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2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances

2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances

It’s that time of year again, when Fast Company calls out its favorite World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of that we’re especially keen to keep an eye on.

How Able Made’s Circular Products Are Fueling Healthier Communities

Able Made is a purpose-driven lifestyle brand created to help empower city youth and support nonprofits with its sustainably made apparel and accessories, and programming aimed at a creating healthier communities through the power of design and sport.

How the Washington Nationals Will Avoid Using 5M Ketchup Packets This Season

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. A smart, win-win, local partnership will enable the team to provide a combination of sustainable tech and healthier condiment options for a sustainable and COVID-safe solution.

Does Waste Have an Image Problem?

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. For circularity to become mainstream, where nothing is wasted and everything is fed back into the system, it requires businesses to find value in resources already in circulation — and reframe how they perceive waste in the first place.

Co|Lab is a HITT: Innovative Facility Serves as Hub for R&D of Emerging Materials

HITT Contracting’s demo facility was designed to highlight circular design; focus on healthy material selection; and meet the most rigorous, sustainable standards for the construction industry.

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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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