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Meet the Organisation Giving the Homeless a Way Out of Poverty, Through Coffee

Change Please is empowering London’s homeless by training them to be baristas — providing full barista training, jobs paying London Living Wage, and support with housing, bank accounts and mental wellbeing.

Inaugural Grounded Summit Showcases Radical Climate Solutions, Need for More

The Summit aimed to highlight real and actionable solutions; and, ultimately, to bring awareness and investment to the Grounded Foundation, which will provide funding and resources to innovative climate change solutions.

Could Diversification, Bean-less Brews Hold Keys to Coffee Sustainability?

A new report says crop diversification will help Vietnamese coffee farmers reduce their CO2 footprint, but makers of a new beverage that’s the molecular equivalent of coffee posit that it could be the wave of a climate-changed future.

HP Commits to 100% Circular, Carbon-Neutral, Forest-Positive Printing

The tech giant shares vision for print sustainability with innovation that helps protect the world’s forests, reduces carbon emissions and uses more recycled materials.

Trending: UN, Circular Innovators Continue Mission to Slow Down Fashion

A handful of new initiatives, products and innovations continue the attack on fashion’s wasteful and environmentally and socially destructive practices from a variety of angles.

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Trending: Taking the Carbon, Waste Out of eCommerce

Between Amazon and Etsy’s carbon-neutral ambitions, and more and more options for circular shipping containers, the millions of tons of emissions and waste generated by e-commerce could soon be a thing of the past.

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.

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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.

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?

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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.

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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