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Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 2: Materials Parsimony

The amazing diversity of life is founded on dramatic materials parsimony; almost everything in nature is built out of just four elements. Whereas, what we humans have gotten since the Industrial Revolution is *materials proliferation.*

How Kohler Has 'Tapped' an Internal Flow of Entrepreneurial Ideas

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. To help address the need to provide access to clean water and sanitation around the world, Kohler launched an internal “Shark Tank”-style social innovation competition — and many of its 38,000 employees are loving the chance to share their big ideas.

Beyond Global Thinking: NASA’s Jim Adams on Ensuring Humanity’s Future

Ahead of his upcoming keynote at SB’19 Madrid and 50 years after the Moon landing, we spoke with Jim Adams — recently retired Deputy Chief Technologist at NASA — about the moonshot thinking humanity now needs.

Evolving Consumer Palates Demanding Better-Made Beverages

As we see greater attention to the growing climate crisis, plastic pollution and other global sustainability challenges, beverage makers who do more to reduce their impact stand to gain, while those stuck in a tone-deaf, business-as-usual model will be left behind.

Sea Change: How to Spark Sustainable Innovation in an Old-School Industry

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Many people and organizations, as well as broad market and social trends, contributed to sustainable seafood’s arrival at this place. Everyone who engaged helped build the network; and because they did, our oceans and plates are going to be healthier.

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With New Absolute-Reduction Strategy, Unilever 'Gets Drastic on Plastic’

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. By 2025, the CPG giant says it will eliminate more than 100K tonnes of plastic packaging, and collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells. This makes Unilever the first global CPG company to commit to an absolute plastics reduction across its portfolio.

Trending: Collaborations Fostering Next-Gen Solutions for Coffee Cups, Paper Packaging

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Environmental NGO Canopy rallies apparel brands around better paper packaging; and six graduates of the NextGen Circular Business Accelerator prepare to bring their their sustainable coffee cup solutions to market.

Ask First, Give Second: The One-for-One Giving Model Gets a Revamp

Ideally, Western companies should adopt an attitude of *Ask First, Give Second*. We’d all benefit if we empowered those who will receive the donations to determine what they need most, rather than making that decision for them.

New Chocolate, Ingredients from Barry Callebaut Utilize Whole Cacao Fruit

‘Cacaofruit Experience’ eliminates 70% of waste in cacao processing while addressing consumer demand for tasty, nutritious, whole foods; WholeFruit chocolate is a fresh, fruity chocolate made from 100% pure cacao fruit, is available for chefs and artisans.

There Is No ‘Silver Bullet’ For Resource Management in the Climate Crisis

People have opinions about the ways we should address the climate crisis. There are many possible solutions, but however we decide to change, we have to do it now.

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UPDATE: Salesforce’s Sustainability Cloud Empowers Business to Drive Impactful Climate Action

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Salesforce reinforces sustainability commitments at UNGA and Climate Week NYC with stakeholder engagement, STEM investments, and a new carbon accounting product.

Meet the Latest 12 Startups Set to Change Fashion as We Know it

Innovations in garment fitting, recycling, intelligent machinery and a virtual garment marketplace are among the 12 new innovations joining the latest Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator Programme.

Wanted: ‘Moonshot' Thinking for the Planet’s New Challenges

'Moonshot' thinking means applying disruptive, innovative thinking to difficult problems. Today, we have access to means and resources that were unimaginable 50 years ago. Let’s make the impossible possible again.

Q&A: Shaw on Flooring That’s Good for More Than the Feet

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The floor beneath our feet can mean so little, or so much. We caught up with Susan Farris, VP of Sustainability Corporate Communications, to learn more about how Shaw’s focus on sustainability is evolving alongside the market.

Trending: Google, Prince Harry Aiming to Help People, Industry Decarbonize Travel

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Google’s new ‘green’ Maps feature highlights users’ lowest-carbon transport options; while new Travalyst initiative aims to protect destinations by encouraging sustainable practices across the travel industry.

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Meet CHEP: The Unsung Leader in Circular, Data-Driven Transport Solutions

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Wooden pallets may not be the most glamorous part of the global supply chain, but nothing gets moved around without them, and they are a huge opportunity for a circular economy.

A Designer Fix to Our Current State of 'Broken'

From alternative materials to circular production methods, sustainable design continues on a viable path forward; it is an approach that I hope other manufacturers embrace as the ultimate design challenge.

Trending: Sustainability Concerns Turning the Tide on Sunscreens

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Through CVS’ elimination of coral-damaging compounds and research pointing to cashew shells as a non-toxic alternative, tomorrow’s sunscreens could end up protecting more than our skin.

Trending: Waste-Free Personal Care Products Set to Revolutionize Industry

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Blueland debuts another plastic-free offering, Lush develops carbon-positive packaging, and Maiiro calls out the beauty industry’s ‘Pack of Lies’ in a new plastic-awareness campaign.

Mars Selects 6 Food Startups to Sow SEEDS of CHANGE™

Participants in Mars’ inaugural accelerator program will receive a four-month mentorship with industry experts and grants up to $50,000.

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