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New Verizon Accelerator Propelling Climate-Justice Solutions ‘Forward for Good’

New Verizon Accelerator Propelling Climate-Justice Solutions ‘Forward for Good’

The Forward for Good Accelerator sends a clear signal of the company’s willingness to build meaningful collaborations with more nimble change makers, offering Fortune 20 assistance in a mutually beneficial way.

Starbucks, McDonald’s Direct $10M More to Accelerate Circularity of Foodservice Packaging

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The NextGen Consortium and its partner brands are expanding their work to advance reusable packaging systems, strengthen recycling and composting infrastructure, and scale foodservice packaging innovation.

How ESG Is Forever Changing Investing, Design in the Built Environment

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Simply returning profits to investors is no longer a good enough measure of success. If any stakeholder does not see benefits in the design of a capital project, then gaining support is unlikely. Is your organization ready for multi-stakeholder investment and design?

Marci Zaroff: Regenerative Ag Can Heal the Textile Industry — and the Planet

Entrepreneur and author Marci Zaroff coined the term ‘eco-fashion’ back in the mid-‘90s. Here, we discuss why sustainable fashion has taken so long to have its ‘moment’ and how regenerative ag could heal the planet along with the damaging textile industry.

New Design Challenge Seeks Sustainable Solutions for Unit-Dose Medicine Packaging

Cross-Posted from Our Healthy Lives Mission. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health developed its QuickFire Challenge platform to enlist students, entrepreneurs, researchers and startup companies to help tackle some of the most challenging problems in healthcare.

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Mighty Buildings Now Further Reduce Carbon Footprint of Homes with CO2-Based Cement

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. New partner Fortera’s material converts carbon dioxide into cement, reducing CO₂ emissions by more than 60% — and costs 10% less than conventional cement.

Fairphone Forges Ahead with Longer-Lasting, E-waste-Neutral Smartphone

Still striving to greatly improve the sustainability of the industry, Fairphone’s new model embodies the company’s commitment to better materials, better mining practices and a longer product lifecycle.

Polestar’s Latest LCA Report Shows New Potential for EV Industry Transparency

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The Swedish EV maker finds vast differences in CO2e throughout the life of its vehicles, depending on the source of the charging energy.

ReGrained Shares Key Ingredients for a Deliciously Sustainable Food Future

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. We spoke with ReGrained co-founder Dan Kurzrock to learn more about the upcycling process, the role such technology can play in helping to fix the food system, and why brand collaboration is so important when it comes to scale.

Intuit, Techsoup, Impact Hub Join Goodwings Initiative to Turn 1B Trips Net Zero by 2030

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The “1 Billion Green Trips” initiative, by B Corp-certified hotel booking platform Goodwings — now backed by Intuit, TechSoup, Impact Hub and six other partners — aims to remove travel-generated carbon emissions at an unprecedented scale.

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Loop Expands Into Brick-and-Mortar Stores Worldwide

The reusable packaging platform’s transition from ecommerce to in-store marks the conclusion of its hugely successful pilot and the beginning of Loop’s next phase of growth, which will see it available in-store across five countries and on four continents.

Tau Index Provides Glimpse Into Nations Poised to Lead in Sustainability, Thanks to ICT

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The Index ranks 144 countries based on their ICT infrastructures and ecosystems, including how well they are utilizing ICT to create more sustainable economies. For Tau Institute founder Roger Strukhoff, what sets the nations that will succeed apart is “a certain willingness to think beyond their front door.”

Nestlé Professional, WRI Expand Cool Food Meals to Foodservice Locations Across the US

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. New partnership enables foodservice operators to easily guide diners toward climate-friendly food choices. Nestlé Professional Cool Food Meals will incorporate plant-based proteins from Sweet Earth Foods, which will be carbon neutral by 2025.

New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As circular business models continue to increase in popularity, Chairish’s report finds the resale furniture industry projected to grow by 54% over the next five years; two-thirds of consumers surveyed think resale will play a significant role in the future of sustainability.

Tourism Industry’s Vision for the Future is Collaborative, Locally Focused

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Many people are becoming more aware of their environmental footprint and the impact they have on people and the planet. This awareness can be harnessed by the tourism industry to shift passive sea-and-sun tourists into more conscientious, actively engaged travelers.

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Indigenous-Inspired Design to Help Future-Proof Tulum’s New Train Station

Aidia Studio’s pre-Hispanic Mayan-inspired design is a much-needed evolutionary twist on current architecture that will help ensure the survival of the Mexican city’s transport links during increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Ray Onovwigun and his startup, Romco Metals, have seized the opportunity to build the capacity and infrastructure Africa needs to become a global player in the recovery and recycling of valuable metals.

Partnering Across the Value Chain in India: New Opportunities to Close the Loop

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Although progress is being made to advance a circular economy, converting difficult-to-recycle flexible plastics and films, such as plastic bags, into new products has largely been untouched by recycling innovators. Dow, Circulate Capital and Lucro Plast-e-cycle are partnering to change that.

How eCommerce Can Reduce Both Shoe Returns and Their Environmental Effects

Retailers and brands that view themselves as leaders in a customer's online shopping journey, and want to keep their trust in sustainability initiatives, need to solve the root of the return culture problem: Fit. Sizeable advancements in AI and machine learning have put the perfect fit in the hands of everyone.

IKEA Brings Circular Model Stateside with Pilot of Buy Back & Resell Service

The retailer is piloting the service, which helps customers prolong the life of their furniture, at IKEA Conshohocken for a limited time — with a goal of expanding it to all of its US stores in the future.

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