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.

Mastercard, Doconomy Launch the Future of Sustainable Payments

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - DO is a free, easy-to-use mobile banking service that lets users track, understand and reduce their CO2 footprints through carbon offsetting.

Living Incomes for Farmers Key to Ensuring Sustainability of Cocoa

SUPPLY CHAIN - New Fairtrade Foundation campaign calls on the UK government and companies to end ‘shameful’ exploitation of cocoa farmers by 2030, in line with the SDGs.

CDP: Top FMCGs in Race to Keep Up with 'Fast-Moving Consumers'

LEADERSHIP - FMCGs need to accelerate innovation to keep up with changing consumer preferences for plant-based products and less packaging.

New Alliance to Bring Circular IT Life Cycle Management Across Europe

THE NEXT ECONOMY - European leaders in financing professional equipment and IT life cycle management join forces to offer circular, product-as-a-service solutions.

CPG Transparency Platform Now Incentivizes Consumers to Choose Sustainable Products

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Almond, a groundbreaking economic framework that aims to tackle the world of sustainable consumer goods, rewards those who make an effort to purchase sustainable products and help to combat cheap consumer goods.

Knorr, WWF Suggest 50 Future Foods to Fix Our Food System

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - From naturally pest-resistant grains to vitamin-rich flowers and drought-defying roots, they outline 50 nutritious foods that are better for our health and environment.

UK Gov Proposes Tax, Other Incentives to Help End Throwaway Fashion

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Environmental Audit Committee is calling on the UK government to make fashion retailers take responsibility for the waste they create.

Tide and TerraCycle Announce the Tide Eco-Box Recycling Program

PRESS RELEASE - Building on its commitment to developing sustainable laundry solutions, Tide is proud to announce its strategic partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle. This will allow the new Tide Eco-Box packaging to be 100% recyclable from bag to box.

BP’s Energy Outlook, 2019 Clean200 Show Undeniable Power of Renewables

CLEANTECH - The Carbon Clean 200 are already capitalizing on the transition to a low-carbon future; BP’s latest scenarios support that strategy

Champions 12.3: Restaurants Realize 7:1 ROI by Reducing Food Waste

BUSINESS CASE - New research finds rather compelling business case for restaurants to reduce the amount of food they throw away.

Conscious Consumers Flocking to Pinterest for Sustainable Lifestyle Ideas

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Sustainable living is the most searched term around sustainability (+69% since last year), while searches for “sustainable living for beginners” are up 265%.

The World’s First Data Visualization of Product Carbon Footprints

NEW METRICS - By generating carbon-intensity data for each product, CoClear was able to identify industry trends, as well as track product performance improvements along value chains.

Trending: Better Furniture Options Enable a ‘Sustainable Life at Home’

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - New offerings by IKEA, Loll Designs add more options for consumers invested in living more sustainably.

Q&A: How a ‘Cuban’ Name Change Boosted Panera’s Soup Sales

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - WRI’s Better Buying Lab works with food companies to research and test science-based approaches that encourage consumers to choose more sustainable, plant-based foods.

Was I Asleep During This Year’s Super Bowl?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Quick laughs, bad jokes, celebrities — but very few with a message

Creating the SHIFT: Dr. Kate White on Redesigning Consumer Behaviors

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Her work highlights actionable ways practitioners can influence consumers to behave more sustainably.

Spreading a Message of Moderation for the Holidays

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The overall number of drunk driving deaths has decreased by about 50 percent since 1980, according to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. But while the number of drunk driving accidents has been cut in half, over 10,000 people still die every year from drunk driving–related accidents. We’re approaching one of the most dangerous times in the year: January 1st is the worst time for drunk driving and accidents caused by drunk drivers.

World's Largest Palm Oil Trader Gives Forest Destroyers Nowhere to Hide

SUPPLY CHAIN - After an intensive global campaign by Greenpeace, Wilmar International has published a detailed action plan to map and monitor its palm oil suppliers. This week, the world’s largest palm oil trader, Wilmar International, published a detailed action plan to map and monitor all of its suppliers. If implemented, this would put the palm oil giant — which supplies 40 percent of the world’s palm oil — one step closer to finally eliminating deforestation from its supply chain, and would have major implications for the rest of the industry.

Tesco, WWF Partner to Improve Sustainability of UK Food, Diets

COLLABORATION - UK grocery giant Tesco and WWF have announced a groundbreaking, four-year partnership aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the average UK shopping cart by 50 percent, improving the sustainability of food while ensuring it remains affordable for all.

Iceland's Banned Ad Had the Potential to Democratise Sustainability

MARKETING AND COMMS - The news last week that the Christmas advert from Iceland — a UK supermarket chain specializing in frozen food — has been banned is a bad decision. Iceland’s advert — a repackaging of a short, animated film by Greenpeace released earlier this year with a powerful, consumer-friendly sustainability message — shows a brand that is trying to do good work by improving its impact on the world.

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