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Product, Service & Design Innovation

The latest products, services, design approaches and business models that are helping organizations of all sizes deliver on their sustainability ambitions and establish a new business as usual.

Danfoss ‘Smart Store’ Sets New Bar for Energy-Efficient Supermarkets

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The Smart Store — expected to be ~50% more energy efficient than a typical supermarket — will also work as Danfoss’ test center for energy-efficiency technologies.

Concrete Has an Emissions Problem. Thankfully, Startups Are Queuing Up to Solve It

In 2021, global construction projects consumed 30B tonnes of cement to make concrete — with every tonne emitting almost a tonne of CO2. The good news is, technologies already exist to reduce the impact of concrete production.

These Fermented Oils Could Be a Game-Changer for Human, Planetary Health

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Along with being sub-optimal for human health, many conventional cooking oils contribute to deforestation, biodiversity loss, and soil and water pollution. Fermented oils could save both the environment and our diets.

Human-Centered Design Prioritizes Health, Wellbeing and Regeneration

HOK’s design focus is not only on reducing building emissions, but also the environmental impact of materials and the health of building occupants. The firm's regenerative design studio also explores how buildings can be net positive for the environment.

These AI-Powered Drones Finally Bring Precision to Herbicide Application

Precision AI has developed the world's first AI drones for plant-level herbicide application — on a mission to create healthier, more sustainable, profitable farms.

Closed-Loop, Reusable Distribution System Saves Spirits Producers Costs, Emissions, Materials

EcoSPIRITS’ EcoTOTE system replaces traditional, 1.75-liter liquor bottles with reusable glass containers that reduce emissions by 60-90% while maintaining product quality.

Upcycled Emissions for the Win: How Twelve Is Closing the Loop on Fossil Fuels

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The California-based carbon-transformation company is emerging as a leader in ‘CO2Made’ products — from everyday consumer goods to sustainable jet and marine fuels.

Reimagining Retail: 3 Strategies to Help Shape the Future We Want

As Brand-Led Culture Change continued, we heard from a number of players touching retail on how they’re nudging consumers toward more climate-friendly purchases and shifting the model to create a more just and inclusive shopping experience.

Why Being 'Lazy' Could Be Good for the Planet

By automating the small tasks of your day-to-day routine, you are gifted back the time to focus on the most essential and important elements of life while creating much less impact on the planet.

Measuring & Improving Brand Portfolio Sustainability to Meet the Demands of a Changing Market

The complex issues facing business and society demand complex and collaborative solutions; disconnected, myopic management techniques are no longer effective.

Responding to Cultural Tipping Points: Co-Creating a Brand Culture for Good

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Keynotes from day 2 of Brand-Led Culture Change shed light on collaborative behavior-change and stakeholder-engagement approaches that are changing the way brands are creating products, stories and strategies.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Challenges Industry: ‘We Must Change the Way We Make Our Food’

The Foundation’s Big Food Redesign Challenge will bring together producers, retailers, startups and suppliers to bring circular food design into the mainstream.

Regeneration, Reinvention and Revamping Retail: Finding the Sweet Spots to Drive Culture Change

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Opening keynotes at Brand-Led Culture Change featured insights from unconventional brand partnerships and keys to helping people and brands alike move beyond fear and embrace the changes we need to create a flourishing future for all.

First Closed-Loop Metal-Recycling Technology Offers Sustainable Future for a Battery-Powered World

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Aqua Metals’ closed-loop metal-recycling process is revolutionizing metal sourcing and disposal — and eliminating the negative side effects of EV battery production.

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance Unveils Five-Year, Net-Positive Industry Strategy

The Alliance’s vision for net-positive hospitality includes standardizing sustainability metrics across the industry and a shared vision for giving back to destination communities more than it takes.

Michelle Obama’s PLEZi Nutrition Aims to Help Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Building on her efforts in the White House with her Let's Move! initiative, Mrs. Obama is guiding PLEZi Nutrition’s mission to be a model for how food and beverage brands can support the health of our younger generations.

60+ Innovators Against Plastic Pollution Call for Pragmatic, Inclusive Global Plastics Treaty

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. rePurpose Global, The Ocean Cleanup launch alliance of leading plastic-waste solutionists dedicated to empowering balanced and informed policymaking.

Why 2023 Is (Finally) The Year of the Sustainability Pivot

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Four key trends are converging this year to create a permanent shift toward sustainability across industries — with implications for tech innovation, the planet and companies that have yet to start their sustainability transformation.

Balancing Optimism, Practicality to Drive Architects and Designers Toward a Sustainable Future

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Shaw spoke with 'Metropolis' Editor-in-Chief Avinash Rajagopal about how to best tackle the complexity of sustainability, and how the design industry is adopting a more interconnected perspective on the subject.

Planetarians’ Tasty New Use for Spent Beans and Yeast Shaking Up Alt-Protein Market

The startup upcycles food waste and byproducts into a new kind of high-protein, high-fiber, vegan meat. Unlike most products in the crowded alt-protein market, it has achieved both great taste and price parity.