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The Next Economy

The myriad new models and processes aimed at fixing the flaws in capitalism and laying the groundwork for practical, alternative economic frameworks designed to benefit all stakeholders.

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What Is Plastic Neutrality and How Do We Get There?

Plastic neutrality is achieved when an individual or organization’s plastic footprint is measured and balanced by the removal and recovery of plastic waste from nature, and complemented by reductions in plastic use.

In Conversation with Dow: The Unexpected and Unconventional Partnerships That Launch Circular Solutions

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Dow Sustainability Director Julie Zaniewski kicks off this conversation series by sharing insights into how the chemical giant is shaking up business as usual to deliver solutions.

What Makes a Resale Company Truly Sustainable?

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. With the resale market for apparel alone estimated to grow to $77B billion by 2026, sustainability is sure to become an increasingly important factor for consumers to consider when debating where to sell and buy their used goods.

‘Changing Our DNA’: Brands Large and Small Illustrate New Models for Sustainability in Asia

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. On day two of SB’22 Kuala Lumpur, leaders in construction, eco-tourism, artisanal goods, marketing and more highlighted successes and challenges behind next-generation sustainability strategies — and the need for Malaysian brands to embrace collaboration for greater impact.

Ando Launching World's First 100% Fossil-Free Insurance Program

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Through partnerships with leading providers including Allstate, Nationwide and Travelers, Ando aims to expand the scope of financial independence from fossil fuels available to sustainability-conscious consumers.

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To Build Back Better Post-Pandemic, We Must Re-Examine Lessons Learned from the Past

The pandemic has laid bare not only the many flaws in our global systems but also our capacity for resilience and ingenuity in the face of complex, immediate challenges — if we apply that thinking to those that lay ahead, we may yet save ourselves from ‘business as usual.’

4VI Creates New Model for Destination Marketing Organizations by Becoming a Social Enterprise

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Earlier this year, Tourism Vancouver Island evolved into a social enterprise called 4VI that supports communities, businesses, culture and environment. A social enterprise is a revenue-generating business that identifies a social benefit and directs its revenues toward it; in the tourism industry, this is a completely new way to operate.

War in Ukraine Takes Toll on East Asian Economies, Prospects for Achieving SDGs

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. As ever, it is the most vulnerable people around the world who suffer greatest from slow growth, rising inflation, and the energy and food system disruptions stemming from the war in Ukraine. Bridging the finance divide, while ensuring that resources catalyze the necessary transformations, will be key for putting the SDGs back within reach.

Fashion Is Still Rife with Greenwashing; But There Is a Bigger Picture for the Guilty Brands

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Many would also argue that the fashion industry is not being judged harshly enough and gets away with a lot. But there are steps in the right direction and nuances within sustainability ‘misses’ which, if built on, will generate needed momentum.

3 Key Traits Employers Must Adopt to Succeed in the New World of Work

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. Work for Impact — a talent acquisition platform that attracts and uplifts underserved jobseekers around the world yearning for greater purpose in employment — is a model for purpose-driven companies to emulate.

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Digital Verification Solutions for Carbon Markets Could Fast-Track Climate Action

A recent Innovate4Climate workshop focused on technology’s role in improving carbon accounting verification processes. SustainCERT and INFRAS explored how digitization will revolutionize emissions-reductions verification in both voluntary and compliance markets.

Appalachian Botanical Is Growing Opportunity in West Virginia

The company — committed to sustainable agriculture and a truly inclusive approach for creating economic opportunity for the people of Boone County, West Virginia — has been growing lavender and raising bees on reclaimed coal mine soil since 2019.

Groupe Rossignol CEO Offers Measured Hope About the Future of Winter Sports

The leading ski and snowboard maker is a case study in outdoor economy resilience amid several unknowns — including climate change. CEO Vincent Wauters is committed to working with competitors for the greater good.

Tourism Cares Lays Groundwork for ‘Meaningful Travel’ That Tackles Global Issues with Local Focus

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Tourism must grapple with its place alongside growing and egregious social and environmental concerns. The Meaningful Travel Summit used Lake Tahoe as a case study of challenges and solutions for a specific destination; but everyone must reflect on these “global issues that need to be addressed, no matter where you work, or from what sector.”

eBay Releases Methodology for Calculating Environmental, Financial Benefits of Recommerce

The resale giant says the information allows consumers to make meaningful decisions about what used or refurbished products to purchase, by understanding how the positive environmental impact from purchases are calculated.

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What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer

As the global plastic-pollution crisis continues to deepen, key stakeholders must come together to find and fund solutions. The introduction of plastic credits has brought with it a renewed cause for optimism.

Sustainability Is Not Enough: Moving from Earth-Neutral to Earth-Positive

To create real change and avert a climate crisis, we must move beyond earth-neutral and embrace earth-positive — and that starts with your narrative. Here are three ways to ensure that your business, your brand and your ethos are all earth-positive.

2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. It’s that time of year, again — when we pore excitedly over Fast Company’s annual list of World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

eBay UK’s ‘Imperfects’ Marketplace Gives Flawed Fashion Items a Second Chance

The platform features items from over 100 high-street and high-end designers at up to 60% off. All items are considered new, but feature minor defects that would prevent brands from selling them in stores at full retail prices.

How Digital Technology Is Supporting a Circular Future for eCommerce

More and more ecommerce companies are considering how a circular approach, with the support of digital technology, can reduce their footprint and help consumers do the same.

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