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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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We Can Eat Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis

Applied to food supply chains, ambient IoT allows farmers, distributors, grocers, regulators and consumers to know where food came from, how far it traveled, how it was transported and stored, and what condition it’s in — in real time.

Commons App Informing, Facilitating Mass Shifts in Climate-Influenced Consumer Living & Spending

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Highlighting the impact of individual purchases and their associated emissions output, the app — fresh off a large funding round — is evolving to meet the daily spending directives of its users.

A Defiant Optimist: How One Woman Has Reshaped Finance to Fight Global Inequality

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. “By valuing and giving a voice to [women of color], and recognizing their potential as solutions and stabilizers, impact investing is a powerful way to build systemic resilience … and reduce the negative impact of climate change on everyone.” — Durreen Shahnaz

In Current Regulatory Climate, Alt Proteins Can’t Cut It in Race to Reduce Impact of Food

Phasing out animal agriculture over the next 15 years could reduce GHGs 68% by the year 2100. Yet, ongoing lobbying and subsidies in the US and EU are not giving alternatives the chance to fully compete.

Mercari: Brands Would Do Well to Join the ‘Resale Revolution’

Younger consumers are pushing resale into mainstream retail; and it’s changing how brands, platforms and other services that support commerce support and strategize around it.

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Tourism Shaped by 'Unseen' Communities Surfaces Unheard Stories, Infuses Capital Into Destinations

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Instead of the traditional approach of shielding tourists from places' 'messy' parts, more travel-focused social enterprises are working with marginalized communities to introduce tourists to their destination’s complex fabric.

Increasing Accessibility and Revitalizing Forgotten Devices: Shouldn’t We Be Able to Upgrade Our Laptops?

Those who regularly partake in upgrade programs will have access to the best possible devices, while partaking in a sustainable business practice that enhances the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Researchers Upcycling Kale, Plastic Waste Into Personal Care, Pharmaceutical Ingredients

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Savvy scientists from Scotland and Singapore have developed sustainable ways to breathe new life into vegetable and plastic waste, as well as local manufacturing.

Free, Open-Source Recycling Ecosystem Is Making Plastic ‘Precious’

Precious Plastic is all about democratizing circularity. And it’s enabling a new form of craftsmanship: One in which anyone, anywhere, can start a small business recycling and making new products from plastic waste.

Landmark Report Sets Out 7 Steps for Embedding Nature, Equity Goals into Global Financial Activity

The Taskforce on Nature Markets asserts an unprecedented shift towards accurately pricing nature in global markets must occur to deliver on nature, climate and equity goals.

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Beyond Recycling: Report Highlights Need for Circular Approach to Critical Raw Materials

The report from CISL's Corporate Leaders Group showcases the challenges, opportunities and business best practices of embracing more circular practices in CRM use through case studies from Ball, Volvo Cars and more.

Fashion for Good, adidas, Inditex, Target, Zalando Launch Circular Footwear Pilot

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Fashion for Good and its four brand partners have joined forces with footwear-recycling innovator FastFeetGrinded to support the scaling of recycled content in footwear.

Climate Vault Aims to Spur Climate Action by Locking Away Carbon Permits

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. The organization works to purchase and vault CO2 permits from regulated cap-and-trade compliance markets — thus keeping major polluters from using them to emit and, theoretically, stopping pollution before it happens.

Visa's Recommerce Behavioral Insights Lab Aims to Make Circular Shopping Behaviors the Norm

Visa is partnering with COS, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and more to address the barriers that stop consumers from embracing a circular economy.

GAF's First Urban Heat Project Produces Cool Results

GAF coatings had been proven to cool surfaces and ambient air on individual applications but had never been applied on a community-wide scale. Preliminary data showed a 25-50% reduction of the urban heat island effect during peak temperatures.

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Alt-Protein Industry Ramping Up to Be ‘All Sizzle and No Steak’ — in the Best Way

Future Food Tech’s recent Alternative Proteins event, which convened over 600 industry players, showcased the myriad innovations that will enable us to continue to bring home the bacon (and chicken, beef, fish …) without further endangering the health of the planet.

WWF: Funding Locally Tailored Food-System Innovation Is Essential for a Healthier, Abundant Planet

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. WWF’s new framework guides improved investment of innovation funds in food systems, so investors and businesses can work with local communities and stakeholders to identify the right innovations for the right impact in the right place.

The Science of Tree Planting: How Data Is Boosting Climate Resilience of Both Cities and Forests

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Arbor Day Foundation’s Forest Priority Index and NatureQuant’s NatureScore tool identify where trees are needed most in both rural and urban areas — enabling better planning for addressing climate and human-health risks.

Is the Chocolate Industry Ready for Europe’s Strict Due Diligence Requirements?

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. The EU’s mandatory environmental and human rights due diligence laws will require companies, traders and farmers around the world to rethink how they source major commodities. But cacao may be the one to watch to see the impacts of these regulations.

Report Shows Path to Zero-Emission Passenger Transport with 'More Mobility and Less Mining'

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. A new report shows a just pathway to zero-emission urban mobility. Simple changes such as smaller EV batteries can greatly improve resource-use efficiency; but holistically reducing car dependence will be paramount.

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