Responsible Consumption

As 2019 comes to a close, we're examining the ways organizations are working to ensure their sustainable production of goods, as well as their customers’ responsible consumption of them.

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The Biosphere Rules: Sustainability Is a Destination, Not a Journey

The Biosphere Rules: Sustainability Is a Destination, Not a Journey

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Envision a future where every material thing in our world is made out of a handful of materials, carefully selected to be safe, healthy and infinitely recyclable. Everything from coffee cup to countertop could be broken down and used as raw materials for a new shawl or lampshade.

How Business Can Avoid Fuelling Conflict and Work to Build Peace

WALKING THE TALK - On the third and final day at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, it was clear all businesses are being asked to address a fourth ‘p’ — peace. As well as helping to prevent conflict, companies are increasingly taking responsibility for sustaining peace.

Global Consumers Say ‘Save the Planet’; Some Economic Growth Can Wait

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - 60% of consumers surveyed agree protecting the environment should be given priority, even if it slows economic growth. But as we’ve seen for years, while consumers widely agree on the need for sustainability, behavior is slow to change.

New Retail Platforms Aim to Take Waste Out of Online Clothes Shopping

WASTE NOT - As we enter the season of giving — and the season of returns — two new, next-gen online retailers aim to address the rampant clothing waste inherent in e-commerce; and reward users for donating their used, unwanted clothing.

The Biosphere’s Guide to Foolproofing Sustainability, Part 6: Function Over Form

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustainability experts for decades have been exhorting managers to focus more on the function their products deliver and less on the product itself. Biosphere Rule #5, Function Over Form, is focused on fulfilling customers’ functional needs in ways that sustain the value cycle.

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Report: We Must Move Beyond Plant-Based Products to Ensure Sustainable Food Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - New analysis from Forum for the Future explores the public commitments of 132 leading food companies and outlines a five-point plan to get businesses on track towards a more sustainable global food system.

SB Oceans: Can Better Business Save Our Seas?

COLLABORATION - Over the course of three action-packed days, the inaugural Sustainable Brands Oceans (14-16 Nov) in Porto, Portugal convened a stellar lineup of business leaders laser-focused on saving the ocean while there’s still time. Here’s what we learned from some of the practitioners and storytellers …

Trending: CDP, LA, NYC Call for Radical Shift in Companies’ Treatment of Forests

WALKING THE TALK - New CDP research says industry 2020 zero-deforestation commitments are now impossible; and Councilmembers and Indigenous activists in New York and LA call for a boycott of Brazilian meat companies and a shift toward plant-based diets.

Hidden: The Waste That Goes Into Making Stuff and How 2 Companies Are Tackling It

WASTE NOT - The waste we produce in our daily lives is just one small portion of the total waste stream. Public Thread and Rewilder, two winners of the recently announced Upcyclers Network Annual Product Awards, are putting non-household waste streams to creative use.

Providing ‘Overdraft’ Protection for Groundwater in California's Pajaro Valley

BUSINESS CASE - While California’s recent drought is officially over, more intense rainfall means more rain is running off, rather than soaking into the ground. But what if some of this water could be collected to help recharge thirsty aquifers and mitigate the effects of overdraft?

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Trending: Partnerships Laying More Groundwork for Circular Plastics Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The US’ biggest beverage companies have invested into ensuring they get ‘Every Bottle Back’ for recycling; Bluewater is helping Londoners ditch single-use bottles; and SC Johnson and Plastic Bank are broadening the Social Plastic ecosystem.

Chilean Startup Eliminating Packaging Waste, ‘Poverty Tax’ in Latin American Product Market

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Algramo’s unique, refillable packaging system allows customers to buy as much or as little of a product as they want, in reusable containers, with no difference in the price per gram — then recycles all packaging at the end of its life.

30 Companies, Investors Commit to Secure a Healthy Ocean

COLLABORATION - In committing to the nine principles, companies pledge to take action to prevent pollution, manage their use of marine resources to ensure long-term sustainability, and be transparent about their ocean-related activities and impacts.

Trending: Building Regenerative Fashion Supply Chains, from the Ground Up

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new partnership for Timberland aims to create sustainable leather supply chain; while inclusive apparel brand Everybody & Everyone aims to create better fashion from raw materials to end use.

Gen Z Believes in Its Own Power to Make Change, But That Companies Must Lead the Way

MARKETING AND COMMS - While Gen Zers feel personally responsible to make a difference and 76% believe we will have made headway on important issues in five years’ time, 90% also believe companies must drive action on social and environmental issues.

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European CEOs Identify 5 'Jobs to Be Done’ to Foster Enduring, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth Model

LEADERSHIP - Report features insights from discussions with 27 top business leaders as part of Xynteo’s Europe Delivers program — including CEOs of AXA, Danone, EDF Energy, IKEA Group, Mastercard, Nestlé, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Tesco.

Evolving Consumer Palates Demanding Better-Made Beverages

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 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.

Purpose at Work: How Wrangler Is Creating the Next Generation of Sustainable Fashion

SUPPLY CHAIN - Wrangler is taking big steps to achieve sustainability. By tackling the industry’s biggest challenges, the jeans giant is carving out a competitive advantage and helping other apparel makers improve industry practices.

DuPont-Stella McCartney Partnership Yields World’s First Bio-based Faux Fur

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The pioneer in sustainable luxury apparel worked with DuPont Biomaterials and Ecopel to create the next generation of luxurious alternatives to fur, resulting in a sustainable faux fur made with Sorona® bio-based fibers.

WWF’s ReSource Hub: A System-Wide Feedback Loop for Solving Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - WWF's ReSource: Plastic platform is helping companies implement ways to reduce the most plastic, measure the impact — and hold them all to account in the process. WWF’s Erin Simon told us more.

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