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12 Winners of NextGen Cup Challenge Reimagining the Future of the To-Go Cup

Starbucks, McDonald's and other industry leaders partner in pre-competitive collaboration to drive sustainable design and find innovative cup solutions.

Visa Outlines Ways to Improve Daily Travel for Smarter, More Efficient Cities

Global transportation study assesses trends and challenges in public transportation and parking, in the face of population growth and urban migration patterns.

Trending: Better Furniture Options Enable a ‘Sustainable Life at Home’

New offerings by IKEA, Loll Designs add more options for consumers invested in living more sustainably.

Classroom-in-a-Backpack Bringing Education to the Masses in Off-Grid Bangladesh

Light of Hope had the rather ingenious idea of fitting a solar panel-powered classroom into a backpack.

Chipotle, FoodBytes! Unveil Newest Classes of Food, Ag Innovators

Two startup accelerators highlight the latest startup solutions poised to disrupt our food system for good.

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EPR in Action: TerraCycle, CPG Giants Close ‘Loop’ on Single-Use Packaging

First-of-its-kind, global shopping platform aims to offer zero-waste packaging options for the world’s most popular consumer products.

Why Entrepreneurs, Not CPG Giants, Will Lead Us to ‘Earth-Functional Foods’

New report uses the term “Earth-Functional Foods” to describe food that provides environmental benefits beyond health.

CES Tech for a Better World: Insights on Innovation and Social Purpose

With the 2019 Tech for a Better World honorees, CES makes the statement that technology should positively impact humanity and the natural world.

How Smart Tech Is Bringing Toilets to the Masses Across the Developing World

Did you hear the story of the little girl in India who called the police to report her dad over a toilet?

Trending: More Big Brands Get Behind Plant-Based Burger Bonanza

Two recent, industry-changing announcements from food giants Carl’s Jr. and Nestlé mean more dining options for health- and environment-conscious consumers that might not violate their New Year’s resolutions.

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Trending: BASF, Coca-Cola, EC Break New Ground on Plastics Recycling

Continuing this year’s wave of near-constant innovations aimed at responsible management of post-consumer plastics are new advancements from both the private and public sector. BASF making products with chemically recycled plastics BASF announced it has broken new ground in plastic waste recycling with its ChemCycling project. Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize currently unrecyclable plastic waste, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Depending on the region, such waste is usually sent to landfill or burned with energy recovery.

Give More This Season: The 2018 SB Holiday Gift Guide

What better way to commemorate the season of giving than with gifts that really give more - by improving ecosystems, business practices and financial security; and eliminating waste, pollution and carbon emissions around the world - while spreading holiday cheer? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be proud to give. For sustainable urban active-ists

Plastic, Be Gone! Unilever, Stora Enso Developing Better Sachets, Straws

This week, more momentum on the anti-plastic front: Unilever will develop a crowdsourced, plastic-free laundry solution to combat single-use sachets; while Stora Enso and Sulapac are developing renewable drinking straws. Unilever to invest €100K in crowdsourced alternative to plastic packaging CPG giant Unilever has announced that it will invest €100,000 in a new, plastic-free laundry tablet — a crowdsourced innovation that has the potential to replace single-use sachets of laundry powder, a popular format for laundry detergents in the developing world that is problematic in terms of plastic waste.

All New 3M Products to Include Sustainability Value

US-based multinational 3M launches approximately 1,000 new products each year; starting in 2019, 100 percent of them will have sustainability built in: Today, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), 3M announced its first formal requirement that, beginning in 2019, all new products will include a Sustainability Value Commitment that demonstrates how they drive impact for the greater good.

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Kickstarter, EDF Partner to Push for Better Product Development

Kickstarter PBC and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today unveiled new features on Kickstarter aimed at helping innovators evaluate and reduce the environmental impact of their products from the concept stage. Kickstarter and EDF worked together to develop an information hub called the Environmental Resource Center, as well as a space where project creators are asked to publicly commit to environmental practices. These features will help thousands of people create sustainable products by embedding environmental considerations into the early planning stages.

Geomimicry: Reversing the Great Sequestration

This is the third in a four-part series on geomimicry by renowned author and George Mason University professor Dr. Gregory C. Unruh. Read parts one and two.

Meet the Plant-Based Protein Poised to Sustainabilize the Food Industry

Along with a wave of plant-based meat innovations from startups such as Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and Right Treat, which are giving the meat industry a run for its resource-intensive money, a new plant protein solution could further revolutionize the food industry.

SAMBAZON, Ecology Center Seeking College Students with Purposeful Business Ideas

SAMBAZON — the first company to bring organic açaí to the U.S. — and The Ecology Center, a non-profit eco-educational center, have launched their second annual Greenhouse Initiative.

Mimicking Nature, But Not as Nature Intended: An Introduction to Geomimicry

This is the first in a series of posts by Dr. Gregory Unruh about geomimicry and its implications for sustainability.

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