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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.

Steakholder Foods, Umami Meats Win $1M Grant to 3D Bio-Print Structured, Cultivated Fish Products

The collaboration, using Steakholder’s proprietary 3D bio-printing technology, is a significant step forward in both companies’ mission to cultivate and scale sustainable alternatives to conventionally farmed and fished foods.

The New Reuse Economy: What’s Working (and Not Working) on the Quest for a Packaging Waste-Free Future

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. While recycling and lightweighting packaging strategies are helpful, they still align more with a linear rather than circular economy. Here, Upstream CEO Matt Prindiville lays out his organization’s vision for a truly plastic waste-free future.

3 Predictions for Cellular Agriculture in 2023

Due to the urgency of solving our most formidable climate- and health-related challenges, we regard decision-makers’ behavior vis-à-vis cellular agriculture — and cultivated food products, in particular — to be of some consequence when considering what lies in store for 2023.

Stella McCartney to Pilot Mixed-Textile Recycling Venture

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Protein Evolution’s technology can turn unused polyester and nylon fabrics from Stella McCartney’s previous collections into good-as-new, infinitely recyclable fibers — and could present a new circular solution for the fashion industry.

Meet the World's First Vegan Honey — A Sustainable Solution to a Sticky Problem?

Oakland-based startup MeliBio has created the world's first vegan honey — molecularly identical to the bee-made version, but a delicious and sustainable alternative that supports bee biodiversity.

Give Greater: The 2022 SB Holiday Gift Guide

As always, the goal of our gift guide is to encourage a more conscious approach to gift-giving by highlighting products, services and experiences that create value and benefits beyond short-term gratification for the recipient. Here’s this year’s list of some of the many companies, platforms and products that we’d be happy to support anytime.

Creating Life from Death: Transcend Attempts to Reverse the Environmental Impacts of Burial

The new startup offers a regenerative ‘tree burial’ service that reimagines cemeteries as forests — enabling the dearly departed to truly give back to the land and encouraging younger generations to think about death in new ways.

Meet 2 Biomaterial Startups Cultivating a Circular, Climate-Friendlier Fashion Industry

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Orange Fiber and Keel Labs are platforms for exploration and innovation that can reverberate across the fashion industry and prove that sustainable feedstocks and production processes can create both financial and planetary prosperity.

Energy Startup’s Biomimetic Solar Trees Planting Roots for a Net-Zero Future

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Inspired by nature, SolarBotanic’s solar trees use leaf-shaped, thin-film, photovoltaic nanotechnology to harness both sun and eventually wind energy to power houses, charge EVs or be stored for future use.

Brand Blind Spots, Empty Promises Hindering Effective Action Against Plastic Pollution

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. As seen in ongoing incidents of greenwashing and a new Greenpeace report, the onus is on consumer product manufacturers to take more comprehensive approaches to stemming their flow of plastic into the world — and turning the tide of public opinion.

This Company’s 3D-Printed Terracotta Tiles Are Paving the Way for Coral Restoration

Archireef has developed the world’s first-ever biomimetic, artificial reef tile — promoting coral survivorship and growth in an environmentally friendly, adaptive and scalable way.

2022 Ray of Hope Prize Winners Offer Biomimetic Solutions to Fresh Food Waste, Surface Finishing

The Biomimicry Institute has chosen India’s GreenPod Labs and Germany’s Fusion Bionic as 2022’s top biomimicry startups, from a pool of over 200 applicants from 54 countries.

ShippingEasy Pilots Carbon-Neutral Shipping for Ecommerce Merchants During the Holiday Season

The Texas-based small-business shipper, in partnership with South Pole, will offset merchants’ shipping emissions by funding a renewable energy project in Oklahoma.

Corporate-University Partnerships Support the Next Generation in Creating a Circular Future

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Recognizing the value of education both as a strategic initiative for preparing future brand employees and as an opportunity to help shape a more sustainable value chain.

New Metrics, New Narrative, New Models Reflect New Approaches to Ensuring Targeted Impacts

Cross-Posted from New Metrics. One of many recurring themes at SB’22 San Diego was the need for a new lexicon and new metrics for the regeneration movement, which more accurately reflect the level of work and transformation needed to not only avert climate collapse but to enable a flourishing future for all.

This Aquatic Robot Is Making a Meal Out of Marine Waste

RanMarine has created the world’s first autonomous marine robot. Utilizing drone technology, it can collect up to 500 kg of plastic waste and destructive biomass each day, harmoniously clearing up and monitoring our waters.

Stora Enso Says Circular Building Solution Could Eliminate 70% of Construction’s Climate Impacts

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The Finnish biomaterials giant says shifting to wood as a building material can cut up to 70% of emissions per project and ensure that the construction industry is part of the solution to end global warming.

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Innovators Creating Healthier Products, Lifestyles, Communities, Supply Chains

This week at SB’22 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and opportunities for collaboration with the goal of building a regenerative future for all. Here, we hear highlights from our day three keynotes, which featured pioneers disrupting and upleveling a variety of industries.

Wikkelboats Bringing Life, Recreation, Sustainable Design Opportunities to Unused Urban Waterways

These biodegradable, floating houses are revitalizing abandoned European harbors, creating recreational spaces for everyone to enjoy while inspiring the masses to make more sustainable design choices.

Brand Leaders, Visionaries Gather to Help Sustainability Practitioners ‘Recenter & Accelerate’

Cross-Posted from Leadership. This week at SB’22 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and opportunities for collaboration with the goal of building a regenerative future for all. On opening night, luminaries from a variety of disciplines reminded attendees the importance of taking a breath and opening your mind.