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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.

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How Can Apparel Brands Solve a Problem Like Deadstock?

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. A growing number of niche brands are finding success with apparel repurposing; but many larger apparel companies have no best practices in place for managing their enormous volumes of unsellable merchandise. Fortunately, a new sub-industry of upcycling partners is stepping in to ‘reimagine’ increasingly large volumes of deadstock.

Paleblue Is Betting Big on a Switch to Rechargeable

The startup estimates that wide-scale adoption of long-life, rechargeable batteries could save 126,350 metric tons of batteries from filling US landfills each year, with an immeasurable reduction in chemical leakage. But the industry has been slow to innovate to address its environmental impacts.

Racing to Zero, Part 3: Reimagining Construction for Circularity

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The latent circular revolution is slow in getting off the ground in construction — but it’s time to reimagine and transform the industry. Here we explore eight key shifts to help construction actors rise to the circular challenge.

Design for Recycling: High-Tech or Back to Basics?

Maybe before companies spend millions on futuristic high-tech, they should go back to the drawing board and start sketching from a different perspective. Because there is no technology more powerful than the creative mind.

Meet Svart: The World’s First Off-Grid, Energy-Positive, Luxury Resort

The futuristic hotel is being built using a ‘360-degree, holistic circular approach.’ With a data-driven approach to next-level ecotourism, Svart’s goals include not only its guests’ relaxation, but education on environmental conservation, and changes in ‘attitude and behavior.’

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After Going Public, On Rightly Has Its Head in the Cloud

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The Swiss company now has the funds to take its sustainability ethos to the next level — with the launch of a potentially game-changing, truly circular shoe and long-awaited subscription service.

Kraft Heinz Not Company Out to Upend Industry with AI-Driven, Plant-Based Food Innovation

In partnering with NotCo, Kraft Heinz aims to leverage its manufacturing and commercial capabilities, with the scale of some of its beloved global food brands, to reshape the food landscape and set a new standard for plant-based innovation.

Knorr Gives Our Favorite Comfort Food a Planet-Friendlier Makeover

Knorr’s ‘Plizza’ is the brand’s updated take on the classic dish that features plant-based, nutrient-rich ingredients from crust to toppings — in honor of World Eat for Good Day.

Making a Hot Cup Recyclable: The Innovation Behind the Scenes at WestRock

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. In 2019, WestRock’s answer to a recyclable hot cup was named a winner of the NextGen Cup challenge. Here, we go behind the scenes of developing this innovative barrier technology and hear what’s next for the holy grail of the easily recycled hot cup.

5 Key Trends at the Intersection of Health, Wellbeing and Design

Here, Shaw Industries’ VP of Global Sustainability, Kellie Ballew; and Rachel Hodgdon, CEO of the International WELL Building Institute, discuss game-changing trends in building design — all centered around a new focus on human health and wellbeing.

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How Climate Risk Can Inform Climate Solutions

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The fast and yet slow pace of climate change, along with the geographically dispersed nature of the impacts, can make a collective risk accounting seem overwhelming. Yet there is an interplay between climate risk and certain mitigation measures; we need to factor the risks into how we approach solutions.

There’s an Opportunity for Purpose Leadership in the Metaverse Gold Rush

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Companies getting into the gold rush of the metaverse can, like many before them in burgeoning industries, put profit first with little thought to the implications on society. Rarely have we been able to proactively factor in brand purpose and ESG planning into the early stages of an industry; and we have the unique opportunity to get it right this time around.

Why There Won’t Be Quite So Much Waste from the Big Game This Year

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. From cups and straws to the over 300 million gallons of beer expected to be drunk in the US this weekend, companies are stepping up with innovative solutions to rein in the fallout from one of our most wasteful celebration days of the year.

Creating a Ripple Effect: Associates at the Heart of Engagement and Innovation

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. Companies must create opportunities for employees to break down internal and social borders that try to dictate who they are and what they can achieve. By doing so, employees can think beyond their day-to-day role to grow as professionals and individuals, while also creating meaningful value for the company.

Meet the Company Deconstructing Food Products to Reconstruct a More Resilient Food System

Journey Foods is on a mission to transform our food system, one product at a time. Its database of over 17B data points on millions of food products and ingredients is helping companies optimize the complete lifecycle of products, from ideation to market.

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Rural Studio Immersion Program Enriching Students, Reviving West Alabama’s Black Belt

At Auburn University’s architectural-training program, “housing is health.” Associate Director Rusty Smith asserts: “As architects, we have a professional responsibility. It's not only an ethical or moral responsibility; it's a professional responsibility, as well, to act when we see people in crisis.”

Seeing Stars: Reconnecting Humanity with a Flick of a Switch

When the city of Franeker, Netherlands, turned off its lights for a night to reveal the now-rarely seen splendor of the night sky, it was a reminder of our inextricable link to each other and our universe.

14 Innovators Win Grants for Solutions Aimed at Sustainably ‘Seeding the Future’

The startups and NGOs have won the inaugural Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge, from the Institute of Food Technologists, aimed at scaling innovations that will help transform the food system.

Social Infrastructure: Construction Projects as a Force for Good

If an organization commissions a multimillion-dollar building or renovation, how can it double or triple the social and environmental benefits from its investment? Many green building standards already exist, but what if it was possible to go beyond them — to design a building process that was transformational in its execution?

These ‘Friendly’ Insects Could Make Our Most Deadly, Destructive Pests Drop Like Flies

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Oxitec’s Friendly™ technology has created self-limiting versions of some of our most deadly and destructive insect pests — a safe, targeted solution that has the potential to protect human populations, food crops and livelihoods globally.

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