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Trending: Retailers Embrace Reuse, Credits in Ongoing Fight Against Plastic Waste

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. rePurpose Global helps Thrive Market achieve plastic neutrality for its own-brand products, while The Body Shop expands its refillable offerings in the US.

ChemSec Approaches Complex Chemistry Discussions with Collaboration and Humor

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. ChemSec works to eliminate toxic chemicals in products by engaging with companies and policymakers across cultures, industries and governments; ED Anne-Sofie Bäckar says trust, transparency — and sometimes, keeping things light — are key.

Facing Wicked Problems? You Need to Stop Leading Alone

Cross-Posted from Leadership. Wicked problems are solved by seeing problems and solutions in new ways, by working with people with very different skills and approaches. As we frequently tell our clients, ‘Uncomfortable does not have to mean unnavigable.’

Allbirds Reveals World’s First Zero-Carbon Shoe

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Made from a number of carbon-negative materials, M0.0NSHOT could be a giant leap for the shoe industry; Allbirds is open-sourcing the toolkit used to create the shoe and inviting others to follow in its footsteps.

1% for the Planet Impact Fund Reaches First Anniversary with 6 Initial Investment Partners

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Much like 1%’s regular giving, the Impact Fund is being used to support a variety of initiatives; and that path will continue to evolve as the fund does.

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Lundberg Family Farms Launches First US-Grown Regenerative Organic Certified Rice

The California rice producer has helped establish the first standards for regenerative rice and set a goal for its entire crop to be ROC by 2027.

New Guide Details Tangible Solutions for Retailers to Move ‘Beyond the Bag’

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Playbook highlights solutions from the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag that drive near-term, positive environmental impact and cost savings from eliminating single-use plastic bags.

UN Agrees on Unprecedented Treaty to Protect the High Seas

Previous rules to protect the ocean have been vague and weakly enforced, leaving the seas, marine ecosystems and the people who work them vulnerable to exploitation.

Not Their Waste, But Still Their Problem: How Alaska Is Managing an Influx of Global Marine Debris

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. A multi-stakeholder, community-based collaboration and an innovative model of plastic-waste recovery are helping to clean up the Gulf of Alaska.

Tomorrow’s Circular, Low-Carbon Economy Is Being Built Today

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. The supply of recycled plastics must be more robust to meet global demand. A mix of mechanical and advanced recycling technologies can provide tangible solutions, create efficiencies and increase scale.

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Global Citizen, Authentic Team Up to Rally Consumers to Help #EndExtremePovertyNOW

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The strategic initiative will include impact-focused brand activations and products to engage consumers in Global Citizen’s mission to end extreme poverty.

CPG Giants Partner to Scale Captured Carbon in Consumer Products

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Unilever, BASF, P&G and 12 other organizations have joined forces to scale carbon capture to help the UK reach net zero by 2050; and CCEP teams up with two more universities to continue its research into the technology and its many potential applications.

Jackson Family Wines Partners to Advance Industry Opportunities for Students of Color

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. JFW has become a key partner in the Urban Grape’s Wine Studies Award for Students of Color program — which uses a three-pronged approach of education, work experience and mentorship to increase DEI in the wine & spirits industry.

Basecamp Research Helping Expand Global Access to Safe, Natural Chemicals and Proteins

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. With a goal of phasing out toxic and forever chemicals in consumer products, the UK-based biotech startup is spearheading the ethical, equitable discovery and utilization of the safe, effective chemicals and proteins waiting to be found in nature and developed for human use and benefit.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, American Forests Advancing Tree Equity in Communities Across the US

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. After meeting their goal to plant 1M trees three years early, Bulleit and American Forests are now focused on improving tree equity in communities that need it most — starting with two in Houston, Texas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

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Modern Meadow Partners to Scale Sustainable Materials Development for Outdoor Apparel Market

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The materials innovator and sustainable fabric giant Singtex are co-developing new biomaterials across a range of applications — starting with a sustainably produced, waterproof, membrane-based material for outdoor apparel.

Moving Toward a Circular Economy for Packaging

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. A circular economy for plastics is achievable in our lifetime, though it will require consumers and manufacturers to work together. Whether companies decide to keep it in-house or partner with like-minded third parties, an investment in our future now will lead to more profitable operations and create relentless forward progress.

Steakholder Foods, Umami Meats Win $1M Grant to 3D Bio-Print Structured, Cultivated Fish Products

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The collaboration, using Steakholder’s proprietary 3D bio-printing technology, is a significant step forward in both companies’ mission to cultivate and scale sustainable alternatives to conventionally farmed and fished foods.

Putting Recycling to Work for People, Communities and the Planet

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. To create a truly circular ecosystem for plastics, we need scalable innovations to close the gap between what consumers can recycle now and which plastics might become a regular part of a future recycling system.

A Completely Different Definition of ‘Waste’: 5 Key Takeaways from the Sustainability Next Summit

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Last month, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics and Fast Company co-hosted the virtual summit to convene policy experts, industry leaders and innovators with the expertise and resources to drive real progress toward a circular economy.

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