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How Sustainable Choices for Pet Parents Can Drive Industry Transformation

How Sustainable Choices for Pet Parents Can Drive Industry Transformation

Progress in pet care sustainability will require industry-wide alignment on key challenges and opportunities. While Petco’s sustainable products commitment is a solid first step, our aim is to make ESG an industry-wide priority to meet the expectations of our savvy, sustainability-minded consumers.

Breakthrough: 7 Unlocks to Scaling Healthy and Sustainable Living

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. So, what’s still preventing consumers from living more in line with their values? GlobeScan has identified seven critical “unlocks” to help consumers to change their behaviors, and start aligning their lifestyles with their values and aspirations.

Anheuser-Busch Revitalizes St. Louis Community, Spent Barley with New Production Facility

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As part of a recently announced $1B planned investment across the US, a new production facility that repurposes spent grain will create jobs and further the brewer’s commitments to sustainability and the St. Louis Community.

Value-Engineered Packaging: Does Your Packaging Reflect Your Brand Values?

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Consider working with a packaging engineer the next time you release a new product or as you take steps to make your brand more sustainable. Customised packaging solutions create less waste, fewer emissions, and more savings to pass on to your customers. 

Food Rescuers Shouldn't Fight Over Limited Supply; Instead, Diversify

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. I’ve always been frustrated by infighting between food-rescue organizations working together to distribute scarce food donations — mostly from retailers. So, here’s my list of untapped sectors of the food system — where food is almost always genuinely going to waste.

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Giving Up Meat = Healthy Living = Healthy Planet. Are We at a Dietary Inflection Point?

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. The growing appetite for a shift away from meat-based diets is good news for addressing a range of health and climate issues. But business has a critical role to play in making the transition as affordable, accessible and delicious as possible.

How AI Is Enabling Smarter, Scalable, Sustainable Water Solutions

What if artificial intelligence could be help solve some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, such as water access? That is what DataRobot is trying to enable through its AI For Good program.

To Fight COVID-19, We Must Invest in Water Access for Vulnerable Communities

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The PepsiCo Foundation and WaterAid are launching a new program to build sanitation facilities and community water systems in the harsh, arid region of La Guajira, Colombia — with the goal of increasing access for the indigenous Wayuu people.

Electronics Giants, Global Orgs Launch Circular Electronics Partnership

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Cisco, Dell, Google and Microsoft are among the founding members of the alliance — which sees the biggest names in tech, consumer goods and waste management working together to enable a circular economy for electronics by 2030.

Design Takes Center Stage in Kohler Co.’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy

We have set bold sustainability goals and worked to understand the gaps we need to fill and the impacts we can make based on our business and expertise. We’re guided on this path by our Design for Environment program, which takes into account the full life-cycle of our products.

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Tide Aiming to Decarbonize Laundry by Reducing Carbon, Plastic, Hot-Water Washing

Laundry giant’s 2030 Ambition goals center on turning consumers to cold water, exploring carbon capture and reducing virgin plastic — so that ‘every load of laundry does a load of good.’

New C2C Certified Product Standard Pushes Companies Beyond Compliance, Toward Leadership

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. V4.0 of the newly released Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard is designed to meet companies wherever they are on their sustainability journey and help them set achievable milestones through actionable pathways as they work towards their ultimate goals.

Best Foot Forward: Could Fashion Be the Next Big Thing in Corporate Social Purpose?

A growing breed of fashion brands has adopted social purpose to propel their business models. They are transitioning themselves and the entire industry to be a force for good in the world. And that’s fashionable.

LanzaTech’s Carbon-Negative Ethanol to Help Coty Pioneer Sustainable Fragrance Production

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. A new partnership will see fragrance giant Coty incorporating LanzaTech’s upcycled, CarbonSmart ethanol, sourced from carbon capture, into its manufacturing process — with the goal of using it in the majority of its fragrance portfolio by 2023.

Milwaukee Startup Helping Small African Farms Turn Waste into Livelihoods

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Agricycle wants to address poverty and put a dent in global food waste. So far, it has created nearly 7,000 livelihoods in Africa and diverted 177 tons of food waste — and counting.

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The Zero-Waste Movement Is Taking Hold in the Restaurant Sector

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. For a growing number of restaurant operators and diners, our throwaway culture is no longer acceptable. The growing landscape of zero-waste dining and zero-waste restaurant logistics is cause for optimism that a low-waste restaurant industry is achievable. 

7 Tips for Engaging Consumers on Circularity

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. If consumers are to embrace sustainable products en masse, they need better information to be able to make an informed choice — and this is where marketeers have a vital role to play.

Latin America, Caribbean Embrace Transition to Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. A regional coalition, led by UNEP, will support access to financing by the public and private sector, with special emphasis on SMEs — to foster innovation and the implementation of specific projects in the region.

How the Pandemic Shaped Sustainability Goals for Commercial Buildings

Last year provided many unforeseen challenges for the building management industry; despite it all, sustainability commitments stayed steady. But we must seize the opportunity to shift the narrative in the energy industry away from efficiency, towards continuous optimization.

Digital Twins: A Data-Driven Approach to Sustainable Building Operations

Digital twins are now beginning to be recognized for their ability to monitor a building’s performance in real time. Companies' building projects should include a model that is prepared for this new, data-driven approach to sustainability.

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