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Why Entrepreneurs, Not CPG Giants, Will Lead Us to ‘Earth-Functional Foods’

Why Entrepreneurs, Not CPG Giants, Will Lead Us to ‘Earth-Functional Foods’

(1 week ago) - New report uses the term “Earth-Functional Foods” to describe food that provides environmental benefits beyond health.
CES Tech for a Better World: Insights on Innovation and Social Purpose

(1 week ago) - With the 2019 Tech for a Better World honorees, CES makes the statement that technology should positively impact humanity and the natural world.

How Smart Tech Is Bringing Toilets to the Masses Across the Developing World

(2 weeks ago) - Did you hear the story of the little girl in India who called the police to report her dad over a toilet?

Trending: More Big Brands Get Behind Plant-Based Burger Bonanza

(3 weeks ago) - Two recent, industry-changing announcements from food giants Carl’s Jr. and Nestlé mean more dining options for health- and environment-conscious consumers that might not violate their New Year’s resolutions.

Trending: BASF, Coca-Cola, EC Break New Ground on Plastics Recycling

(1 month ago) - Continuing this year’s wave of near-constant innovations aimed at responsible management of post-consumer plastics are new advancements from both the private and public sector. BASF making products with chemically recycled plastics BASF announced it has broken new ground in plastic waste recycling with its ChemCycling project. Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize currently unrecyclable plastic waste, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Depending on the region, such waste is usually sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery.

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Give More This Season: The 2018 SB Holiday Gift Guide

(1 month ago) - What better way to commemorate the season of giving than with gifts that really give more - by improving ecosystems, business practices and financial security; and eliminating waste, pollution and carbon emissions around the world - while spreading holiday cheer? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be proud to give. For sustainable urban active-ists

Plastic, Be Gone! Unilever, Stora Enso Developing Better Sachets, Straws

(1 month ago) - This week, more momentum on the anti-plastic front: Unilever will develop a crowdsourced, plastic-free laundry solution to combat single-use sachets; while Stora Enso and Sulapac are developing renewable drinking straws. Unilever to invest €100K in crowdsourced alternative to plastic packaging CPG giant Unilever has announced that it will invest €100,000 in a new, plastic-free laundry tablet — a crowdsourced innovation that has the potential to replace single-use sachets of laundry powder, a popular format for laundry detergents in the developing world that is problematic in terms of plastic waste.

All New 3M Products to Include Sustainability Value

(1 month ago) - US-based multinational 3M launches approximately 1,000 new products each year; starting in 2019, 100 percent of them will have sustainability built in: Today, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), 3M announced its first formal requirement that, beginning in 2019, all new products will include a Sustainability Value Commitment that demonstrates how they drive impact for the greater good.

Kickstarter, EDF Partner to Push for Better Product Development

(1 month ago) - Kickstarter PBC and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today unveiled new features on Kickstarter aimed at helping innovators evaluate and reduce the environmental impact of their products from the concept stage. Kickstarter and EDF worked together to develop an information hub called the Environmental Resource Center, as well as a space where project creators are asked to publicly commit to environmental practices. These features will help thousands of people create sustainable products by embedding environmental considerations into the early planning stages.

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Geomimicry: Reversing the Great Sequestration

(2 months ago) - This is the third in a four-part series on geomimicry by renowned author and George Mason University professor Dr. Gregory C. Unruh. Read parts one and two.

Meet the Plant-Based Protein Poised to Sustainabilize the Food Industry

(2 months ago) - Along with a wave of plant-based meat innovations from startups such as Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and Right Treat, which are giving the meat industry a run for its resource-intensive money, a new plant protein solution could further revolutionize the food industry.

SAMBAZON, Ecology Center Seeking College Students with Purposeful Business Ideas

(2 months ago) - SAMBAZON — the first company to bring organic açaí to the U.S. — and The Ecology Center, a non-profit eco-educational center, have launched their second annual Greenhouse Initiative.

Mimicking Nature, But Not as Nature Intended: An Introduction to Geomimicry

(2 months ago) - This is the first in a series of posts by Dr. Gregory Unruh about geomimicry and its implications for sustainability.

Trending: Nike, Native Shoes Projects Helping Shoe Industry Tread Lighter

(2 months ago) - Earlier this month, Nike announced the winners of its Circular Innovation Challenge, which called for new products using Nike Grind — Nike's ground-up post-factory and post-consumer materials — and new technologies to advance footwear recycling.

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UPS Launching First-of-Its-Kind Urban Delivery Solution in Seattle

(2 months ago) - A growing number of forward-thinking companies have set about redesigning urban mobility solutions to meet the needs of modern cities and their citizens — from Lyft committing to providing carbon-neutral ride-sharing nationwide; to the growing popularity of electric bikes and scooters for personal mobility; to Ford’s work on everything from autonomous and connected vehicles to roads, parking and public transit solutions to

Q&A: YouNoodle on Why Startups Can Be Key to Your Sustainability Strategy

(2 months ago) - Well known as a technology engine — with a global network of 200,000+ startups that has powered a 1000+ innovation/startup competitions and challenges — YouNoodle might not be the first company you think of for advice on corporate sustainability strategy. But as the industrial era is replaced by a more entrepreneurial society, YouNoodle is helping brands and organizations keep up with disruptive innovation — and the sustainability space could certainly use more of that.

World's First Search Engine for Clean Drinking Water Also Fights Plastic Bottle Pollution

(3 months ago) - Consumers report that the prevailing reason why they buy bottled water is "convenience." Anyone can search online for the nearest gas station, coffee shop or nail salon, but when it comes to thirst, what options does one have? Open Google Maps and search “water fountain” — or ask Siri or Alexa, “Where can I fill up my water bottle?” No one has ever indexed the locations and prices of clean water around the world ... until now.

Ag Innovation Showcase Highlights Beacons of Hope for the Future of Food

(3 months ago) - Feeding the world is no new challenge, but with an expanding global middle class, what has made the problem worse in recent years is a new appetite for rich, resource-intensive foods. The demand for protein is increasing in China and even in mostly vegetarian India, who account for much of the increasing strain on land, animal and water resources. Thus, the global food system must account not just for not only an increasing population, but also a growing class of consumers with demanding palettes and greater purchasing power.

How AI, Machine Learning Are Solving Global Problems

(3 months ago) - Although developments in the field of artificial intelligence began around the 1950s, its capacities have significantly increased in the recent years. Owing to factors such as the development of faster computers, availability of open-source software and the access to vast amounts of computational data, AI has now branched into machine learning (ML), probabilistic predictions, chaos theory and evolutionary computation. Investing in artificial intelligence courses, therefore, prepares people to undertake not just one, but many AI applications.

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