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Fairphone Forges Ahead with Longer-Lasting, E-waste-Neutral Smartphone

Still striving to greatly improve the sustainability of the industry, Fairphone’s new model embodies the company’s commitment to better materials, better mining practices and a longer product lifecycle.

Polestar’s Latest LCA Report Shows New Potential for EV Industry Transparency

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The Swedish EV maker finds vast differences in CO2e throughout the life of its vehicles, depending on the source of the charging energy.

ReGrained Shares Key Ingredients for a Deliciously Sustainable Food Future

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. We spoke with ReGrained co-founder Dan Kurzrock to learn more about the upcycling process, the role such technology can play in helping to fix the food system, and why brand collaboration is so important when it comes to scale.

Intuit, Techsoup, Impact Hub Join Goodwings Initiative to Turn 1B Trips Net Zero by 2030

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. The “1 Billion Green Trips” initiative, by B Corp-certified hotel booking platform Goodwings — now backed by Intuit, TechSoup, Impact Hub and six other partners — aims to remove travel-generated carbon emissions at an unprecedented scale.

Loop Expands Into Brick-and-Mortar Stores Worldwide

The reusable packaging platform’s transition from ecommerce to in-store marks the conclusion of its hugely successful pilot and the beginning of Loop’s next phase of growth, which will see it available in-store across five countries and on four continents.

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Tau Index Provides Glimpse Into Nations Poised to Lead in Sustainability, Thanks to ICT

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The Index ranks 144 countries based on their ICT infrastructures and ecosystems, including how well they are utilizing ICT to create more sustainable economies. For Tau Institute founder Roger Strukhoff, what sets the nations that will succeed apart is “a certain willingness to think beyond their front door.”

Nestlé Professional, WRI Expand Cool Food Meals to Foodservice Locations Across the US

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. New partnership enables foodservice operators to easily guide diners toward climate-friendly food choices. Nestlé Professional Cool Food Meals will incorporate plant-based proteins from Sweet Earth Foods, which will be carbon neutral by 2025.

New Report Sees Home Furnishings Recommerce Eclipsing Traditional Retail

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As circular business models continue to increase in popularity, Chairish’s report finds the resale furniture industry projected to grow by 54% over the next five years; two-thirds of consumers surveyed think resale will play a significant role in the future of sustainability.

Tourism Industry’s Vision for the Future Is Collaborative, Locally Focused

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Many people are becoming more aware of their environmental footprint and the impact they have on people and the planet. This awareness can be harnessed by the tourism industry to shift passive sea-and-sun tourists into more conscientious, actively engaged travelers.

Indigenous-Inspired Design to Help Future-Proof Tulum’s New Train Station

Aidia Studio’s pre-Hispanic Mayan-inspired design is a much-needed evolutionary twist on current architecture that will help ensure the survival of the Mexican city’s transport links during increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

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30-Year-Old Entrepreneur Putting Africa Front and Center in Global Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Ray Onovwigun and his startup, Romco Metals, have seized the opportunity to build the capacity and infrastructure Africa needs to become a global player in the recovery and recycling of valuable metals.

Partnering Across the Value Chain in India: New Opportunities to Close the Loop

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Although progress is being made to advance a circular economy, converting difficult-to-recycle flexible plastics and films, such as plastic bags, into new products has largely been untouched by recycling innovators. Dow, Circulate Capital and Lucro Plast-e-cycle are partnering to change that.

How eCommerce Can Reduce Both Shoe Returns and Their Environmental Effects

Retailers and brands that view themselves as leaders in a customer's online shopping journey, and want to keep their trust in sustainability initiatives, need to solve the root of the return culture problem: Fit. Sizeable advancements in AI and machine learning have put the perfect fit in the hands of everyone.

IKEA Brings Circular Model Stateside with Pilot of Buy Back & Resell Service

The retailer is piloting the service, which helps customers prolong the life of their furniture, at IKEA Conshohocken for a limited time — with a goal of expanding it to all of its US stores in the future.

Jackson Family Wines to Transform Wine Industry Into One That’s ‘Rooted for Good’

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. A livable world will be determined by the choices humanity makes during this 'decade of action.' JFW is taking point to fundamentally shift how the wine industry future-proofs itself and does business for good.

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Doconomy, Parley Partner to Solve Interconnected Climate, Plastic Crises

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The two will work together to quantify the unseen environmental costs of consumption decisions in ways that empower individuals, businesses and governments to align their spending with climate action and solutions — focusing initially on carbon, water and plastic.

Education: The Missing Piece in Holistic CSR Strategies

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. These forward-thinking companies' efforts show that committing to education as part of a brand’s CSR strategy is, truly, a commitment — but one that can pay dividends both to society and the company itself.

This Spanish Water Utility Is Turning Orange Waste Into Green Power

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Emasesa saw an opportunity to treat the 5.7M kilos of oranges littering the streets of Seville each year not as food waste, but as a powerful circular solution.

Trending: lululemon, Pangaia Push Plant-Based Fabrics Further

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. lululemon’s latest partnership aims to replace conventional nylon in its products with bio-based; while two new blends from Pangaia are the brand’s latest step to delivering sustainable alternatives to overproduced materials such as cotton.

Industry Leaders Co-Creating Groundbreaking Framework to Evolve Packaging Recyclability

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Designing a package to be recyclable is currently complex and ambiguous, with no transparent national framework or guidelines in place. The Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework will be open for comment for 30 days, beginning August 19.

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