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New C2C Certified Product Standard Pushes Companies Beyond Compliance, Toward Leadership

V4.0 of the newly released Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard is designed to meet companies wherever they are on their sustainability journey and help them set achievable milestones through actionable pathways as they work towards their ultimate goals.

Johnson’s Baby Overhauls Pumps in Packaging to Aid Recycling

Cross-Posted from Our Healthy Lives Mission. By removing this small part of the packaging of Johnson's® Baby products, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health predicts it will keep 24M difficult-to-recycle pumps out of landfills each year – and that’s just the beginning. The company aims to strike a balance between consumers’ and the planet’s needs.

How Sustainability at Eastman Has Evolved to Tackle Global Challenges

Here, Cathy Combs, Eastman’s Director of Sustainability, details the materials giant’s ongoing journey to embedding sustainability into its core strategy — to enhance quality of life in a material way.

LanzaTech’s Carbon-Negative Ethanol to Help Coty Pioneer Sustainable Fragrance Production

A new partnership will see fragrance giant Coty incorporating LanzaTech’s upcycled, CarbonSmart ethanol, sourced from carbon capture, into its manufacturing process — with the goal of using it in the majority of its fragrance portfolio by 2023.

Where Dow and the Packaging Industry Are Headed in 2021 and Beyond

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. At Dow, our goal is to be a sustainability leader by providing products that support people and our planet’s wellbeing — whether by combatting climate change or working to eliminate waste. But we can’t do this alone.

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Trending: Scalable, Circular Solutions Promise to Revolutionize Plastic Packaging

New innovations from Nature Valley and the winners of Closed Loop Partners’ Beyond the Bag challenge continue to chip away at consumer packaging waste.

Beautycounter, HP, Humanscale, Naturepedic Report Progress on Managing Chemical Footprints

33 companies participated in the 5th Annual Chemical Footprint Project survey. For the first time, seven companies scored over 80% of possible points.

Lenzing Rolling Up Its Sleeves to Lead Textile Industry on Climate Action

In its first year disclosing to CDP, the fiber maker earned ‘A’ scores for its global climate and forests stewardship. Here’s what got it there.

250+ Orgs Outline Plan for Biden, Congress to #BreakFreeFromPlastic

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Report identifies 13 solutions to reduce the environmental and health impacts of plastics, with particular attention to helping communities disproportionately affected by the effects of petrochemical pollution.

Global Innovation Competition Seeks Solutions to Microplastic Pollution

Conservation X Labs’ $650,000 challenge aims to “harness planetary genius” to create solutions to replace plastic in textiles and textile manufacturing.

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The Shift from Sustainable to Regenerative Design

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The language and terms we use influence our approach to the problems we face. Switching from sustainable to regenerative design enables us to more easily leave behind strategies that are no longer equal to the challenges we face.

Sika Sarnafil’s Retractable Roof for the Rogers Centre Is a Case Study in Recycling and Reuse

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. When Toronto’s Rogers Centre stadium needed a new roof, the owner turned to Sika Sarnafil — the manufacturer of the original vinyl roof membrane. Choosing a Sarnafil roof provided the additional benefit of the company’s recycling program

No Compromises: How Eastman’s Naia™ Renew Is Transforming the Fashion Industry

Here, Shaw’s Kellie Ballew and Eastman’s Ruth Farrell discuss the opportunities created by Eastman’s Naia™ Renew textile, and the need to show the market that sustainability and circularity can be achieved without compromise.

HMTX Industries Aims to Raise $1 Million to Battle Addiction Crisis

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. The luxury vinyl maker’s support of this cause is a unique example of how companies are committing themselves to social sustainability — an important component of the corporate social responsibility model.

New PANGAIA Partnership Aims to Scale Industry Adoption of Sustainable Synthetic Textiles

With an investment in Kintra Fibers, a material science company that makes 100% bio-based and compostable yarns, PANGAIA aims to raise industry standards for synthetic materials.

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Please Hold the Packaging: Creating a No-Landfill Meal Kit

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Meal kits are synonymous with excessive packaging, but they have a crucial redeeming feature — they reduce food waste. At Just Salad, that got us thinking: Could we drastically reduce packaging to make meal kits an unambiguous environmental win?

How Seiko Epson Is Using Digital Technology to Transform the Textile Industry

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Through its cutting-edge inkjet textile-printing technology, Seiko Epson is aiming to not only transform the textile industry, but to help solve an array of social issues caused by analog printing in a range of fields.

Protect What’s Good: How Tetra Pak Doubled Down on Its Brand Promise in 2020

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Jeff Fielkow, President and CEO of Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, discusses his experience at the helm of a major corporation during a global health crisis; and the critical elements of effective leadership.

‘Shipageddon’ Isn’t Just About Deliverability — It’s About Sustainability

The impacts of shipageddon will extend far beyond the processing of the glut of holidays packages. Are companies prepared to fulfill the surge in orders? And are packaging companies ensuring both product safety and the planet’s longevity?

New Guidelines, 2020 Brand Audit Aim to Finally Move the Needle on Corporate Plastic Stewardship

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Since scientists first raised the alarm about plastic pollution in the environment, brands have been slow to respond. Will the 2020 Brand Audit and new plastic-stewardship guidelines help accelerate an overdue shift away from single-use plastic?

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