Water

Throughout May, we’ll take a look at the tidal wave of initiatives aimed at conserving and sustainably using our most precious resource worldwide.

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Hilton Targets Plastics, Science-Based Targets in Journey to Halve Impacts by 2030

WASTE NOT - Like many large companies, Hilton has been steadily improving its sustainability performance one step at a time.

Trending: AT&T, Nestlé, Cargill Tap IoT, Partnerships To Save Water in Ag Supply Chains

COLLABORATION - Farmers are faced with constant pricing pressures, water limitations and labor shortages, leading many to seek solutions to help them be more innovative and efficient in growing their crops. Technology and food companies alike are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) to help.

Trending: The North Face, Tetra Pak, Seventh Gen Continue Chipping Away at Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - Awareness of our plastic waste problem continues to grow, prompting campaigns and corporate action around the world.

Q&A: A Cattle Rancher Shares Her Beef with Food Labeling

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In the sustainability world, the conversation around beef mostly involves reducing the environmental impacts of its production (deforestation, methane emissions, etc). But Cassidy Johnston can offer a perspective we don’t often get to hear in the Sustainable Brands conversation — a New Mexico-based cattle rancher and newly appointed Sustainability Officer for the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), Johnston is eager to share ranchers’ side of the story with the public and help dispel what she says are common misconceptions behind beef and its role in a sustainable food future.

Kingfisher Continues on Path to Net Positive, Puts Customers at Heart of 2025 Goals

LEADERSHIP - European home improvement company Kingfisher has set out ambitious sustainability targets for the next seven years – the latest stage of its journey to become a net positive business by 2050.

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Farmers Are the Linchpin to Food Companies' Sustainable Sourcing Goals

SUPPLY CHAIN - Tyson Foods, the largest meat company in the U.S., is starting to step up to the plate on sustainability and respond to pressure from investors and consumers to tackle water risks in its supply chain. Recently, the company made a commitment to improve the water, soil and fertilizer practices in its far-flung feed grain supply chain — impacting more than two million acres of corn production by 2020, or about half of its corn supply chain. The measures have strong potential to both improve water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Tyson’s move sends a strong signal to the rest of the meat sector that driving down the massive environmental impacts of growing animal feed is a smart business strategy.

New Tech Platform Makes Sustainability ‘Common Objective’ for Fashion Companies

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new digital platform aims to make sustainable business decisions easier for the fashion industry. By matching actors along the supply chain and providing data-driven, solutions-focused information, Common Objective (CO) hopes to improve the day-to-day practices of textiles and clothing companies around the world.

SoulBuffalo Gets Execs Out from Behind Desks to See Their Impacts on the World

LEADERSHIP - As we at Sustainable Brands — and anyone working to rectify the damage people have done to the planet — are well aware, it's all too easy to ignore pressing social and environmental issues if their effects can’t be seen or felt in our daily lives. After a life-altering excursion across three continents, SoulBuffalo CEO and founder Dave Ford was determined to find a way to change this, by taking those just as responsible for causing as solving many of these issues — global corporate decision-makers — out into the wild to experience the effects of their business decisions with their own senses.

Wales Aims to Become First ‘Refill Nation,’ Teach Residents ‘Value of Tap Water’

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The Welsh Government and City to Sea, a group campaigning against single-use plastics, are collaborating on the development of campaigns to encourage refills and change residents’ behavior to make tap water their first choice for hydration. While the campaigns will help people ‘see the value of water,’ the government has also announced an additional £15 million of capital funding to further improve Local Authority recycling collection systems and infrastructure, including for plastics.

Nat Geo's 'Planet or Plastic?' Initiative Latest Attempt to Save the Oceans from Plastic

MARKETING AND COMMS - As the amount of single-use plastic in the world's oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. On Wednesday, the media giant launched Planet or Plastic?, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world's oceans.

