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New Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Highlights Circular Solution to Food Waste, GHG Reduction

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Unilever, Starbucks and Dairy Farmers of America have joined the historic alliance, which calls on the food industry to embrace the simple, circular relationship between food waste and its potential to reduce greenhouse gases.

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

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. 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?

The Moment of Truth for Urban Mobility Decarbonization Is Upon Us

Urban mobility has continued to evolve along with humans’ changing need for transport. Here are a few emerging technologies, public-private partnerships and city design initiatives fueling the transition to a sustainable future for urban mobility.

Corporate-Backed Tech Accelerator's Innovation Ecosystem to Foster Climate Solutions

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Backed by 9 corporate giants representing $3T in market cap and 9 investor partners with $2B in assets, the D3 tech accelerator will help commercialize and scale an inaugural cohort of almost 50 climate-innovation startups.

Research: In a Post-COVID 2021, Fashion Will Trend Toward Sustainability

Based on research conducted by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol in 2020, here are three trends we can expect from the apparel industry — as we emerge from COVID-19 and toward a more sustainable future.

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IKEA, Unilever Sowing More Seeds for a Plant-Based Food Future

With the global plant-based meat and foods markets growing like a tsunami, it’s no wonder that more and more global food companies are positioning themselves to ride the wave.

Trending: H&M, Houdini Eliminating More Waste from Fashion

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. H&M’s latest collection includes garments made from recycled metals; circular, bio-based fabrics and food waste; while Houdini Sportswear has open-sourced the design of its Mono Air Houdi, to guide the industry toward further circularity.

Issues and Values in the Age of Pandemics, Disruption and Division

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. I call the tying together of identity, values and purchasing “corporate citizenshop,” and it is growing — even in the midst of a pandemic, global economic issues, political uncertainty and much more.

Electric Vehicles, Renewable Fuels Can Coexist in a Clean Energy Future

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The future of alternative energy will not be based on a single solution. Options are much more likely to include “all of the above” answers, using both electricity and proven alternatives such as biodiesel.

Why Wait for Regulation — Instead of Doing Better Now?

Cross-Posted from Business Case. Corporations are afraid of their costs rising — shareholder interests demand a high return on investment in order for companies to remain profitable and competitive. But it simply will not remain viable to be a corporation that doesn’t address its impact on the environment.

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Designing for Circularity Turns Fashion Waste into a Viable Resource

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. As we continue to weather a pandemic, and the industry and brands rethink longer-term existential strategies, we face a rare opportunity for change — to future-proof the entire fashion industry for the long run.

More and More of Us Are Driving a Circular Economy in Our Own Homes

Electronic waste is the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream. But 100,000 tonnes of e-waste could be avoided, if we fixed just 10% of perfectly repairable appliances. The appetite for repair is growing and I believe this approach is here to stay.

6 Months Into the Pandemic, ‘Greener’ Jobs Are Safer, Higher Paid, More Resilient

The monthly Green Jobs Report shows that “greener” enterprises align with more resilient jobs, higher pay for workers, fewer job losses, and the potential for better overall company and investor portfolio performance.

Meet the Punk Beer Brand Ripping Up the Rulebook to Protect Our Planet

It would be easy to view BrewDog as little more than stunt-based marketing experts. But the company has been busy making sure to leave a more impactful dent on our culture, putting the all-important issue of climate change front and center.

Mastercard Partners to Digitally Empower Small Businesses in Latin America

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Bancolombia, Banco Galicia, Citibanamex and Mercado Libre are part of the Partnership, committed to accelerate business recovery and inclusive growth efforts in the region.

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New Standards, Certification Program Aim to Embed DEI Into Tourism

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. Travel Unity — a nonprofit focused on increasing diversity in travel through individual and community empowerment — has established a set of standards for DEI in travel and tourism, as well as the industry’s first holistic DEI certification program.

Report: 2021 Offers Narrow Window to Course Correct for Sustainable Future

New report from Forum for the Future asserts that the decisions we make in the next 6-18 months will lock in unsustainable practices or set us on a pathway towards a fairer, more sustainable and resilient world.

‘Cool Food Meals’ Badge Helps Diners ID Climate-Friendly Restaurant Meals

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Now, just as diners can make decisions based on nutritional information, they can also decide what to eat based on the climate impact of a dish.

How WestRock Is Collaborating Its Way Toward a More Circular Economy

Here, WestRock shares insights from its Climate Week panel with the Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, GreenBlue and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

Trending: Levi’s, thredUP Fuel Growing Momentum Behind Secondhand Fashion

The launch of the Levi’s Secondhand marketplace and the rebrand of thredUP reflect growing consumer support of a circular economy and pride in wearing used clothes.

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