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Forum for the Future, Fashion for Good Examine Potential Futures for Fashion

New studies released today at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit dive into potential futures for the fashion industry — Forum for the Future examines four distinct, climate-changed scenarios; while Fashion for Good assesses the viability of three circular business models.

Trending: Startups Fighting Food Waste Continue to Shape ‘Future of Snacking’

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Entrepreneurial innovators are still giving the big guys a run for their money — with new products and solutions making use of food waste or eliminating it completely — and also challenging each other to create winning new products with upcycled ingredients.

Of Plastics and People: Suzanne Shelton Shines Light into the Consumer Mind

Through intensive research, Suzanne Shelton and her firm have gained insight into the ‘what next’ brands are looking for: less conversation, more action. Consumers are actively asking for more sustainable options — not alongside, but in place of traditional products and packaging.

Saskia Van Gendt: Her ‘Method’ for Optimism & Innovation

How does Saskia Van Gendt, Method’s Senior Director of Greenskeeping, stay so positive facing the globally unsustainable manufacturing processes still in play today?

P&G Brands Aim to Expand Leadership in Responsible Consumption

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. At SB’19 Paris this week, P&G presented a forward-looking framework, including innovation strategies that will inspire and enable responsible consumption for the five billion consumers served by the company’s many brands each day.

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Offset Your Coffee Habit with This Waste-Saving Soap

Coffee lovers that hate waste and enjoy feeling fresh, clean and exfoliated — listen up: Grounded Upcycling makes a simple bar of soap that checks all three boxes.

The Allbirds Carbon Fund: We’re Changing, So the Climate Doesn’t

We have a contract with our customers to continuously improve our products and business. We’ve relentlessly sought out new ways to lessen our environmental impact — and when we can’t find one, we invent it.

Back to the Roots Reintroduces Misunderstood Hemp to Home Growers

Continuing its mission to “undo food," Back to the Roots has launched The Organic Hemp Starter Grow Kit, the first-ever hemp grow-at-home kit.

Trending: With These Shoes, You Can Now Literally Walk Your Sustainability Talk

While SOLExUBB’s ‘world’s most eco-friendly shoe’ has been Kickstart-ed more than 150 times over, Sweden’s Icebug has reached climate-positivity — and is challenging the rest of the footwear industry to follow suit.

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.

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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.

The New Protein Aisle: So We Don't Eat Ourselves Out of House and Home

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As the veggie diet revolution continues to gain ground, we look at plant-based doppelgangers of two of our most beloved animal-based foods and why they could be key to saving the planet from ourselves.

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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Climate-Beneficial Wine, Waste-Saving Gin Latest Ways to Imbibe Sustainably

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. A landmark soil study from Bonterra Vineyards that proves the climate benefits of organic and biodynamic farming, and a new UK gin made from surplus table grapes, mean these wines and spirit help you “drink responsibly.”

Trending: Collaborations Continue to Fuel Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. These days, we can’t go a week without the launch of another initiative, innovation or collaboration aimed at eradicating plastic waste around the world – which means we may actually have a fighting chance at doing it.

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.

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