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South Africa Setting the Standard, Campaigning for #WaterWiseTourism

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In response to a severe drought, citizens and businesses in Cape Town and the Western Cape have cut their water consumption by almost 60 percent over the past three years — a performance not yet matched by any other major city globally. Now the country’s tourism industry is sharing that for them, every drop counts, in a new campaign for #WaterWiseTourism.

5 Teens’ Hunger Relief Projects Earn $10-50K Through New General Mills Program

LEADERSHIP - By 2050 there will be over 9 billion people on the planet, and food production will have to increase by as much as 70 percent to feed everyone. We are already struggling to feed everyone today, even in America.

BASF and Solenis to join forces by combining paper and water chemicals businesses

PRESS RELEASE - On May 2, 2018, BASF and Solenis have signed an agreement to join forces by combining BASF’s paper wet-end and water chemicals business with Solenis. The combined entity with pro-forma sales of around €2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees in 2017 aims to deliver additional value for paper and water treatment customers. The goal is to create a customer-focused global solutions provider for the industry. For the paper industry, the product portfolio of the combined enterprise will cover the entire range of functional and process wet-end chemicals, solutions for the water cycle for paper mills, as well as comprehensive service capabilities.

Saved Grains, Zero-Emission Trucks Edging Anheuser Busch Toward 2025 Goals

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This week, global brewer AB InBev announced two major initiatives helping it advance toward its 2025 Sustainability Goals in different parts of the world.

Will We Soon See a More Sustainable Financial System?

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - It's now nearly 10 years since news broke of the Lehman Brothers collapse, which served as a precursor for this century's biggest-ever financial crisis. Underpinned by reckless borrowing and the untold dangers of the sub-prime mortgage sector, the Great Recession brought the world to its knees and altered the global economic landscape forever. While the global economy has largely enjoyed sustained (if slightly sluggish) growth since this time, the goal of creating a truly transparent financial market has yet to be fully realised. We've seen some progress in this respect, of course, but there is still much work to be done if we're to ensure that we fully heed the lessons of the Great Recession.

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Trending: Pizza, Water, Frozen Foods Find Plastic-Free Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - People of all ages are more aware of their impact on the planet’s limited resources and ecosystem health than ever before. Packaging is of particular concern, prompting this year’s Earth Day theme: end plastic pollution. “I’d like more people to take care of the Earth,” said Yasmine, a 7th grader in the Garden Club at Montgomery Middle School in San Diego, CA. Fellow club member Daisy, also in 7th grade, agrees. “People can use more reusable bags instead of plastic,” Daisy added. “We have lots of reusable bags at home. When we do get plastic bags, we reuse them.”

Earth Needs Our Action Every Day: The Path Ahead

WALKING THE TALK - Last year saw unprecedented natural disasters across the globe – from wildfires in California to record-breaking hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast, eastern seaboard, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. At the same time, scientists warn that the risks posed by climate change are even more dire than predicted and will lead to even bigger impacts on heat and extreme weather. Combined, this has led to a spike in environmental consciousness, not only for the American people, but for businesses across the globe.

Nestlé Waters Plant in Sacramento Now Powered Entirely by Clean Energy

PRESS RELEASE - Nestlé Waters North America, in partnership with SMUD, today announced agreements that will allow its facility in Sacramento, California to be powered by 100-percent renewable energy. The agreement is a major step towards parent company Nestlé’s global goal to transition to 100-percent renewable electricity use in their operations.

Trending: Tees, Jeans, App Unlock New Ways to Avoid Waste in the Textile Industry

WASTE NOT - Water and waste are issues at nearly every step of the textile and apparel lifecycles. Luckily, solutions are being developed across the board.

P&G Smashes 2020 Goals, Raises the Bar with 'Ambition 2030'

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Procter & Gamble Company today announced it has achieved many of its 2020 environmental sustainability goals, has plans in place to meet the rest and has established new, broad-reaching goals for 2030.

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