphone producer, prepares to sign the death warrant of the wildly popular iPhone 6s with the rumored launch of multiple new models later this month, Back Market — the largest marketplace exclusively dedicated to bringing thousands of refurbished electronic devices and appliances from certified professionals to consumers — has launched an awareness campaign rallying the public against planned obsolescence.

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