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Meet the Food-Delivery Service That’s Actually Helping Restaurants ‘Fare’ During the Pandemic

Fare, a new food-delivery app, is building a more equitable model — one that fosters enhanced community cohesion and shared benefits, and doesn’t include restaurant-crippling fees.

Small Fashion Brands Throw Collective Weight Behind Circular Fashion Pledge

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Over 110 small and medium-sized apparel brands from around the world have signed on to the 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge, with actionable steps to make circular fashion an industry-wide reality.

Meet the Innovators Ensuring the COVID Plastic Boom Doesn't Last Forever

With health concerns momentarily outweighing mindful consumption, global efforts to wean the world off of single-use plastics have ground to a halt — and suddenly, in the race to protect citizens, plastic is everywhere. Thankfully, lockdown has also triggered radical innovation and ingenuity.

Sisters’ Social Enterprise Breaking the Cycle of Limited Personal Mobility in the UAE

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Meet Charicycles — the upcycled cycles that are helping improve mobility and air quality in Dubai, while improving the wellbeing and motivation of children in refugee camps.

SDGs Key to (Re)Building Tourism with an Eye Toward the Future

The travel industry has done a poor job integrating the SDGs into business operations and reporting on them. But the Goals offer guidance on how to develop destinations that can appropriately manage tourism’s footprint and minimize environmental impact while benefiting local communities.

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Israeli Startup Looks to Nature for Concrete Solution for Marine Infrastructure

ECOncrete has created a unique line of concrete solutions that enhance the biological and ecological value of urban, coastal and marine infrastructure; while increasing their strength and durability.

‘Quality of Life’ Economists Reveal Planning Tool for Values-Driven Entrepreneurs

Happonomy’s Leap Model is a step-by-step plan that helps startups, businesses and organizations strengthen their foundations, evaluate resources and move ideas forward while staying true to their sustainability principles.

Biomimetic Cooling, Housing Solutions Take Top Honors in Youth Design Challenge

The Biomimicry Institute’s third annual Youth Design Challenge engaged 6,000 students across the US; and yielded ingenious designs for solutions to problems in cities and nature alike.

How 3 CPG Companies Invigorated Their Brands Through Plastic Neutrality

The Plastic Neutral Certification enabled these brands to immediately address the growing concerns of their customer base, tell unique stories on their sustainability commitment, and differentiate themselves from the competition on the aisle and in the customer’s mind.

Brewers Take Note: Enzymes Can Play a Crucial Role in Global Climate Fightback

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. LCAs are becoming increasingly important in identifying ways to help solve the climate crisis — not only in pinpointing inefficiencies, but in highlighting how relatively small changes can create a huge, lasting, collective impact.

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Community Support, Collaboration Signal Resilient Future for Co-operatives

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. The coronavirus pandemic has made clear the importance of each person and business acting individually to work toward a shared goal that benefits society as a whole. Co-ops are inherently set up for resilience, as they act with the best interest of the community in mind.

Trending: Startups Find Surprising Ways to Fuel Shift Away from Animal-Based Proteins

Startups in Israel and Colorado are hitting the lab to reinvent dairy products and pet treats, respectively, without a single animal protein (as we know it) in sight.

Giving Tuesday Now: The Jumpstart We Need to Reimagine Giving

#GivingTuesdayNow is an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It’s an opportunity to give back to communities in safe ways that allow for social connection; to support the critical work of the nonprofit sector; and perhaps more importantly, to redefine the role of business.

Shelter from the Storm: Overcoming Challenges to Build a Resilient, Sustainable Society

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. In a recent conversation about the role of his company in ensuring a sustainable future in times of increasing uncertainty, MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings’ Shiro Fujii said, “We don’t see ourselves simply as an insurance provider, but as a risk solutions expert.”

CaterCow Cares: The COVID-Sparked Pivot That Really Puts People Before Profit

In what could end up being a swan song for the company, CaterCow has truly put altruism ahead of self-preservation during the ongoing pandemic.

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26 World-Changing Ideas: Improving Everything from Food to Health to Materials to Transport

How nice to stop thinking about COVID for a minute and revel in the potential of some truly groundbreaking creations! Here are some of Fast Company’s most recent list of 26 World-Changing Ideas that we’re especially excited about …

SB’20 Yokohama: Collaboration, Co-Creation Tackling the Challenges Facing Japan and the World

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. On the theme of “Delivering the Good Life,” SB'20 Yokohama was held on February 19–20 in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo. The fourth SB conference in Japan attracted 231 speakers and more than 3,300 attendees, making it the largest-scale event in the global Sustainable Brands community.

SB Corporate Members Collaborate to Drive Circular Innovation

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. When BASF and its customer and fellow Sustainable Brands Corporate Member, Stanley Black & Decker, realized they had similar interest in recycling technologies for plastics and battery materials, they decided to launch an innovation challenge.

Apple, Google Team Up on Contact-Tracing System for COVID-19

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. If only we had a reliable system for tracking the spread of the coronavirus, and future outbreaks … The two tech giants are collaborating on just that — and they insist it won’t compromise public privacy.

Fibersort Technology Could Be Game-Changing for Recycling Post-Consumer Textiles

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The tech can separate collected textiles by fiber composition and color into precise recycling feedstocks and return them to the supply chain — but studies show consumers need to drive the garment industry to use more recycled content in their products.

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