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Product, Service & Design Innovation

The latest products, services, design approaches and business models that are helping organizations of all sizes deliver on their sustainability ambitions and establish a new business as usual.

How Whirlpool, Washing Machine Project Are Bridging ‘the Global Washing Divide’

How Whirlpool, Washing Machine Project Are Bridging ‘the Global Washing Divide’

The Washing Machine Project and the Whirlpool Foundation are scaling distribution of a hand-cranked washing machine to help women and girls in remote areas reclaim time for education, work and personal growth — ushering in a new era of laundry that eliminates persistent social barriers.

‘Enrich Life-in-Motion for Those We Serve’: How Mazda’s Values Fuel Its Innovations

Sustainable Brands Tokyo's Shigeki Aoki talks with Mazda President and CEO Masahiro Moro about how the 104-year-old auto manufacturer’s mission and strategies center around 'the joy of driving.'

Turning the Tide: A Startup’s Mission to Restore Balance to Coastal Ecosystems

Thalasso’s technology harvests invasive sargassum seaweed, while its micro-biorefineries turn the ecosystem-disrupting material into a circular-economic revenue generator for affected communities.

Brands Are Shaping a Better Future by Designing for How People Live

SB Brand-Led Culture Change featured a host of insights into how brands are engaging customers and changing behaviors through circular design and making energy-efficient choices “normal;” and two new guides aim to equip businesses to meaningfully address social- and climate-justice issues.

15 Startups in Mars’ 1st ‘Unreasonable Food’ Cohort Poised to Future-Proof Food

Mars Snacking and Unreasonable Group will work with the selected rapid-growth ventures to scale their sustainable solutions in the first year.

This Startup Aims to Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth, But at What Cost?

Colossal Biosciences says its work to revive keystone species such as the mammoth could be a boon for ecological restoration and biodiversity preservation, but conservationists say it could become a moral and ethical quagmire.

Full Circle: Why Place-Making Strategies Are the Next Sustainable Innovation Frontier

To unlock a self-sustaining, regenerative local system, an ecosystem of co-beneficiaries invested in the place and bound by a system of co-benefits is required.

Could Lab-Grown, Hybrid Foods Be the Future of Sustainable Protein?

While the plant-based protein industry deals with growing pains, cultivated meats — and even a combination of the two — are waiting in the wings to help future-proof our food system.

Cocktails for a Cause: Mission-Driven Distilleries Champion Conservation

Alma del Jaguar Tequila and Mutiny Island Vodka are using their small but growing footprint to protect jaguars in a volatile borderland and expand the potential of an underused superfood, respectively.

A Buzzworthy Solution: The World's First Government-Approved Bee Vaccine

Dalan Animal Health introduces the inaugural USDA conditionally licensed vaccine for honeybees, providing a prophylactic solution to safeguard the global honeybee population from lethal infectious diseases.

New Ways of Catching, Producing Seafood Could Boost Health of Aquatic Ecosystems

More conscientious catch methods and the rise of cultivated seafood could help take the pressure off of overfished marine ecosystems — whose health is critical for planetary health.

Kind Traveler Adds SLO to Destinations Where ‘Every Stay Gives Back’

Kind Traveler’s responsible-tourism model now helps San Luis Obispo, California further its tree-planting efforts and progress toward its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035.

Could Supercharging Starch Production Secure Our Food Future?

ClimateCrop is boosting starch metabolism in plants through non-GMO gene editing — enhancing crop resilience to climate change, increasing yields, and offering a sustainable solution to future farming challenges.

Earthshot Prize ‘Launchpad’ to Link Investors with Climate Innovators

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. New matchmaking platform highlights game-changing solutions from the Earthshot Prize nominations process and connects them with like-minded investors and philanthropists.

Report: AI Fueling Climate Change, Energy Usage and Disinformation

Coalition of over 50 tech accountability and environmental groups sound the alarm on the potential harms of AI to the planet, democracy and information ecosystems.

Lab-Grown Coffee: Sustainable Brew of the Future?

If researchers can bridge the gap in taste between coffee that was cultivated in the field and that cultivated in a lab, it could eventually be a win-win for coffee lovers and biodiversity alike.

Startup Using Biomimicry to Break Textile Dyeing Down to Its DNA

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Colorifix's technology uses DNA sequencing to replicate nature's hues into sustainable pigments, curbing the industry's overreliance on water- and chemical-intensive dyeing processes.

‘Quantum Nose’ Could Be Key to Sniffing Out Food Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The University of Maryland’s NourishNet team has been awarded $5M from the NSF to develop its comprehensive, technology-based approach to tackling food waste and insecurity.

Powering Earth from Space: Can We Solve Our Energy Crisis Without Destroying the Environment?

There is immense potential for sustainable innovation in the ever-growing space economy — in ways that could bring the industry’s own impacts, and an infinite source of solar power, back down to Earth.

Radical Sustainability Experimentation in Tourism Highlights Challenges, Opportunities

“We don’t need everyone to do it perfectly to change the world; we just need double-digit percentages from a heck of a lot of buy-in.” — Natural Habitat Adventures’ Court Whelan