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10 Nature-Inspired Innovations Compete for 2021 Ray of Hope Prize

Sustainable building materials, textiles, cooling systems and water-filtration technologies are among the top 10 nature-inspired solutions participating in the Biomimicry Institute’s 10-week accelerator program and in the running for the annual $100K prize.

Trending: Fashion, Beverage Industries Continue to Advance Solutions to Plastic Waste

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The $1.2M Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize seeks scalable, alternative solutions for thin-film plastic; while Paboco has eliminated plastic from Absolut’s bio-based beverage bottle, making it fully recyclable.

Are 3D-Printed Buildings the Sustainable Future of Construction?

The construction industry must adopt technologies that increase productivity while mitigating the impact of our growing housing needs on the climate crisis. Mighty Buildings’ technology may be ‘one of the only in existence’ that could unlock the needed productivity alongside reduced emissions.

How to Empower the Next, Diverse Generation of Inventors

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. For those who cultivate innovation and invention, it is our responsibility to provide opportunity for those historically marginalized. Our society must take the harsh realizations uncovered by the pandemic and use them to fuel ambition and drive, to ensure access and opportunity for every student.

Atlanta’s Food Forest Pioneering Potential Solution to Urban Food Deserts

The Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill caters to one of 35 food-insecure communities in Georgia’s capital — and provides a scalable model for other cities to begin to address this all-too-common systemic inequity in US cities.

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Mattel PlayBack to Give Old Toys New Life

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. With new takeback program, families can now send old toys back to Mattel, which will recover and reuse materials for use in future Mattel products.

Trending: Fashion Industry Advancing Transparency, Circularity – Thread by Thread

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Two new initiatives leveraging connected products and scaling recycled polyester aim to accelerate industry transparency and circular materials and business models.

Pandora Nixes Mined Diamonds for Lab-Grown

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The world’s largest jewelry company aims to make diamond jewelry accessible to a wider audience. Its new Pandora Brilliance collection marks its first collection without mined diamonds.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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